Maniapoto to initial Deed of Settlement

On Thursday 17th December, the Maniapoto Māori Trust Board (MMTB) will be initialling the Maniapoto Deed of Settlement (DOS) with the Crown, to settle the historical treaty claims of Maniapoto (all inclusive within Te Nehenehenui).
The initialling will be taking place in Parliament Buildings in Wellington, with the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, Hon. Andrew Little and other Crown officials.

“What initialling means is that the DOS and proposed Post Settlement Governance Entity (PSGE) can now be presented to our people to consider. It is our people who will make the final decision on whether or not this settlement is agreed. We will be holding a series of hui in early 2021 to talk through the proposed DOS and PSGE with our whānau” says MMTB Chair, Keith Ikin.
There are a number of matters that are still unresolved with the Crown. Mr Ikin says they will continue to push for progress on these matters over the next 2-3 months.

“This is a significant time for our people. It is the most important decision we will make in our generation.”
“As we initial on Thursday, we reflect on the sacrifice and the hard work of our whānau over many generations who fought and advocated for our people within Te Nehenehenui.”

A key focus of MMTB has been to take an inclusive approach with all, ensuring everyone has had an opportunity to have their say throughout this journey. “It is really important that our whānau who whakapapa within Te Nehenehenui, are fully informed and participate in the decision to approve, or not, the proposed settlement (ratification).”

“The DOS seeks to provide redress for historical injustice and sets out the expectations of a relationship with the Crown that our tūpuna have sought over many generations. The legacy our tūpuna have left us, their descendants within Te Rohe Pōtae, is one that is built on kotahitanga. Our rohe has withstood the intergenerational challenges of colonisation through our commitment to solidarity and finding our own way forward as a people. This settlement provides opportunities for our generation and for generations to come.”

A copy of the initialled Deed of Settlement will be made available on our website.
To keep informed on what is happening within the settlement space, we encourage whānau to register or update your details on the Maniapoto Tribal Register. Details can be found here.

Maniapoto appoints new Chief Executive

Chairman of the Maniapoto Māori Trust Board (MMTB), Keith Ikin, has announced the appointment of Cadence Kaumoana (Ngāti Maniapoto) to the role of Chief Executive (CE) from January 2021.

Cadence, who is also of Ngāti Apakura and Ngāti Mahuta descent is currently completing a Doctorate at the University of Auckland with over 20 years experience in the education sector.

“I am excited to work on advancing our rohe into one that is thriving and prosperous where our people can live and work in, with pride and purpose to ensure the futures of our mokopuna are strong and positive” says Cadence.

Mr Ikin believes Cadence brings a track record of leadership across a number of organisations, and a passion for making a difference.

“We are very pleased to have one of our own join us as our new CE. This is a critical time for our iwi as we work to transition the closing down of MMTB and establishment of a new entity created by and accountable to the iwi of Te Nehenehenui” says Mr Ikin.

“On behalf of MMTB, I want to acknowledge the outstanding contribution of our interim CE, Bella Takiari-Brame, whose leadership particularly through Covid, has been exemplary.”

Cadence’s appointment will take effect from Monday 11th January 2021.

He Pānuitanga

Ki ngā whānau katoa o Te Rohe Pōtae
Ki ngā rangatira, ki ngā hapū, ki ngā tāne, ki ngā wahine me ngā tamariki!
Tātou, kei ngā rohe o te motu, tātou, kei ngā whenua o te Ao, kia ora huihui tātou katoa!

In December 2016, the Maniapoto Māori Trust Board received the deed of mandate to represent Maniapoto in treaty settlement negotiations. Since then, significant progress has been made, with the signing of Te Huatahi – Agreement in Principle in August 2017. More information on this can be found on our website here
We are now at the phase of preparing to initial a deed of settlement with the Crown and looking forward to the future of Maniapoto (inclusive of all within Te Nehenehenui) once a settlement is reached. Our people need to be fully informed on what this could look like and, in the near future, will have the opportunity to vote on and ratify key kaupapa aimed to achieve the future aspirations of our whānau, marae and hapū.
Over the past 6 months, hui had been held across the rohe. Some of these were livestreamed and are available to watch via our Facebook page here. Further hui have been scheduled in the coming weeks to provide an overall update.

Te Rā: Te Wā: Kei:
Monday, 14 December 2020 6.00pm Holiday Inn

10 Tyron St


Tuesday, 15 December 2020 6.00pm Te Puea Memorial Marae

41 Miro Road

Mangere Bridge


Wednesday, 16 December 2020 6.00pm Heartland Hotel Cotswold

88-96 Papanui Road,


We encourage all to participate and have your say. Your whakaaro is vital as we continue this journey together, to get the best outcome for our people and future generations to come. Nau mai rā, rūpeke mai rā!

If you would like to get in touch with us, please visit the MMTB Offices, 49 Taupiri Street,
Te Kūiti, call 07 878 6234 or email us at