An update on our journey to settlement

E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā karangatanga maha, tenā koutou katoa!

2018 was a crucial year for our iwi. We initialled our draft Deed of Settlement in March 2018, and the ratification process took place in October and November 2018 – with you voting ‘āe’ in support of our settlement.

At the start of this year, in February 2019, we received notification from the Crown that the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, Hon Andrew Little, and Te Minita Whanaketanga Māori had reviewed the ratification results for our Deed of Settlement. The Crown confirmed that they believe the ratification results show sufficient support from our iwi members for the Deed of Settlement to progress.

However, at this point in time the Crown has indicated it is unwilling to sign the Deed of Settlement for Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tāmaki Nui-a-Rua Settlement Trust until the outcome of the Waitangi Tirbunal hearings (Pouākani Remedies - Wai 85, and Wairarapa ki Tararua District Inquiry - Wai 863 & Wai 429) that are currently underway, are known. Because of several factors including government resourcing and availability, the Waitangi Tribunal hearings will not be completed until around December 2019. Therefore the Crown will not sign our Deed of Settlement until well after these hearings have taken place.

While further delays are frustrating, we must allow this process to run its course. The Crown has also acknowledged this is a cause for frustration for us, and that it has already been a long path for Ngāti Kahungunu. We apologise for the disappointment caused. It certainly wasn’t the timeframe we had expected, but we remain positive and dedicated to this kaupapa so we can build a brighter future for our people.

For more information on the status of the Waitangi Tribunal hearings (Pouākani Remedies - Wai 85 and Wairarapa ki Tararua District Inquiry - Wai 863 & Wai 429) click here.

We will continue to keep you informed on the progress and outcomes. In the meantime, you can contact any of your Trustees, or the administration team, with any queries or questions.

Nākū noa, nā
Robin Potangaroa
Chairman

About the Trust

The purpose of Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tāmaki Nui-a-Rua Settlement Trust is to represent all our iwi members in negotiating the settlement of our Treaty of Waitangi grievances with the Crown.

The initial Trust was established in December 2010 following extensive consultation with our iwi, hapū and marae. Our trustees were elected by Ngā Hapū Karanga.

We have now transitioned to our Settlement Trust as we work towards completing this important kaupapa for all those who whakapapa to Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tāmaki Nui-a-Rua.

Register

Everyone who has whakapapa to Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tāmaki Nui-a-Rua is welcome to register with us.

Why register?

Registering is the first step to:

  • Staying up to date – you’ll receive regular pānui on important issues and decisions affecting our Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tāmaki Nui-a-Rua Settlement
  • Having your say – if there are any further votes on matters related to our Treaty Settlement in the future, registered members 18 years or older will be able to vote and have their say.

Or, if you want to know more about your Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tāmaki Nui-a-Rua whakapapa, please contact us on 0800 559 867 or info@kkwtnr.org.nz – we can help.

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