E ngā paekākā o te wao, e ngā paemako o te rangi, ngā mihi mahana o te tau hou.
Te Rā: Saturday 14th March 2020
Kei: Te Kūiti Pā, Cnr Carol & Rora Sts, Te Kūiti
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The Maniapoto Maori Trust Board (MMTB) and Negotiator Terrence Mook Hohneck have confirmed that his fixed term contract has come to an end.
MMTB Chairman, Mr R.Tiwha Bell acknowledges the significant contribution Mook has made over the past three years. “We are very grateful to Mook for the skills and knowledge he has provided in order to progress the settlement of the Maniapoto Treaty Claims since Mandate was achieved in 2016. We wish Mook all the best in his future endeavours”.
Glenn Tootill will remain as Negotiator and continue to engage with the Crown, aiming to achieve a Deed of Settlement by the end of 2020.
E ngā uri o Maniapoto.
Chairman of the Maniapoto Maori Trust Board (MMTB), Tiwha Bell, has announced the appointment of Bella Takiari-Brame (Ngāti Rora, Ngāti Tumae, Ngāti Te Waha, Ngāti Waiora, Ngāti Takiari) to the role of Interim Chief Executive (CE) of the MMTB. This follows the departure of former CE Sonya Hetet earlier this month.
The Interim CE’s role will not only be to manage day-to-day operations of the Board but also ensure a robust process is carried out to appoint a CE who will lead the disestablishment of the Board as we transition towards the development of a new governance entity for Maniapoto
“We are pleased Bella has agreed to take on this role. She has been a MMTB Trustee since 2015 where her experience as a professional director and Chartered accountant has been a great asset to the Board” says Mr Bell.
Bella’s appointment will take effect from Moday 13 January 2020.
Ā muri kia mau ki tēnā, kia mau ki te kawau mārō, whanake ake, whanake ake
Maniapoto Māori Trust Board Chairman, R.Tiwha Bell, asks for whānau to remain calm in relation to the kaitaka styled cloak purportedly associated with Rewi Manga Maniapoto, that was to be auctioned in England, now cancelled.
Members of the Maniapoto Māori Trust Board were made aware of the cloak and discussed it with tribal knowledge holders. “We concluded that there was just not enough evidence to establish the provenance of the cloak in terms of its association with Rewi Maniapoto” said Mr Bell.
“The only evidence we have is a note which reads ‘Māori mat worn by the chief Rewi when peace was declared between Māori and Europeans after the battle of Ōrākau”. However Mr Bell questions the historical accuracy of the statement. “Peace was not made after the Battle of Ōrākau. Rewi and the other survivors escaped and retreated across the Pūniu River into Maniapoto territory where they set up an aukati – a line that was not to be crossed by Europeans.” It was not until some twenty odd years later that the aukati was lifted and a peace negotiated.
Maniapoto Historian, Dr Tom Roa says that the Battle of Ōrākau was New Zealand’s Thermopylae: “It was quickly romanticised by colonial writers of the day as this heroic but futile last stand by Rewi and his followers.” Dr Roa notes that Rewi Maniapoto and the Battle of Ōrākau were retold in stories, poems and even a movie, and while Maniapoto celebrate him as one of their most important 19th century leaders, Pākehā also developed a fascination with this great Māori hero. “I’m sure it would have been pretty popular to have something purported to belong to Rewi. Whether it was authentic or not is another matter.” Dr Roa believes more investigation needs to be undertaken to establish the provenance of the cloak noting the tribe has some leading experts in the art of weaving such garments.
|Hon Eugenie Sage
Minister for Land Information
6 September 2019
New place names restore Maniapoto history
Māori place names have been restored to the small central North Island town of Benneydale, and a nearby stretch of the North Island Main Trunk railway announced Minister for Land Information Eugenie Sage.
Benneydale has been changed to a dual name ‘Maniaiti / Benneydale’ and the main trunk railway between Te Awamutu and Taumarunui, is now named ‘Te Ara-o-Tūrongo’ following a request from Ngāti Maniapoto.
“I am pleased to restore official place names which bring to light our history for everyone to celebrate and enjoy. I accepted the recommendation of the New Zealand Geographic Board that there be the dual name Maniaiti / Benneydale in recognition of the unique histories of both names” said Eugenie Sage.
“The original Māori name, Maniaiti, has been maintained through oral tradition for the land on which the town lies and for the hill nearby. The name means ‘a small slide, slip’.”
Benneydale, home to nearly 200 people was established around 1940 to house workers mining coal discovered in the area. The name Benneydale is a combination of the surnames of the Under-Secretary for Mines, Charlie Benney, and the Mine Superintendent at the time, Tom Dale.
In 1885 Ngāti Maniapoto leaders gave land to the Crown to be used for the construction of the railway on Premier Robert Stout’s assurance that the section running through the district would be called ‘Tūrongo’, a significant tupuna (ancestor) of many Tainui groups. The name Te Ara-o-Tūrongo means ‘the track of Tūrongo’ or ‘Tūrongo’s pathway.’
Both name changes follow proposals to the New Zealand Geographic Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa by Te Arawhiti – the Office of Māori Crown Relations (formerly Office of Treaty Settlements), on behalf of Treaty claimants Ngāti Maniapoto.
Ngāti Maniapoto and Ngāti Rereahu share mana whenua over this area.
Chairman for Te Maru o Rereahu Iwi Trust, Eric Crown, says Rereahu are very happy to hear that the New Zealand Geographic Board has accepted our historical record and the Minister has chosen to acknowledge the dual name of Maniaiti / Benneydale.
