Voting for the 2014 Elections of Trustees is underway and by now you should have received your voting pack from Electionz.

We were encouraged by the turnout for the recent ‘Mandate Vote’ and are hoping the iwi can match, or, better yet beat that support in the Trustee elections.

Voting packs have been sent to 2,614 adult members of Te Mana. The only iwi we won’t be able reach (unless they call Electionz and request their own voting papers) are the 202 members who are classified as “gone no address”.

Te Mana staff are continuing to try and track down those people who have changed address whether by calling the person direct, calling their relatives or through Tuhono. This work will continue throughout the election period, to ensure as many of our iwi as possible have the opportunity to vote.

If you know of any of your whanau who have recently shifted or who may not be registered, please contact the Te Mana office by calling 0800 AKATEA (0800 252 832).

This is your opportunity to shape Te Mana’s Board of Trustees and there won’t be another Trustee election until 2017. Kia kaha Ngāti Rangitihi! Make sure to have your say!

Te Mana register

Recently we were made aware of a Facebook post that suggested Te Mana has been deleting names of beneficiaries from the register because they are too hard to find. This is incorrect.

Neither Te Mana, nor any other Ngāti Rangitihi body, has the right to delete a name from our iwi register. This is a responsibility we take very seriously. The Te Mana register is a Ngāti Rangitihi taonga.

There are situations when the “status” of members is updated. For example, when mail sent to iwi members gets returned to us the member is classified as “gone no address”. This does not mean they are removed from the register. Similarly if someone passes away, they are not removed from our register but re-classified as “deceased”.

Again, we ask that if you or members of your whanau have shifted or are not receiving mail, please contact the Te Mana office.

Journey to mandate continues

Our work towards securing a mandate to negotiate on behalf of the iwi for a Comprehensive Treaty Settlement continues.

We are in the final stages of drafting a Deed of Mandate, which includes feedback Te Mana received from the six mandating hui around the country in May. A first draft has been delivered to the Crown for feedback and both the Office of Treaty Settlements and Te Puni Kokiri have provided us with their comments.

Once the Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi Trust Board gives its approval for the draft deed of mandate, we will submit it to the Office of Treaty Settlements. The Crown will then advertise and call for submissions.

The Crown and Te Mana will then respond to, and meet with submitters, as required before making any final revisions to the draft deed. A final deed of mandate is then taken to the Minister for Treaty Negotiations for recognition so negotiations can get underway.