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.