Voting on our Deed of Settlement has now closed. We hope you have made the most of this chance to have your say on this important part in our settlement journey.

It has been an incredibly busy few weeks of our Deed Of Settlement Ratification period – and with a COVID-19 outbreak re-surfacing in the middle of it that brought its own unique challenges.

We thank all our members, our kaumātua, all those who voted, who attended our Ratification Information Hui and who were able to tune in to our Livestream Information Sessions when we were unable to hold Ratification Hui.

We give particular thanks to our Te Mana staff who worked many long hours to ensure everything was in place for this ratification and who were on hand to help our whānau with any questions they had. Thank you to our team of negotiators and Trustees who ensured we were able to get to this point in our long journey. We also thank who ensured the voting process went smoothly from start to finish.

What happens next?

  1. The team are busy counting and validating the votes.
  2. We hope to have the voting numbers from later this week. We will inform all registered adult members of the voting results by pānui, website and Facebook.
  3. We will also send the results to Te Arawhiti and Te Puni Kōkiri (TPK).
  4. Te Arawhiti and TPK will report to the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations and Minister for Māori Development. They will advise the Ministers if the process was robust and allowed for full participation of members.
  5. The Ministers will then advise Te Mana if they consider the voting results to show sufficient support from Ngāti Rangitihi for the resolution you voted on.
  6. If Ministers approve the ratification results, we will inform you via pānui, website and Facebook, and we will look to hold our Deed of Settlement Signing Ceremony later this year. Everyone will be invited to this important occasion.

Whānau, what will be, will be. However, no matter the outcome, we should all be proud of what we have achieved to date, for our tūpuna, for our whānau, for your tamariki, your mokopuna, and their mokopuna to come.

We look forward to being in touch again, later this week. Thank you for your continued support. Nō te onamata, mō te anamata.

Mauri ora!