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Te Mana is pleased to announce we have received a 77% approval rate from the iwi to enter direct negotiations with the Crown for the comprehensive settlement of all Ngāti Rangitihi historical Treaty of Waitangi claims. Te Mana will now take the mandate to the Minister for Treaty Negotiations, Christopher Finlayson, for formal recognition.

The final result was confirmed by Electionz today (click here for the Declaration of Result from Electionz) with almost 30% of eligible voters taking part in the mandating process. This is around the same number of people who voted in Te Mana Trustee elections in 2012.

Te Mana Chairman, Graham Pryor, says the result shows as an iwi we are ready to move forward.

“We asked for a clear mandate and we believe we have got it."

“There is still a lot of hard work ahead of us but we are ready to go and confident we will represent the interests of Ngāti Rangitihi well."

“I hope we can continue to come together as an iwi and ensure the Crown hears our united voice.”

Te Mana will now write a Deed of Mandate, which will incorporate feedback received from the iwi. Once drafted, we will report the Deed back to the iwi for your input.

Negotiators will be appointed by the Trustees as part of this process.

Hāpai-Ō (Chief Executive), Anthony Olsen, says the result shows the strong interest from iwi during the two-month voting period, which was extended to allow sufficient time for iwi to register and vote.

“We held hui across the country, which were well attended and we received a lot of feedback from our iwi members."

“We want to acknowledge everyone who voted, especially those people who aren’t members of Te Mana but took the time to be involved in this decision,” said Mr Olsen.

Te Mana made a commitment to the iwi to ensure you were engaged in the process. We’ve done a lot of work on that, and we will continue to do this going forward.

Our communications during the mandating period included:
• Six hui across the motu
• Two nationwide adverts, local adverts in newspapers
• Three e-blasts (from electionz.com)
• Several Facebook and website pānui
• Two direct mail-outs to homes of Te Mana members (including voting pack)

Soon we will approach all Ngāti Rangitihi Wai claimants and engage directly with them in regards to their individual claims.

If you have any questions, feel free to call the office on 0800AKATEA or have a look on the website www.ngatirangitihi.iwi.nz

You can also keep up to date by ‘liking’ our Facebook page. Kia kaha Ngāti Rangitihi!