In each newsletter, one of our Observers gives an update on the Treaty negotiation process to ensure we are keeping you all informed.
This quarter, Christopher Clarke has provided his input:
“Having been asked to attend the negotiating meetings as an observer, I was a bit reluctant at first, but found myself adapting to this position quite easily. Initially I was unclear of what to expect, but found the proceedings very professional and robust.
“Through the proceedings, I realised that the negotiators play a pivotal role in settlement of Ngāti Rangitihi with the Office of Treaty Settlements. The relationships forged between the negotiators, Office of Treaty Settlements, other regulatory bodies and neighbouring iwi has been seen as one of mutual understanding and transparency.
“With such a professional research team from Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi, our claims are looking strong. It has been a privilege to ‘observe’ how professional our team is.
“Do it once, do it right. Nō reira, haere whakamua Ngāti Rangitihi mō te uri e heke mai nei. Kōkiri!”