Meri Kirihimete 2019 to all our whānau at home and abroad

Meri Kirihimete 2019 to all our whānau at home and abroad

Message from the Chairman

Tēnā koutou katoa,

As we close 2019, we take the opportunity to look back on the year that has been for our Iwi.

Continuation of settlement negotiations

After many months of our settlement negotiations being at a standstill, we were pleased to finally be able to re-continue negotiations with the Crown in October of this year.

The Crown has recognised the commitment of the Trust, and the support of our people to move 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.

Our Settlement means opportunity for Whakatōhea. It is a comprehensive settlement of $100 million (plus accrued interest of approximately $4 million) which will help us equip our iwi to assert huge authority and influence over and within our rohe in a practical expression of mana whenua and mana moana. It will also help generate jobs to ensure that our people can return home and be successful. We are also keen to ensure a meaningful historic account is included in our settlement and this will be a significant focus of our discussions with hapū and the Crown in the coming year.

I encourage you to read our AIP here for more detail on what has been negotiated so far. The infographic in this pānui also provides a clear snapshot of the key features of our settlement.

If you have any questions on our settlement, I encourage you to contact the Trust on 07 315 6150, or send us an email at gina.smith@whakatohea.co.nz.

District Inquiry

You will be well aware that earlier this year, in June, the Waitangi Tribunal announced a Waitangi Tribunal District Inquiry into claims for the north-eastern Bay of Plenty area.

Importantly, the Minister of Treaty Negotiations’ decision to resume negotiations, means our settlement does not have to wait for the District Inquiry to be complete – negotiations can happen in parallel to what the Trust recognises is an important process for our people.

This is the best possible outcome for Whakatōhea and means everyone will get what they asked for in the recent vote.

Hapū elections

In August, the Trust initiated an open and independent voting process, consistent with the WPCT Trust Deed, to elect our Hapū and Marae Representatives.

The Hapū and Marae Representatives for the next three years are:

  • Dave Ngatai
  • Audrey Renata
  • Graeme Riesterer
  • Erin Moore
  • Linda Grave
  • Pare Mafi
  • Tahu Taia
  • Mana Pirihi
  • Anau Apanui
  • Jason Kurei
  • Keita Hudson
  • Muriwai Kahaki
  • Bruce Pukepuke

The Whakatōhea Māori Trust Board Representative is Robert Edwards.

The Trust looks forward to working with all over the coming years.

Hui-Ā-Iwi and Hui-Ā-Rohe

It was great to see whānau at our Hui-Ā-Iwi and Hui-Ā-Rohe across Te Ika a Māui in October through to December. It was encouraging to see familiar faces and also a few new faces supporting our kaupapa for Whakatōhea.

We have also put together some ‘mythbusters’ for whānau to refer to when it comes to our settlement negotiations and other matters. I encourage you to read these here.

In particular, here are some key facts:

  • The Trust has the mandate to carry out Treaty settlement negotiations.
  • The benefits of the settlement will go to Whakatōhea, not the WMTB, or our negotiators.
  • Tribunal Report will not increase the value of our Settlement.
  • The Trust is not part of the Waitangi Tribunal District Inquiry.
  • The Trust did not set the questions for the vote in 2018 – these questions were suggested by the Waitangi Tribunal in its Mandate Inquiry Report.
  • Our settlement will not have an impact on the MACA claims – this is part of another process.

We hope we were able to answer any pātai you had at the hui and from information on our website, and we look forward to seeing you at future hui over the coming year.

What’s in store for 2020?

We look forward, now, more than ever to what 2020 has in store for our Iwi. Our aim is to make 2020 the year where we will finally transform our Agreement in Principle into a Deed of Settlement for you to have your say on. We will be looking for input from whānau and hapū into the Historic Account, Crown Acknowledgements, Statements of Association, Overlapping Claims, and the Post-Settlement Governance Entity.

We look forward to connecting with you next year through Hui-Ā-Iwi and Hui-Ā-Rohe, pānui, our website and social media where we will ensure you are updated on any news and updates relating to our settlement negotiations.

As we move into 2020, we assure you that the Trust will continue in its mahi for all of Whakatōhea, so that the ambitions our tīpuna had for us can become a reality, so that our mokopuna and their mokopuna can grow and prosper in our rohe, and beyond.

On behalf of all our Trustees, we extend a heartfelt mihi to Whakatōhea whānui who continued to stand by the Trust throughout 2019. We thank you for your patience, and for your continued support as we work to realise an enduring settlement for Te Whakatōhea.

Now, the festive season is almost here, and we, your Trustees wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Importantly, we hope you stay safe this festive season, and get to enjoy quality time with whānau. Mā te Atua e manaaki, e arahia, e tiaki hoki i ā tātou katoa i roto i te Kirihimete me te Tau Hou ka heke mai nei.

Whakatōhea Maurua.

Graeme Riesterer
Chairman

 

READ OUR FULL PĀNUI HERE

READ OUR FULL PĀNUI HERE

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