Call for Ngāti Maniapoto treaty claim negotiators

The Maniapoto Māori Trust Board will soon call for expressions of interest from iwi members with the right skills to be part of the team to negotiate the settlement of Maniapoto’s historic treaty claims.
Earlier this month Maniapoto members voted in favour of the Trust Board being the body to negotiate the settlement of these claims.
Chairman Tiwha Bell said gaining the support of the majority of Maniapoto members was the first step. The next step is to submit a plan to the Crown of how we intend to go about our negotiations and that will include our preferred negotiation team.
“We have some highly capable people who whakapapa to Maniapoto. Soon we will call for people to apply to be part of the negotiation team.
Mr Bell said the timeframe would be tight, but they were keen to keep momentum.
Meanwhile, Mr Bell said he was delighted with the feedback he and the board was getting from the recent consultation hui and vote.
“It showed us that there is much work to be done to keep Maniapoto members informed about what is happening across the iwi. It also confirmed the passion there is for our iwi and the desire for Maniapoto to grow and to thrive.

Maniapoto mandate voting results confirmed

The Maniapoto Māori Trust Board (MMTB) is pleased to announce the result for the Maniapoto Mandating Process. This has been confirmed, with 72% in favour of the MMTB entering into negotiations with Crown, for a comprehensive settlement of all Maniapoto Historical Treaty of Waitangi Claims on behalf of Te Iwi o Maniapoto.
The support and confidence that this result shows is a testament to our Iwi wanting to move forward. Kei a koutou e te Iwi, ngā mihi kauana ki a koutou mō ōu koutou tautoko mō te anga whakamua.
MMTB Chairman, Tiwha Bell notes that this is just the first step in the mandating phase of the process.  “From here, we will be engaging with submitters on the Mandate Strategy. It is important that we continue to meet with the Iwi throughout this journey as we move forward. We have heard the concerns raised (both at hui and in submissions) and one of our priorities is to continue those kōrero and look at how we will work together through this process. ”
The next step also requires submissions that have been put forward to be considered, the completion of the deed of mandate for ministers to consider, followed by another update to Iwi.
“We are committed to working together with all of Maniapoto me ōna hapū maha. Kotahitanga is key in order to get the best possible outcome. Our tūpuna pushed for unity across the iwi and we hope to fulfil this desire. I personally would like to thank those kaumātua that supported us during the mandate hui, Miria Tauariki, Bob Koroheke, Rore Stafford and John Kaati. “ states Mr Bell.

Electionz Declaration of Result can be found here

Maniapoto members given more time for mandate vote

Members of Maniapoto have been given more time to vote on a request by the Maniapoto Maori Trust Board to make progress on historic treaty claims with the Crown.

Currently no group within Ngati Maniapoto has been recognised by the Crown to negotiate a settlement of the iwi’s treaty claims and no progress is being made. The Crown will only negotiate with a group representing the whole Maniapoto large natural group.

Trust Board Chairman, Tiwha Bell, said: “We have been all over the country for the last two weeks holding mandate information hui and have also livestreamed several of these hui on the internet.   From this we have gathered a huge amount of feedback.

It is clear many of our people still have questions and are still considering their decision. One thing they have asked for is more time.  So, we have extended voting deadline for a week,” Mr Bell said.

Voting will now close at 5pm on Friday, 04 November

Tiwha Bell said they understand why people have concerns and lots of questions about the process.     “Dealing with the Crown to settle claims is not for the faint-hearted.  It can be an incredibly divisive process.

“However, at the end of the day we are all related and I hope that we can work our way through the process with understanding and humility.”

If people haven’t received or requested a voting pack yet they can contact the Independent Returning Officer on free phone 0800 666 030 or email them at


The Maniapoto Māori Trust Board (MMTB) is seeking a mandate from Te Iwi o Maniapoto to negotiate a comprehensive settlement of all the Maniapoto Historical Treaty of Waitangi claims on behalf of Te Iwi o Maniapoto.

The MMTB will present its mandate proposal to its members and provide you with an opportunity to discuss the proposal with Trust Board representatives. We now invite all members of Maniapoto to participate in this process by attending information hui, and voting on the following resolution:

“That Te Iwi o Maniapoto mandate the Maniapoto Māori Trust Board to enter into negotiations with the Crown to negotiate a comprehensive settlement of all Maniapoto Historical Treaty of Waitangi Claims on behalf of Te Iwi o Maniapoto”.

Mandate information hui to be held across the country are as follows:

Sunday 9 October 2016 10.00am Tauranga Moana Māori Trust
Board Community Centre Hall, Tauranga
Monday 10 October 2016 5.30pm Te Puea Memorial Marae, Auckland
Tuesday 11 October 2016 5.30pm Ngā Hau E Wha Marae, Christchurch
Wednesday 12 October 2016 5.30pm Te Hotu Manawa o Rangitāne o Manawatu
Marae, Palmerston North
Thursday 13 October 2016 5.30pm Takapuwāhia Marae, Porirua
Saturday 15 October 2016 10.00am Mōkau Kohunui Marae, Piopio
Sunday 16 October 2016 10.00am Te Rūnanga o Kirikiriroa, Hamilton
Sunday 16 October 2016 3.00pm Mangatoatoa Marae, Tokanui
Monday 17 October 2016 5.30pm Mōkai Kainga Marae, Kawhia
Tuesday 18 October 2016 5.30pm Wharauroa Marae, Taumarunui
Wednesday 19 October 2016 5.30pm Te Kuiti Pā, Te Kuiti


All registered members of the Maniapoto tribal register 18 years of age and over will be sent a voting pack. If you are not yet a registered member, you can also vote by contacting the Independent Returning Officer on free phone 0800 666 030 or for a special voting pack. Alternatively, a special voting pack can be obtained at any of the information hui. Special votes will be counted subject to confirmation of Maniapoto whakapapa. Votes can be cast:

  • by post (by completing and returning the voting form);
  • online (using the information on your voting form); or
  • at an information hui (by bringing the voting form and casting it there).

