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2021 Generally Elected Trustee Results Confirmed

The Maniapoto Māori Trust Board (MMTB) held the Triennial Election of Trustees over a four week voting period that opened on Friday 23 April and closed at 12 noon Friday 21 May 2021.

The official results have now been confirmed, with six Trustees elected. It was declared that Keith Ikin, Bella Takiari-Brame, Rachael Tuwhangai, Dan Te Kanawa, Luke Moss and Wikitōria Tāne are the successful candidates as generally elected Trustees for the MMTB. Final results are as follows:

 

Candidate Votes Received
IKIN, Keith 1,706
TAKIARI-BRAME, Bella 1,468
TUWHANGAI, Rachael 1,468
TE KANAWA, Dan 1,247
MOSS, Luke 1,238
TĀNE, Wikitōria 1,157
   
ROACH, Tasmyn 1,078
WOOSTER, Derek Kotuku 1,078
TOOTILL, Glenn 1,039
SHEARER, Aloma Kahurangi Marae 1,021
BEGMAN-GREEN, Liane 959
RAUPUTU, Paul 829
MANAIA, Barney 739
TAYLOR, Patrick Louis 311
   
INFORMAL 6
BLANK 4

 

The voter return percentage was 22.22%, being 3,077 votes received from 13,848 eligible electors, of which 42.80% voted by post and 57.20% voted online.

“All fourteen candidates were of an impressive calibre and were worthy potential Board Members. I express our many thanks to all candidates that stood for election and those who participated in this process. I would also like to acknowledge current trustees whose terms have come to an end. Your expertise and wisdom provided over your respective terms have been invaluable. We look forward to progressing the next part of our journey with our new Board from July” says MMTB Chief Executive, Cadence Kaumoana.

 

Vote to change current mandate not achieved

The withdrawal process triggered by Te Whakaminenga o Rereahu (TWoR) to amend the mandate for the settlement of claims within Te Rohe Potae has failed to reach the required 75% support.

This means that the existing mandate will continue with the Maniapoto Māori Trust Board (MMTB).

Following a series of consultative hui in 2016, Ngāti Maniapoto, by vote of 73%, gave the MMTB a mandate to negotiate with the Crown to settle the historical claims of Ngāti Maniapoto (“the mandate”).

In 2019, following an urgency hearing with the Waitangi Tribunal, the Tribunal also ruled in support of MMTB’s mandate.

In order for any grouping within Te Rohe Potae to initiate the withdrawal process, that is a desire to be withdrawn from the MMTB’s mandate, 350 signatures of support were required to convene a Special General Meeting (SGM) to consider whether the mandate should be amended.

Following the SGM held on Saturday 1st May, where both TWoR and MMTB presented information to whānau, voting closed on Friday 7th May.

Independent elections company Electionz.com provided final results showing 50.45% supporting a change to the existing mandate and 49.55% disagreeing with any amendment.

MMTB Chair, Keith Ikin says that the low voter participation rate was dissappointing with less than 3000 votes cast in total.

“It’s vital that all whānau engage in this process, ask questions and exercise their right to vote. This is a critical time for us, it is one of the most significant matters for our people to consider for many generations. We encourage all whānau to get informed, attend hui and participate in these voting processes.”

Following the voting results, the Board are seeking to meet with TWoR, endeavouring to find a way forward together.

Rautaki Reo Returns

For almost five years Te Reo Irirangi o Maniapoto, also known as MFM Te Reo o te Iwi, have been the official guardian and driver of Te Rautaki Reo a Te Nehenehenui, the Ngāti Maniapoto Language Revitalisation Strategy. On Tuesday (27th April) the Rautaki Reo was formally returned to the Maniapoto Māori Trust Board (MMTB).
The Rautaki Reo was initiated by the Maniapoto Māori Trust Board in 2009 to revitalise the language and dialect of Ngāti Maniapoto. The 2006 Statistics New Zealand showed at that time that only 27% of our people of the Ngāti Maniapoto population were able to converse in te reo Māori about everyday things, which was a decline of 3% since the 2001 Census.
MMTB Chief Executive, Cadence Kaumoana said the vision of the Rautaki is for te reo Māori to be the prominent language in Ngāti Maniapoto by 2070.
“Our organisation was pleased in 2016 when MFM accepted to lead out in the Rautaki Reo and a handover was had at the biennial Te Kawau Māro Hui ā-iwi to formalise MFM as the official guardian and driver of the Rautaki Reo”.
“Through funding from Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori (National Māori Language Commission) in 2017 and Te Mātāwai (National Organisation for Te Reo Māori Revitalisation initiatives) in recent years, MFM has done a magnificent job leading out in reo revitalisation initiatives both on-air and in the wider community. Those initiatives included a review of the Rautaki Reo, building an online repository for waiata and te reo o Ngāti Maniapoto, facilitating quarterly reo advisory group meetings and hosting tribal wānanga reo at the Ōtorohanga College Hostel” says Ms. Kaumoana.
MFM General Manager, Rāniera Winikerei stated that since 2016, there have been developments in the way Radio engage with on-air listenership locally and abroad.
“As such, our team assessed the current work flow of our core business and identified MMTB as the catalyst to advance the next phases of the Rautaki Reo hence the return on Tuesday” said Mr. Winikerei.
In May and June, MFM and MMTB will collaboratively lead Kuratahi, which is the amalgamation of the fourth Wānanga Reo since conception and the inaugural Wānanga Paepae at Te Wharekura o Maniapoto, Oparure. For more information regarding Wānanga Reo, head to the MFM Te Reo o te Iwi Facebook page.

