Kaitieki o Ngati Maru, Ngati Kaipoho, Ngai Tawhiri, Ngati Ruapani ki Turanga

Settlement History

Mandate & Representation

  • Resolutions passed at Rongowhakaata Hui a Tau held on 27.10.02
  • Confirmation for Rongowhakaata Charitable Trust to lead negotiations for the Rongowhakaata Claim.
  • Rongowhakaata Charitable Trust to be administrative body for the total negotiation settlement process.
  • Resolution passed at Hui a Iwi held on 26.01.03 at Te Kuri a Tuatai the composition of the Rongowhakaata Claims Committee as which is as follows:
  • The five Trustees of the Rongowhakaata Charitable Trust
  • One representative from the following five Marae of Rongowhakaata; Ohako Marae, Manutuke Marae, Pahou Marae, Te Kuri a Tuatai Marae and Whakato Marae
  • Two representatives for the Taurahere
  • One representative for the Rongowhakaata Land Authorities.

NB: The Rongowhakaata Land Authorities chose not to select a representative to the Rongowhakaata Claims Committee.

  • Resolution passed at Rongowhakaata Charitable Trust Special Meeting at Pahou Marae 22.02.03.
  • That the five Nominees (Lewis Moeau, Stan Pardoe, Kristen Maynard, Jody Wyllie and Melissa (Meka) Whaitiri) be appointed as the Negotiating Team to negotiate settlement of the Rongowhakaata Treaty Claims.
  • The Meeting agreed that Lewis Moeau be the Chief Negotiator.
  • The Negotiators are mandated to negotiate a comprehensive settlement to the Rongowhakaata grievances.

NB: Five Rongowhakaata Negotiators were elected by the iwi. Following the resignation of the elected Chief Negotiator, Lewis Moeau, there are currently four Rongowhakaata Negotiators.

  • The endorsement of a Deed of Mandate by the iwi.
  • 30.11.03 Hui a Iwi: Rongowhakaata approved the Deed of Mandate. In draft for discussion with the Crown.
  • 14.05.05: Public Notification of Mandate to Negotiate Historical Treaty of Waitangi Claims by Crown.
  • 26.06.05 Special Hui a Iwi: Rongowhakaata approved an amendment to the Deed of Mandate to include reference to Ngä uri a Te Kooti Rikirangi and was subsequently accepted by the Crown.
  • 17.8.05: The Crown recognises the mandate of the Rongowhakaata Claims Committee and Rongowhakaata Negotiators.
  • The creation of the claims committee by the Iwi with representation for all marae, the Rongowhakaata Trust and two Rongowhakaata members selected by Rongowhakaata taura here groups.

Deed of Mandate

In summary, the deed provides that:

  • the negotiators and the claims committee have no mandate to commit the iwi to any settlement without the tribe’s endorsement;
  • the negotiators and claim committee are appointed, replaced and removed by the iwi;
  • the claims committee has the mandate to “lead and manage” the negotiation work programme;
  • the negotiators and the claims committee have duty to work co-operatively in the best interests of the iwi and to keep the tribe regularly informed and to consult with the iwi and obtain feedback as to the Crown settlement proposals;
  • the claims committee develops in concert with the iwi and the negotiators a negotiations framework, which sets out the tribe’s negotiations strategy;
  • 26 May 2007: Rongowhakaata signed the Turanga Terms of Negotiation to negotiate a settlement to the Rongowhakaata grievances. In doing so Rongowhakaata agreed to participate within the collective model (Turanga Manuwhiriwhiri) proposed by the Crown;
  • The Agreement In Principle (AIP) for Turanganui a Kiwa Treaty Settlements was signed at Mangatu Marae on 29 August 2008.

Deed of Mandate Approved at 26/06/2005 Hui A Iwi

Terms of Negotiation

  • 26 May 2007: Rongowhakaata signed the Turanga Terms of Negotiation to negotiate a settlement to the Rongowhakaata grievances. In doing so Rongowhakaata agreed to participate within the collective model (Turanga Manuwhiriwhiri) proposed by the Crown.

Agreement In Principle

  • The Agreement In Principle (AIP) for Turanganui a Kiwa Treaty Settlements was signed at Mangatu Marae on 29 August 2008.

Turanga AIP