Call for Ngāti Maniapoto treaty claim negotiators

The Maniapoto Māori Trust Board will soon call for expressions of interest from iwi members with the right skills to be part of the team to negotiate the settlement of Maniapoto’s historic treaty claims.
Earlier this month Maniapoto members voted in favour of the Trust Board being the body to negotiate the settlement of these claims.
Chairman Tiwha Bell said gaining the support of the majority of Maniapoto members was the first step. The next step is to submit a plan to the Crown of how we intend to go about our negotiations and that will include our preferred negotiation team.
“We have some highly capable people who whakapapa to Maniapoto. Soon we will call for people to apply to be part of the negotiation team.
Mr Bell said the timeframe would be tight, but they were keen to keep momentum.
Meanwhile, Mr Bell said he was delighted with the feedback he and the board was getting from the recent consultation hui and vote.
“It showed us that there is much work to be done to keep Maniapoto members informed about what is happening across the iwi. It also confirmed the passion there is for our iwi and the desire for Maniapoto to grow and to thrive.

Maniapoto mandate voting results confirmed

The Maniapoto Māori Trust Board (MMTB) is pleased to announce the result for the Maniapoto Mandating Process. This has been confirmed, with 72% in favour of the MMTB entering into negotiations with Crown, for a comprehensive settlement of all Maniapoto Historical Treaty of Waitangi Claims on behalf of Te Iwi o Maniapoto.
The support and confidence that this result shows is a testament to our Iwi wanting to move forward. Kei a koutou e te Iwi, ngā mihi kauana ki a koutou mō ōu koutou tautoko mō te anga whakamua.
MMTB Chairman, Tiwha Bell notes that this is just the first step in the mandating phase of the process.  “From here, we will be engaging with submitters on the Mandate Strategy. It is important that we continue to meet with the Iwi throughout this journey as we move forward. We have heard the concerns raised (both at hui and in submissions) and one of our priorities is to continue those kōrero and look at how we will work together through this process. ”
The next step also requires submissions that have been put forward to be considered, the completion of the deed of mandate for ministers to consider, followed by another update to Iwi.
“We are committed to working together with all of Maniapoto me ōna hapū maha. Kotahitanga is key in order to get the best possible outcome. Our tūpuna pushed for unity across the iwi and we hope to fulfil this desire. I personally would like to thank those kaumātua that supported us during the mandate hui, Miria Tauariki, Bob Koroheke, Rore Stafford and John Kaati. “ states Mr Bell.

Electionz Declaration of Result can be found here