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.
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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 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.

URGENT PĀNUI: Annual General Meeting moved to Waiaua Marae

Our Annual General Meeting today has now been moved to Waiaua Marae. The AGM will start at 10am, today, Saturday 30 March.

The road to Opape Marae has been blocked, so we have moved the AGM venue to Waiaua Marae.

A huge ngā mihi to Waiaua Marae for accommodating this important hui at short notice.

For those who cannot make it to the AGM today, we will be uploading a video of the hui after.

We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused to whānau and we encourage you to still come along and hear the latest updates from the Trust, and share your feedback on our mahi and where we are at in our Settlement journey.

The AGM agenda is below:

10.00 AM – AGM 
Chairman’s Report
Annual Report
Audited Financial Statements 

Resolutions:
To receive the Chair’s Report
To receive the Annual Report
To receive the Audited Financial Statements
General Business
Engagement Strategy with the Crown
Engagement Strategy with Hapū and Iwi
Deed of Mandate – amendments to the withdrawal clause
1.00 PM – LUNCH 

WPCT approach to continuing Negotiations following vote to “Test the Pulse of the People”

WPCT approach to continuing Negotiations following vote to “Test the Pulse of the People”

Tēnā koutou katoa,

Much of 2018 was absorbed by working towards the finding of the Tribunal Inquiry for an iwi-wide vote on whether there is support for the Whakatōhea Pre Settlement Claims Trust to continue to negotiate to reach a settlement.

Below are some key points to note

  • The results of the vote released in November of last year vote showed majority support for WPCT to continue to negotiate a settlement.
  • The Trust has never opposed a Waitangi Inquiry, just not at the expense of delaying negotiations.
  • The Trust has always sought to engage with processes that could support our aims for reconciliation. Our view is that these would be more useful if they were designed by Whakatōhea for Whakatōhea. 
  • The vote illustrated that an independent inquiry by the Waitangi Tribunal was important for a significant number of Whakatōhea.
  • Since the vote, the Trust has advocated for the Crown to make an exception for Whakatōhea and ensure that any settlement should not close the door on a Waitangi Tribunal Inquiry taking place. This would allow us to meet the aspirations expressed by the majority who want to continue negotiations and bring them to a conclusion, and those who want a Tribunal inquiry.
  • The Crown has agreed to explore what this option could look like and the Trust is supporting this process. This approach would allow:
    • Claimants to take forward our claims within the context of the Waitangi Tribunal
    • The Trust to take forward our settlement in the context of the Crown Negotiations
  • The Trust is also committed to continued engagement with hapū and Whakatōhea generally to broaden the support base for a settlement.

Should you have any questions, we encourage you to discuss them with the Trust. 

Nā māua, nā

Graeme Riesterer
Chairman


Notice of Annual General Meeting 2019

Notice of Annual General Meeting 2019

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Whakatōhea Pre Settlement Claims Trust invites you to join our upcoming Annual General Meeting. We encourage you and all our whānau to come along and hear the latest updates, and share your feedback.

SATURDAY 30 MARCH 2019
OPAPE MARAE, SH 35, OPAPE ROAD, ŌPŌTIKI

10.00 AM – AGM 
Chairman’s Report
Annual Report
Audited Financial Statements 

Resolutions:
To receive the Chair’s Report
To receive the Annual Report
To receive the Audited Financial Statements
General Business
Engagement Strategy with the Crown
Engagement Strategy with Hapū and Iwi
Deed of Mandate – amendments to the withdrawal clause
1.00 PM – LUNCH 

Note: Copies of the Annual Report are available on request from the Whakatōhea Pre Settlement Claims Trust Office. For any enquiries, please contact Gina Smith: Telephone 07 315 6150 or email gina.smith@whakatohea.co.nz.