Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi Trust is pleased to inform you that we have received Crown approval for the results of our ratification vote to establish a new Post-Settlement Governance Entity (PSGE) to continue Treaty settlement negotiations on behalf of Ngāti Rangitihi, receive and administer the settlement redress for Ngāti Rangitihi.
In a letter received today from Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, Hon Andrew Little, and Minister for Māori Development, Hon Nanaia Mahuta, the Crown acknowledges that the ratification process was robust, allowed for full participation of members, and the results showed sufficient support from the Ngāti Rangitihi voting population. You can read the letter here.
The Ministers’ approval is really good news for our iwi. We were confident we had fulfilled the Crown’s criteria, but it’s great to now get confirmation so we can continue to negotiate towards settlement for our people
The next step for us now will be to hold a Special General Meeting (SGM) on 29 September at Rangitihi Marae, where those registered adult members attending will be asked to approve the transfer of assets to the new Te Mana PSGE and dissolve the existing Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi Trust. We will be in touch over the coming week with more detail on this SGM. We will be in touch over the coming week with more detail on this SGM.
Once the SGM special resolutions are approved, our new Te Mana PSGE will then take on the mandate to negotiate our Ngāti Rangitihi settlement.
It’s an exciting time for our people as we get close to completing our negotiations.
We intend to initial the deed of settlement by December 2019, for members to vote on in the first quarter of 2020.
We urge all Ngāti Rangitihi descendants to register with us now. We are at a really crucial time in our settlement journey and we want all our whānau to vote on this important kaupapa.
- The current Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi Trust was set up as a PSGE in 2009 to administer the Ngāti Rangitihi redress received as part of the Central North Island Forests Settlement.
- Since then, the Crown has developed a new template trust deed for individual iwi settlements, which meant Ngāti Rangitihi needed a new PSGE with a new trust deed to meet the Crown’s requirements and receive its settlement redress once the settlement is enacted.
- The PSGE ratification voting results received on 8 July 2019 showing 92.16% of valid votes cast in favour of establishing a new Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi PSGE and Trust Deed.
- Ngāti Rangitihi also supported resolutions to approve the new PSGE continuing settlement negotiations (92.47%) and to appoint the current Te Mana trustees as initial trustees for the new PSGE (88.15%).
- Full results of the vote can be accessed here.
- For more background on the PSGE ratification, visit www.ngatirangitihi.iwi.nz