 

 

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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

Rotorua

Tuesday, 15 December 2020 6.00pm Te Puea Memorial Marae

41 Miro Road

Mangere Bridge

Auckland

Wednesday, 16 December 2020 6.00pm Heartland Hotel Cotswold

88-96 Papanui Road,

Christchurch

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 tiriti@maniapoto.co.nz

Treaty Settlement Negotiations Hui – for the inclusion of Ngāti Rangatahi

Kia hiwa rā! Kia hiwa rā! He karanga tēnei ki ngā uri o Ngāti Rangatahi kia haere mai ki te tautoko i tēnei mahi ki te whakatau i ngā kerēme i raro i te Tiriti o Waitangi. Haere mai, haere mai, haere mai!

The Maniapoto Māori Trust Board (MMTB) currently holds a mandate to represent Ngāti Maniapoto me ōna hapū maha in Treaty settlement negotiations with the Crown. As Ngāti Rangatahi were recognised by the Crown as a Large Natural Grouping and were pursuing a mandate to negotiate a Treaty settlement, Ngāti Rangatahi are not currently listed as a group in the MMTB Deed of Mandate (“DOM”). With the Crown declining to proceed with a Ngāti Rangatahi Whanaunga Association mandate process, this matter now needs to be rectified.
MMTB will hold a voting hui to see whether Ngāti Rangatahi wants to be recognised in the Maniapoto Deed of Settlement as a named “shared group”. If Ngāti Rangatahi are named in the deed, additional Wai claims may be listed in the deed.
Ngāti Rangatahi claims will be settled in the Maniapoto settlement only to the extent those claims arise through Maniapoto whakapapa within the defined Maniapoto area of interest. Ngāti Rangatahi claims that do not arise through Maniapoto whakapapa within the Maniapoto area of interest will not be settled through the Maniapoto settlement. This means that some Rangatahi claims relating to lands in the southern part of Rangatahi’s area around Taumarunui, as well as claims relating to Te Reu Reu in the Rangitikei and in the Hutt Valley will not be included.

Hui Details

Morero Marae, 143 Hakiaha Street, Taumarunui
10am Saturday, 10 October 2020

At the above hui, Ngāti Rangatahi members (whether or not registered with Maniapoto Māori Trust Board (“MMTB”)) will be invited to vote by show of hands on the following resolution:

That Ngāti Rangatahi be recorded as a descent group of Maniapoto (‘shared group’ with historical and contemporary affiliations with other iwi) in the claimant definition for the Maniapoto Deed of Settlement.

Those eligible to vote at the hui are those who:
 Affiliate to Ngāti Rangatahi;
 Are 18 years or older at the date of the hui or filing of a submission.

Voting will be by show of hands. There will be no proxy votes. Crown observers will be present at the voting hui.
Ngāti Rangatahi members are also invited to file submission on the proposed claimant definition and related matters. Submissions can be filed with MMTB, tiriti@maniapoto.co.nz or Te Arawhiti, Submissions@tearawhiti.govt.nz or by post to Maniapoto Māori Trust Board, PO Box 36, Te Kūiti 3941. Submissions open 10 October 2020 and close 10 working days later (5pm, 23 October 2020).
The outcome will be decided by considering the voting results as well as the submissions.

