Tanenuiarangi Manawatu Inc - Treaty of Waitangi Claims

Treaty of Waitangi Claims

RANGITĀNE O MANAWATŪ SETTLEMENT TRUST NOTICE OF BY-ELECTION

Ngati Mairehau Trustee

As the result of an extra-ordinary vacancy, under the Rangitane o Manawatu Charter, notice is given that on Friday 26 August 2016, a by-election will be held by postal and online voting for one (1) trustee of the Ngati Mairehau hapu.

Nominations

Nominations for this position open on Friday 1 July 2016 and close at 5pm Friday 22 July 2016. Nominations must be made on an official nomination paper available from the Chief Returning Officer, by calling 0800 922 822 or the Rangitane o Manawatu Interim Secretary, Debbie Te Puni by calling (06) 353 1881.

To be eligible to be nominated, and then elected as a trustee of the Trust, a nominee:

(a) must be aged 18 years or over, and a member of Rangitane o Manawatu (Ngati Mairehau hapu) as defined in the Rangitane o Manawatu Charter;
(b) must not hold the position of General Manager of the Trust;
(c) must not:
(i) have been convicted of an offence involving dishonesty as defined in section 2(1) of the Crimes Act 1961, or an offence under section 373(4) of the Companies Act 1993 (unless that person is an eligible individual for the purposes of the Criminal Records (Clean Slate) Act 2004);
(ii) be bankrupt or have made any composition or arrangement with his or her creditors;
(iii) be convicted of an indictable offence;
(iv) be subject to a compulsory treatment order under the Mental Health (Compulsory Treatment and Assessment) Act 1992; or
(v) within the last three years have been removed from the office of Trustee in accordance with clause 22.3 of the Charter.

A candidate may only be elected as a trustee for the Ngati Mairehau hapu if he or she has opted to participate in this hapu for election purposes. A candidate must be nominated by three (3) eligible adult members of Rangitane o Manawatu (Ngati Mairehau hapu) entitled to vote.

Nominations must be in writing and received by the Independent Returning Officer no later than 5pm Friday 22 July 2016.

Register to Vote

Applications are invited from qualified persons not recorded in the Rangitane o Manawatu Register (Ngati Mairehau hapu) for inclusion of their names in the Register of members of Rangitane o Manawatu to be compiled for voting purposes for this by-election.

Applications for inclusion on the Register for this by-election closes at 5pm Friday 22 July 2016.

Dated at Palmerston North, 30 June 2016
Dale Ofsoske
Chief Returning Officer Independent Election Services Ltd
phone 0800 922 822

Wai 182 - The Manawatū Claim

Wai 182 was originally lodged by the late TMI Chief Executive Ruth Jacqueline Hera Harris on behalf of herself and all other descendants of Rangitane o Manawatu, with the support and the assistance of TMI with the Waitangi Tribunal on 20th December 1990. It was subsequently amended on 19th April 1993.

Following hui in 1997, TMI was given the mandate by Rangitane o Manawatu beneficiaries to enter into direct negotiations with the Crown to settle Wai 182. TMI subsequently lodged this deed of mandate with the Crown who accepted TMI mandate to enter into direct negotiations in respect of Wai 182. A Terms of Negotiation was signed between TMI and the Crown on 27th July 1998. The terms set out the:

  • Objectives of negotiations between TMI and the Crown;
  • Procedure for direct negotiations;
  • Scope of issues TMI and the Crown would discuss as part of the negotiations process; and
  • Crown requirements of direct negotiations.

Following negotiations, TMI and the Crown signed a "Heads of Agreement" on 25th November 1999, which set out the then proposed settlement of Rangitane o Manawatu historical claims against the Crown in respect of Wai 182. The Heads contained the then redress cultural, commercial and financial, the Crown was at that time offering Rangitane o Manawatu beneficiaries.

