Recently we held a Hui-a-Iwi at the marae so negotiators could outline the progress we are making on our Treaty Settlement. A group of whānau attended, who raised some great ideas and questions.
Our negotiators spoke about a proposal for a Cultural Centre or Whare Taonga at Matatā, as well as Te Mana taking a leading role in the Tarawera Awa restoration.
The Chair, along with advisor Anthony Olsen talked about the whenua Te Mana is seeking to have returned.
Leith described the purpose of the land negotiations as trying to return to the Iwi, “strategic pieces of whenua that re-connect us” and “re-establish our mana at Matatā and Tarawera”.