Why are there historical settlements?
The Crown has accepted a moral obligation to resolve historical grievances resulting from its past actions that have been in breach of its promises made in the Treaty of Waitangi.
The Crown has acknowledged it breached the Treaty in a number of ways including:
- land confiscation
- execution or detention of prisoners without trial
- failure to preserve lands for iwi
- impact of the native land laws
- taking of land for public works.