Agreement in Principle
Once the Pre-settlement Trust and the Crown had reached an initial agreement about a settlement, they began writing an Agreement in Principle (AIP) document.
An AIP shows the redress that will be agreed to in the final settlement. It is not a legally binding document, and it does not describe what the Whakatōhea claimant group would get in detail.
Once we had drafted the AIP we consulted our people.
The Pre-settlement Trust and the Crown then signed the AIP for Whakatōhea in August 2017 in Wellington, a historic day for our iwi:
“Kua kotahi rau e rima tekau mā rua tau a Te Whakatōhea e uhanga ana i tēnei mate nui.” – Te Kahautu MaxwellWhakatōhea Agreement In Principle signing – a day that was a long time coming, and will be long remembered #IAMWhakatōhea
Posted by Whakatohea Pre Settlement Claims Trust on Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Now our AIP has been signed, the document is public, and anyone can read it to see the kind of settlement we, and the Crown, are proposing.
You can view the Whakatōhea Agreement in Principle (19MB) here
Our Tattooed Angels
A poem to mark our Agreement in Principle signing by Muriel Ngahiwi Smith Kelly, with translation by Paora Brosnan.
So, the people they had signed
Nā, kua haina te iwi
And the people they had wept
Nā, kua tangi te iwi
And the people they had prayed
Nā, kua karakia te iwi
And the people they had sang
Nā, kua waiata te iwi