20-May-2010

Hon Chris Finlayson

Hui with Minster for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations – Hon Chris Finlayson

An invitation was extended to the Iwi Trust to attend a meeting in Wellington with the Minster of Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Hon Chris Finlayson on Wednesday the 19th of May.  Jamie Tuuta and I attended as Iwi Trust representatives, and Ward Kamo attended as Interim Trust Secretary.

The Minister had requested the Hui with Wharekauri Iwi representatives so he could outline the Government’s Foreshore and Seabed review, discuss the status of Te Whaanga, and canvas broad views of a possible Treaty settlement for Wharekauri.

The meeting was very positive, with the Minister outlining his thinking regarding Te Whaanga.  He outlined his view that Te Whaanga should be set aside from any review legislation.  He shared his understanding of our relationship to Te Whaanga and the circumstances of the eleventh hour inclusion of Te Whaanga in the Foreshore and Seabed Act 2004 and the flow-on impact that has had for us.  Overall, the Minister has a healthy view of our situation that bodes well for our Iwi.

The wider issue of the Foreshore and Seabed was discussed.  The Iwi Trust remains of the view that Wharekauri is unique and distinct and therefore should be treated this way in any review of the Foreshore and Seabed Act.  Although there remains a high likelihood that Ngati Mutunga would be able to meet legal tests established under the previous Foreshore and Seabed legislation and those proposed as part of the current review it is preferable that an alternative approach be developed – this may include direct negotiation with the Crown.  As with Te Whaanga we requested that Wharekauri as a whole be set aside from any replacement regime for the Foreshore and Seabed Act with a view to ongoing discussions at Treaty settlement time.  The Minister undertook to consider this and revert back to us within 10 days.  

The Minister outlined his desire to enter settlement negotiations with Wharekauri Iwi to resolve our longstanding grievances.  We discussed the various settlement mechanisms and what might be achieved more broadly through a Treaty Settlement to benefit Ngati Mutunga and Wharekauri.  We reiterated our intention to seek a mandate on behalf of Ngati Mutunga.  We also outlined our desire to see the settlement process focus on the longstanding issues of Wharekauri economic, social and cultural wellbeing.  Our view is to see a settlement that not only promotes the mana of Ngati Mutunga o Wharekauri, but that also significantly contributes to a sustainable Wharekauri community for all of our tamariki and mokopuna.

The hui concluded with the Minister giving an undertaking to outline to us his views on a way forward within the next few weeks.  We extended an invitation to him to visit us on-island which he has accepted subject to a suitable date.

Overall, the hui represents a positive and exciting step forward for us.  We shared our hui time with our Moriori counterparts and we all engaged in a frank, collegial and reassuring korero on matters that we share much in common – and that includes the Crown as well.  

We’ll keep you all updated as matters progress.

Noho ora mai tatou

Paula Page.

2010 Trust Deed Changes Poll – Declaration of Poll Result

I declare the results for the Trust Deed Change Poll held on Thursday 22nd April 2010.

Resolution 1
To approve the special resolutions that will reduce Trustee numbers from 9 to 7 by reducing Wharekauri Trustee
representation from 7 to 5.
i) Amend section 11.1 of the Trust Deed reducing the total Trustee number from 9 to 7.
ii) Amend section 11.2 of the Trust Deed reducing the Wharekauri Trustee number from 7 to 5.

Votes Received
YES/AE 115
NO/KAORE 12
Informal Blank 4
The majority (being 87.79%) of those voting on Resolution 1 voted YES/AE.

Resolution 2
To approve the special resolutions that will streamline all voting processes in the Trust Deed by requiring all
elections be run by an independent returning officer.
i) Amend schedule 3, section 2.9 of the Trust Deed allowing an independent electoral officer or organisation to
be appointed by the Ngäti Mutunga o Wharekauri Iwi Trust, as the Returning Officer
ii) Amend schedule 4, section 1.1 of the Trust Deed changing the secretary to Returning Officer
iii) Amend schedule 4, section 1.2 (d) of the Trust Deed changing the secretary to Returning Officer and
requiring ballot forms be received at the address notified by the Returning Officer
iv) Amend schedule 4, section 1.3 (a) (ii) of the Trust Deed changing the secretary to Returning Officer and
requiring ballot forms be received at the address notified by the Returning Officer
v) Amend schedule 4, section 1.4 (a) (i) of the Trust Deed changing the secretary to Returning Officer
vi) Amend schedule 4, section 1.4 (c) of the Trust Deed changing the secretary to Returning Officer
vii) Amend schedule 4, section 1.5 of the Trust Deed allowing an independent electoral officer or organisation to
be appointed by the Ngäti Mutunga o Wharekauri Iwi Trust, as the Returning Officer

Votes Received
YES/AE 119
NO/KAORE 6
Informal Blank 4
The majority (being 90.84%) of those voting on Resolution 2 voted YES/AE.

I therefore declare that the proposed Trust Deed Changes for Ngati Mutunga o Wharekauri Iwi Trust are
ACCEPTED.

Ward Kamo
Returning Officer – Ngati Mutunga o
Wharekauri Iwi Trust
027 6595360

Warwick Lampp
Electoral Officer – Ngati Mutunga o Wharekauri
Iwi Trust
0508 666 447
wlampp@electionz.com


New Board Members Announced

The Trust is pleased to announce the new Ngati Mutunga o Wharekauri Asset Holding Company Directors. We are  fortunate to have such an experienced board and look forward to bringing more news of our developments in the future. To read the profiles of each Board member please refer to the Directors page on this site.

Jamie Tuuta - Chair
Robin Page
Tom McClurg
Joseph Thomas
Andrew Harrison