Chairman’s end of year message
Tēnā koutou katoa,
We had always expected that this year would be a crucial one for our iwi – and it has certainly delivered. I am pleased to say that together we have reached several key milestones in our journey to settlement and achieved many other positive outcomes for our people.
On 22 March 2018, the Crown and Trustees of Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tāmaki Nui-a- Rua Settlement Trust initialled the draft Deed of Settlement (iDOS). It was an emotional and momentous day that marked a significant milestone for our iwi. Behind the scenes there was a lot of hard mahi put in to get us to this point, and we’ve faced a number of delays as a result of Crown resourcing issues.
Since then we have been working hard to move towards one of the most crucial parts of our settlement – ratification. This took place in October and November 2018 and results from the ratification show that the majority of our people vote in support of the settlement going ahead.
The report of the ratification results has been provided to the Office of Treaty Settlements and Te Puni Kōkiri. These departments have advised the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations and the Minister for Māori Development on whether there is sufficient support from our iwi members for Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tāmaki Nui-a-Rua and the Crown to sign the Deed of Settlement.
What happens next
The Ministers will make their decision and will let the Trustees know if there is sufficient support – we expect to get an update from them early in the New Year. We will then make a further announcement to all members through pānui, on our website, Facebook page and in newspapers.
If the Crown deems there is sufficient support, there will be an official signing of the Deed of Settlement by the Crown, the Trustees of the Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tamaki nui-ā-Rua Settlement Trust and any members of our iwi who want to sign in support. This will be a momentous and historic occasion for Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tāmaki Nui-a-Rua. The Settlement Trust will provide details of this event closer to the time.
Waitanga Tribunal Hearings
Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tāmaki Nui-a-Rua Settlement Trust have filed an application for resumption of Ngāumu Forest and has been involved in Waitangi Tribunal Hearings in December 2018. This resumption application has also been filed on behalf of two other applicants, Takare Leach and Haami Te Whaiti. This is in response to the application for resumption of Ngāumu Forest filed by Ngāi Tūmapūhia-ā-rangi hapū.
The Trust firmly believes that the Waitangi Tribunal should not make a resumption order in favour of Ngāi Tūmapūhia-ā-rangi hapū because they are not the appropriate group to receive the land.
However, if the Waitangi Tribunal feels it must make a resumption order, we believe the land should be returned to the Trust so that all of Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tāmaki Nui-a-Rua can benefit from the return. Currently, Ngāumu Forest is to eventually be provided to the Trust by virtue of the wider Settlement we have initialled with the Crown.
It is our duty to preserve and protect the settlement we have negotiated with the Crown, which was ratified by a strong majority of our people. That is why we have acted swiftly to file this resumption.
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 hearing is known.
Te au hou
We are listening whānau, and you have voted yes to move forward through our settlement. We believe it is our time and we look forward to 2019. Our iwi have fought long and hard for this, and the next few steps we take will be important in uniting us together, for our future. We hope to see progress early in the new year, so we can build a brighter future for our rangatahi.
I would like to mihi my fellow Trustees – both new and preceding – for their dedication and mahi for the progress of our iwi. They have all shown great commitment to their kaupapa of engaging with our people, listening to your kōrero, and representing your views at our Board table.
Whatever happens going forward, we are all whānau.
Wishing you a safe and happy harerei.
Ngā mihi o te wā me Te Hou.
Nākū noa, nā
Results from the vote on our Settlement – You said āe
Voting on our Settlement is now closed. We are very pleased to share that the results report from the independent auditor showed that 71.7 percent voted yes/āe in support of the Trust signing the Deed of Settlement on behalf of the iwi.
A total of 71.5 percent also voted yes/āe in support of the resolution for the Trust to acquire the two Landcorp farms – Wairio Station and Rangedale Station - on behalf of the iwi.
Thank you to all our whānau who had their say! You have spoken, and we have heard – it’s time for us to unite and move forward.
You can read the Ratification Information Booklet online here.
Notice of Annual General Meeting 2018
The Annual General Meeting of the Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tāmaki Nui-a-Rua Settlement Trust was held on Saturday, 8 December 2018 at Dannevirke RSA.
You can download a copy of the 2018 Annual Report here.
Edward Carlton Holmes Memorial Scholarship 2019
Applications are now open for the Edward Carlton Holmes Memorial Scholarship 2019 for those registered members of Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tāmaki Nui ā Rua Settlement Trust who have children attending Secondary School.
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.
Everyone who has whakapapa to Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tāmaki Nui-a-Rua is welcome to register with us.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org – we can help.