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WAIATA TAWHITO – Kāore Te Pō Nei nā Te Kapua Keepa

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Kāore te pō nei i te ao o nunui
i te rapu i te pono e whāia nei
Kei whea ngā iwi nei e tata mai ki taku taha?
E hoki atu anō i te pou whakairo o tōna whare
Nā wai te tikanga kia mate noho atu
Aku rongo herehere ka puta i ngā whenua
Ka haruru ki tawhiti ki Ingarangi rā e
Ki te mutunga mai o te ao
Kei Parihaka a Te Whiti e whakaririka ana
Ki te mate o te motu nei e huna nei ki te moni
Kihei taku ate i te tau o tōna tika
Kia tia pāruru au ki te kōtore huia
Kia kahu pūrua he kopakipaki
Ka pae au me noho i runga i taku waka i a Te Manawanui
I herea ai e Tohu ana iwi ki te rangimārie
Kei kino, kei poke, kei whakanoa i te tapu o Te Atua
E kore ngā iwi nei e wareware i taku ngākau
I pania taku kiri ki te tōmairangi e tuturu nei ki te whenua
Tāhekea iho e ngā iwi nei ki taku tinana nei eee….i

Treaty Negotiations Update – April 2019

Tēnā koutou e ngā uri o Maruwharanui. He mihi nui kia koutou mā,

It’s fair to say that even though we have extremely busy with negotiations, progressing our claim has been slow. In my opinion, this has been mainly due to the Crown’s reluctance to agree on our perspective over a number of issues. This has resulted in our negotiations being drawn out and I will explain more about it in this report.

MARU MUA – Ko te aro ki ngā kōrero taketake o Ngāti Maru. He whakatau i ngā mahi o nehe kia marire te noho. Understanding and learning from our history and our experience.

We are currently in the process of developing our Historical Account. This account is a jointly written document that details Ngāti Maru’s history and captures the impact of the Crown’s actions on Ngāti Maru. We have already produced a draft that is being reviewed by the Crown historians, no doubt they are writing their version of some of the events of the past.

MARU MURI – Ko te whakapikitanga o te ōhanga o Ngāti Maru. Strengthening Maru’s future prosperity.

We’ve been working with the Crown negotiators to finalize the commercial redress properties that we want from the claim. These include schools and government-owned properties which we will purchase and then lease back to the Crown. This arrangement is referred to as sale and lease-back, it provides an income stream for the iwi. In effect, we become a landlord and the Crown is our tenant. The lease-back rate is generally higher than the rate we would get if we invested our money with a bank or other financial institution so it is a good option for us.

We are also looking into some of these being included as deferred selection properties. This gives us several years to decide if we want to purchase them or not. That way we don’t need to make any hasty decisions, we can fully investigate the potential value of them and ascertain if they fit into the commercial aspirations of the iwi.

Another aspect that we are negotiating is an arrangement that will give us the right of first refusal to purchase surplus properties within our rohe if the Crown decides to sell them some time in the future.

We will be giving a full presentation on all of these properties outlining the location, size and potential value to the settlement package during our next wānanga at 10.00am Saturday morning the 18th of May at Tarata.

MARU PAE – Kia tau te tāmoremore nui nō Papa nō Rangi. Connection to place, our whenua, awa, marae, ngā waahi tapu.

I have previously outlined nature of the discussions over Te Wera Forest and the claims being made by other claimant groups . The area where Te Wera Forest is located was originally known by us as Mangaterangi, it was later included in the Pohokura Block in which the original owners were from Ngāti Maru. During the discussions with the other parties we have demonstrated Ngāti Maru’s cultural and historical interests in this area from pre-european times until today.

We have recently held several hui with the other iwi groups claiming interests in the forest. Neither Ngāti Hāua or Uenuku Charitable Trust are letting go of their attempts to take part of Te Wera in their claims. Many of you will be shocked to learn that any other group, wether its an iwi, hapu or trust has any claim to Te Wera, as we have always known that it is well and truly Ngāti Maru. Its on that basis that we will keep fighting for it.

The situation has been further complicated by beneficiaries of one of these groups applying to the Waitangi Tribunal for a resumptive inquiry for Te Wera. This has the potential to  hold our claim up considerably. If the application proceeds we will make submissions to the tribunal on behalf of Ngāti Maru.

Unfortunately, the process the Crown has created to resolve matters of overlapping interest only serves to pit the claimant groups against each other. Therefore, I can only see this dragging on for a while yet. I will keep you up to date with any developments. One positive thing that has come out of this has been the large amount of historical research that we have compiled as we strive to prove our rights in the forest.

In January this year Rumatiki and I met with the managers of PF Olsen who manage Te Wera Forest and staff from Stokes Logging who were just starting work at Te Wera. Rumatiki carried out karakia and whakatau to bring the new workers into Ngāti Maru country for the first time. This is another example of us carrying out our role as Mana Whenua here.

