Notification of the Whakatōhea Pre-Settlement Claim’s Trust Mandate Hui

Published on Friday, 15 April 2016

In November 2015, the Tū Ake Whakatōhea Collective submitted a draft mandate strategy to the Crown for consideration.

The draft mandate strategy proposes a mandate hui process by which a new representative entity, the Whakatōhea Pre-Settlement Claims Trust, will seek a mandate from Whakatōhea iwi members to represent them in Treaty settlement negotiations with the Crown.

The mandate sought is to negotiate all Whakatōhea historical Treaty of Waitangi claims whether registered or unregistered that arise from Crown actions and omissions that occurred prior to 21 September 1992, including but not limited to: WAI 87, 203, 287, 339, 558, 864, 1092, 1433, 1511, 1758, 1775, 1781, 1782, 1787, 1794, 1795, 1884, 2006, 2008, 2055, 2066, 2107, 2160, insofar as they relate to Whakatōhea.

All members of the Whakatōhea claimant community over 18 years of age are invited to vote either by a postal vote, an internet vote or by attending and voting at mandate hui on the following resolution, that:

“The Whakatōhea Pre-settlement Claims Trust is mandated to represent Whakatōhea in direct negotiations with the Crown for the comprehensive settlement of all of the historical Treaty of Waitangi claims of Whakatōhea.”

For those who wish to vote, but are not registered with the Whakatōhea Māori Trust Board, or who wish to vote but do not want to register, you will be able to make a special vote.

The voting period opens Friday 6 May 2016 and closes Friday 3 June 2016. The vote will be administered by Election Services.

Mandate hui are as follows:

Date Venue Time
Friday 6 May Terere Marae, Opotiki 6:00pm
Saturday, 7 May University of Waikato, A Block, Gate 8 Hillcrest Road, Hamilton 11:00am
Saturday, 7 May Whatua Kaimarie Marae (Auckland DHB), 11 Sutherland Rd, Pt Chevalier, Auckland 6:00pm
Sunday, 8 May Terenga Paraoa Marae, 10 Porowini Ave, Whangārei 11:00am
Saturday, 14 May Pataka Museum, Cnr Norrie and Parumoana Streets, Porirua 11:00am
Sunday, 15 May Te Korowai Atawhai Rooms, Hillmorton Hospital, Annex Road, Christchurch 11:00am
Friday, 20 May Maungaroa Marae, SH 35, Te Kaha 6:00pm
Saturday, 21 May Eastern Institute of Technology, Te Whatukura Māori Studies<, 77 Cobden St, Gisborne 6:00pm
Sunday, 22 May Tahuwhakatiki (Romai) Marae, >Welcome Bay Rd, Tauranga 11:00am
Friday, 27 May Taharangi Marae, 26 Tarewa Rd, Rotorua 6:00pm
Saturday, 28 May Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga, Heretaunga Park, 821 Orchard Rd, Hastings 11:00am
Sunday, 29 May Tokaanu Marae, Tokaanu, Mangaroa St, Tūrangi 9:00am

For the purposes of the mandate being sought the Whakatōhea claimant community is defined as the descendants of Muriwai and Tūtāmure who affiliate to one or more of the recognised hapū (Ngāti Rua, Ngāi Tamahaua, Ngāti Patumoana, Ngāti Ngāhere, Ngāti Ira and Te Upokorehe) and marae (Omarumutu, Opape, Waiaua, Terere, Opeke, Roimata, Kutarere and Maromahue) of Whakatōhea.

Copies of the draft mandate strategy are available on the Office of Treaty Settlements website, the Whakatōhea Māori Trust Board website, or click the links below:

Whakatōhea Trust Deed [PDF, 505KB]
Whakatōhea Mandate Strategy [PDF, 1MB]

For further information please contact:

Graeme Riesterer
Chairman Tū Ake Whakatōhea Collective
graeme.riesterer@gmail.com

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