Our Intent:   

For Maniapoto, the aspirations outlined in the agreement are founded on the principles of “mana tuku iho,” the inherent wisdom of Maniapoto tūpuna, who determined that the “mana whatu ahuru” (sacred wisdom) would guide the generations of Maniapoto and their many hapū and descendants to achieve prosperity and ongoing survival through a unity of purpose, the upholding of the language of Maniapoto, cultural identity, kaitiaki responsibilities and whakapapa connections to achieve mana motuhake (self-authority and sustainable development).

Questions & Answers

No. The Agreement is a non-binding agreement between the Crown and Maniapoto to determine the scope for Treaty Negotiations that will form a binding Deed of Settlement Agreement.
The AIP sets out the broad scope of interests that ensure that the important aspects of settlement agreement can be reached. For Maniapoto we have looked to the historical advocacy of our tūpuna and the record of breaches against the iwi to inform our approach. The range of redress provisions are to support the aspirations of the iwi to move forward.
Redress is an attempt to rectify wrongs, in a treaty settlement context that includes a range of measures which form a settlement package (Crown Acknowledgements, Crown Apology, Cutural, Relationship, Financial and Commercial Redress).

Compensation is often a monetary payment for loss. Treaty Settlements are not able to fully compensate for the losses suffered by iwi.

Now that the AIP has been initialled, Maniapoto move to the next step in the negotiations process to progress in greater detail a Deed of Settlement that will detail in each area how our aspirations will be achieved.

We will also start the process of engaging with the iwi to build on the Maniapoto 2050 project and shape our 40 year plan.

Those people who descend from and include;

  1. Rereahu, a descendant of Hoturoa the commander of the Tainui waka; and
  2. his children
  • Te Ihingārangi; or
  • Maniapoto; or
  • Matakore; or
  • Tuwhakahekeao; or
  • Turongotapuaru; or
  • Te Io Wānanga; or
  • Kahuariari; or
  • Kinohaku; or
  • Te Rongorito; or

3. two contemporaries of Hoturoa also associated with the Tainui waka, namely:

3.1 Hiaroa; or

3.2 Rakataura.

Please make sure that your details are updated on the tribal register (especially emails and mobile numbers). Like our facebook page and keep updated on our website.

We will be posting information about the next stage on the Maniapoto Māori Trust Board website.

Raurunui (Cultural redress) will be one way that Maniapoto can express its association to whenua in the rohe. The lands we are talking about are those lands held by the Crown not, those lands in private ownership. For Maniapoto we want to connect our association across the Conservation estate by referring to ‘Te Ara o Kahu’ and specifically detail our associations to areas in the rohe which will help us to tell our story and reaffirm our mana whenua connections throughout Te Whare o te Nehenehenui.
Ahumania (Relationship redress) will draw together the range of arrangements between Government agencies and Maniapoto to help achieve our aspirations regarding a 40 year plan. This plan is a strategic approach to improving wellbeing for our people and iwi. We want to lock in a future relationship with the Crown and partner projects to achieve our wellbeing targets.

You can help by participating in the early conversation we are having to identify our 40 year plan. We will be asking ourselves questions like; what values are important to guide the iwi for the future, where does te reo, mātauranga and identity fit, what does wellbeing look like for the iwi and what should be the priorities for the iwi.

There are so many important issues and we want the iwi to be engaged in this conversation. The agencies identified in this section include;

  • Ministry of Education
  • Ministry of Vulnerable Children – Oranga Tamariki
  • Ministry of Social Development
  • Ministry of Justice
  • New Zealand Police
  • Social Investment Agency.

There will also be a range of agreements with the Department of Conservation, Minister for Primary industries, Ministry of Innovation and Employment, Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongawera), Department of Internal Affairs (Te Tari Taiwhenua), Ministry of Culture and Heritage (Manatū Taonga) and the Ministry for the Environment.

Tahuarua (Financial redress) is the sum offered alongside other redress measures to form the combined redress package and can be used in the future to support the tribes aspirations. Maniapoto will receive $165m. This amount will accrue interest from the date of signing the AIP until the Deed of Settlement has been agreed by the iwi. This amount will not include the accumulated rentals from Crown Forest Licences.
Paepaekura (Commercial redress). These are mainly properties which will need to be purchased back from the financial redress package. We want to consider our strategic approach to these properties and give ourselves enough time to undertake a full assessment on the current and future use of properties that may come back in this area. This work will be undertaken in the next phase of the negotiations.
We will need to discuss this directly with Local Councils and we have already alerted them to some of the lands that hold a cultural, spiritual, historical and social significance for Maniapoto. There is no guarantee that these lands will be returned and there is a prospect that they will need to be purchased back.
The Crown requires that settlement redress must transfer to a Post Settlement Governance Entity (PSGE). Once the iwi determine their 40 year plan, this work can help to inform the best structure to achieve our aspirations. We will also look at other iwi organisation models as a comparator to help our considerations.
Information will be posted to our website and details about how you can engage will be advertised on our facebook page and website also.

We encourage you to update your details on the tribal register. This will help us to reach as many people as we can. This is an important time for the tribe to shape our own future.

Nanaia Mahuta talks about the AIP

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View the Agreement in Principle

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Press release

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Nanaia Mahuta’s speech.

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