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Doug Graham

13 October, 1998

Ngai Tahu Settlement

SECTION 3: AORAKI/MOUNT COOK

preamble

A
In the spirit of co-operation, compromise and good faith which has brought
about the Settlement, and in special recognition of the significance of
Aoraki/Mount Cook to Ngai Tahu Whanui, the Crown wishes to restore to Te Runanga
title to Aoraki/Mount Cook.


B
Te Runanga in the same spirit wishes thereupon to make a gift to the Crown,
on behalf of the people of New Zealand, of the title so restored in order that
Aoraki/Mount Cook will remain and continue to be part of the National Park.


C
As further recognition of the significance to Aoraki/Mount Cook to Ngai Tahu
Whanui, this Deed also provides for a Statutory Acknowledgement, Deed of
Recognition, Topuni and Statutory Advisor role for Te Runanga in relation to
Aoraki/Mount Cook, and for the name of Mount Cook to be changed to Aoraki/ Mount
Cook.

3.1 Definitions

In this Section 3:

Aoraki/Mount Cook means the mountain known as Aoraki or Mount Cook
being the land which lies within the National Park and which is identified as
Aoraki/ Mount Cook in Allocation Plan MS 1;

Gift Date means the day which is seven days after the Vesting Date;

National Park means the national park known as the Mount Cook National
Park, constituted under the National Parks Act 1980;

Vesting Date means the Settlement Date or such other date as may be
agreed in writing between Te Runanga and the Crown;

Terms defined in Section 12 (Mahinga Kai - General) have the same
meanings in this Section 3.


3.2 VESTING OF AORAKI/MOUNT COOK BY CROWN

The Settlement Legislation will provide that an Order in Council vesting in
Te Runanga an estate in fee simple in Aoraki/Mount Cook will be made on the
Vesting Date.


3.3 GIFT OF AORAKI/MOUNT COOK

Te Runanga wishes to transfer the estate in fee simple in Aoraki/Mount Cook
by way of gift to the people of New Zealand. This will occur on the Gift Date
and the terms of such gift shall be those set out in the Deed of Gift between Te
Runanga and the Crown set out in Attachment 3.1 (or such other terms as
may be agreed in writing between Te Runanga and the Crown). Te Runanga will
deliver the executed Deed of Gift to the Prime Minister or the Prime Minister's
nominee on the Gift Date.


3.4 PROVISIONS IN SETTLEMENT LEGISLATION

The Settlement Legislation will:

3.4.1 provide that the Order in Council referred to in
clause 3.2 shall be made on the Vesting Date, and that such Order in
Council shall take effect on that date notwithstanding anything in the National
Parks Act 1980, section 11 and Part X of the Resource Management Act 1991 or any
other enactment;

3.4.2 provide that upon delivery to the Prime Minister or the Prime
Minister's nominee of the Deed of Gift referred to in clause 3.3 on the
Gift Date, the estate in Aoraki/Mount Cook vested in Te Runanga pursuant to the
Order in Council referred to in clause 3.2 will be vested in the Crown,
in order to give effect to the gift made by Te Runanga to the Crown on behalf of
the people of New Zealand;

3.4.3 provide that Aoraki/Mount Cook shall be and remain part of the
National Park, and every regulation, lease, licence and other instrument
previously subsisting in respect of the National Park under the National Parks
Act 1980 or any other enactment shall have uninterrupted effect as if
Aoraki/Mount Cook had remained Crown land at all times notwithstanding
section 7(1)(a) of the National Parks Act 1980 and any other enactment and
notwithstanding the vesting referred to in clause 3.2 the gift back
referred to in clause 3.3 and the fact that Aoraki/Mount Cook will remain
vested in Te Runanga for the period between the Vesting Date and the Gift Date;

3.4.4 provide that no gift duty will be payable by Te Runanga in
respect of the gift of Aoraki/Mount Cook made by Te Runanga to the Crown on
behalf of the people of New Zealand; and

3.4.5 include such provisions as are required to give effect to the
Escrow Arrangement referred to in clause 3.5.


3.5 ESCROW ARRANGEMENT

Definition

3.5.1 In this clause 3.5.1:

the Counterpart means the executed counterpart of the Deed of Gift
delivered to the Escrow Agent under clause 3.5.2;

Escrow Agent means Dame Catherine Anne Tizard (or such other person as
Te Runanga and the Crown may agree).

Escrow Arrangement

3.5.2 Te Runanga shall, on the Vesting Date (contemporaneously with
the coming into effect of the Order in Council referred to in clause 3.2)
deliver to the Escrow Agent an executed counterpart of the Deed of Gift, with an
instruction to the Escrow Agent to hold the Deed of Gift in escrow on the
following terms:

(a)
the Escrow Agent shall hold the Counterpart in a secure place during the
term of the escrow arrangement;


(b)
if Te Runanga delivers the Deed of Gift to the Prime Minister or the Prime
Minister's nominee on the Gift Date, the Escrow Agent shall return the
Counterpart to Te Runanga on the date following the Gift Date;


(c)
If Te Runanga has not delivered the Deed of Gift to the Prime Minister or
the Prime Minister's nominee by 3.00 pm on the Gift Date, then the Prime
Minister or the Prime Minister's nominee may give a notice to that effect to the
Escrow Agent. Upon receipt of such a notice, the Escrow Agent shall, immediately
after receipt of such notice, deliver to the Prime Minister or the Prime
Minister's nominee the Counterpart.

