Media release on Terms of Negotiation, and
Terms of Negotiation signed document


- Terms of Negotiation signed between Ngāpuhi and the Crown this week
- Ngāpuhi settlement will bring cultural, social and economic advancement to Ngāpuhi and Northland
- Negotiations to begin this year
- Agreement in Principle possibly by late 2016

This week’s signing of Terms of Negotiation with the Crown for the historic Ngāpuhi settlement is a moment for Ngāpuhi to celebrate.

It has been a long journey for our people, but at last we're ready to get stuck in to negotiating the settlement that will benefit all Ngāpuhi. It is 175 years since Ngāpuhi signed Te Tiriti o Waitangi, which the Crown began breaching almost immediately.

And it is eight years since our Kaumātua and Kuia directed us to ‘get on with our settlement’.

Those eight years have not been easy, but we can look back on an outstanding achievement. Tūhoronuku embarked on the biggest communications and consultation exercise in the history of iwi Māori, giving Ngāpuhi the opportunity to participate throughout.

We held hundreds of hui throughout the length and breadth of Te Tai Tokerau, also Auckland, elsewhere in Aotearoa and parts of Australia.

Guided by our people, we developed a negotiating structure called Te Rōpū o Tūhoronuku.

In 2011 we went out to ask Ngāpuhi to give their mandate to Tūhoronuku, and overwhelmingly - 76.4% - Ngāpuhi, you said yes.

Last year we held elections for the representatives on the Tūhoronuku Independent Mandated Authority (Tūhoronuku IMA). Tūhoronuku IMA has a 22 member structure, with 15 of the 22 places at the table being hapū appointed.

Earlier this year we advertised throughout the motu for Ngāpuhi to put their names forward as negotiators. Following a rigorous process, we appointed three prominent Ngāpuhi – Alison Thom, Hemi Toia and Joseph Davis – to lead the coming negotiations with the Crown.

Throughout this process we have kept our finger on the pulse of Ngāpuhi, through biennial Horizon Research surveys. Through these, with a new survey completed just this month, we know that the priorities for Ngāpuhi everywhere is for iwi unity and to settle our grievances. The strength of this sentiment is growing by the year!

Our people want us to move forward, from grievance to settlement, so we can advance as an iwi.

We have spent years preparing for this, the process has been fraught with delays so to reach this important milestone in our journey to settlement is outstanding. That is why it is so important for Ngāpuhi to take time to celebrate this milestone signing of our Terms of Negotiations.

Our vision for Ngāpuhi post-settlement is to live healthy and productive lives, where possible to have our lands returned, to have our reo revitalised, our marae restored and to take our rightful place as a key influencer and economic powerhouse in the future of Aotearoa New Zealand.

But first we have to do our homework, and put in the time to negotiate a settlement to support our vision.

And we want to be very clear: Tūhoronuku is ready to talk with any Ngāpuhi who wants to shape the path to settlement.

On behalf of the Tūhoronuku IMA thank you Ngāpuhi, thank you for staying with this kaupapa throughout the delays, and know that the Tūhoronuku IMA and our negotiators are up for robust negotiations to get the best possible settlement for you, your whānau, our hapū and Ngāpuhi.

Please share this important news with your whānau, and take time to savour this great achievement, because tomorrow the hard work starts. We invite you to take part in this historic journey, which is now within sight. The Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations is hoping to reach Agreement in Principle by the end of next year.

Go on to our website – the home of all Ngāpuhi settlement information – and find out how you can become involved.


For further information please contact Kipa Munro
Mobile: 027 555 3852

Tūhoronuku Independent Mandated Authority is the mandated entity to represent all Ngāpuhi - no matter where we live – to negotiate a settlement of all Crown grievances against Ngāpuhi and Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Ngāpuhi Terms of Negotiation signed

May 2015

Key Information

1. Ngāpuhi now ready to face the Crown for the best possible settlement it can negotiate

  • The Tūhoronuku Independent Mandated Authority (Tūhoronuku IMA) vision for Ngāpuhi post-settlement is to live healthy and productive lives, where possible to have our lands returned, our marae improved and to take our rightful place as a key influencer and powerful economic player in the future of Aotearoa.
  • Settlement will lay the foundation for a brighter Ngāpuhi future.

2. Terms of Negotiation have been signed between Ngāpuhi and the Crown for an historic settlement

  • In a significant milestone towards settlement of the Ngāpuhi Te Tiriti o Waitangi grievances against the Crown, the Terms of Negotiation between Ngāpuhi and the Crown have been signed by both parties this week.
  • Ngāpuhi is our country’s biggest iwi, by far. With 125 000 members who proudly affiliate, this means one in five Māori are Ngāpuhi.

3. Mandated settlement entity Tūhoronuku signed on behalf of Ngāpuhi

  • Ngāpuhi overwhelming (76.4% of those who voted) gave their mandate to Tūhoronuku in 2011 following the biggest communications and consultation exercise in the history of iwi Māori.
  • The Crown’s review found the Ngāpuhi mandate process to be rigorous.
  • The Tūhoronuku IMA has 22 Trustees, 15 representing hapū, thereby giving Ngāpuhi hapū a majority voice on the settlement entity.
  • For Tūhoronuku IMA the Terms were signed by Chairman, Raniera (Sonny) Tau; Kaumātua, John Klaricich and Kuia, Nora Rameka
  • The Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, Hon Christopher Finlayson, signed on behalf of the Crown.

