After four weeks of voting and a series of information hui across Te Ika a Maui, voting on the Whakatōhea Settlement process has now closed.

The vote was recommended by the Waitangi Tribunal following its inquiry into the Trust’s mandate to negotiate a Treaty settlement on behalf of Whakatōhea. The Tribunal found that the Crown had breached the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi by recognising the mandate and recommended that settlement negotiations be paused while Whakatōhea vote on how to proceed. In doing so, the Tribunal recognised the package in the Agreement in Principle (AIP) was worth preserving.

Whakatōhea Pre Settlement Claims Trust (WPCT) thanks all whānau, iwi and hapū who took part in the vote, and who voted in favour of the Trust continuing negotiations.

“We have said before that this vote was an opportunity to test the pulse of Te Whakatōhea, and we look forward to finding out the outcome of the vote and communicating that in due course,” says Trust Chairman Graeme Riesterer.

“A heartfelt thank you to all those who have supported us through this journey, who continue to support us, and who want to see us move forward so we can achieve a strong future for our tamariki and mokopuna in this lifetime.”

The results will be released by the Independent Returning Officer after all the special votes have been verified. The Trust will communicate the outcome of the vote to you via the WPCT website, email pānui and Facebook as soon as the results are received.