Office of Treaty Settlements meeting summary

In January, our negotiators and advisors met with officials from the Office of Treaty Settlements including the Deputy Director and Negotiations Manager. On hand were our Treaty Observers and representatives from the Department of Conservation and Regional Council.

It was a very valuable hui for our team. We had an opportunity to discuss our whenua and why it is important to us, options for redress that might make up our Settlement, and the timeline that the Crown is working to at their end.

We also discussed the potential for a Cultural Centre (Whare Taonga) at Matatā, and the Great Walk on and around our maunga at Tarawera. The Crown team were very responsive to our ideas and Te Mana is going to continue looking into these opportunities.

We hope to meet with the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, Christopher Finlayson, in the coming months.