The agenda for this hui will be as follows:
 Mihi Whakatau / Karakia
 Mandate presentation by Maniapoto Māori Trust Board and Negotiator
 Update on Treaty Settlements for the Maniapoto Māori Trust Board to date
 Question and answer time
 Mandate resolution to be proposed and voted on
 Karakia Whakamutunga

The Ngāti Rangatahi Information sheet can be viewed here.

The presentation that will be provided for these hui can be viewed here

If you require any further information in relation to the above hui, please contact the Treaty team at tiriti@maniapoto.co.nz.

Please note that the health and well-being of our people is the absolute priority. Therefore, this hui will only proceed if New Zealand is in COVID-19 Alert Level 2 or below. Notification will be provided ASAP should these hui be postponed to a later date.

TREATY SETTLEMENT NEGOTIATIONS HUI – for the definition of Ngāti Hikairo as a “shared group”

Kia hiwa rā! Kia hiwa rā! He karanga tēnei ki ngā uri o Ngāti Hikairo kia haere mai ki te tautoko i tēnei mahi ki te whakatau i ngā kerēme i raro i te Tiriti o Waitangi. Haere mai, haere mai, haere mai!

The Maniapoto Māori Trust Board (MMTB) currently holds a mandate to represent Ngāti Maniapoto me ōna hapū maha in Treaty settlement negotiations with the Crown. That includes those Ngāti Hikairo with Ngāti Maniapoto whakapapa.
Ngāti Hikairo claims will therefore be settled in the Maniapoto settlement only to the extent those claims arise through Maniapoto whakapapa. Ngati Hikairo claims that do not arise through Maniapoto whakapapa will not be settled through the Maniapoto settlement.
The MMTB Deed of Mandate (“DOM”) records that Maniapoto recognises Ngāti Hikairo as a distinct shared group within the Rohe Pōtae with whakapapa connections to Maniapoto.

Inclusion of Ngāti Hikairo in the Maniapoto claimant definition as a group is intended to appropriately recognise links between the groups, if that is what Ngati Hikairo want. (Ngāti Hikairo claims that arise through Ngati Maniapoto whakapapa will still be settled in the Maniapoto settlement, the issue is whether Ngati Hikairo wish to be referred to as a shared group or not).
MMTB will hold two voting hui and invite submissions to see whether Ngāti Hikairo want to be listed in the Maniapoto Deed of Settlement as a named ’shared group’.

Hui Details

1. Mōkai Kainga Marae, 111 Aotea Rd, Kāwhia
10am Saturday, 26 September 2020
2. Kāwhia Hall, Jervois St, Kāwhia
10am Sunday, 4 October 2020

At the above hui, Ngāti Hikairo members (whether or not registered with MMTB) will be invited to vote by show of hands on the following resolution:

That Ngāti Hikairo be recorded as a descent group of Maniapoto (‘shared group’ with historical and contemporary affiliations with other iwi) in the claimant definition for the Maniapoto Deed of Settlement.

Those eligible to vote at the hui are those who:
 Affiliate to Ngāti Hikairo;
 Are 18 years or older at the date of the hui or filing of a submission.

Voting will be by show of hands. There will be no proxy votes. Crown observers will be present at the voting hui.
Iwi members (those who currently fall or will fall within the claimant definition for settlement negotiations purposes) are also invited to file submissions on the proposed claimant definition and related matters. Those submissions can be filed with MMTB, tiriti@maniapoto.co.nz or Te Arawhiti, Submissions@tearawhiti.govt.nz or by post to Maniapoto Māori Trust Board, PO Box 36, Te Kūiti 3941. Submissions open 26 September 2020 and close 10 working days after the last hui (5pm, 16 October 2020).
The outcome will be decided by considering the voting results as well as the submissions.

The agenda for each hui will be as follows:
 Mihi Whakatau / Karakia
 Mandate presentation by Maniapoto Māori Trust Board and Negotiator
 Update on Treaty Settlements to date
 Question and answer time
 Mandate resolution to be proposed and voted on
 Karakia Whakamutunga

The Ngāti Hikairo Information Sheet can be viewed here.

The presentation that will be provided for these hui can be viewed here. 

If you require any further information in relation to the above hui, please contact the Treaty team at tiriti@maniapoto.co.nz.
Please note that the health and well-being of our people is the absolute priority. Therefore, this hui will only proceed if New Zealand is in COVID-19 Alert Level 2 or below. Notification will be provided ASAP should these hui be postponed to a later date.

