Ngāti Rangitihi Deed of Settlement
The Ngāti Rangitihi Deed of Settlement was signed with the Crown on 5 December 2020 at Rangitihi Marae. This was a momentous occasion for our Iwi and followed Iwi members voting overwhelmingly in support of the Deed of Settlement to settle historical claims for breaches of Te Tiriti o Waitangi by the Crown.
The benefits of the settlement will be available to all members of Ngāti Rangitihi. This settlement will allow us to achieve a number of aspirations for our Iwi. It enables the return of lands culturally and spiritually significant to us, and acknowledges our important role as kaitiaki of our whenua and awa.
The results were 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 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
You can read a full overview of the Deed of Settlement package on pages 21 to 32 of your Information Booklet, and in the full Deed of Settlement documents here.
What happens next?
- The Settlement Bill will pass through Parliament, to become Law over the course of 2021.
- Trustee elections are due to be held in 2021, within one year of the Deed of Settlement being signed.
To find out more about the Deed of Settlement Ratification that took place in 2020, 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.
Our video presentation can be viewed here and explains the settlement package that has been approved. The video will take 30 minutes to watch.
Maps of cultural redress properties in Tarawera and Matatā
We are now 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 encourage you to read our Deed of Settlement and supporting documents here.