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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,



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.

Signed Terms of Negotiation with Crown

Kia ora whanau. Attached below for your information is our recently signed Terms of Negotiation with the Crown. Also keep an eye out for our next Maru Panui coming soon. PLUS: Save the date: 17/18 September for our next Maru wananga and claims update at Te Upoko o te Whenua Marae – the most beautiful marae in the world :) Maru Ora ki a tatou katoa.

Ngati Maru signed ToN (Terms of Negotiation)

Letter 16 July from Hon Finlayson to Ngati Maru re approved pre-mandate funding $42k

Download a copy of Letter 16 July from Hon Finlayson to Ngati Maru

Letter of 29 July from Te Runanga o Ngati Maru to the Chief Judge

Download a copy of the Letter of 29 July from Te Runanga o Ngati Maru to the Chief Judge

Claims Update & Elections Hui


Treaty Claim Information Hui

Ngati Maru (Taranaki) Runanga invites all Ngati Maru ki Taranaki descendents to a hui to learn about progress on our Treaty claim and the up and coming elections for the Runanga & Fisheries Trusts.


Saturday 10th August

10:30am Start, followed by a kai


Te Upoko o te Whenua (Pukehou)  Pā

Junction Rd Tarata

We can update you on progress on the following:

The Ngati Maru Mandate Strategy

Ongoing wananga to assist with our claimant definition

Process for Runanga Elections

Ongoing work in your rohe to protect your collective interests


All enquiries phone – Maioha Tokotaua 022 1563252

Hui A Iwi


22 March 2013

Ngati Maru ki Taranaki Iwi






The Interim Working Group (Chris Manukonga (Chairperson), Gary Sue, Holden Hohaia and Tamzyn Pue) is seeking endorsement of the Draft Mandate Strategy and Draft Claimant Definition. This is the first step in the Pre-Mandate process for Ngati Maru ki Taranaki Iwi, to enter into direct settlement negotiations with the Crown.


The Interim Working Group invites all Ngati Maru ki Taranaki Iwimembers to attend this Hui-A-Iwi at:

  • •        The Auto Lodge, 393 Devon Street East, New Plymouth  
  • •        Saturday 13 April 2013
  • •        10.00am


The purpose of the Hui-A-Iwi is to:

  • •        Present the Draft Mandate Strategy and Draft Claimant Definition
  • •        Provide an opportunity for iwi feedback
  • •        Vote to endorse the draft documents

Voting will occur by show of hands by all members present who are over 18 years of age on the following resolution:

“This Hui-A-Iwi endorses the Draft Mandate Strategy and Draft Claimant Definition provided by the Interim Working Group”

Moved:___________________ Second:_____________________



Office Of Treaty Settlements – Mandating Documents

  130314 N Maru Mandate Strategy Comments 2 (1)

OTS Scott Campbell – Email Response

Stephen’s notes from Crown facilitated hui on 26 Feb

WAI 1609 (Karl Burrows & Holden Hohaia) for Ngati Maru


Please Click the Document Below:

WAI 1609 Doc (1)

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