4. Negotiations between Ngāpuhi and the Crown to begin later this year

  • Negotiations between Ngāpuhi and the Crown are expected to begin later this year, with the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations saying he hopes to reach Agreement in Principle on the settlement before the end of 2016.
  • Ngāpuhi settlement momentum is growing:
    • earlier this year three prominent Ngāpuhi - Alison Thom, Hemi Toia and Joseph Davis - were appointed as settlement negotiators
    • a research manager has been appointed and professional historian contracted, with hui held throughout the five traditional areas to help hapū prepare their negotiations profiles.

5. Settlement will bring cultural, social and economic advancement to Ngāpuhi and Northland

  • Settlement will mean a shift for our people from grievance to development thinking and this will be the environment our tamariki and mokopuna will be born into.
  • The Prime Minister has said the Ngāpuhi financial redress alone will be several hundred million dollars. Whatever the amount negotiated, it will be a massive injection into the economy of what is the country's most impoverished area.
  • Instead of losing generations of our young people to Auckland, Australia and the Corrections Department, they could return home, prospering where jobs are plentiful, where their youngsters are immersed in our Ngāpuhi tikanga, where we honour our Kaumātua and Kuia.

6. The Ngāpuhi settlement is the last of the big Treaty settlements

  • The conclusion of the Ngāpuhi settlement will be of great significance to Aotearoa New Zealand, as it will be the last of the big Treaty settlements.
  • With Ngāpuhi settled, more than 80 percent of iwi will be settled, and New Zealand will move into a post-Treaty settlement era.

7. Overwhelmingly Ngāpuhi want settlement and unity

  • Independent research over the past six years has shown Ngāpuhi rank settlement and iwi unity as their most important priorities.
  • At Tūhoronuku, the door is always open to the small number of hapū and individuals who are yet to join the historic settlement journey.

8. Now is the time for all Ngāpuhi to become involved in this historic journey

  • All Ngāpuhi, young, old, living in Te Tai Tokerau, Auckland or elsewhere in Aotearoa or Australia, are encouraged to be part of this most historic journey.
  • Go to to find out who your Tūhoronuku IMA representative is, how to receive regular e-pānui about the settlement negotiations and how you can participate.

9. Hapū involvement is key to a successful settlement

  • Forty seven Ngāpuhi hapū are already represented on the Tūhoronuku IMA, with further hapū given the opportunity to join when new Hapū Kaikōrero elections are held later this month (May 2015).
  • The door always remains open to all hapū.
  • The negotiations process provides for the negotiators to work closely with hapū.

10. Tūhoronuku Independent Mandated Authority’s work-plan for 2015

  • Appoint Ngāpuhi settlement negotiators (completed March 2015)
  • Sign Terms of Negotiations with the Crown (completed May 2015)
  • Horizon Research survey of Ngāpuhi on settlement issues (completed May 2015)
  • Engagement with negotiators to develop hapū negotiating profiles (On-going)
  • Research and mapping programme to support settlement negotiations (begun March 2015)
  • Conduct a second round of Hapū Kaikōrero elections ( May 2015)
  • Commence negotiations with the Crown, to reach Agreement in Principle (late 2015)
  • Consult with Ngāpuhi on Post Settlement Governance Entity options (late 2015)
  • Review and assess the Waitangi Tribunal Ngāpuhi mandate report (when released)

The Terms of Negotiation and all information on the Ngāpuhi settlement can be accessed on

Ngāpuhi settlement background Information

About the Tūhoronuku IMA

  • The Tūhoronuku IMA is the Kaikohe-based mandated entity for all Ngāpuhi, no matter where we live.
  • In September 2011, Ngāpuhi voted overwhelmingly (76.4% of those who voted) to give their mandate to Te Rōpū o Tūhoronuku.
  • On 14 February 2014, this mandate was officially recognised by the then Minister of Māori Affairs and the Minister of Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations.
  • The purpose of the Tūhoronuku IMA is to negotiate a settlement of all Te Tiriti o Waitangi grievances and breaches by the Crown against Ngāpuhi.
  • The number of representatives on Tūhoronuku has increased, with hapū representatives having the majority voice – 15 of the 22 representatives.
  • New elections were held for the 22 Tūhoronuku IMA representatives from March to July 2014.
  • The Tūhoronuku IMA is legally independent from Te Rūnanga Ā Iwi O Ngāpuhi.

Ngāpuhi and settlement

Ngāpuhi is by far the biggest Iwi in Aotearoa, with 125 601 proudly affirming their affiliation in Census 2013.

Most live in the Auckland, Waikato and Tauranga regions, with almost 20 percent living in Te Tai Tokerau (Northland).

The Ngāpuhi settlement journey began in 2008. Over these seven years Ngāpuhi were consulted at more than 100 hui, and through online and postal participation on the structure they wished to represent them in settlement negotiations with the Crown.

2014 elections for new representatives of the Tūhoronuku IMA

Elections were conducted by an external elections company. All Ngāpuhi 18 and over were eligible to take part.