Ngāpuhi settlement gaining momentum

Ngāpuhi hapū are involved in an intense period of activity over the coming months in preparation for the start of the historic Ngāpuhi settlement negotiations with the Crown.

With the settlement process gathering momentum, including the recent  appointment of negotiators, the Tūhoronuku Independent Mandated Authority (Tūhoronuku  IMA) will hold update hui in the five Te Whare Tapu o Ngāpuhi regions on 12, 13 and 14 May.  For hui details, please visit our website:

Hapū Negotiation Profiles

Ahead of negotiations with the Crown, Hapū are busy identifying and scoping their research and mapping needs to support the development of their hapū negotiation profiles. Historian, Dr Grant Young has been contracted for this important mahi and is working closely with mandated Hapū Kaikōrero, Tūhoronuku IMA Hapū Kaikorero co-ordinator Kipa Munro and the recently appointed Tūhoronuku IMA Research Programme Manager Mihi Harris-Brown.

Hui have been held with the Tūhoronuku IMA board, also with mandated Hapū Kaikōrero in each of the five Te Whare Tapu o Ngāpuhi regions (Hokianga, Whangaroa, Te Pewhairangi, Kaikohe-Waimate-Taiāmai and Whangarei ki Mangakahia).

Have your say on the Ngāpuhi settlement

Horizon Research surveyed Ngāpuhi in 2011 and 2013 to hear your thinking on the key issues that will frame settlement negotiations and the future of the Ngāpuhi people.  Two years on, we have asked Horizon Research to survey Ngāpuhi again. Make sure your voice is heard. To register and participate in the survey, please visit our website -

Meet our Tūhoronuku IMA Trustees 

……this month, Erin Shanks - South Island Representative

Erin has considerable corporate experience specialising in supply chain and returnable packaging management. He has been employed as National Retail Manager, CHEP NZ since 2001 and is domiciled in Christchurch.

Erin is Chairman of Kiwikiwi Whānau Charitable Trust with lineage that includes Haki Taipa, a signatory to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, whānau member of Te Ngare Hauata and Te Uri Kapana Treaty claims, and continues to attend tribunal hearings for this claim.

Erin’s interests include family activities, social clubs, gardening, cricket and basketball.

Erin’s vision for Ngāpuhi: “In representing Ngāpuhi ā Rohe, my objective is to ensure the collective interests of all South Island members of the iwi are realised under the Treaty settlement. To achieve this I bring strong negotiating skills, proven business expertise and a deep concern for whānau well-being. These are attributes I have learned and developed over many years in business and community practices. After settlement, a high standard of governance and accountability will be needed to ensure funds are invested and allocated wisely for our future. Establishing effective two-way communication channels is also a priority to ensure iwi members remain engaged in the process.”

Meet our Tūhoronuku IMA mandated Hapū Kaikōrero

……this month, Hinerangi Himiona - Kaikohe-Waimate-Taiāmai

He uri ahau nō Taiāmai, ko ngā hapῡ ko Ngāti Hineira, Te Uri Taniwha me Ngāti Korohue.

Hinerangi is regularly involved, on a voluntary basis, with local community projects for her local marae, schools and community facilities.  She was chair of the local primary school BOT (2009-14); secretary of Parawhenua Marae for 10 years and chair of the Marae’s board of trustees for the past year and a half.  

Hinerangi has been self-employed for 17 years, working in the area of Māori heritage and research.  She studied Māori law and philosophy and has a qualification in archives management.  She has worked in tertiary and central government at senior level, and is a contract researcher/writer working on a range of projects. Currently she is the Principal Advisor Māori for the Department of Internal Affairs, Archives Exhibition Project. 

Hinerangi’s vision for Ngāpuhi: “I am hopeful for the future of our Ngāpuhi people.  I am proud of who I am and where I come from. It is my goal to make a tangible and memorable contribution for our future, so that we and our uri can have a strong foundation upon which to stand as proud, confident, participating citizens of our iwi, this country and indeed the world.” 

E ōkū rahi, e rau Rangatira mā, tēnā koutou katoa

Quote of the month:

“Every year settlement is delayed, another generation of Ngāpuhi will leave the North.”

Rt Hon Jim Bolger
Waitangi Tribunal
3 December 2014