Open Letter to Ngapuhi - Hone Sadler

Tihewā mauri ora,

E te iwi, e Ngāpuhi-nui-tonu, tēnā koutou katoa. Koia nei te wā e kīa nei ko te Karere a Mahuru! He wā e tupu ai ngā mea katoa kia hou. Kia kaha, kia manawanui ki te tautoko tonu i a Ngāpuhi-nui-tonu kia ea ai ngā moemoeā o ō tātou tūpuna me ngā wawata o ā tātou tamariki!

Nā reira, puritia ngā kupu waiho iho, “Ma Ngāpuhi anō a ia e kōrero, ehara mā wai kē raini” Nā reira, e te whare tapu o Ngāpuhi, kia ū, kia whiwhi ai te iwi katoa.

Tēnā koutou katoa,

This open letter is part of an information sharing process to ensure that all Ngāpuhi are informed as to the current status of the Treaty settlement process and Tūhoronuku.

In 2015 the Waitangi Tribunal issued a Report into the Ngāpuhi claims negotiating process. In response a Tripartite engagement process was entered into by the Crown, Te Kotahitanga and the board of Tūhoronuku. As a result a further report, Maranga Mai, was issued to bring the parties closer together. Tūhoronuku is positive towards this outcome however at this stage it cannot not agree with the entirety of the recommendations of Maranga Mai.

The outstanding issues which Tūhoronuku is still considering;
• The status of urban Māori representation on any mandated Ngāpuhi Settlement body.
• The status of Kuia and Kaumatua representation on any mandated Ngāpuhi Settlement body.
• The primacy of a unified Ngāpuhi Treaty Settlement. 

The Minister of Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations is anxious to make progress. It is regrettable that mandate related matters continue to stymie our Ngāpuhi Settlement. A solution will require clarity on the above matters. Tūhoronuku will defend the rights of all Ngāpuhi to achieve the best possible settlement. It is not for the Waitangi Tribunal or indeed the Crown to dictate to Ngāpuhi as to what its priorities should be. We are committed to achieving an outcome which serves the best interests of all Ngāpuhi.

Hōne Sadler
Chair