Deed of Settlement Ratification
Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi Trust has negotiated a comprehensive settlement for all historical Te Tiriti o Waitangi claims across our rohe. The benefits of the settlement will be available to all members of Ngāti Rangitihi. This settlement allows us to achieve a number of aspirations for our Iwi. It will enable the return of lands culturally and spiritually significant to us, and it will acknowledge our important role as kaitiaki of our whenua and awa.
We are extremely pleased to announce that Ngāti Rangitihi iwi members have voted overwhelmingly in support of the Deed of Settlement to settle historical claims for breaches of Te Tiriti o Waitangi by the Crown.
The results are as follows:
- 91.79% – YES/ĀE
- 8.21% – NO/KĀO
The voter return was 35.85%, being 1,451 votes received from 4,047 eligible voters. You can access the official results declaration from the Electionz.com Independent Returning Officer, here.
Read the full media release here.
Read more about our journey to settlement here.
The key components of the Deed of Settlement are:
• Historical Account, Crown Acknowledgments of Treaty breaches and Crown Apology for those breaches
• Cultural Redress: the return of ancestral lands and the acknowledgement of connections to sites of cultural or historical significance; and relationships with Crown agencies
• Financial and Commercial Redress
What Resolution were Adult Registered Members asked to vote on?
“I, as an Adult Registered Member of Ngāti Rangitihi agree to accept the Initialled Deed of Settlement as settlement of all historical Te Tiriti o Waitangi (Treaty of Waitangi) claims between the Crown and Ngāti Rangitihi, and agree to the Trustees of Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi Trust signing the Deed of Settlement on behalf of Ngāti Rangitihi.”
Who were eligible to vote?
All registered adult members of Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi Trust (aged 18 years and over) were eligible to vote.
Registered members who turned 18 years old during this voting period could also vote.
Who ran the voting process and helpline?
The voting process, including the helpline, was run by an independent voting company called
electionz.com. It was not run by Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi Trust.
What happens next?
- We have sent the results to Te Arawhiti and Te Puni Kōkiri (TPK).
- Te Arawhiti and TPK will report to the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations and Minister for Māori Development. They will advise the Ministers if the process was robust and allowed for full participation of members.
- The Ministers will then advise Te Mana if they consider the voting results to show sufficient support from Ngāti Rangitihi for the resolution you voted on.
- If Ministers approve the ratification results, we will inform you via pānui, website and Facebook, and we will look to hold our Deed of Settlement Signing Ceremony later this year. Everyone will be invited to this important occasion.
VOTING HAS NOW CLOSED
To find out more about the Deed of Settlement Ratification, read our Information Booklet here. The booklet includes an overview of the proposed settlement package on the table and explains the voting process that has just been run.
If you couldn’t make it to our Information Hui in Rotorua, Hamilton and Christchuch in August, or haven’t watched the Livestream Information Sessions, we encourage you to watch the video presentation here, which explains the settlement package we have negotiated for you. The video will take 30 minutes to watch.
Maps of cultural redress properties in Tarawera and Matatā
If our settlement is approved, we stand to be the kaitiaki and owners of more than 500 hectares of whenua currently managed by the Department of Conservation. You can view and download maps of our cultural redress properties in and around Tarawera and Matatā by clicking on each of the areas below.
Further detail can be found in your Information Booklet.
Deed of Settlement documents
We also encourage you to read our proposed Deed of Settlement and supporting documents here.
Information Hui & Livestream Information Sessions
We have held three Information Hui across Aotearoa in Hamilton (2 August), Rotorua (9 August) and Wellington (11 August). However, due to COVID-19, we had to cancel our in-person Ratification Information Hui that were due to be held in Christchurch on 12 August, in Auckland on 13 August, and in Matatā on 16 August.
Instead, we held special Livestream Information Sessions with your Trustees and negotiators, which we streamed live on Facebook and the Te Mana website on the dates and times the hui were meant to take place:
- Wednesday 12 August, 6pm–8pm
- Thursday 13 August, 6pm–8pm
- Sunday 16 August, 1pm–3pm
The Livestream Information Sessions were a great opportunity for you to find out more about our settlement package, the voting process, and why we need you to vote. You can still view the livestream sessions here on our website, and on Facebook.
We also encourage members to check in on your whānau members who do not have emails or in the internet and provide them with the updates you are being sent online.