Our settlement journey

The journey to settlement for Ngāti Rangitihi spans more than a decade.

While we have been in direct negotiations with the Crown since 2015, our journey started long before then.

We must acknowledge all those Ngāti Rangitihi claimants who submitted Waitangi Tribunal claims for Te Tiriti o Waitangi breaches by the Crown — those who have passed on, and those who are still with us.

Today, we live with the effects of the losses and mamae, but it is our tīpuna who suffered directly, who were there when their land was taken, when the mauri of our awa — our life force — was polluted, when their reo was taken away.

It is an honour today, to be able to now have a settlement ready for you to vote on — a settlement that is for our mokopuna, but also for those who started the journey before us.