Come along to our Hui-ā-Iwi and Hui-ā-Rohe

Come along to our Hui-ā-Iwi and Hui-ā-Rohe

We are pleased to be able to continue our settlement negotiations for Whakatōhea.

Come along and join us at our Hui-ā-Iwi and Hui-ā-Rohe and hear about the next steps in our settlement journey.

We will discuss the following topics:

·         The Minister’s decision to resume negotiations and what a parallel process looks like

·         A recap on where we are at in the Negotiations process

·         Where to from here – what are the key tasks to complete a settlement?

·         How whānau and hapū can get involved.

 

Hui Details:

 

HUI-Ā-IWI


KUTARERE

SATURDAY 19 OCTOBER 2019
Kutarere Marae, Main Road, Kutarere
1pm to 3pm
Followed by a shared tea

 

HUI-Ā-ROHE


WHAKATĀNE

TUESDAY 29 OCTOBER 2019
Eastbay REAP, 21 Pyne Street, Whakatāne
6pm to 8pm
Followed by a shared supper

ROTORUA
WEDNESDAY 30 OCTOBER 2019
Taharangi Marae, 26 Tarewa Road, Ohinemutu, Rotorua
6pm to 8pm
Followed by a shared supper

MOUNT MAUNGANUI
THURSDAY 31 OCTOBER 2019
Club Mount Maunganui, 45 Kawaka Street, Mount Maunganui
6pm to 8pm
Followed by a shared supper

HAMILTON
FRIDAY 1 NOVEMBER 2019
University of Waikato – Hamilton
S Ground Foyer, S.G.03
6pm to 8pm
Followed by a shared supper

AUCKLAND
SATURDAY 2 NOVEMBER 2019
Glen Eden Primary School, 3 Glenview Road, Auckland
10am to 12pm
Followed by a shared lunch

WELLINGTON
SUNDAY 3 NOVEMBER 2019
Brentwood Hotel, 16 Kemp Street, Kilbirnie, Wellington
10am to 12pm
Followed by a shared lunch

 

We look forward to seeing you there.

If you have any enquiries, please contact Gina Smith:
Ph: (07) 315 6150 | Email: gina.smith@whakatohea.co.nz

Nau Mai, Haere Mai, Koutou Katoa.

Graeme Riesterer
CHAIRMAN
Whakatōhea Pre Settlement Claims Trust

 

 

Clarification on election of Trustees from Ngāti Patu and Ngāti Rua

Kia ora e te whānau – we’ve had some questions about the upcoming election of Trustees from Ngāti Patu and Ngāti Rua around eligibility to vote if they are not recorded on the roll of beneficiaries maintained by the Whakatōhea Māori Trust Board. We are holding elections for Ngāti Patu and Ngāti Rua as they each had more than one nomination for the position of Hapū representative on the Whakatōhea Pre-Settlement Claims Trust.

Please see clarification below from Election Services, the Independent Chief Returning Officer, on this.

“If an adult member is not recorded on the roll of beneficiaries maintained by WMTB, but wishes to vote in the election of Trustees, that person must:

  1. Complete an application for registration on the roll of beneficiaries maintained by WMTB, and submit a voting paper, and
  2. If the registration is validated, then the Chief Returning Officer will accept and count the vote.

Election Services can then send out “special packs” to each applicant, and they must return their registration form with their vote. Election Services will then scan and email the registration forms to you, for validation.

This is covered under clause 6.3 of the Second Schedule in the WPCT Trust Deed.

Note, if the applicant wants to vote in the trustee election, but does not want to be registered on the WMTB database, they must still fill in the registration form (and vote) with enough detail for the whakapapa committee to validate them. They will need to mark on the registration form that they don’t wish for their details to be kept by WMTB on the database. If this occurs, the Chief Returning Officer and the whakapapa committee are entitled to hold the applicant’s details for voting purposes and the validation purposes. Once complete, the applicant’s details are then destroyed.

If you have any questions relating to the Trustee Elections, please contact Election Services (Returning Office) on 0800 922 822, or email info@electionservices.co.nz, as they are running this process.

Whakatōhea Pre Settlement Claims Trust pleased with Crown decision to continue settlement negotiations

Whakatōhea Pre Settlement Claims Trust (the Trust) is pleased with the Crown’s decision to continue settlement negotiations with Whakatōhea without delay, and in parallel to the Waitangi Tribunal District Inquiry into claims for the north-eastern Bay of Plenty area.

Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Hon Andrew Little confirmed this decision today in an open letter published online where he outlined the Crown’s rationale for resuming negotiations with the Trust.

Chairman Graeme Riesterer explains the Crown and Whakatōhea negotiated an Agreement in Principle in 2017, but negotiations were put on hold during an iwi-wide voting process recommended by the Waitangi Tribunal following its inquiry into the Trust’s mandate to negotiate a Treaty settlement on behalf of Whakatōhea.

“We advocated strongly for a parallel process in response to the views expressed by Whakatōhea in the vote last year, and it’s great to now have a decision that endorses the continuation of our settlement negotiations alongside a Waitangi Tribunal inquiry,” says Mr Riesterer.

