Now that the AIP has been signed, both negotiation teams have been working together in good faith to develop a Deed of Settlement. This will cover the more specific terms of how and when redress will be made, what governance entities will be established and what responsibilities they will have. The Deed will also explain what the future roles of the Crown, Waitangi Tribunal and Claimants will have once the proposed settlement is signed. Although there may be a Deed of Settlement, it cannot be formally signed until the agreement is ratified by our people. Each of us will have a chance to review the agreement, and vote to accept or reject the proposed settlement. If this vote to ratify is successful, then the agreement is signed.
On Thursday 17th December 2020, the Maniapoto Māori Trust Board initialled the Maniapoto Deed of Settlement (DOS) with the Crown, to settle the historical treaty claims of Maniapoto (all inclusive within Te Nehenehenui).
The initialling took please at 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.
There are a number of matters that are still unresolved with the Crown. We 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. 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 is available here.
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.
Our Treaty Settlement booklet, developed and distributed in 2017, provides an overview of the treaty settlement process and can be viewed here.
Our latest Maniapoto Deed of Settlement information booklet is available to read below.