Maniapoto negotiators hit the ground running

Maniapoto, e te Iwi, we have our team to negotiate the settlement of our Treaty of Waitangi claims.

Chairman Tiwha Bell said today:  “As we signalled earlier, we wanted to move quickly to appoint our negotiation team so we could hit the ground running once the mandate decision was confirmed by the Crown.

“We called for people to put their hand up and we got a strong response. As a result the board has confirmed Nanaia Mahuta, Peter Douglas and Mook Hohneck as the Maniapoto negotiation team, with Nanaia as the lead negotiator.

“We believe this is a strong team which represents the broadest cross section of Maniapoto.  Between them our negotiators have strong commercial, governance and negotiation experience and are well versed in Maniapoto history and tikanga,” Mr Bell said.

Ms Mahuta said that she had discussed her desire to be involved in the settlement of Maniapoto’s claims with Labour Party leadership.

“To avoid any real or perceived conflict of interest I have stepped down from my role as Labour’s spokesperson for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations.  It is important mahi and I am looking forward to getting in to it.”

The team are having their first meeting with the Crown negotiator before Christmas and negotiations proper will begin in the New Year.

Maniapoto Mandate Endorsed

Maniapoto Māori Trust Board chairman, Tiwha Bell is pleased to announce that the Crown has recognised the Board’s deed of mandate to represent Maniapoto in treaty settlement negotiations.
“This is a positive step and while there is much work to be done, keeping our people updated regularly continues to be a priority” states Bell.
“Now that mandate has been confirmed, it is important to keep moving to the next milestone which is the appointment of negotiators. I encourage those who are yet to apply to submit their applications by midday Friday 16th December, and anticipate announcing those appointed next week.
We are committed to working together with all of Maniapoto, kotahitanga is paramount in moving forward so we can get the best possible outcome for our people.”

Expressions of Interest for Maniapoto Settlement Negotiators NOW OPEN

The Maniapoto Māori Trust Board have a vision for settlement to achieve the best possible outcome for Te Iwi o Maniapoto, in terms of appropriate recognition and redress. The negotiation team will conduct negotiations with the Crown on behalf of Ngāti Maniapoto, and be guided by some clear principles and protocols determined by the Trust Board.

Applications close: Friday 16th December at 12noon

To apply or for further information, please click here for lead negotiator details or here for negotiator details