Larrakia settlement a step towards further cultural redress

Talisa Kupenga

I raro i te whakatau ture whenua, kua whai mana te whānau kotahi anake o ngā whānau tokoiwa ki te mana whenua o Kenbi, he rima tekau mano heketea te nui, pātata atu ki Darwin.  Engari e ai ki a Nigel Browne, koia tetahi o ngā whānau kaore i whakamanahia, ahakoa te whakatau, ka whai painga ngā tāngata Larrakia katoa.

Ahakoa kei te pukuriri ētahi mō te whakatau o te Kēreme whenua o Kenbi, ko tā Nigel Browne me kaua rātou e pāpōuri.

Hei tā Nigel Browne, "My reading of the claim book was not how can we attempt to win this land claim for everyone, but how we can attempt to win this land claim. But as I said to a former Northern Territory Attorney General once I don't need the federal court or any court to tell me who I am and where I come from.”

Ko tā Browne, nā runga i te whakatau i raro i te kaporeihana o Larrakia Development ka whai hua ngā tāngata Larrakia katoa.

Tā Browne, “Other families should not be disheartened to the extent where they think they're going to be left out, I mean, commercially given the work the LDC is doing they're not going to be left out.”

Ko tā Browne he tuāpapa tēnei hei whakaea i ngā nawe o mua.

"So we've taken a contemporary legal artificial construct which is the Larrakia Development Corporation Trust to redress the situation with respect to the Tommy Lyons group being recognised as the only family. So we're using one artificial means to redress another." tā Browne.

Hei ngā rā rua tekau ki te ono tekau kei tua, ka whiwhi a LDC i ngā whenua mai i Cox Peninsula tae noa ki te uru o Darwin hei whakawhanaketanga whenua ki anamata.