Ratification of our Post-Settlement Governance Entity (PSGE)

Results of the PSGE ratification 

The results of the vote on our Post-Settlement Governance Entity (PSGE) and associated resolutions are as follows:

  • 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 in 2020.

Thank you to aal those who voted and played a part in helping us achieve this next step in our settlement haerenga. The Trust is delighted to see that Ngāti Rangitihi continue to have confidence in the Te Mana and our Trustees to move this kaupapa forward.

Crown approval of the PSGE ratification results 

On 28 August, we also received Crown approval for the results of our ratification vote to establish a new Post-Settlement Governance Entity (PSGE) to continue Treaty settlement negotiations on behalf of Ngāti Rangitihi, receive and administer the settlement redress for Ngāti Rangitihi.

In a letter received from Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, Hon Andrew Little, and Minister for Māori Development, Hon Nanaia Mahuta, the Crown acknowledges that the ratification process was robust, allowed for full participation of members, and the results showed sufficient support from the Ngāti Rangitihi voting population. You can read the letter here.

The Ministers’ approval is really good news for our iwi. We were always confident we had fulfilled the Crown’s criteria, but it’s great to now get confirmation so we can continue to negotiate towards settlement for our people. 

Results of voting on SGM resolutions

A Special General Meeting (SGM) was held on 29 September 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 (Resolution 1), and to dissolve the old Te Mana (Resolution 2).  

Our SGM was well-attended and we are pleased to announce that both resolutions were passed with 86% of those who attended voting in favour of the two resolutions. The required threshold to pass the resolutions was 75%.

  • Resolution One: For – 62 / Against – 10
  • Resolution Two: For – 63 / Against – 9 

This means that, as of 1 October 2019, we are now operating under a new Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi Trust PSGE and Trust Deed, and the old Te Mana has been dissolved. It is the new Te Mana PSGE that has taken on the mandate to negotiate the Ngāti Rangitihi settlement, and that will receive and administer our settlement redress once this is passed into law.

Thank you to all those who made this possible.

So what happens now? 

Our timeline to settlement is now as follows:

  • First quarter 2020 – Initialling of Deed of Settlement by initial trustees of new Te Mana PSGE.
  • 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.

Mauri ora!

Leith Comer
Chairman

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:

Resolution 1:
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.

Resolution 2:
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.

Resolution 3:
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 period

• 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.

Information Booklet

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.

Information Hui

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.