Having your say on Settlement is important!

Jul 06, 2020 | latest

Kia ora whānau 

Over the past few months, we have been connecting with you to try and get your feedback and engagement on a few things. For example, recently we held a survey to ask for your feedback on the PSGE (Post Settlement Governance Entity). What its structure will look like, its responsibilities etc.  

We wanted to highlight how important it is for you to be engaged and have your say on Settlement. Mainly because, this Settlement is yours, your tamariki, and mokos. Without your voice guiding us, the Trust is but a shell. Your feedback is valued and needed. 

Without your input, how will we know what importance to put on Iwi matters such as the education of our tamariki, meaningful jobs to provide opportunities for whānau to move home, te reo and cultural revitalisation, and conservation of our whenua and moana.

And without your support, none of the above can happen. 

The Trustees of the Whakatōhea Pre Settlement Claims Trust are made up entirely of whānau members, all of whom represent either a hapū or marae. While all our trustee roopu personally support Settlement (because to us, it means a better future for our whānau), our trustees are still there to represent you, and therefore need to know your thoughts on Settlement. 

The Trust is here to listen, and by having your input, we can be sure we are making the right decisions that represent the majority of our Iwi. By telling us what you think, you are able to have your say about Settlement, and why it is important to you. 

There are many ways to do this. Every month, most of our hapū/marae have hapū hui. Hapū hui are incredibly important, and whānau may feel more comfortable conveying their views surrounded by their hapū whānau, rather than in a larger hui environment. So, we encourage all whānau to touch base with and attend these hui. If you are unsure of when or where the hui are, touch base with one of our Trustees. Each of them represent a hapū or marae and they will be able to help. Click here for a link to our Trustee page. 

In addition to hapū hui, every few months we have hui-ā-rohe, hui-ā-iwi, we have surveys and at the moment we are asking for feedback on our Historic Account. We currently have a draft Historic Account document but are seeking more input from whānau to ensure we have captured it correctly. Visit our website here if you would like to add to this or show your support. And finally we have Gina who can assist with any other queries you may have. She can be contact on gina.smith@whakatohea.co.nz 

What your support and feedback also does, is ensure that we are on the right path, and collectively, together, we can make Settlement happen. There will always be whānau who do not want to settle. They have their reasons and that is kei te pai. They are still our whānau and are entitled to their opinions. But when there are situations where these whānau are talking on behalf of hapū incorrectly, we need to know to ensure that Settlement is still, collectively, what the majority of our whānau want. And we will be here to support that. 

So much like your right to party, you might have to fight for it. Stand up and kōrero mai!

Ngā mihi ki a koutou
The Trust

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