Kia ora whānau
Today we wanted to talk about the Trust and its history.
As we all know, Whakatōhea suffered significant prejudice as a result of various Crown acts or omissions since 1840, including the large-scale confiscation of Whakatōhea whenua in the 1860s. Whakatōhea tangata whenua have carried this mamae for generations.
Negotiations first started with the New Zealand Government in 1987. Along the way there have been changes to the name of the roopu representing you, but who was representing you has stayed the same. Whakatōhea whānau are representing Whakatōhea Iwi. All Trustees on the Whakatōhea Pre Settlement Claims Trust are of Whakatōhea descent and elected by you.
Whakatōhea elect each and every one of our Trustees, and each and every one of our Trustees represents either a hapū or marae. Therefore, our Trustees come to our Trust hui representing your voice, and your aspirations and makes sure that these are heard.
Since 1987, we have had many whānau who were involved in negotiations, but sadly, some who have since passed on and not seen Settlement come to pass. Today we still have whānau who were involved from the start, who and are still working tirelessly for your rights.
Those who are still with us say reverently, that they want this raupatu healed. They do this for their whānau now, and for their moko’s, moko’s. Or that they would love to have all their whānau around them, living and thriving in a prosperous Ōpōtiki. A reality that could happen once Settlement is reached.
Our Chairman, Graeme (Paki) Riesterer says “It would be great if all of our Iwi had the opportunity and choice to live and work in our rohe, and know that they were able to get employment in Ōpōtiki and earn what they are able to in any part of the world”.
Over the next couple of months on Facebook and Instagram, we will be profiling your Trustees, so you can get to know who they are and where they come from. What their aspirations are and why they support Settlement. If you haven’t already, attend your marae or hapū hui and get to know who these Trustees are. Use your voice and kōrero mai.
Voting on Settlement will happen this year #Whakatōhea2020. Get to know your Trustees and educate yourself on Settlement and what this could mean for you and your whānau.