Tuesday, 19 February 2019
For immediate release
DISMAY AFTER RUSHED SIGNING OF HAURAKI SETTLEMENT
The Ngātiwai Trust Board are dismayed that the Crown signed another iwi up to the controversial Pare Hauraki Collective Settlement on Thursday last week.
Ngātiwai sought an assurance from Minister Little in November 2018 that the Crown will pause the Hauraki Settlements until the Waitangi Tribunal have held an urgent inquiry concerning overlapping claims. The Minister provided that assurance in December, but the recent signing with Ngāti Paoa flies in the face of the Minister’s assurance.
Ngātiwai Treaty Claims Committee Chairman, Aperahama Kerepeti-Edwards, says, “We are confused by the actions of the Crown last week.”
“Technically speaking the Minister said he would not introduce any settlement legislation into Parliament but to continue to progress signings indicates the Crown’s dogged focus on inching the Hauraki settlements closer and closer to the line.”
“In determining to hold the urgent hearings, the Tribunal pointed out that the Crown had failed to provide any real evidence to refute the applicants and that was part of the reason why that Tribunal granted the hearings. It seems that the Crown have been more focused on inching the Hauraki settlements closer to completion than putting together any decent evidence for the hearings which is a real worry.”
“The Crown need to stop rushing through these signings when they know there are many unresolved issues. We have a Waitangi Tribunal hearing coming up in April, so to me it would have made sense for the Crown to wait.”
“Mid last year we had a hui on our marae in Whananaki with the then negotiator for Ngāti Paoa. At this hui we agreed to continue to have ongoing kōrero to understand their interests for which they claimed, and this was to be done on the marae, guided under tikanga Māori. We were delighted with the initial meeting, and both parties were committed to completing the process.”
“We are dismayed that the Crown have now taken this step while we are waiting for the Hauraki overlapping claims inquiry to get underway.”
“We are extremely disappointed with the Crown’s actions.”
CONSULTATION NOTICE: Review of Customary Fisheries qualifications with Primary Industry Training Organisation (Primary ITO)
The Primary ITO, is a not for profit, industry training organisation who, through training and assessment, grows the capability of people in the primary industries, including the seafood industry. In late 2012, a review of customary fisheries qualifications was triggered as part of the targeted review of seafood industry qualifications, by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority. Included in this review were five qualifications owned by the Primary ITO and one each owned by Te Wananga o Aotearoa, Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi, and the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic (now Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology).
In October 2018, Primary ITO, recommenced the review of the four National Certificates in Seafood Māori, and one National Diploma in Seafood Māori – each with elements of customary fisheries. Primary ITO would like to collect advice and feedback from those who might be interested in being involved in the qualification review and codesign process with Primary ITO. Involvement could appear in a number of ways including attendance at any of the scheduled hui, ongoing communication through email of phone, or possibly through newsletter.
The purpose of the involvement is to inform the need, skills and knowledge of any proposed qualifications, based on current expertise and work within the sector. We are seeking participation from representatives who work within the customary fisheries sector that directly works with or benefits hapū or iwi. This could include:
If you are interested, we encourage you to make contact and we will send you further information about the Project and any preliminary reading for the consultation hui.
The dates for the consultation hui have been set and will contribute to the start of five phases in this review and co-design process including stakeholder advice and feedback, qualification design and development. Please find below, a list of the scheduled consultation hui for the review and design of these qualifications:
RSVP to Mania@aiorangiltd.co.nz or Leela.Lala@primaryito.ac.nz by the stipulated dates, with your intended attendance at any of the hui and any dietary requirements that you have, and we will be in touch with the venue address and agenda in due course. In the meantime, we are happy to answer any questions you might have to date and provide you with additional preliminary information in preparation for the hui.
Nāku noa, nā
Mania Maniapoto-Ngaia and Leela Lala
Please find below the Notice of Election of Trustee for Mōkau Marae. Below you will also find the Election Timetable and the Trustee Nomination Form.
Please be aware that nominations must be received no later than 5pm Wednesday 20 February 2019 and that voting closes 5pm Wednesday 27 March 2019.
Election Services will be independently running the election on behalf of the Trust Board however Moana MacDonald and Toni Sweeney will take any extra enquiries about the process and/or updates/new registrations.
Friday, 7 December 2018
For immediate release
NGĀTIWAI ASK THE CROWN TO PAUSE HAURAKI SETTLEMENTS
On Friday the 9th of November, the Waitangi Tribunal granted an Urgent Hearing into the controversial Crown overlapping claims process.
The Ngātiwai Trust Board, on behalf of their people, submitted an application to the Waitangi Tribunal on the 24th of July 2017 to ask the Tribunal to look into the Crown’s flawed processes and redress offered in dealing with the Hauraki Settlements that were signed in August this year.
Recently the Ngātiwai Trust sent a letter to Treaty Settlements Minister, Hon. Andrew Little, requesting confirmation that the Hauraki Settlements are paused.
Ngātiwai Treaty Claims Committee Chairman, Aperahama Kerepeti-Edwards says “We have asked the Crown to confirm that they have put a pause on the Hauraki Settlements while our claims are being heard under urgency by the Waitangi Tribunal.”
“As a result of this inquiry we would expect that no further steps are taken by the Crown to advance any of the Hauraki settlements involved until the Waitangi Tribunal has completed the inquiry and presented their report.”
“We would like to acknowledge the Waitangi Tribunal for granting this hearing to Ngātiwai and the five other mandated iwi groups who also sought to be heard by the Tribunal.”
“Some of our whānau that have logged their own individual applications for urgency unfortunately had their requests dismissed. We encourage them to work with our team to ensure their voices are still heard.”
“Through the hearing process we hope that the Tribunal can give some definitive recommendations on an improved process consistent with tikanga and what mana whenua and ahikaa means and how that impacts on the Crown’s behaviour and decisions.”
“We want to be clear that this claim is against the Crown, as we all know that the iwi of Hauraki have been caught up in this flawed process which has strained our long standing relationships that we have always valued.”
“For us we have always sought to have a genuine tikanga process for resolving these matters and still firmly believe that once we get through the hearings, this will be the only way to resolve these matters.”
“Once these Hearings are completed, we would then look forward to further discussions with Hauraki negotiators and the Crown.”
Contacts: Aperahama Kerepeti-Edwards, Chairman Ngātiwai Trust Board Treaty Claims Committee
Phone: 09 430 0939
Barry Caldwell, Communications Advisor Ngātiwai Trust Board
Phone: 021 728 291