Whakatōhea starts direct negotiations with the Crown.
Offer of $40m made to Whakatōhea.
Offer withdrawn and negotiations cease.
Te Ara Tono developed by Whakatōhea Raupatu Working Party.
Tu Ake Whakatōhea Collective established and developed Whakatōhea Mandate Strategy.
Whakatōhea vote accepts mandate strategy and WPCT established.
WPCT engage in direct negotiations with the Crown.
Agreement in Principle signed and Waitangi Tribunal Mandate Inquiry held.
Waitangi Tribunal finds Crown breach and recommends vote to check support for continuing with Settlement process.
Waitangi Tribunal District Inquiry commenced.
Minister of Treaty Negotiations approves for Settlement negotiations to continue in parallel with District Inquiry.
Meet with claimants.
PSGE mahi commence.
Komiti whiriwhiri work commences Place name changes & Historical account.
Minister Little visit.
Valuations mahi commences.
PSGE working party and hui a rohe workshops commence.
Hui a rohe update share shape of PSGE and online feedback.
Iwi neighbour hui – overlapping area of interest
Final shape of PSGE developed and shared at Hui a rohe.
Te Tāwharau o Te Whakatōhea name for PSGE announced.
Minister shares Open Letter with Te Whakatōhea.
Historical Account completed.
Waitangi Tribunal Priority Hearing & Recommendations.
Iwi neighbour hui – overlapping area of interest.
Deed of Settlement initialled.
Petitions objecting to Settlement received.
Communication & Engagement with petitioners.
In October 2016, the Whakatōhea Pre Settlement Claims Trust (WPCT) was set up to progress Treaty settlements with the Crown. In 2022, we will likely be proceeding with a vote to decide whether settlement will be supported. The Trust collectively represents about 15,000 whānau, and has representation from marae, hapū and the Whakatōhea Māori Trust Board. The Trust believes this settlement will bring us together and is an opportunity for our people to have a brighter, healthier, more prosperous future.
And we are almost there. We initialed the Deed of Settlement in 2021 worth more than $100m, one of the largest Settlements ever negotiated.
The proposed Settlement for Whakatōhea will provide the tools and a platform for our iwi to realise our aspirations for a prosperous future for our mokopuna. While no Settlement can ever fully compensate Whakatōhea for the wrongs done to our iwi, this is a great foundation for building a better future.
During May 2020 the Agreement in Principle was established. Since then we have been working toward a Deed of Settlement. With the support of whānau we are hoping to ratify (approve) the Deed of Settlement by the end of 2022.
But there have been many stages along the way for us to get where we are today. Following is a step by step guide on every stage of this journey, our journey, and an explanation as to what each stage means.
For the purposes of our settlement, the Whakatōhea claimant group encompasses the whakapapa of the descendants of Muriwai and Tūtāmure and those members (uri) who affiliate to one or more of the hapū and marae o Whakatōhea.
In 2010, Ngāti Ira, Ngāti Ngāhere, Ngāti Rua and Ngāti Patumoana regrouped to consider the next steps in settling our historic claims against the Crown. This grouping of hapū became known as the Tu Ake Whakatōhea Collective.
The Collective sought assistance from the Whakatōhea Māori Trust Board (Trust Board) to engage with iwi members of Whakatōhea. They sought to find the most appropriate way to provide a mandate to a representative entity to negotiate the settlement of the historical claims on behalf of Whakatōhea.
In November 2014, a draft mandate strategy was presented to the iwi for feedback and submissions. A total of 146 submissions were received, with 122 in support, five in partial support and 19 opposing. Changes were made to reflect submitters’ comments where agreed.
The mandate strategy was presented again for submission between 22 December 2014 and 13 February 2015, followed by another round of feedback in November 2015.
A further meeting was undertaken with the Crown, the Collective and those that opposed. After considering the issues raised in submissions on the draft mandate strategy, the Collective decided to finalise the strategy and submit it to the Crown. The Crown endorsed the final mandate strategy on 13 April 2016.
Photo of the initialling of the AIP in Paremata
On 3 June 2016 the voting process was completed and a resolution for the establishment of the Whakatōhea Pre-settlement Claims Trust was supported by 91.6% of Whakatōhea members. The nomination, election and appointment process was undertaken for six hapū trustees to be elected, eight marae representatives to be chosen, and one representative from the Whakatōhea Māori Trust Board to be appointed. On 16 July 2016, the Whakatōhea Pre-Settlement Trust was formed.
On 16 December 2016, the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations and the Minister for Māori Development recognised the mandate the Whakatōhea Pre-Settlement Trust had to negotiate a settlement on behalf of our iwi and hapū. This was a huge milestone for the Trust and for Whakatōhea.
The Trust signed our Terms of Negotiation on 17 December, 2016. This document sets out the ground rules for our negotiations with the Crown. It describes what the claimant group and the Crown want to achieve as they enter into direct negotiations. These terms of negotiation are non-binding.
You can read the Terms of Negotiation document here. View Here »
On 5 August 2017 at Waiaua Marae, the Crown presented a comprehensive Settlement offer to Whakatōhea. This would become the basis for the Agreement in Principle we would sign with the Crown later that month.
You can view the Whakatōhea Crown Offer here. View Here »
The Trust and the Crown signed our Agreement in Principle (AIP) for Whakatōhea in August 2017 in Wellington. It was an historic day for our iwi.
This document shows the redress that will be agreed to in the final settlement. It is not a legally binding document and does not describe what Whakatōhea will get in detail. Before signing this document the Trust consulted our people on the draft AIP. Now our AIP has been signed, the document is public, and anyone can read it to see the kind of settlement we, and the Crown, are proposing.
You can view the Whakatōhea Agreement in Principle (19MB) here. View Here »
We have now initialed the Whakatōhea Deed of Settlement. The only action now left to do is the process of ratification where you, as uri of Te Whakatōhea, get to vote on whether to accept the Deed of Settlement.
For an overview of the Deed of Settlement. View Here »
Otherwise, all the information you need to know about the Settlement is housed on this website and will be posted out to you by way of a ratification brochure when we get closer to the voting period.
Here is a link to the full Deed of Settlement Settlement – View Here »
All who whakapapa to Whakatōhea will have time to consider the settlement package on offer, ask questions, and ultimately vote on the Deed of Settlement and the Post Settlement Governance Entity
Our Iwi representatives and the Crown negotiate the settlement.Key milestones include:
The claimant group must agree to the proposed settlement before moving to the next stage. The Crown decides if the ratification voting shows ‘sufficient support’ for the settlement to go ahead. IT’S YOUR DECISION.
If ‘sufficient support’ is received, the Settlement goes through the lawmaking process, including:
The Crown and the claimant group work together to make sure everything agreed in the Deed of Settlement happens, including: