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Project Manager – Contract for Services (2months)

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Maru Trust secured a Deed of Mandate on 4 April 2016 to negotiate the Ngāti Maru historical settlement with the Crown. Te Rūnanga is currently in the Agreement of Principle phase of negotiations.

The Rūnanga is approaching the end of the Agreement in Principle phase and is looking for a suitable person to fill the role of Project Manager. Information regarding the role can be found in the attached ‘Role Description’. The role offers reasonable flexibility, but requires occasional travel to Wellington or New Plymouth, depending on where the successful applicant is based.

The current contract for services is until the end of this year, however, there is the opportunity for a ‘contract for services’ for the next phase of negotiations – initialed Deed of Settlement phase.

Please submit all applications and any enquiries regarding this role to Holden Hohaia, Chairperson at

Applications close Sunday 8 October 2017, 6pm.Role Description – Project Management

Negotiations Update

Tēnā Koutou e te whānau!

We are now at a critical stage of the AIP phase, and uri engagement is important. We want you all to be a part of this journey and we appreciate your enthusiastic participation and support for the claims kaupapa so far.

Our discussions with the Crown still focus on the numbers of Ngāti Maru uri registered with us. Please continue to follow up with your whananunga and have them sign onto the register.


We are offering several opportunities to contribute to this process, including regular Consultation Hui at various locations and large bi-monthly wānanga at Tarata. Make sure you put these important dates (below) in your diaries whanau as they are not to be missed!


We have generated a survey as another platform to gain your feedback on the Post Settlement Governance Entity Structuring. There are 8 multi-choice questions, please do this whanau as it only takes 2-3 minutes! Please have a look at it whanau as your feedback is so important to us!

The survey can be found here.


We held three hui over the month of April: The hui were a great opportunity for the Negotiation Team to hear your varying views. I would like to send a big mihi out to those that hosted us in Waiwhetu, Taumaranui and New Plymouth. We have enjoyed the opportunity to maintain whanau connections across our BIG rohe!

It is so important that you come to these events so make sure you keep up to date with our social media, website and monthly epānui for more information!

Ngā mihi,



Dates for your Diary
Sun 7 May 4pm Strategic Planning hui, Te Upoko o te Whenua Marae, Tarata
Sat 13 May – Sun 14 May 3pm Wananga and AGM, Te Upoko o te Whenua Marae, Tarata
Mon 15 May Closing Date for “Maru Ora” Tohu Competition
Tues 6 Jun, 6-9pm AIP Consultation hui, Kairau Marae, Waitara
Wed 7 Jun, 6-9pm AIP Consultation hui, Whakahurangi Marae, Stratford
Fri 16 Jun TBC Mango AIP, Taranaki
Sat 8 Jul – Sun 9 Jul 3pm Wānanga, Te Upoko o te Whenua Marae, Tarata
Friday 18 Aug TBC AIP Signing ceremony, Te Upoko o te Whenua Marae, Tarata
Saturday 19 – 20 Aug Maru Ora Festival, Te Upoko o te Whenua Marae, Tarata

Negotiations Update


Tēnā koutou e te whānau,


On 9th March our Negotiation Team along with the Rūnanga Trustees and whānau gave a presentation of special factors to the Minister for Treaty Settlements, Hon. Christopher Finlayson. This was a big step in our journey towards a settlement and we are very pleased with our progress so far and we are thankful for all of your support along the way!


Our discussions with the Crown still focus on the numbers of Ngati Maru uri registered with us. Please continue to follow up with your whanaunga and have them sign onto the register, we still want more of our people to be part of this journey and support the claims kaupapa.


Over the next few weeks we will be releasing short clips and pānui on key Maru messages. These will be posted on our social media accounts so keep an eye out whānau! The purpose of this kaupapa is to educate others about our rōhe and grow our Maru presence! The first of these instalments have been posted on our social media page so make sure you go and like our posts whānau!


We will hold our first consultation hui at Waiwhetu, Lower Hutt. Make sure you come along and get updated on our progress thus far on our negotiation journey!

WHEN: Sunday, 9 April 12.30-3.30

WHERE: Waiwhetu Marae, Lower Hutt.


o    Lunch

o    Overview of Agreement in Principle Negotiations

o    Registrations

It is so important that you come to these events so make sure you keep up to date with our social media, website and monthly epānui for more information!

Ngā mihi,


Competition: Enter your design for our new Tohu!

Te Runanga o Ngāti Maru are on the search for a new tohu as they enter a new phase of their journey. They’re reaching out to whanau to create the new look for their iwi that will represent who they are, where they’ve been, and where they’re headed.

“The idea to reach out to our whanau to create our new tohu came from whanau themselves who have consistently expressed the desire to be a part of the journey we’re on,” says Runanga Chairman, Holden Hohaia.

Te Runanga o Ngāti Maru hold regular wānanga to encourage more whanau to come home, reconnect, and celebrate who they are. These wānanga also provide them with the opportunity to raise awareness of the treaty settlement journey and the negotiations process.

Trustee and Lead Negotiator, Anaru Marshall says the treaty settlement is a significant step forwards for Ngāti Maru.

“We want all our whanau with us so they can be a part of this significant milestone for our iwi. We want to know what matters to them and what their aspirations are. Allowing one of our own to design our new tohu just makes sense.”

The competition is open to anyone who has whakapapa to Ngāti Maru.

  • The Tohu needs to encapsulate the ‘Maru Ora aspirations’
  • The competition ends 15 May 2017, 5pm.
  • All entries need to be sent to
  • Please include your full name and contact details and a short description of your tohu design
  • Please see terms and conditions for further detail

Download the MARU ORA brochure here.

Terms and Conditions can be found here.

Treaty Settlement Update


Picture: Negotiations Team L-R. Jamie Tuuta, Karl Burrows, Pare Hayward-Howie, Indiana Shewen, Nathan Peri, Anaru Marshall.

Tēnā Tātou, 

We are now at the halfway point of working towards an Agreement in Principle. Our Negotiators are working hard to achieve an Agreement in Principle that is reflective of the historical, cultural, financial and commercial redress that is needed to settle the historical Treaty claims of Ngāti Maru. We value your feedback, participation and support in this process!


On the 17th January, we hosted Minister Christopher Finlayson at Te Upoko o te Whenua Marae. It was a successful day, where we got an opportunity to meet kanohi ki te kanohi with the Minister and show him our beautiful rohe. We are very thankful for all of those who attended and were involved with all the preparation put into making it a great day! Ko te amorangi ki mua, ko te hāpai ō ki muri.


The negotiation team has been working through aspects of our cultural redress package. Cultural redress is a way in which we look at what is important to the Iwi from a cultural perspective. It may include specific sites of special importance to us or programmes that will enhance our continued development as an Iwi. Thank you all for your input and feedback during the aspirations hui and the various wānanga which has guided us as we work through this important aspect of our claim.

We have also been developing our Special Factors paper which was recently presented to the Office of Treaty Settlements. This document outlines the actions taken by the Crown since 1840 that in our opinion have breached the Treaty relationship between them and us and have had a negative impact on Ngāti Maru.


As announced at our last wānanga, Holden Hohaia has stepped down as a Negotiator to begin his new role as General Manager – Māori Development at Landcare Research. I would like to thank Holden for his contribution and the many roles he has carried out while being part of the team and I look forward to his continued involvement with the claim in his capacity as Chair of the Rūnanga.

I would also like to welcome Karl Burrows into the Ngāti Maru Treaty Claim Team. Karl is founder and Managing Director of Hakaworks, a London based company which utilises tools from Māori culture to motivate, inspire and build teams and in doing so help people make deeper connections, build trust and embrace values. He also manages a performance and education company, Manaia, which he co-founded in 2004.  Prior to starting HakaWorks, he worked as a commercial lawyer in New Zealand and London negotiating high value contracts on behalf of global companies. In 2010 he completed his MBA from Cranfield University in the UK. Karl will lead the Maru Taha and Maru Pae taumata. Karl will commit a significant period to work on the Ngāti Maru claim.


We will now hold bi-monthly consultation evening hui which alternate with wānanga. The purpose of the hui is to cover the progress of the settlement negotiations, including key redress mechanisms. We felt it was important to allow additional and regular opportunities for uri to be involved in the settlement process, particularly those who cannot commit to weekend wānanga.

We will update location details closer to the time, so please keep an eye out on our website and Facebook page. Make sure you attend your local hui whānau ! 

Ngā mihi,



Treaty Update – Minister’s Visit

We are pleased to announce the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, Christopher Finlayson will be meeting our Negotiation Team on 17 January 2017 at Te Upoko o te Whenua Marae, Tarata. It is important that we extend to him a warm welcome and use this opportunity to showcase our rōhe and the sites that are significant to us. We would especially welcome any whānau to come along and pōwhiri him onto our marae. After an initial welcome, the Minister will meet with the Negotiation Team. It is a pleasure to welcome the Minister to our home, and we look forward to sharing our story with him. Keeping up this kōrero is an important part of our journey towards a comprehensive Settlement of all Ngāti Maru claims.

Ngāti Maru Treaty Settlement Update


Picture: Ngāti Maru host the Crown at Tarata Marae


Ka tiu he toroa a uta, ka hoka he toroa a tai. Mari ripiripi o te rangi, te ana kohakoha o te rangi.

Ko te rangi pununui, ko te rangi puroroa, ko te rangi hauora.

Hauora ki tupua, hauora ki tawhito, hauora ki nga uri mokopuna o te kahui maunga, o Ngāti Maruwharanui.

“Maru kai atu, Maru kai mai”. Nei ra te mihi maioha ki a koutou. Tena koutou katoa.


This is the first of what will become regular updates from the negotiation team in our e-Panui. We have been providing regular updates at our bi-monthly waananga and monthly reports to the Runanga. However, I hope this format will reach more Ngāti Maru and especially those who are unable to attend the waananga. Tihe i a Maru Ora.

