FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ’S)

WHAT IS RATIFICATION?

“Ratification” is the process by which formal approval or support is sought through a confidential ballot vote). If sufficient support is demonstrated by our people, then the Deed Of Settlement (DOS) that has been negotiated between the Maniapoto Māori Trust Board, and the Crown will be signed and a Post- Settlement Government Entity (PSGE) will be set up. The PSGE will receive the settlement redress from the Crown and then fisheries / aquaculture status / assets will transfer to the PSGE. The outcome of the voting process will determine whether or not the settlement package is approved and whether the DOS can be signed.

The DOS comprises of:

WHAT IS THE DEED OF SETTLEMENT?

The settlement redress agreed by MMTB and the Crown is recorded in the initialled DOS and available to view via the MMTB website. No settlement will ever fully compensate Maniapoto for the historical claims and grievances against the Crown or the mamae we have endured for generations. However, we consider this settlement the first step in mending our relationship with the Crown.

HISTORICAL REDRESS

including an Historical Account,  Crown Acknowledgements and Apology.

CULTURAL REDRESS (RAURUNUI)

including properties, relationship and natural resources redress.

FINANCIAL AND COMMERCIAL REDRESS

(Tahuarua Me Te Paepaekura). Further details outlined in your ratification booklet.

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WHO CAN VOTE?

  • Maniapoto means those individuals who descend from a Maniapoto tupuna such as Rereahu and his children, or Hiaroa or Rakataura. Legally adopted or whāngai are also eligible to vote

  • All registered whānau aged 18 or over, or whānau who turn 18 during the voting process, living in or outside of the rohe.

  • If you are not registered you can still vote by way of special vote using a special voting pack. You will need to complete a registration or verification form (which verifies your whakapapa and eligibility to vote).

WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT TO VOTE?

If the Crown is satisfied that the voting results show there is sufficient support from our people, representatives of Maniapoto and the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations on behalf of the Crown will sign the DOS.

Sufficient support is not specified under Crown policy, but a number of factors are considered, such as the percentage of the members that voted and the percentage of voters that voted in favour of the resolutions.

HOW CAN I VOTE?

Each member will be issued a voting pack with a unique identifier number, which can only be used once. You cannot photocopy forms for your other members. Those who do not have a voting form can
contact the Independent Returning Officer (IRO) to obtain their own unique voter identifier number.
Voting opens on Monday 5th July and closes Monday 16th August.

RATIFICATION INFORMATION HUI

We strongly encourage you to attend one of the below ratification hui that will be held across the motu. These hui will provide more detailed information on the ratification process, proposed settlement and proposed PSGE. You can ask pātai, share whakaaro and cast your vote into the ballot box which will be available at all hui.

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It is your right to make a decision on our future by voting and having your say. This is a significant time for our people and everyone’s
vote counts. We encourage whānau to attend hui, tune in to our livestreams and Q&A sessions via the MMTB Facebook page, check out the ratification section on the MMTB website and read through the initialled DOS and PSGE Trust Deed, prior to voting. The ratification hui presentation will also be available to view on the MMTB Website.

WHAT HAPPENS IF THE DEED OF SETTLEMENT IS APPROVED?

The DOS will be signed by MMTB on behalf of the Iwi. This is a binding document and will be a significant day for our people. The PSGE will also be formally established. Settlement legislation to implement the relevant elements of the Deed of Settlement will then be introduced to Parliament. The legislative steps generally take around 12 – 24 months to complete (depending on the priorities of Parliament) and will include a Select Committee Process.

WHAT ARE YOU ASKING ME TO VOTE ON?

We have three resolutions, which together, if approved, will conclude this significant part of our settlement journey. Included within the ratification information booklet, as noted earlier the ratification booklet includes detailed explanations of each of the three resolutions.

Kua tae te wā. It is time to have your say