Ratification of our Post-Settlement Governance Entity (PSGE)
He Mihi from the Chairman, Leith Comer
Tēnā koutou ngā uri o Ngāti Rangitihi.
The results of the vote on our Post-Settlement Governance Entity (PSGE) and associated resolutions are in. We are pleased to report the following:
- Resolution 1: 92.16% of valid votes cast, voted YES
- Resolution 2: 92.47% of valid votes cast, voted YES
- Resolution 3: 88.15% of valid votes cast, voted YES
You can view the full transcript of results from Independent Returning Officer, Electionz.com, here.
This is a very positive outcome and it brings us closer to bringing to you a Deed of Settlement to vote on next year.
On behalf of the Trust, I extend my heartfelt thanks to all those who voted and played a part in helping us achieve this next step in our settlement haerenga.
We are delighted to see that Ngāti Rangitihi continue to have confidence in the Te Mana and our Trustees to move this kaupapa forward.
So what happens now?
As this is a process required by the Crown, the results now go to Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations and the Minister for Māori Development who will decide if the results show ‘sufficient support’. The Crown does not have a specific percentage for this. Rather, it considers factors such as the number of registered adult members, the percentage of the members that voted, the percentage of the members that voted ‘YES’, together with how the process was run. From these factors, it makes its decision.
The Ministers will then advise Te Mana if they consider the voting results to show sufficient support from Ngāti Rangitihi for the three resolutions.
There is no doubt that the voting results are positive and we are confident we have fulfilled the criteria required by the Crown.
We hope to hear back from the Crown by Mid-August 2019.
If the Crown considers the results to show ‘sufficient support’, then our timeline to a deed of settlement ratification is as follows:
- September 2019 – A Special General Meeting (SGM) is held to ask members to agree to transfer existing Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi Trust assets to the new Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi Trust PSGE, and to dissolve the old Te Mana. Once these recommendations are approved at the SGM, the existing Trust will be officially replaced by the new Te Mana PSGE, which will take on the mandate to negotiate the Ngāti Rangitihi settlement.
- December 2019 – Initialling of Deed of Settlement by initial trustees of new Te Mana PSGE.
- First quarter 2020 – Deed of Settlement ratification process by members of Ngāti Rangitihi. If approved by Ngāti Rangitihi, the Deed of Settlement is signed.
In the meantime, our Trustees and Negotiators are still hard at work to complete negotiations – this is tracking along well, and we will update you on progress on this over the coming months.
Whānau, thank you for coming along on this journey to our settlement, and for your continued support. It’s our time to start building a positive future for ngā uri o Ngāti Rangitihi.
If you have any questions on the results and the next steps for Ngāti Rangitihi, I encourage you to get in touch with us at [email protected], or by calling of vising the Te Mana Office: 07 322 2452 / 30 Arawa Street, Matatā.
What were you asked to vote on?
For our settlement journey to keep moving forward and as part of this upcoming ratification, we asked for your support and your vote on three resolutions:
I, as a member of Ngāti Rangitihi, agree that the proposed new Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi Trust will be the Post- Settlement Governance Entity to receive and manage all of the historical Treaty of Waitangi settlement redress on behalf of Ngāti Rangitihi.
I, as a member of Ngāti Rangitihi, authorise the transfer of the mandate to negotiate the settlement of the Ngāti Rangitihi historical Treaty of Waitangi claims from the existing Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi Trust to the new Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi Trust.
I, as a member of Ngāti Rangitihi, agree that the initial trustees of the new Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi Trust will be the current trustees of the existing Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi Trust.
Why do we need a new PSGE?
While the current Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi Trust is already set up as a Post-Settlement Governance Entity, this PSGE was set up in 2009 for the purposes of the Central North Island Forests Settlement – to receive Ngāti Rangitihi’s CNI redress. Since then, the Crown has developed a new template trust deed for individual iwi settlements. As part of the settlement process set out by the Crown, all iwi must have a PSGE that is fit for purpose to receive the Ngāti Rangitihi Settlement Redress. So, a new Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi PSGE (new Te Mana) and Trust Deed must be established that meets the Crown’s policy requirements, and for Ngāti Rangitihi to receive its Settlement Redress once the Settlement is enacted. This is a normal part of the settlement process.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us [email protected].
• Voting opened at 9am, Saturday 8 June 2019
• Voting closed at 5pm, Monday 8 July 2019
• Voting took place online, by post, or by Ballot Box at the Information Hui.
You can read more about the PSGE ratification and the three resolutions you were asked to vote on in your Information Booklet. Click here to access the Information Booklet.
FIRST HUI – HAMILTON
Saturday 8 June 2019, 4pm – 6pm
Trust Waikato, 4 Little London Lane
SECOND HUI – ROTORUA
Sunday 16 June 2019, 3pm – 5pm
Novotel Lake End, Tutanakei St
THIRD HUI – WELLINGTON
Tuesday 18 June 2019, 6pm – 8pm
Travelodge, 2 – 6 Gilmer Terrace
FOURTH HUI – CHRISTCHURCH
Wednesday 19 June 2019, 6pm – 8pm
Airport Gateway Motor Lodge (Pohutakawa Room), 45 Roydvale Ave
FIFTH HUI – AUCKLAND
Thursday 20 June 2019, 6pm – 8pm
Mount Richmond Hotel (Brighton Room), 676 Mount Wellington Hwy
SIXTH HUI – MATATĀ (to be livestreamed to Facebook as well)
Sunday 23 June 2019, 1pm – 3pm, Rangitihi Marae
Proposed new Te Mana PSGE Trust Deed
Click here to view the proposed new Te Mana PSGE Trust Deed.