Firstly, I would like to introduce our negotiation team. The Lead Negotiator is myself, Anaru Marshall. Nathan Peri and Holden Hohaia are our other Negotiators. Pare Hayward is the claim Iwi Researcher. Emma Gardiner is Project Manager.  Our Specialist Advisor is Jamie Tuuta and Indiana Shewen provides administrative support to the team.

The negotiations are currently at a very busy stage. We are in what is known as the “Agreement in Principle” phase. Securing an Agreement in Principle with the Crown is when both parties agree on what the settlement will basically achieve. It is not the final settlement package but it is close enough for us all to agree that we will achieve settlement. Most of our work involves assessing commercial opportunities, identifying strategic assets, developing relationships with government entities and carrying out significant historical research. The results of all of these work streams will assist us to make decisions regarding the claim content and feedback for Iwi.

This month we hosted the Chief Crown Negotiator David Tapsell and his staff from the Office of the Treaty Settlements at Te Upoko o te Whenua. They were accompanied by officials from the Department of Conservation. They came onto our marae and were welcomed in our whare “Ngarongo”.

The purpose of this visit was to introduce the Crown to Ngāti Maru at home amongst our rivers and hills. To meet kanohi ki te kanohi on our turangawaewae with our tauheke and tamariki mokopuna also able to meet first hand with the Crown’s negotiation team. We took the visitors on a short tour of our rohe to see specific sites of significance that will feature in our negotiation discussions in the coming months. Finally, in the context of Maru kai atu, Maru kai mai, it was important for us to extend our manaakitanga to them and host them on our whenua.

The claims team also spent two days in Wellington, one day was spent holding meetings with the Office of Treaty Settlements negotiation team and a number of other government departments.  These meetings allowed us to begin establishing relationships and discussing protocols that will in time become part of the settlement package that we are currently negotiating.

We also attended parliament to support our whanaunga from Nga Ruahine, Taranaki and Te Atiawa.  We witnessed the third readings of their respective claims settlement legislation that in essence finalises the deal for them. It was an emotional experience for all concerned.  Tears flowed from those of us in the gallery and also from the some of the speakers on the chamber floor.  It was a time of reflection for many.  The names of friends and relations who are no longer with us were recalled and remembered for their contributions to their own Iwi’s journey to that day of settlement. I was drawn to reflect on our own people who will not be with us to witness our settlement and it re-enforced my own belief that this is our time. I know I speak for the rest of the negotiations team when I say, Ngāti Maru are ready and we are deserving of our own day in Parliament. In fact it is overdue and we are all resolved to complete this claim for nga uri katoa o Ngāti Maru.

If you have any specific questions or would like clarification on any aspect of the claim, please email me directly at negotiations@Ngā I will respond as soon as I can. Nga mihi nunui ki a koutou. Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa.

Anaru Marshall

Lead negotiator.

He Panui Kia Koutou Nga Uri O Ngati Maru

14 March 2013


Re: Mandate Strategy and Deed of Mandate


Tena koutou katoa, Iwi whanau o Ngati Maru Taranaki, ka nui te mihi ana kia koutou katoa, tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou


The Interim Group comprises of Tamzyn Pue, Gary Sue, Holden Hohaia and myself, who have been given the task of preparing a Draft – Mandate Strategy and Draft – Deed of Mandate, as well as the Claimant Definition for the treaty settlement process of Ngati Maru Taranaki Iwi.


Your opportunity to discuss the contents and make verbal submissions to the document will be welcome at the forthcoming Hui a Iwi, planned for Saturday 13 April 2013, which will be advertised in advance.


It is important that with such a short time frame to get this information to you, we are supportive that this document goes up on the websites of: Te Runanga o Ngati Maru (Taranaki) Trust, Ngati Maru (Taranaki) Working Party, Office of Treaty Settlements, Te Puni Kokiri

We are also supportive of individuals circulating the document, e.g. email or face book, for exposure to as many Iwi whanau, as possible.


I will be happy to take the names and addresses of whanau who do not have a computer and hard copies of the documents will be sent out to them, promptly


Please take the time to read the documents carefully so that you get a good understanding and awareness of the contents, then you will be asked to vote, whether to adopt it as your guiding document towards electing and mandating your treaty settlement team.


I have made it known on many occasions that we have to drop the “factions” and “titles” in order to go forward together, as an Iwi that is united, and my role on this Interim Group is to represent you all, which you can expect from the other group members, as well.

Ultimately it will be you who will decide who, what, where and when the settlement process will be achieved, and a lot of work needs to be done, but not without your knowledge.


Noreira nga Kuia ma, nga Koro ma, whanau, whanaunga ma, kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui.


Nga mihi Chris (Interim Chair)


Please Click On Document Links Below:

130314 N Maru Mandate Strategy Comments 2 (1)

OTS Scott Campbell – Email Response