“It has always been important to Rereahu that our history and reo is maintained and enhanced not only for this generation, but for generations to come. This acknowledgement will not only allow a more complete understanding of our Rereahu Iwi history in the area but will also be an embodiment of the duality envisaged in the Treaty of Waitangi.”
Maniapoto Māori Trust Board Chairman, R Tiwha Bell, says that “the recognition of the original name Maniaiti reflects the wishes of kaumātua of Ngāti Rereahu who sought this outcome as part of the Treaty settlement negotiations with the Crown. We are pleased their wishes have been achieved.”
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Friday 2nd August 2019
Kei ngā whānau o Ihumātao te huarahi whakamua
The Maniapoto Māori Trust Board fully support the whānau of Ihumātao coming together to resolve a way forward for the lands of Ihumātao.
On Saturday 3rd August, Kīngi Tūheitia will be leading a delegation to Ihumātao. The purpose of this visit is to provide an opportunity for the King to listen to the views of the whānau.
We support Kīngi Tūheitia’s view that the resolution of these issues can only be resolved through the leadership and direction of the whānau of Ihumātao themselves.
Nō reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa
Today the Waitangi Tribunal released Part Three of Te Mana Whatu Āhuru: Report on Te Rohe Pōtae Claims. The report addresses all claims relating to Crown actions within the Te Rohe Potae inquiry district after the Treaty of Waitangi signing in February, 1840.
The first two reports recommended that the Rangatiratanga of Te Rohe Pōtae Māori be enacted in legislation in a way that recognises and affirms their rights of autonomy and self-determination within their rohe, and imposes a positive obligation on the Crown to give effect to those rights.
The reports stated that for Ngāti Maniapoto or their mandated representatives, this will require legislation that recognises and affirms Te Ōhākī Tapu (agreement signed by Maniapoto me ōna hapū maha and the Crown in 1883-85), and imposes an obligation on the Crown and its agencies to give effect to the right to mana whakahaere.
The third report focusses on how to give effect to these matters by addressing land policy and legislation enforced by the Crown after 1900, and discusses the implications this had on Māori who expected to be able to exercise their mana whakahaere. Not only did these expectations reflect promises within the Treaty of Waitangi, but also within the Te Ohāki Tapu agreement.
The Waitangi Tribunal have identified numerous breaches relating to Crown land legislation, how it was applied within the rohe, and the actions carried out by various Crown agencies during this time. Consequently, the Tribunal have recommended that during treaty settlement negotiations, the Crown should discuss with Te Rohe Pōtae Māori, or their mandated settling group(s), a possible legislative mechanism
that will enable Te Rohe Pōtae iwi and hapū to administer their lands, either alongside the Māori Land Court and Te Tumu Paeroa (the Māori Trustee), or as separate entities.
Maniapoto Māori Trust Board (MMTB) Chair, R. Tiwha Bell says MMTB are satisfied with the Tribunal’s findings and is confident that the recommendations provided to date can be applied under current negotiations with the Crown. “As the mandated body to represent Maniapoto in treaty settlement negotiations, the MMTB is fully focused in holding the Crown to account through the negotiations process. The Tribunal report is comprehensive and the evidence clearly sets out the deliberate actions of the Crown to disenfranchise our people from their lands. The report is timely and we will be re-engaging our negotiations with the Crown once the urgency tribunal process has ended.”
The first two parts were released in September 2018 and the fourth is due for release in September 2019.
More information on the Maniapoto Treaty Settlement can be found here and a link to Part Three of the report can be found here.
The Maniapoto Māori Trust Board (MMTB) have held several consultation hui over the past two months with Rereahu and the local community, discussing the dual name application of Maniaiti/Benneydale.
A general consensus has now been reached from the hui, supporting the dual name application to the New Zealand Geographic Board (NZGB).
Te Maru o Rereahu Iwi Trust (Representative body for Rereahu) spokesperson, Eric Crown, has talked about the history of the name Maniaiti, noting that all names have a kōrero behind them. “The name Benneydale isn’t going anywhere, we’re only asking for the traditional Māori name to go alongside it. It gives recognition to our history and the kōrero associated with it.”
MMTB Chair, Tiwha Bell is satisfied MMTB have engaged in an open and transparent manner throughout all hui held, and is pleased of the final outcome to proceed with the application.
“We are pleased Rereahu whānau have directed the MMTB to proceed with a dual name application, which was also supported by a well attended meeting of the local community in Benneydale. We now await the NZGB decision to be made in June, and anticipate a positive outcome of a dual name for Maniaiti/Benneydale.”
Maniapoto Maori Trust Board (MMTB) has formally appointed Board Trustee, Glenn Tootill, as a Negotiator in the Board’s Treaty Claims Settlement work for Maniapoto. Tootill will join current Negotiator, Terrence ‘Mook’ Hohneck, in the negotiations with Crown to achieve a Deed of Settlement by the end of the year, 2019, following the departure of Sir Wira Gardiner whose contract with MMTB concluded at the end of December 2018.
Recognising the additional skills that Tootill will bring to the role as a key member on the Maniapoto Settlements Negotiations Team, the Board also acknowledged the significant contribution of Sir Wira Gardiner to advancing the settlement of the Maniapoto Treaty Claims. Sir Wira’s knowledge and experience was recognised today by Board Chair, Tiwha Bell. “We are very grateful to Sir Wira. We hope to continue in 2019 with the good progress achieved during Sir Wira’s involvement over the last 12 months.
For more information on the Maniapoto Treaty Settlement, click here