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Vote Treaty Negotiations

MINISTER(S) RESPONSIBLE FOR APPROPRIATIONS: Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations (M74)

ADMINISTERING DEPARTMENT: Ministry of Justice

MINISTER RESPONSIBLE FOR MINISTRY OF JUSTICE: Minister of Justice

Overview of the Vote

The Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations is responsible for appropriations in Vote Treaty Negotiations for the 2012/13 financial year including a multi-year appropriation and a range of annual appropriations.

Vote Treaty Negotiations contains a multi-year appropriation of $1,400 million for the five year period 2012 to 2016. This appropriation is for the settlement of historical Treaty of Waitangi claims and provides for the payment of redress through the transfer of assets (cash and property) from the Crown to claimant groups, and for the payment of interest on settlement redress.

In addition, annual appropriations sought for Vote Treaty Negotiations in 2012/13 total $169.969 million. This is intended to be spent as follows:

  • $23.911 million (14% of the Vote) for the purchase of negotiation and implementation of historical Treaty claims and administration and implementation of the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011 from the Ministry of Justice
  • $9.963 million (6% of the Vote) for the purchase of property management services from the Ministry of Justice
  • $2.220 million (1% of the Vote) for the purchase of Crown representation at Waitangi Tribunal and Court hearings of historical claims
  • $695,000 (less than 1% of the Vote) for the purchase of policy advice on historical Treaty claims and administration and implementation of the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011 from the Ministry of Justice
  • $12.602 million (7% of the Vote) for claimant funding to support the settlement of historical Treaty claims
  • $120,000 (less than 1% of the Vote) for writing off debt associated with rentals owed from Landbank properties
  • $2.400 million (1% of the Vote) for agreed payments for Foreshore and Seabed agreements
  • $13.693 million (8% of the Vote) financial contributions to applicant groups under the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011
  • $3.600 million (2% of the Vote) for depreciation on assets held in the Landbank
  • $6.405 million (4% of the Vote) for the write down of commercial properties transferred as part of a Treaty settlement
  • $27.980 million (16% of the Vote) for the purchase of property for the Landbank administered by the Ministry of Justice for historical Treaty of Waitangi settlement purposes, and
  • $66.380 million (39% of the Vote) to support lending to implement the Ngati Whatua o Orakei Deed of Settlement.

The Ministry of Justice expects to collect $14.183 million of revenue on behalf of the Crown from Landbank property operations.

Details of these appropriations are set out in Parts 2-6 for Vote Treaty Negotiations in the Information Supporting the Estimates of Appropriations.

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