The AIP holds the promise of much opportunity for Whakatōhea – it will help equip our Iwi to assert authority and influence over and within our rōhe in a practical expression of mana whenua and mana moana. In social terms it will help generate jobs to ensure that our people can return home and prosper.

Click here for a link through to the Whakatōhea AIP.


    • Transfer of sites totalling over 6,692 ha
    • Chapter in the Bay of Plenty CMS covering 83,000 ha
    • Cultural Materials Plan and DecisionMaking Framework
    • RFR over Crown land in Whakatōhea rohe
    • Reserve Land Development Fund (Opape & Hiwarau)
    • Statutory acknowledgements over certain waterways
    • Up to 5,000 ha reserved for aquaculture development near Opotiki
    • Marine and harbour development fund that includes support for a resource application by Whakatōhea
    • Offer to make Ohiwa Harbour Implementation Forum permanent (subject to agreement of Forum)
    • Commitments from the Tertiary Education Commission to work with Whakatōhea
    • Education Endowment Fund
    • Te Reo Revitalisation Fund
    • Cultural Revitalisation Fund
    • Return of key sites potentially suitable for cultural development
    • Relationship redress with government agencies and Ministers
Reserve lands development fund
Cultural revitalisation fund
Te Reo revitalisation fund
Education endowment fund
Marine and harbour development fund
$ 100,000,000

We have been able to negotiate one of the largest Settlement packages to ever have been negotiated with the Crown.

In addition to the $100m there is also a significant amount of land being returned (6692ha). This is far in excess of what is normally provided and recognises the subsequent land loss through non-raupatu means. Similarly, the 5000ha of marine space has never before been used as Settlement redress but will provide additional value once consented. Our relationship with the Tertiary Education Commission is also unique and provides additional leverage into getting appropriate training for our people.

Part of the raupatu were lands confiscated and sold privately. We can’t get back these privately-owned lands within this Settlement. However, the Settlement will provide us with the seeds to assert effective control within our rōhe. As lands become available, we can purchase them if we want. An ongoing aspiration is to achieve complete ownership of our rōhe even if it is one acre at a time.

In comparison to other Iwi, we are in the top 7 Settlements of all time. Only 7 Settlements have been more than $100 million. Within that top 7, we have the highest per person ratio, in that all of the others have had significantly higher populations. See the infographic to see how this Settlement compares against other Iwi Settlements.

Group Quantum Added Value Total Population (2013) Raupatu Report at AIP
Waikato-Tainui (Raupatu) 170 million 60 million (approx.) 230 million 40,083 Yes No
Ngai Tahu 170 million 50 million (approx. and still contested) 220 million 54,819 No No
Tuhoe 169 million - 169 million 34,887 Yes No (had inquiry)
Ngai Tahu 90 million 20 million 110 million 71,049 No No
Heretaunga Tamatea 100 million 5 million 105 million 15,900 No No
Te Tira Whakaemi 100 million - - - No No
Whakatōhea (2017) 85 million 85 million + marine space 100 million + marine space 12,177 Yes No
Whakatōhea (1996) 40 million - 40 million 8000+ (1996 estimate) Yes No
Maniapoto 165 million - 165 million 35,358 Yes No (had inquiry)

Redress within the Whakatōhea Area of Interest


Let us know your thoughts on the Historical Account.



The primary purpose of the Historical Account (for the Crown) is to show the historical relationship between the Crown and Whakatōhea and provide context for the acknowledgements.

The Historical Account is being drafted at the moment and you have the chance to read it and suggest additions via the WPCT trustees or the Komiti Whiriwhiri Hītori.

The Historic Account sets out a concise history of Whakatōhea and its raupatu. It also sets out the range of Whakatōhea grievances with the Crown. It has been developed from various research reports and verified with our whānau over the past few years. It is not the entire history of Whakatōhea but is an important component of the Settlement process as this account will sit within the Deed of Settlement and will be the basis by which the Crown acknowledges any breaches to the Treaty and creates an Apology.

The Deed of Settlement, and therefore the Historic Account, will sit in the legislation that is passed once the Settlement has been ratified (accepted and voted on by Whakatōhea).

Here are some links to resources that support the Historical Account:
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We need you to have your say, Kōrero mai.

Here is a link to the DRAFT Whakatōhea Historical Account. View Here »