31-Oct-2013

Notification of Draft Mandate Strategy for Treaty Settlement Negotiations

Notification of Draft Mandate Strategy for Treaty Settlement Negotiations: Ngāti Mutunga o Wharekauri

In July 2013, the Ngāti Mutunga o Wharekauri Iwi Trust (NMoWIT) submitted a draft mandate strategy to the Crown detailing their proposed mandate process to gain a Crown-recognised mandate to represent Ngāti Mutunga o Wharekauri in negotiations for the comprehensive settlement of their historical Treaty of Waitangi claims. Te Puni Kōkiri now invites submissions on the submitted mandate strategy.

The draft mandate strategy states that NMoWIT seeks a mandate to negotiate all of the historical claims of Ngāti Mutunga o Wharekauri whether registered or unregistered, relating to Crown actions and omissions that occurred prior to 21 September 1992. Negotiations between Ngāti Mutunga o Wharekauri and the Crown will include Wai numbers: 54, 65, 181, 460, and 1382.

NMoWIT notifies that Wai 64, 308, and 417 are historical Treaty of Waitangi claims to Rekohu/ Wharekauri by Moriori. Ngāti Mutunga o Wharekauri and Moriori share overlapping interests within these claims. Where there are overlapping interests, the settlement negotiations will apply as they relate to Ngāti Mutunga o Wharekauri.

The draft strategy outlines that NMoWIT will hold an inclusive mandate process. It will use Electionz.com, an independent election company, to manage the voting process, which includes postal votes, internet voting, voting at mandate hui. NMoWIT will also provide a special vote option for Ngāti Mutunga o Wharekauri iwi members who are either not currently registered with NMoWIT, or for those who do not wish to register with it.

Ngāti Mutunga o Wharekauri iwi members should note that a mandate has not yet been conferred. The Deed of Mandate will be conferred once the mandate hui process, voting process, and submission process has been considered by the Crown.

Copies of the draft Mandate Strategy are available on the Office of Treaty Settlements website www.ots.govt.nz, the Te Puni Kōkiri website www.tpk.govt.nz, and also the Ngāti Mutunga o Wharekauri Iwi Trust website here: 

Draft NMOW Mandate Strategy FINAL Draft NMOW Mandate Strategy FINAL (783 KB)

Te Puni Kōkiri invites submissions on the above. Submissions must reach Te Puni Kōkiri by no later than October / November 2013 (TBA). The Ngāti Mutunga o Wharekauri Iwi Trust will be given copies of all correspondence received in relation to this matter.