“This is an important next step for the Whakatōhea settlement journey. The Trust is now focused on moving forward, in consultation with Whakatōhea hapū and whānau, to transform our Agreement in Principle into a Deed of Settlement for all our iwi to vote on in the future.”

“We remain as committed as ever to ensuring the aspirations of our tīpuna come to life, and we will be holding hui around the country to communicate the next steps to our iwi and how they can be involved in the coming months.”

“We thank Minister Little for acknowledging that Whakatōhea Iwi have waited a long time for the Crown to make amends for its breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi, and for taking this approach which will minimise any further delays to settling our historical Treaty claims,” says Mr Riesterer.

Mr Riesterer says the Crown’s decision is timely as elections for new hapū trustees open today, so iwi will now be able to vote for new trustees knowing it is these trustees who will have a say in future negotiations with the Crown towards a Deed of Settlement.

“It is important that all Whakatōhea uri come along with us on this journey. We need to work together to heal the wounds of the past and bring about a prosperous and sustainable future for all our people.”

Minister Little’s full open letter can be accessed here.

Nominations are now open for WPCT Hapū Trustee Elections

Nominations for WPCT Hapū representatives are now open.

WPCT is initiating an open and independent voting process, consistent with the WPCT Trust Deed, to elect the Hapū representatives. Election Services has been appointed as the Chief Returning Officer to co-ordinate the voting process for Hapū Trustee Elections.

The Nomination Form is available for download on our website. Download the form here. You can also request a nomination form by contacting the Returning Officer – 0800 922 822 or info@electionservices.co.nz. All forms must be with the Returning Officer no later than 12 noon Thursday 19 September 2019.

If there is more than one nomination from any hapū, an election will be held on Tuesday 29 October 2019. If an election is required, voting papers will be issued from Monday 30 September 2019 to eligible registered adult members of Whakatōhea.

The Trust provides for representation by 15 trustees. This includes 1 trustee from each of the 6 Whakatōhea hapū (Ngai Tamahaua, Ngāti Rua, Ngāti Patumoana, Ngāti Ngahere, Ngāti Ira, Upokorehe) respectively, 1 trustee appointed by each of the 8 Whakatōhea Marae (Opape, Omarumutu, Waiaua, Terere, Opeke, Maromahue, Kutarere, Roimata), and 1 trustee appointed by the Whakatōhea Māori Trust Board.

More information on WPCT Hapū Trustee Elections can be found here.

Please note, the Marae representatives will also go through their own selection process, which will be managed through their respective marae committees. Please refer to clause 6.4 (b) and (c) of the WPCT Trust Deed for more detail on this process. The Trust Deed can be accessed here.

An update on our settlement negotiations and Trustee Elections

An update on our settlement negotiations and Trustee Elections

AUGUST 2019 PĀNUI 

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.
Click here
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 gina.smith@whakatohea.co.nz.

Whakatōhea Maurua.

Graeme Riesterer
CHAIRMAN
Whakatōhea Pre Settlement Claims Trust

READ OUR FULL UPDATE HERE

Whakatōhea Pre Settlement Claims Trust welcomes Waitangi Tribunal decision to hold district inquiry

Whakatōhea Pre Settlement Claims Trust (the Trust) has welcomed the Waitangi Tribunal’s decision this week to hold a district inquiry into claims for the north-eastern Bay of Plenty area.

While the results of the Whakatōhea vote in November last year showed majority support for the Trust to continue to negotiate a settlement for the Iwi, it also illustrated that an independent Waitangi Tribunal inquiry was important to a significant number of Iwi members.

Chairman Graeme Riesterer says that the Trust has strongly advocated to the Crown to allow a Waitangi Tribunal hearing to occur either alongside or even after negotiations are completed.

“Our people believe it is important to have our stories and history told so we are heartened that the Waitangi Tribunal had finally granted an inquiry, especially, given that the initial Whakatōhea claims were filed over 30 years ago.”

However, the Trust believes the Tribunal should revisit its chosen boundaries as they have cut off the western and southern reaches of the Whakatōhea rohe. This means that the proposed inquiry can’t look into all aspects of the Whakatōhea claims.

“We would have thought that an inquiry into our grievances would have at least been comprehensive. However, with the district inquiry now confirmed, the Trust will continue to work with our people and the Crown to progress settlement negotiations to create a win-win situation for Whakatōhea,” says Mr Riesterer.

Mr Riesterer says the Trust remains committed to continued engagement with all Whakatōhea to broaden support for a settlement.

“We are hopeful that we can transform our Agreement in Principle into a Deed of Settlement for all our Iwi to vote on in the future,” says Mr Riesterer.

“We urge all Whakatōhea uri to come along with us on this journey, so that together we can begin to heal the wounds of the past and bring about a prosperous future for our people.”

About the North-Eastern Bay of Plenty district inquiry (Wai 1750)

The North-Eastern Bay of Plenty district inquiry relates to the southern portion of the north-eastern Bay of Plenty area where the Tribunal has not previously held a district inquiry. While Whakatōhea historical claims would be a key focus of the Inquiry, this broader North-Eastern Bay of Plenty district inquiry would also hear Whakatōhea claimants’ contemporary grievances, and the claims of any claimants within the inquiry district not affiliated to Whakatōhea who wish to bring them before the Tribunal.