We are also in ongoing discussions with the Crown over DOC properties that we are requesting as part of our Cultural Redress properties. As discussed earlier the Crown, specifically DOC, has decided to take a hard line on all DOC properties in relation to Treaty Settlements. Unfortunately, this has drawn out our negotiations and slowed our progress. We will provide a full update and explanation on these sites on Saturday morning at the next Wānanga.

MARU TAHA – He whakapumau i ngā hononga. He tuitui i te whanaungatanga. He taketake Rongo. Strengthening relationships and building connections.

We continue to work through a range of relationship agreements with other iwi, government departments and councils with the hope that we can establish enduring relationships that will serve us well into the future.

The Crown has sent letters of introduction to the various territorial authorities notifying them of our progress through this claims process and inviting them to engage with us as mana whenua within our rohe. The councils are; New Plymouth District, South Taranaki District, Stratford District, Ruapehu District, Whanganui District, Horizons and Taranaki Regional Council.

Te Awa Tupua: Ngāti Maru now has representation on Te Kōpuka Strategy Group. The role of Te Kōpuka is to produce a collective Te Awa Tupua Strategy for the health and well-being of Te Awa Tupua in line with Tupua Te Kawa, the innate values of Te Awa Tupua.

As we are also an iwi of Te Awa Tupua it is important that we take up our responsibilities to support the health of the Awa. I understand members of Ngāti Maru were on the Tira Hoe Waka this year and that there are already plans to organise a contingent to attend again next year.

The year has started busily, we are still working toward initialling the Deed of Settlement by the middle of this year. However, due to the issues outlined earlier in this report we are now looking toward the last quarter of the year to achieve that milestone. Even though this slows us up, it is important to get it right and not rush for settlement and leave matters unresolved.

On behalf of our negotiations team, I would like to thank you for the support we continue to receive. It is much appreciated.

Ngā mihi nui ki a tātou katoa.

Anaru Marshall | Lead Negotiator

2018 Election of Trustees – DECLARATION OF RESULT

2018 Election of Trustees
DECLARATION OF RESULT

I declare the result for the election of trustees that closed on Friday 13 July 2018.  I confirm that the official result was determined after the scrutiny of the electoral roll was completed, the validity of all votes was determined, and all valid votes were counted.

2018 Trustee Election (6 vacancies) Votes Received

PUE, Tamzyn Rose  382 HOHAIA, Holden  368 KOROHEKE (NEE PUATA), Bronwyn 283 HALL, Eileen  258 TUUTA, Raymond  235 TAMARAPA, Sam  217

PUE, Brenda  215 KAKE, Tessa Moana  147 WANSBROUGH, Jordon (Nemo)  120 WENSOR, Henry  105 KAKE, Pania  78 TAPATU, Rangi  68 PATUWAIRUA, Dennis T  64

INFORMAL  0 BLANK VOTING PAPERS  0

I therefore declare Eileen Hall, Holden Hohaia, Bronwyn Koroheke, Tamzyn Rose Pue, Sam Tamarapa and Raymond Tuuta elected.

The voter return was 40.15%, being 546 votes cast from 1,360 eligible electors, of which 61.17% voted via the internet and 38.83% voted by post.

Anthony Morton Returning Officer – Ngāti Maru (Taranaki) iro@electionz.com 0800 666 041 18 July 2018

Please note:

The appointment of the Trustees, as elected now requires confirmation by the Maori Land Court and once that has occurred then those newly appointed shall take office and those reappointed will continue in office.

2018 Election of Trustees

election

Voting is now open for the 2018 Election of Trustees for Te Runanga o Ngati Maru (Taranaki) Trust.

VOTE HERE!

Confirmation of Candidates

Nominations for the 2018 election of Trustees for Te Runanga o Ngāti Maru (Taranaki) Trust closed at 12 noon on Friday 11 May 2018. The following nominations were received for the six vacancies:
HALL Eileen
HOHAIA Holden
KAKE Pania
KAKE Tessa Moana
KOROHEKE (nee Puata) Bronwyn
PATUWAIRUA Dennis T
PUE Brenda
PUE Tamzyn Rose
TAMARAPA Sam
TAPATU Rangi
TUUTA Raymond
WANSBROUGH Jordon (Nemo)
WENSOR Henry

Election Details

As the number of nominations received exceeded the number of vacancies, an election will be required to determine the Trustees and will be conducted by postal and online voting. Adult members of the Trust will be sent a voter pack for this election from today, Wednesday 13 June 2018. Any member who does not receive a voter pack or requires a replacement should ring the election helpline on 0800 666 041. Voting closes at 12 noon on Friday 13 July 2018.

Invitation to Register

The Trust also invites anyone who has not already enrolled, aged 18 years and over and with the appropriate  whakapapa, to apply to be included on the Trust’s member register. An online registration process is available by clicking the ‘Register Now’ link above.

