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Under the New Zealand Settlements Act 1863 the government confiscated 1.2 million acres (486,000 hectares) of Maori land in late 1864. Kemp in The Horowhenua was forced to give and sell land to the Government agents who wanted legal fees, cheap grazing and survey costs which were unknown at the time. Maori lost a great deal of its lands and as time spread so did the laws of the land whereby Courts and Government policy allowed outsiders to buy Maori shares thus alienating lands to further allowing lands to become landlocked & allowing buyers to purchase even more shares off Maori. Deals were done in the Grand Hotel over beer, cars in the 50s for land swaps. It was a free for all yet no protection was given to those Maori owners who had now undivided shares in land blocks.

Pākehā settlers would occupy the confiscated land while successive governments would bring in new laws like the Public Works Acts to confiscate even more lands. The Government in 2012-2013 will not negotiate with the direct descendents hence urban authorities with indirect links to our direct descendent lines are now taking place yet this is an injustice to Maoridom. Letters to Ministers as of March 2nd 2013 have gone unanswered with even our Maori MP's turning a blind eye to date??? buts lets wait and see.

The lakebed, dewatered zone, islands and the Hokio Stream are owned by beneficial members of the Muaupoko tribe 1511 of them constitute in 81 shares, as determined by the Reserves and other Lands Disposal Act (ROLD) 1956. The lake waters Muaupoko Domain, dewatered zone and one chain reserve strip in front of the Muaupoko Domain are vested under the Reserves Act 1977 in the Horowhenua Lake Domain Board. To date they have achieved nothing and even today sewerage is released into the Horowhenua Lake by the Council when it is overloaded? The Horowhenua Lake has sediments on the bottom so pronounced with toxins that the Council and Horizons have neglected in their responsibilities over many years to clean it up as its in the hard basket. Algael blooms form which are caused by super dangerous cyanobacteria and are everywhere and weeds choke the Lake-- you cannot swim in this Lake let alone walk in it as one of our Kaumatua nearly drowned near the Weir by the outlet to Hokio Stream due to the sludge that has piled up in this Lake. Horowhenua Lake was once a prestine Lake and needs to be brough back to its former beauty to benefit all not just us Maori owners.

Read the Listener report by Karl du Fresne who has written about the plight of Horowhenua Lake. Special thanks go to Karl and his team and the LISTENER as at August 2014


[ Arawhata stream ] [ Lake trustees ] [ ROLD submission ] [ 1 2 More Horowhenua Lake Court ] [ Fairfax Report:22/3/2013 Lake ] [ LAKE DOMAIN BOARD ]

[ Read some History on the Lake ] [ Council 2014 rating ]

Major Kemp and Tanguru Chiefs of Muaupoko Tribe NZ

[ History ] [ Wai 108 claim ] [ Office of Treaty Settlements ]

[ Lake news 2018 ] [ WECA Water & Environment group 2018 ] [ Drains,inlets and streams feeding the Lake 2018 ]

[ Arawhata flooding June 20th 2015 ] [ Listener Karl du Fresne Report Lake Aug 2014 ] [ Lake Trustees vote to remove Lake buildings? ] [ Sir Wira Gardiners shock report about MTA Nov 2013 ] [ Horowhenua Council Rating June 2014 ]

[ CFRT Crown Forestry Rental Trust] [ The money grab ] [ MCC- Muaupoko Cluster Group ] [ Horowhenua Lake 2013 ] [ ROLD Act ] [ Horowhenua Lake Trust ] [ OTS selling our Landbanked hospital & kimberley ] [ Lake Accord 2013 to NOT clean our Lake ] [ Lake Lobby Group 2013 to clean our Lake ] [ Horowhenua Council Polluters ] [ Lake Accord 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

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