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Maniapoto confirms not enough evidence to support shawl origin

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.

New place names restore Maniapoto history

Hon Eugenie Sage

Minister for Land Information
Minita mō Toitū Te Whenua

Media Statement

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.”

ENDS

Media Contact: Rick Zwaan 021 845 587 rick.zwaan@parliament.govt.nz  

 

Kei ngā whānau o Ihumātao te huarahi whakamua

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

Part Three of Te Mana Whatu Āhuru Report released by Waitangi Tribunal

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.

Maniaiti/Benneydale Dual Name Supported

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 Treaty Settlement Reset

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

Maniapoto and the Crown agree to a deferred timeline for Deed of Settlement

Ko te wehi ki a Ihowa te timatanga o te whakaaro nui. Ka nui te aroha ki te hunga kua tiraha, moe mai ra koutou moe mai ra. E raurangatira ma, e te iwi nui tonu o Ngati Maniapoto me o tatou karanga maha, tena koutou katoa. He karanga tenei ki te iwi nui tonu kia huihui mai tatou ki te wananga i a tatou kaupapa kawe i nga kereme ki te aroaro o te karauna no reira nau mai, haere mai.

As you will recall, in December 2016, the Maniapoto Māori Trust Board (MMTB) received the mandate to represent Maniapoto in Treaty settlement negotiations. Since then, significant progress was made with the signing of the Agreement in Principle with the Crown in August 2017. We are now at a phase of initialling a deed of settlement and looking into the future of Maniapoto once a settlement is reached. The Crown has recently informed MMTB that the timeframes to initialling of a deed of settlement are now extended beyond the original completion date of December 2018. If work continues to progress at a steady pace however between the Maniapoto negotiators and the Crown, we expect that the deed of settlement can be initialled in the first quarter of 2019.

“Our team have made considerable progress in negotiations with the Crown to get the best outcome possible for Maniapoto me ona hapū maha. A key focus of the team has been to take an inclusive approach with our people to ensure everyone has had an opportunity to provide feedback and have a say. We are now dealing with substantive issues that require more time for us to reach a Deed of Settlement that we can then bring back to the people. We are committed to continue moving forward, strengthen the capability of our people and lead ourselves in the journey ahead” says MMTB Chairman, Tiwha Bell.

Engagement and further updates will continue to be provided to the iwi.
You can find more information and detail about what has been achieved to date by clicking here

Iwi Consultation Hui – Post Settlement Governance Entity

Ko te wehi ki a Ihowa te timatanga o te whakaaro nui. Ka nui te aroha ki te hunga kua tiraha, moe mai ra koutou moe mai ra. E raurangatira ma, e te iwi nui tonu o Ngati Maniapoto me o tatou karanga maha, tena koutou katoa. He karanga tenei ki te iwi nui tonu kia huihui mai tatou ki te wananga i a tatou kaupapa kawe i nga kereme ki te aroaro o te karauna no reira nau mai, haere mai.

As you will recall, in December 2016, the Maniapoto Māori Trust Board received the mandate to represent Maniapoto in Treaty settlement negotiations. Since then, significant progress has been made, with most recently the signing of Te Huatahi – Agreement in Principle with the Crown in August 2017. More information on this can be found on our website www.maniapoto.iwi.nz. We are now at the phase of initialling a deed of settlement with the Crown and looking into the future of Maniapoto once a settlement is reached. Our people need to decide what this waka should look like and will have the opportunity to vote on this when ratification is required in early 2019.

A Post Settlement Governance Entity (PSGE) will be created, to lead the iwi into the exciting times ahead. Input from our people on what this should look like is of utmost importance, so we invite you to attend our second round of hui this year that focuses on the future of Maniapoto me ōna hapū maha.

As shown below, these hui will be held both within te rohe o Maniapoto and across the motu. Earlier this year, we held the first round of hui in April and received very informative feedback from those who attended. This next round continues to focus on a PSGE and what that should look like. Our Negotiation Team will also provide an update on the settlement process. Some hui will be live streamed for those who cant attend, and will remain on our Facebook page to watch at a later date. Surveys will also be posted online, and webinars will be held to provide another opportunity for iwi feedback. We encourage all of our people to participate and have your say. Webinar dates are as follows:
• Tuesday 24th July from 7pm
• Wednesday 8th August from 7pm
• Wednesday 15th August from 7pm LIVE Q&A
Keep an eye out on our Facebook page for webinar links!
Your whakaaro is vital and will ultimately help shape the PSGE and our Maniapoto future.

To view the PSGE Consultation document for Round Two, click here

ROUND TWO
Te Rā: Te Wā: Kei:
Tuesday 31 July 2018 5:30pm Te Puea Marae, Auckland
Wednesday 1st August 2018 6pm Distinction Hotel & Conference Centre, Palmerston North
Thursday 2nd August 2018 6pm Aotea Lodge, Porirua
Saturday 4th August 2018 10am

5pm

Mangapeehi Marae, Mangapeehi

Tokikapu Marae, Waitomo

Sunday 5th August 2018 10am

5pm

Mōkai Kainga Marae, Kāwhia

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, Rāhui Pōkeka Campus, Huntly

Monday 6th August 2018 6pm Holiday Inn, Rotorua
Tuesday 7th August 5:30pm Te Piruru Papakainga, Te Kūiti
Thursday 9th August 5:30pm Rehua Marae, Christchurch

 

A reminder that you will find more information and detail about what has been achieved to date via our Website www.maniapoto.iwi.nz or email our Negotiation Team at tiriti@maniapoto.co.nz

Pānui ki te iwi – Upcoming Hui

Ko te wehi ki a Ihowa te timatanga o te whakaaro nui. Ka nui te aroha ki te hunga kua tiraha, moe mai ra koutou moe mai ra. E raurangatira ma, e te iwi nui tonu o Ngati Maniapoto me o tatou karanga maha, tena koutou katoa. He karanga tenei ki te iwi nui tonu kia huihui mai tatou ki te wananga i a tatou kaupapa kawe i nga kereme ki te aroaro o te karauna no reira nau mai, haere mai.

