MANDATE PROCESS MOVING FORWARD
Ngā mihi to everyone who participated in the recent mandate voting. Te Mana was really encouraged to receive a 77% approval rating from iwi for Te Mana to enter direct negotiations with the Crown for the comprehensive settlement of all Ngāti Rangitihi claims.
The next stage of the Crown process for Comprehensive Settlement requires Te Mana to take its mandate to the Minister for Treaty Negotiations, Christopher Finlayson, for formal recognition.
Te Mana is now writing a Deed of Mandate, which will incorporate feedback received from the iwi. Once received, the Crown will invite submissions.
Hāpai-Ō (Chief Executive), Anthony Olsen, was heartened by the strong interest from iwi during the two-month voting period and hopes this will continue through the Deed of Mandate process.
“There remain a number of steps that we need to work through carefully with our iwi to get things in shape for the Minister.
“We have a lot of feedback that came from the six mandate hui held across the country, which we will review and use in the Deed of Mandate where appropriate.
“All Ngāti Rangitihi Wai claimants are being approached so that we can engage directly with them in regards to their individual claims. We will be keeping you updated on our progress,” said Mr Olsen.
“At the last Board meeting, our Trustees appointed the negotiating team to be included in the document for the Minister to consider. “
As part of the mandating, Te Mana received strong support to make an application to the High Court for recognition of Ngāti Rangitihi takutai moana under the Marine and Coastal Area Act. We will do this soon.
Te Mana made a commitment to the iwi to ensure you were engaged in the voting process. We’ve done a lot of work on that, and we will continue to do this going forward with the Deed of Mandate.
If you have any questions, feel free to call the office on 0800AKATEA or go to our website www.ngatirangitihi.iwi.nz
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Kia kaha Ngāti Rangitihi!