Settlement a step closer – Momentous time for Ngāpuhi to celebrate

John Klaricich - Kaumātua Representative for Tūhoronuku IMA signing the Terms of Negotiation between Ngāpuhi and the Crown – May 2015

The signing of Terms of Negotiation with the Crown for the historic Ngāpuhi settlement is a moment for Ngāpuhi to celebrate.

Thank you Ngāpuhi for staying with this kaupapa throughout the delays. It has been a long journey, and we appreciate your continued support as we prepare to begin negotiating with the Crown to settle all Ngāpuhi historical claims and Crown breaches against Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

The Tūhoronuku Independent Mandated Authority (Tūhoronuku IMA) and our negotiators are up for robust negotiations to get the best possible settlement for Ngāpuhi.

Settlement and iwi unity are growing in importance to Ngāpuhi, says a Horizon Research survey report released on 24 May. Ninety percent of those surveyed show these two issues are among the most important facing Ngāpuhi today.

New election round begins for Hapū Kaikōrero representatives

In line with our kaupapa that “the door is always open to all Ngāpuhi hapū”, Tūhoronuku IMA is holding a new round of elections for Hapū Kaikōrero representatives. This follows last year’s election process which saw almost 50 Hapū Kaikōrero representatives elected.

Nominations are being sought for one mandated Hapū Kaikōrero to represent those hapū not yet part of the Tūhoronuku IMA structure. Nominees are encouraged to hold hapū hui as part of the election process.

Nominations opened on Saturday 30 May, and close on Friday 19 June 2015

Everything you need to know about the Hapū Kaikōrero election process can be found on www.tuhoronuku.com – the home of all Ngāpuhi settlement information.

Research Scoping Report

Work has progressed steadily throughout May to develop the research and mapping plan to support Ngāpuhi's settlement negotiations with the Crown. In mid May a draft of this plan was circulated to hapū kaikōrero and hui were held in Whangarei and Kaikohe to receive feedback and identify research issues and sites of significance to Ngāpuhi iwi hapū to inform cultural and historical redress options. The draft plan, or research scoping report, will be completed by the end of June.

Warmest congratulations to Nora Rameka, MNZM

Tūhoronuku IMA Kuia Representative Nora Tawhi Rameka was named a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the recent Queen's Birthday honours, in recognition of her devotion to others. She has spent much of her life working for the betterment of her people, especially in the fields of housing and education. "What has driven me is we've got to build a better future for future generations. You just do what you've got to do," she said. She urged others not to give up their dreams, no matter how often someone said it was impossible.

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Quote of the month

“It is time for action. We don’t want our mokos’ moko to catch the tail end of settlement, we need to be on the bandwagon now. We need to move forward together as one iwi”.

The late Kaumātua Goff Rawiri
Waimamaku, Hokianga
August 2014