TREATY SETTLEMENT NEGOTIATIONS HUI – for the definition of Ngāti Apakura as a “shared group”

Kia hiwa rā! Kia hiwa rā! He karanga tēnei ki ngā uri o Ngāti Apakura kia haere mai ki te tautoko i tēnei mahi ki te whakatau i ngā kerēme i raro i te Tiriti o Waitangi. Haere mai, haere mai, haere mai!

The Maniapoto Māori Trust Board (MMTB) currently holds a mandate to represent Ngāti Maniapoto me ōna hapū maha in Treaty settlement negotiations with the Crown. That includes those Ngāti Apakura with Ngāti Maniapoto whakapapa.
Ngāti Apakura claims will therefore be settled in the Maniapoto settlement only to the extent those claims arise through Maniapoto whakapapa. Ngati Apakura claims that do not arise through Maniapoto whakapapa will not be settled through the Maniapoto settlement.
The MMTB Deed of Mandate (“DOM”) records that Maniapoto recognises Ngāti Apakura as a distinct shared group within the Rohe Pōtae with whakapapa connections to Maniapoto.
Inclusion of Ngāti Apakura in the Maniapoto claimant definition as a group is intended to appropriately recognise links between the groups, if that is what Ngāti Apakura want. (Ngāti Apakura claims that arise through Ngati Maniapoto whakapapa will still be settled in the Maniapoto settlement, the issue is whether Ngati Apakura wish to be referred to as a shared group or not).

MMTB will hold two voting hui and invite submissions to see whether Ngāti Apakura want to be listed in the Maniapoto Deed of Settlement as a named ’shared group’.

Hui Details
1. Pūrekireki Marae, 408-124, State Highway 39, Pirongia
3pm Saturday, 26 September 2020
2. Mōtiti Marae, Mangatea Rd, Te Kuiti
3pm Sunday, 4 October 2020

At the above hui, Ngāti Apakura members (whether or not registered with MMTB) will be invited to vote by show of hands on the following resolution:

That Ngāti Apakura be recorded as a descent group of Maniapoto (‘shared group’ with historical and contemporary affiliations with other iwi) in the claimant definition for Maniapoto Deed of Settlement.

Those eligible to vote at the hui are those who:
 Affiliate to Ngāti Apakura;
 Are 18 years or older at the date of the hui or filing of a submission.

Voting will be by show of hands. There will be no proxy votes. Crown observers will be present at the voting hui.
Iwi members (those who currently fall or will fall within the claimant definition for settlement negotiations purposes) are also invited to file submissions on the proposed claimant definition and related matters. Those submissions can be filed with MMTB, tiriti@maniapoto.co.nz or Te Arawhiti, Submissions@tearawhiti.govt.nz or by post to Maniapoto Māori Trust Board, PO Box 36, Te Kūiti 3941. Submissions open 26 September 2020 and close 10 working days after the last hui (5pm, 16 October 2020).

The outcome will be decided by considering the voting results as well as the submissions.
The agenda for each hui will be as follows:
 Mihi Whakatau / Karakia
 Mandate presentation by Maniapoto Māori Trust Board and Negotiator
 Update on Treaty Settlements to date
 Question and answer time
 Mandate resolution to be proposed and voted on
 Karakia Whakamutunga

The Ngāti Apakura Information Sheet can be viewed here. 

The presentation that will be provided for these hui can be viewed here

If you require any further information in relation to the above hui, please contact the Treaty team at tiriti@maniapoto.co.nz.

Please note that the health and well-being of our people is the absolute priority. Therefore, this hui will only proceed if New Zealand is in COVID-19 Alert Level 2 or below. Notification will be provided ASAP should these hui be postponed to a later date.

Maniapoto Cultural Assessment Framework Project completed

A multi-year project undertaken by Maniapoto Māori Trust Board and NIWA to create a better understanding of environmental issues for Maniapoto marae and whānau has been completed.
The project was a three-year piece of work to build the capacity and capability for Maniapoto by delivering marae based wānanga. These wānanga delivered opportunities for Kaitiaki to learn and explore issues related to land use activities and associated environmental effects on the awa. It also enabled whānau to learn and adopt a suite of tools associated with freshwater fisheries monitoring and water quality monitoring using both cultural frameworks and scientific methods.

The Waikato River Authority has supported the wider project through two funding rounds in 2017 and 2018 with total funding of $157,000. The project has also seen the development of Cultural Health Indicators of several of Maniapoto Marae.

Big mihi to NIWA, WRA and those whānau that were a part of this awesome kaupapa.

Maniapoto-CAF_Final_Web

 

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