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.
It is now time to vote on our Deed of Settlement. The Deed of Settlement is the legal document that will bind the Crown and Ngāti Rangitihi into a full and final settlement — that will then be enacted in Parliament to become law.
No settlement will ever compensate Ngāti Rangitihi for all the mamae and wrongs done to our Iwi. However, we believe that the settlement package we have negotiated will result in a positive way forward for our people and is the best settlement available to Ngāti Rangitihi under the current Crown settlement policy.
Read a special message from Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi Trust Chair here about our Deed of Settlement Ratification.
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 do I have to vote on?
We need your support and your vote on the following resolution to ensure our settlement goes ahead:
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.
We strongly recommend you vote ‘YES’ to this resolution. This is the most important stage in our settlement journey. Voting ‘YES’ will allow our settlement to move forward so that we can receive our settlement redress and be able to benefit generations of Ngāti Rangitihi to come.
As beneficiaries of Ngāti Rangitihi, it is your right to make the ultimate decision on our settlement. We need you and your whānau to vote in support of the resolution in this Ratification process so that our settlement becomes a reality. If we do not get support for the Ngāti Rangitihi Deed of Settlement, we put our entire settlement at risk.
All registered members will have been sent a Voting Pack, via post and/or email. This includes an Information Booklet and your Voting Paper, with instructions on how to vote. You can also vote online here.
When is the voting period?
The voting period runs for four weeks. Voting is open from 9am on Friday 24 July 2020 and closes at 5pm on Sunday 23 August 2020.
How do I vote?
You can vote by post, online, or by Ballot Box at the Information Hui.
Who can vote?
All registered adult members of Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi Trust (aged 18 years and over) can vote.
Registered members who turn 18 years old during this voting period can also vote. If this applies
to you, please contact electionz.com for a special voting form. Phone 0800 666 042 (NZ residents)
or 00 64 3 377 3530 (overseas residents), or email [email protected].
If you live overseas, you can still vote. We strongly recommend you vote online — you can do so quickly, and there is no risk of your vote being lost or delayed by post. If you need any help, phone the electionz.com helpline on 00 64 3 377 3530, or email [email protected].
What if I am not registered?
If you are not registered on Friday 24 July 2020 — the day that voting opens, or the week leading up
to it — you can still vote, using a special voting pack. You will need to complete a registration form to register with Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi Trust when you vote. To request a special voting pack, call the voting helpline on 0800 666 042 (NZ residents) or 00 64 3 377 3530 (overseas residents) and request one.
Included in this special voting pack will be a registration form. You can also get a registration form at one of the Information Hui. To be eligible to register, you must whakapapa to Ngāti Rangitihi (in accordance with the provisions of the Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi Trust Deed). Whāngai and legally adopted persons are also eligible to register. Please call the Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi Trust office on 07 322 2452 if you have any questions on this. For your special vote to count, your registration and whakapapa to Ngāti Rangitihi must be confirmed.
Who runs the voting process and helpline?
The voting process, including the helpline, is being run by an independent voting company called
electionz.com. It is not run by Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi Trust.
Remember, as a Ngāti Rangitihi iwi member, you need to vote! Make sure you have your say by voting.
Please read the Deed of Settlement Ratification Information Booklet here to help you make an informed decision. The booklet includes an overview of the proposed settlement package on the table and explains the voting process.
If you can’t make it to our Information Hui across Aotearoa in August, 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
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.
We will be holding six Information Hui across Aotearoa. We encourage you, if you can, to attend one of them. The Information Hui will be a great opportunity for you to find out more about our settlement package, the voting process, and why we need you to vote. You will also be able to vote at these hui. For those who cannot make any of the hui, our Matatā hui will be livestreamed to the Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi Trust Facebook page.
Sunday 2 August, 4pm–6pm
Novotel Tainui, 7 Alma Street
Sunday 9 August, 3pm–5pm
Prince’s Gate, 1057 Arawa Street
Tuesday 11 August, 6pm–8pm
Travelodge, 2 – 6 Gilmer Terrace
Wednesday 12 August, 6pm–8pm
Rydges Latimer, 30 Latimer Square
Thursday 13 August, 6pm–8pm
Vodafone Events Centre,
770 Great South Road, Manukau
Sunday 16 August, 1pm–3pm