Anthony Morton,
Chief Returning Officer – Te Runanga o Ngāti Maru (Taranaki) Trust
Election Helpline: 0800 666 041
iro@electionz.com

Te Runanga o Ngati Maru (Taranaki) Trust Confirmed Candidate Listing 2018 – UPDATE

2018 Election of Trustees – Update

Eddie Ngeru has withdrawn as a candidate for this election.  Please see the link below for the amended confirmed candidate listing.

TRONMT Confirmed Candidate Listing 2018_(Amended)

Voting opens next week!

Adult members of the Trust will be sent a voter pack for this election from Wednesday 13 June 2018.  Any member who does not receive a voter pack or requires a replacement should ring the election helpline on 0800 666 041. Voting closes at 12 noon on Friday 13 July 2018.

Te Runanga o Ngati Maru Trust (Taranaki) Confirmed Candidate Listing 2018

We received 14 nominations for the Trustee positons on Te Runanga o Ngati Maru (Taranaki) Trust.

Please see the link below for nominee profile information.

TRONMT Confirmed Candidate Listing 2018

As the number of nominations received exceeded the number of vacancies, an election will be required to determine the Trustees and will be conducted by postal and online voting.

Adult members of the Trust will be sent a voter pack for that election from Wednesday 13 June 2018. Any member who does not receive a voter pack or requires a replacement should ring the election helpline on 0800 666 041. Voting closes at 12 noon on Friday 13 July 2018.

Te Kāhui Maru PSGE Ratification. Voting closes 1 May: ph 0800 666 029 or email iro@electionz.com

Phone 0800 666 029 or email iro@electionz.com

 

 

Te Kāhui Maru PSGE Ratification: There’s still time to vote! ph 0800 666 029

Kia ora to my Ngāti Maru whānau. You can still get a special voting pack and vote online up until 1 May! Phone 0800 666 029 or email: iro@electionz.com for more information. And see below for the Information Booklet and to vote online once you’ve received your PIN and password. Kia kaha whānau. Have your say, either way, ae kao rānei.

Māu tonu e kowhiri

Nga mihi aroha

Holden Hohaia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VOTE HERE – PSGE Ratification

CLICK HERE TO VOTE on the proposed settlement entity for Ngati Maru (Taranaki)

NGĀTI MARU (TARANAKI) – RATIFICATION OF POST SETTLEMENT GOVERNANCE ENTITY

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Maru is currently in direct negotiations with the Crown for the settlement of the historical claims of Ngāti Maru (Taranaki).  Although the Rūnanga is still working towards Deed of Settlement, it seeks to ratify the establishment of its Post Settlement Governance Entity (PSGE), prior to ratifying the Deed of Settlement.

The proposed PSGE is a private trust, named Te Kāhui Maru, which will receive and manage all Ngāti Maru (Taranaki) settlement assets on behalf of the iwi.  In order for the PSGE to receive the assets, the iwi must ratify the PSGE through a formal ratification process.  We now invite all members of Ngāti Maru (Taranaki) to participate in this process through attending information hui and voting on the following resolution:

I, as a member, of Ngāti Maru, agree that:

  • Te Kāhui Maru Trust will be the Post Settlement Governance Entity (“PSGE”) to receive and manage historical Treaty of Waitangi settlement redress on behalf of Ngāti Maru;
  • Te Kāhui Maru Trust receive a payment of $15 million on-account of the financial redress amount;
  • Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Maru will be dissolved by the settlement legislation; and
  • the assets and liabilities of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Maru will be vested in the PSGE, Te Kāhui Maru Trust.

Voting packs have been sent to all registered members of Ngāti Maru (Taranaki) who are over the age of 18.

Voting Process

You did not need to attend the information hui to vote on the PSGE. All registered members of Ngāti Maru (Taranaki) who are over the age of 18 before the close of voting will receive a voting pack in the post. Votes can now be cast:

  • by post (by completing and returning the voting form)
  • online (using the information on your voting form)

If you are not yet a registered member, you can also vote by contacting the Independent Returning Officer on the free phone Election Hotline 0800 666 029 or iro@electionz.com for a special voting pack.  Alternatively, a special voting pack can be obtained at any of the ratification information hui.

Voting opened at 9.00am, Tuesday 3 April 2018 and closes at 5.00pm, Tuesday 1 May 2018.

For More Information

For more information, including a copy of the Ratification Information Booklet and draft Te Kāhui Maru Trust Deed, please see the Ngāti Maru website www.ngatimaru.co.nz.

If you have any queries about your vote or the voting process, please in the first instance contact the Independent Returning Officer on the free phone Election Hotline 0800 666 029 or iro@electionz.com

Notice of Election and Call for Nominations

Notice of Election and Call for Nominations