Voting opens at 12pm, Friday 7 October 2016 and closes at 12pm, Friday 28 October 2016.

For more information please visit If you have any queries, please contact the Maniapoto Māori Trust Board on (07) 878 6234 or or the Independent Returning Officer on 0800 666 030 or

Maniapoto Mandate Strategy

Maniapoto Māori Trust Board (MMTB) is seeking a mandate to represent Maniapoto in negotiations with the Crown for the comprehensive settlement of all the historical claims of Maniapoto. The Office of Treaty Settlements is running a submissions process in parallel with the mandate process set out above.

Following consideration of submissions and the mandate vote, the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations and Minister for Māori Development will decide whether to recognise that a mandate has been conferred.

The Office of Treaty Settlements (OTS) invites submissions, views or inquiries on the mandate proposal as set out in the mandate strategy submitted by MMTB.

You can find the strategy under ‘Supporting documents’ below.

Submissions must be sent to:


Settlement Development Team

Office of Treaty Settlements

SX 10111


or by email:

They must be received by 28 October 2016.

All correspondence will be subject to the Official Information Act 1982 and shared with MMTB.

MMTB’s mandate strategy sets out the mandate proposal including: the claimant and claim definitions (including ancestors, hapū, marae and Wai claims) of the proposed mandate, MMTB’s representative structure and MMTB’s process for seeking a mandate.

The mandate sought is to negotiate all of the historical claims of Maniapoto, whether registered or unregistered, relating to Crown actions and omissions that occurred prior to 21 September 1992.

This will include Wai numbers: 37, 48, 50, 74, 329, 399, 424, 440, 446, 457, 472, 478,. 483, 529, 535, 551, 556, 577, 586, 587, 616, 630, 651, 656, 691, 729, 753, 762, 788, 800, 845, 846, 847, 849, 868, 870, 928, 933, 948, 986, 987, 991, 993, 1004, 1015, 1016, 1031, 1054, 1058, 1059, 1094, 1095, 1098, 1099, 1100, 1115, 1132, 1133, 1136, 1137, 1138, 1139, 1190, 1230, 1255, 1309, 1352, 1360, 1361, 1376, 1377, 1386, 1387, 1389, 1396, 1409,  1435, 1437, 1439, 1450, 1455, 1469, 1480, 1481, 1496, 1497, 1498, 1499, 1500, 1504, 1523, 1584, 1585, 1586, 1593, 1595, 1597,  1598,1599, 1606, 1608, 1612, 1704, 1747, 1759, 1760, 1761, 1762, 1765, 1768, 1770, 1771,  1798, 1803, 1805, 1806, 1812, 1818, 1819, 1820, 1823, 1824, 1834, 1894, 1898, 1908, 1926, 1962, 1965, 1966, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020, 2068, 2070, 2074, 2075, 2084, 2085, 2086, 2087, 2088, 2090, 2101, 2102, 2103, 2117, 2120, 2121, 2127, 2128, 2129, 2130, 2131, 2132, 2133, 2135, 2136, 2168, 2238, 2271, 2274, 2291, 2304, 2312, 2313, 2314, 2335, 2349


View Mandate Strategy HERE

View Appendices HERE



Media Release – Te Iwi o Maniapoto me ona hapu maha

Friday 16th September 2016
Media Release for immediate use

Te Iwi o Maniapoto me ōna hapū maha

The Maniapoto Māori Trust Board (MMTB) is seeking the mandate of iwi members to negotiate Maniapoto’s outstanding historical Treaty of Waitangi claims. MMTB will be working with Maniapoto kaumātua and Wai Claimants to take this process forward.

After being informed by the Crown that the claims process for Maniapoto had stalled, MMTB decided to go out and ask our people to support us in negotiating a settlement on their behalf.

“We have an opportunity to get the settlement process moving again and bring our people together to achieve the best possible outcome for Maniapoto,” says MMTB Chairman, R. Tiwha Bell.

“The first step has been to meet with the Kaumātua Kaunihera who gave us their support. The next step will be to meet kanohi ki te kanohi with all of the Wai claimants. Then we will go out to our people to explain how we would work on their behalf and how they can be involved.

“It is our intention to be open and inclusive with te iwi o Maniapoto and that will start with information hui to explain the proposed process and to answer questions. Details of the hui across the rohe and for taurahere will be announced next week.

“Given the importance of settling our claims for all of Maniapoto, our iwi now has the opportunity to make some solid progress and this needs to be put to our people for their consideration. A muri kia mau ki tēnā, kia mau ki te kawau mārō, whanake ake, whanake ake ” states Mr Bell.

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For more information contact:
Katherine Barry
021 235 0498
Communications Co-ordinator
Maniapoto Māori Trust Board

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