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The signing and celebration of Ruruku Whakatupua, the Whanganui River Deed of Settlement, took place at Ranana on the Whanganui River Road on 5 August 2014.At least 500 people met at Ruaka Marae for the historic occasion. Amongst the guests were local and visiting iwi, Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Hon. Chris Finlayson, Minister for Whanau Ora and Member of Parliament for Te Tai Hauāuru Tariana Turia, Minister for Courts and Member of Parliament for Whanganui Chester Borrows, Mayor Annette Main and Whanganui District Councillors.
The settlement focuses on the health and well-being of the Whanganui River, which will become its own legal entity under the settlement. The settlement comprises the following two documents:
Ruruku Whakatupua Te Mana o Te Awa Tupua (PDF, 1085KB - Office of Treaty Settlements website)Ruruku Whakatupua Te Mana o Te Iwi o Whanganui (PDF, 850KB - Office of Treaty Settlements website)It is anticipated that legislation giving effect to the Deed of Settlement will be introduced in 2016.