- The Crown makes the following apology to the whanaū, hapū and iwi of Ngatikahu ki Whangaroa, to your tūpuna and to your mokopuna.
- The Crown apologises for its failure to honour its obligations to Ngatikahu ki Whangaroa under Te Tiriti o Waitangi/the Treaty of Waitangi. The Crown has taken too long to address appropriately your long-standing and acutely felt grievances, and recognises that this failure has adversely affected generations of Ngatikahu ki Whangaroa.
- The Crown profoundly apologises for the hurt and ongoing grievance it caused Ngatikahu ki Whangaroa by taking surplus lands and its prolonged investigation of pre-Treaty land transactions, the adverse impact of native land laws on Ngatikahu ki Whangaroa lands and the Crown’s taking of lands from Ngatikahu ki Whangaroa for public works and scenery preservation. The Crown is deeply sorry that the cumulative effects of its actions have deprived Ngatikahu ki Whangaroa of important sites, wāhi tapu and urupā of your tūpuna and left you virtually landless.
- The Crown has promoted injurious laws and policies that undermined Ngatikahu ki Whangaroa’s wellbeing, and disrespected Ngatikahu ki Whangaroa rangatiratanga. For its acts which contributed to the loss of Ngatikahu ki Whangaroa autonomy and damaged Ngatikahu ki Whangaroa’s tribal structures the Crown is deeply sorry.
The Crown seeks to atone for past injustices it has inflicted upon you. Through this settlement, the Crown hopes to restore its honour and relieve Ngatikahu ki Whangaroa’s justified sense of grievance. The Crown looks forward to forging a new and enduring relationship with Ngatikahu ki Whangaroa based on good faith, mutual respect, partnership and the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi/the Treaty of Waitangi.