As you will recall, in December 2016, the Maniapoto Māori Trust Board received the mandate to represent Maniapoto in Treaty settlement negotiations. Since then, significant progress has been made, with most recently the signing of Te Huatahi – Agreement in Principle with the Crown in August 2017. More information on this can be found on our website www.maniapoto.iwi.nz

We are now at the phase of initialling a deed of settlement with the Crown and looking into the future of Maniapoto once a settlement is reached. Our people need to decide what this waka should look like and will have the opportunity to vote on this when ratification is required in early 2019.

A Post Settlement Governance Entity (PSGE) will be created, to lead the iwi into the exciting times ahead. Your input on what this should look like is of utmost importance, so we invite you to attend our upcoming hui this year that focuses on the future of Maniapoto me ōna hapū maha.

As shown below, these hui will be held both within te rohe o Maniapoto and across the motu. So far, we have held two hui within the rohe; Napinapi Marae and Hia Kaitupeka Marae. Some hui will be live streamed for those who cant attend, and will remain on our Facebook page to watch at a later date. Surveys will also be posted online to provide another opportunity for iwi feedback.  We encourage all of our people to participate and have your say. Your whakaaro is vital and will ultimately help shape the PSGE and our Maniapoto future.

 

ROUND ONE
Te Rā: Te Wā: Kei:
Wednesday 11th April 5.30pm Napinapi Marae, Piopio
Sunday 15th April 10am Hia Kaitupeka Marae, Taumarunui
Monday 16th April 6pm Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, Mangakōtukutuku Campus, Glenview, Hamilton
Tuesday 17th April 6pm Te Puea Marae, Auckland
Thursday 19th April 6pm Aotea Lodge, Porirua
Sunday 22nd April 10am

5pm

Waimiha Marae

Te Keeti Marae

Thursday 26th April 6pm Rehua Marae, Christchurch

 

ROUND TWO
Te Rā: Te Wā: Kei:
Tuesday 31 July 2018 6pm Te Puea Marae, Auckland
Wednesday 1st August 2018 6pm Distinction Hotel & Conference Centre, Palmerston North
Thursday 2nd August 2018 6pm Aotea Lodge, Porirua
Saturday 4th August 2018 10am

5pm

Mangapeehi Marae

Tokikapu Marae, Waitomo

Sunday 5th August 2018 10am

5pm

Mōkai Kainga Marae, Kāwhia

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, Rāhui Pōkeka Campus, Huntly

Monday 6th August 2018 6pm Holiday Inn, Rotorua
Tuesday 7th August 5.30pm Te Piruru Papakainga, Te Kūiti
Thursday 9th August 5.30pm Rehua Marae, Christchurch

 

A reminder that you will find more information and detail about what has been achieved to date via our website www.maniapoto.iwi.nz.  Our Negotiation Team will also provide an update on the settlement process at the upcoming hui.

If you would like to get in touch with the Negotiation Team, please visit the MMTB Offices, 49 Taupiri Street, Te Kūiti, call 0800 668 285 or email us at tiriti@maniapoto.co.nz

Alternatively, you can keep up to date with what is happening online through the following channels:

Facebook – Maniapoto Māori Trust Board

E Tū Maniapoto App – downloadable through the Apple and Google Play Stores

Instagram –  EtuManiapoto

Twitter – etumaniapoto

 

A muri kia mau ki tēna, kia mau ki te kawau mārō, whanake ake, whanake ake!

 

New Maniapoto negotiator appointed

Maniapoto, e te Iwi, a new negotiator has been appointed to join the settlement team for our Treaty of Waitangi claims.
Chairman Tiwha Bell has noted  “As we announced earlier, previous negotiators, Nanaia Mahuta and Peter Douglas resigned. We called for people to put their hand up and we got a great response. As a result the Maniapoto Māori Trust Board has confirmed that Sir Wira Gardiner will join the team alongside Mook Hohneck, with specialist advisory appointments still in progress. We needed to move quickly to appoint a new negotiator so we could  keep the momentum going from  the Agreement in Principle signing.
“We believe this is a strong team which will represent our iwi well.  Between them our negotiators have strong governance, negotiation and leadership experience.The people gave a strong mandate to the Board to progress a settlement that will be decided in the future by the people of Maniapoto. We will continue to work hard to front our people, to keep updates on progress happening regularly and to listen to your feedback. We look forward to progressing the work completed to date under Nanaia Mahuta as lead negotiator.”
The team will continue with the initial Deed of Settlement phase of negotiations in order to get the best outcome for our people. Further updates and hui will resume in the new year.