Tēnā koutou katoa,

Much of the last 12 months has been absorbed by the challenges of the Waitangi Tribunal Inquiry, the resulting iwi-wide voting process, and waiting for the Crown response to the WPCT suggestion that Whakatōhea should be able to complete their settlement and have a Waitangi Tribunal Hearing.

We were pleased that the Waitangi Tribunal has finally agreed to allow the Whakatōhea claims to be heard and that the claimants will have a chance to present our grievances in that forum.

A parallel process: Whakatōhea’s pathway from AIP to Settlement

The Whakatōhea Pre Settlement Claims Trust has been working with the Crown on a process that would allow our settlement to be completed alongside the Tribunal Hearings.

We believe progressing both of these processes in parallel is the best possible outcome for Whakatōhea Iwi. The Trust will continue in its work for all of Whakatōhea and we look forward to moving forward with unity to ensure the aspirations of our tīpuna come to life.

The Ministers have yet to make a decision about a parallel process, but we see it as a win-win situation for Whakatōhea.

I encourage you to read our full pānui which also provides an update on the upcoming WPCT Trustee elections.
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to view the full pānui.

If you have any questions, I encourage you to contact the Trust on 07 315 6150, or send us an email at

Whakatōhea Maurua.

Graeme Riesterer
Whakatōhea Pre Settlement Claims Trust