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Vote Treaty Negotiations

APPROPRIATION MINISTER(S): Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations (M74)

APPROPRIATION ADMINISTRATOR: Ministry of Justice

RESPONSIBLE MINISTER 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 2016/17 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 2016 to 2020. 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 2016/17 total $58 million. This is intended to be spent as follows:

  • $300,000 (less than 1% of the Vote) for the purchase of property management services from the Ministry of Justice
  • just under $14 million (24% of the Vote) for claimant funding to support the settlement of historical Treaty claims
  • just under $15 million (25% of the Vote) for contributions toward determining customary interests in the Marine and Coastal Area
  • $300,000 (less than 1% of the Vote) for a Crown contribution to the Parihaka community, and
  • just under $29 million (51% of the Vote) for the negotiation and implementation of historical Treaty claims, and administration and implementation of the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011.

Details of these appropriations are set out in Parts 2-4.

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