Ratification of our Post-Settlement Governance Entity (PSGE)

Upcoming ratification process 

The upcoming ratification is an important part of the settlement journey for Ngāti Rangitihi. As part of the upcoming Ratification, Ngāti Rangitihi will be asked to vote on three matters:

  1. A new PSGE to receive the Settlement Redress
  2. Transferring the mandate to negotiate the settlement of the Ngāti Rangitihi historical Treaty of Waitangi claims from the existing Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi Trust PSGE to the new Te Mana PSGE
  3. Who should be the initial trustees of the new PSGE

The three resolutions Ngāti Rangitihi will be asked to vote on are:

  1. I as a member of Ngāti Rangitihi, agree that the proposed new Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi Trust will be the Post-Settlement Governance Entity to receive and manage all of the historical Treaty of Waitangi settlement redress on behalf of Ngāti Rangitihi. YES /NO
  2. I, as a member of Ngāti Rangitihi, authorise the transfer of the mandate to negotiate the settlement of the Ngāti Rangitihi historical Treaty of Waitangi claims from the existing Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi Trust to the new Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi Trust. YES / NO
  3. I, as a member of Ngāti Rangitihi, agree that the initial trustees of the new Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi Trust will be the current trustees of the existing Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi Trust. YES / NO

Te Mana strongly encourages Ngāti Rangitihi to vote YES to all three resolutions.

Why do we need a new PSGE as part of our settlement journey?

While the current Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi Trust is already set up as a Post-Settlement Governance Entity, this PSGE was set up in 2009 for the purposes of the Central North Island Forests Settlement – to receive Ngāti Rangitihi’s CNI redress.

Since then, the Crown has developed a new template trust deed for individual iwi settlements. As part of the settlement process set out by the Crown, all iwi must have a PSGE that is fit for purpose to receive the Ngāti Rangitihi Settlement Redress.

So, a new Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi PSGE (new Te Mana) and Trust Deed must be established that meets the Crown’s policy requirements, and for Ngāti Rangitihi to receive its Settlement Redress once the Settlement is enacted. This is a normal part of the settlement process.

Options regarding appointment of initial trustees of the new PSGE

Voting yes or no to the third resolution, means Ngāti Rangitihi essentially has two options for the appointment of Trustees:

Option 1: Appoint the existing Te Mana Trustees as the Initial Trustees of the new Te Mana PSGE, until elections are held within one year of our Deed of Settlement being signed or at the Annual General Meeting in 2022 (whichever is sooner). This means we will not hold Trustee elections in October.

  • This means we would not hold Trustee elections in October.
  • The Initial Trustees of the new Te Mana PSGE would be:
    • Leith Comer (Chair)
    • Donna Semmens
    • Cathy Dewes
    • Merepeka Raukawa-Tait
    • Melanie Cheung
    • Michael Playle
    • Tia Warbrick
  • These Trustees are the current Trustees for the existing Te Mana PSGE.

Option 2: Hold a Trustee election in October 2019 under the existing Te Mana Trust Deed.

  • Four Trustees would have to be elected at this election.
  • The Initial Trustees of the new Te Mana PSGE would be:
    • Tia Warbrick
    • Melanie Cheung
    • Michael Playle
    • The four Trustees elected in the October 2019 elections.
  • These Trustees may only stand for potentially less than a full term before new Trustees have to be appointed again once the Deed of Settlement is signed.

Next steps

You will be asked to vote on the three resolutions in June 2019. There will be a series of Information Hui across the motu so you can ask our Trustees all the questions you have before you cast your vote. Voting will take place online, by post or by special ballot box at the Information Hui. 

The results of the vote will then go to the Crown to determine if there is sufficient support from the Ngāti Rangitihi voting population for the new Te Mana PSGE.

It is important to understand that the new Te Mana PSGE does not get sufficient support, it may significantly delay our settlement journey.

More information

Over the coming months, we will be sending Adult Registered Members all the information they need to vote. This includes a Ratification information booklet and your voting papers. The Ratification Information booklet will explain in detail  what would change under the new Te Mana PSGE and Trust Deed, what stays the same, and information on the voting process.

In the meantime, we have put together the following resources to explain the Ratification process, share information on the need for a new PSGE and options regarding Trustee elections.

If you have any questions in the meantime, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us info@ngatirangitihi.iwi.nz.