In 2005 TMI went through a mandate reconfirmation process with its beneficiaries, who overwhelmingly supported TMI ongoing mandate to negotiate their claims. In June 2007 the Crown confirmed Tanenuiarangi Manawatu Incorporated was an appropriate body to continue to represent Rangitane o Manawatu in on-going Treaty negotiations with the Crown. Thus, direct negotiations recommenced with the Crown towards the end of 2007.

In March 2012 a group of RoM beneficiaries lodged an application with the Waitangi Tribunal seeking an urgent hearing basically challenging TMI mandate yet again. The Tribunal declined the application for an urgent hearing and found amongst other things TMI mandate valid. The Crown continues to have full confidence in TMI mandate to settle the claim.

Post Settlement Governance (PSGE) Entity Ratification Process

In 2014, the RoM Negotiators undertook the Ratification Process for the RoM Settlement Trust which was proposed as the legal entity to receive, hold and manage the RoM Treaty Settlement. These included hui in Hamilton, Auckland, Wellington, Blenheim, Hastings and Palmerston North.

The Minister in Charge for Treaty Negotiations and the Minister for Maori Development considered the results of the ratification of the proposed Rangitane o Manawatu Post Settlement Governance Entity, the RoM Settlement Trust.
They advised in January 2015, they consider the overall results demonstrate sufficient support from the Rangitane o Manawatu claimant community for the RoM Settlement Trust to be established to receive and manage the settlement redress.

The results of the PSGE ratification process are set out below

  Participation rate
(valid votes only)
Approval rate Disapproval rate Invalid votes
(blank)
Resolution 34%
372 votes
71.2%
265 votes
25.5%
95 votes
3.2%
12 votes
This has paved the way for RoM to complete the settlement including the Trustee election process to be undertaken independently by the Crown, and ratification of the initialled Deed of Settlement.

Initialled Deed of Settlement

The ratification process for the initialled Deed of Settlement is now completed. Overall it went very well. We received notification in late August 2015 that both the Minister in Charge of Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations and the Minister of Maori Development have considered the outcome of the ratification process of the RoM Deed of Settlement.

They consider that the results of the ratification have demonstrated a sufficient level of support from the RoM claimant community for the Crown and RoM to consider the Deed of Settlement ratified and ready for signing.

Of the votes received 85% voted yes to the Deed of Settlement resolution namely that:

“I as a member of Rangitane o Manawatu support the Deed of Settlement and authorise Rangitane o Manawatu Negotiators and the elected trustees of the Rangitane o Manawatu Settlement Trust, to accept and sign the Deed of Settlement on behalf of Rangitane o Manawatu” .

Election Process for Trustees to Rangitane o Manawatu Settlement Trust

This election process was managed and run by the Office of Treaty Settlements completely independent of Tanenuiarangi Manawatu Incorporated and the RoM Negotiators.

This process was completed on Monday 10 August 2015. The results of the elections are that the inaugural Trustees to the Rangitane o Manawatu Settlement Trust are as follows;

  • Potaka Tait – Ngati Mairehau;
  • Terry Hapi – Rangitepaia;
  • Louis Smith-Te Mete – Hineaute;
  • Tina Kawana – Rangiaranaki;
  • Chris Whaiapu – Ngati Kapuarangi; and
  • Danielle Harris – Ngati Tauira.

We wish the Trustees well on the Settlement implementation journey.

The trust had its inaugural meeting on Tuesday 15 September 2015. At the meeting Danielle Harris was elected as Chair of the Rangitane o Manawatu Settlement Trust and Terry Hapi as the Deputy Chair. As well the Trustees passed the necessary resolution to approve the signing of the Deed of Settlement.

Deed of Settlement Signing – Saturday 14 November 2015

The Rangitane o Manawatu Deed of Settlement signing occurred on Saturday the 14th November 2015 at Te Hotu Manawa o Rangitane o Manawatu Marae. It was a wonderful day full of Rangimarie, humility and proudness. Please click this link to see some of the memories from the day.