Counterpart

3.5.3 If the Escrow Agent delivers the Counterpart to the Prime
Minister or the Prime Minister's nominee in accordance with
clause 3.5.2(c), then Te Runanga will be deemed for all purposes to have
delivered the executed Deed of Gift to the Prime Minister or the Prime
Minister's nominee in accordance with clause 3.3, and the provision in
the Settlement Legislation referred to in clause 3.4.2 shall apply
accordingly.

Agreement of Escrow Agent

3.5.4 Te Runanga shall, on or before the Vesting Date, deliver to the
Prime Minister or the Prime Minister's nominee a deed executed by the Escrow
Agent pursuant to which the Escrow Agent covenants in favour of the Crown and Te
Runanga respectively to comply in all respects with this clause 3.5.


3.6 OTHER PROVISIONS RELATING TO AORAKI/MOUNT
COOK

Te Runanga and the Crown record that provision is also made in this Deed for:

3.6.1 a Statutory Acknowledgement in relation to Aoraki/Mount Cook;

3.6.2 a Deed of Recognition in relation to Aoraki/Mount Cook;

3.6.3 a Topuni in relation to Aoraki/Mount Cook;

3.6.4 a Statutory Adviser role for Te Runanga, in relation to
Aoraki/Mount Cook;

3.6.5 the change of the name of Mount Cook to Aoraki/Mount Cook; and

3.6.6 the change of the name of the National Park to Aoraki/Mount Cook
National Park.


ATTACHMENT 3.1

DEED OF GIFT for aoraki/mount cook

(Clause 3.3)

Date:

BETWEEN:

  1. TE RUNANGA O Ngai TAHU (Te Runanga)


  2. HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN in right of New Zealand acting by and
    through the Minister of Conservation (the Crown).

BACKGROUND

A.
Under the Deed of Settlement, pursuant to which the parties agreed to settle
the Ngai Tahu Claims, the Crown agreed to make provision for the vesting in Te
Runanga of an estate in fee simple in Aoraki/Mount Cook and for the recognition
of the significance of Aoraki/Mount Cook to Ngai Tahu Whanui.


B.
The vesting of the estate in fee simple in Aoraki/Mount Cook took place on
[date to be inserted].


C.
Te Runanga has accepted the vesting of Aoraki/Mount Cook under the Deed of
Settlement in the spirit of co-operation, compromise and good faith which
brought about the settlement of the Ngai Tahu Claims and, in the same spirit,
wishes to gift back to the people of New Zealand the estate in fee simple in
Aoraki/Mount Cook.

NOW THEREFORE the parties agree as follows:

1 DEFINITIONS AND INTERPRETATION

1.1 In this Deed, unless the context otherwise requires:

Aoraki/Mount Cook means the mountain known as Aoraki or Mount Cook
being the land which lies within the National Park and which is identified as
Aoraki/Mount Cook on the map attached to the Deed of Settlement as Allocation
Plan MS 1
;

Deed of Settlement means the Deed of Settlement between Te Runanga and
the Crown dated [ ] 1997;

National Park means the national park known as the Mount Cook National
Park, constituted under the National Parks Act 1980;

and other terms used with capitalised initial letters in this Deed which have
been defined in the Deed of Settlement will have the same meanings in this Deed
as they have in the Deed of Settlement.

1.2 Clause 1.3 of the Deed of Settlement shall apply to, and be read
as part of, this Deed.

2 GIFT BY TE RUNANGA OF AORAKI/MOUNT COOK

In the spirit of co-operation, compromise and good faith which has brought
about the settlement effected by the Deed of Settlement, Te Runanga hereby
unconditionally gifts solely and exclusively to the Crown, on behalf of the
people of New Zealand, an estate in fee simple in Aoraki/Mount Cook.

3 ACCEPTANCE BY CROWN OF GIFT OF AORAKI/MOUNT COOK

The Crown accepts the gift by Te Runanga made pursuant to clause 2 on
behalf of the people of New Zealand in the same spirit with which the gift was
made and confirms that it holds and manages Aoraki/Mount Cook subject to the
National Parks Act 1980 and the relevant provisions of the Deed of Settlement
and the Ngai Tahu Claims Settlement Act [ ].

4 OTHER PROVISIONS RELATING TO AORAKI/MOUNT COOK

Te Runanga and the Crown record that provision is also made in the Deed of
Settlement for:

4.1 a Statutory Acknowledgement in relation to Aoraki/Mount Cook;

4.2 a Deed of Recognition in relation to Aoraki/Mount Cook;

4.3 a Topuni a relation to Aoraki/Mount Cook;

4.4 a Statutory Adviser role for Te Runanga, in relation to
Aoraki/Mount Cook;

4.5 the change of the name of Mount Cook to Aoraki/Mount Cook; and

4.6 the change of the name of the National Park to Aoraki National
Park.

EXECUTED as a deed on the date first written above.

[insert appropriate execution provisions]

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