Picture: Negotiations Team L-R. Jamie Tuuta, Karl Burrows, Pare Hayward-Howie, Indiana Shewen, Nathan Peri, Anaru Marshall.
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.
NEW ADDITION TO NEGOTIATION TEAM
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.
INTRODUCTION OF EVENING HUI FOR URI
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 !