Whakatohea Agreement In Principle

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“The long-awaited agreement with Whakatōhea addresses serious violations by the Crown, including the confiscation of large parts of Whakatōhea lands, which has forced many Iwi members to settle on insufficient reserves.” The Crown recognized the Trust`s pre-settlement mandate in December 2016 and quickly began substantive negotiations. The Pre-Settlement Trust and the Crown reached an agreement-in-principle in August 2017. The Crown has signed memoranda of understanding to resolve the historic contractual complaints of Whakatōhea and Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua, Christopher Finlayson announced today. The agreement with Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua includes a financial and commercial remedy totalling $7.2 million and cultural reparations worth $500,000. For more information, visit www.whakatoheapresettlement.org.nz Minister of Contract Negotiations, Chris Finlayson, welcomed the signing: “Today`s agreement is a great achievement and reflects the positive and principled negotiating approach taken by Whakatōhea`s leaders and negotiators. Copies of the general agreements are available at www.govt.nz/treaty-settlement-documents/. The plaintiffs` main complaint was that the Crown had violated the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi by failing to actively protect the ability of the claimants of the Hapū and Waitangi courts to exercise their Rangatiratanga in order to determine how they would settle their historical claims. Significant concerns were also expressed about the process by which the mandate was recognized. The agreements describe comprehensive sets of settlements that include an apology from the Crown as well as financial, commercial and cultural remedies. This has never been done before and reflects the results of the vote proposed by the Waitangi Tribunal following the investigation into the wai2662 Whakatōhea mandate, in which a total of 2,726 valid votes were cast, with 53% choosing to support the Trust in further negotiations on the Whakatōhea Settlement and 48% wanting the Waitangi Court to be heard. The Trust and the Crown signed our Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Whakatōhea in Wellington in August 2017. It was a historic day for our Iwi.

“Our role is to ensure that our iwi look to a better future and enable them to thrive culturally, socially and economically,” says Riesterer. You can view the Whakatōhea Agreement in Principle (19 MB) here. See here » There are only six Iwi settlements with a value greater than this offer. Most of these settlements are destined for the Iwi with a much larger population than ours at about 15,000 (as of April 2020), for example Waikato-Tainui (40,083), Ngai Tahu (54,819), Tuhoe (34,887), Ngāti Porou (71,049) – Source: 2013 census figures. Also note that these Iwi arrived at their comparisons without going through a court investigation. In November 2017, the Waitangi Court held an urgent hearing in Whakatāne to determine whether the Crown`s decision to recognize the Whakatōhea Pre Settlement Claims Trust`s mandate mandate deed had been made fairly, appropriately and in good faith. “While this is a crown process, it is also an opportunity for our iwi, hapū and whānau to reconnect with our hau kāinga.