Withdrawal process2021-07-01T12:37:49+12:00

Withdrawal Process Information

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In order for any grouping within Te Rohe Potae to initiate the withdrawal process, that is a desire to be withdrawn from the MMTB’s mandate, 350 signatures of support were required to convene a Special General Meeting (SGM) to consider whether the mandate should be amended.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

All Maniapoto iwi members aged 18 and over had the opportunity to vote on the resolution from 12 pm on Tuesday 20 April 2021 to 12 pm on Friday 7 May 2021. MMTB is using an independent election company, Electionz.com to conduct the voting process. This will include postal votes, internet voting and casting your vote in person at the Special General Meeting (details below).

In order to allow an opportunity to discuss the resolution, a Special General Meeting (“SGM”) was held at the Les Munro Centre, 8 King Street East, Te Kūiti at 10 am on Saturday, 1 May 2021. The SGM provided iwi members with an opportunity to ask questions to make an informed decision when casting their vote. Enclosed in your voting pack, is important information on the withdrawal process, information presented at the SGM, your voting paper and a postage paid return envelope.

RESOLUTION: To commence a process to change / amend the mandate

The SGM was livestreamed via the MMTB Facebook page. The full live stream can be found on the MMTB Facebook page here

Any members of Maniapoto who are not registered, will also have an opportunity to vote by casting a special vote. Special votes will be subject to and only become valid once the MMTB Whakapapa Validation Committee, in consultation with Te Whakaminenga o Rereahu, have validated the whakapapa of the voter. Special vote packs are available by contacting the Independent Returning Officer on free phone 0800 666 045 or iro@electionz.com.

If you have any questions or require any further information, please contact Independent Returning Officer on free phone 0800 666 045 or iro@electionz.com. We encourage you and your whānau to participate in deciding this very important kaupapa.

Withdrawal Process video series

Check out the below whakaaro series about the settlement process and moving forward together. View full series here

Chair, Keith Ikin

Glenda Taituha

Leesah Murray

Shane Te Ruki

FAQ’s

WHAT IS A MANDATE?

Mandate is the authorisation or approval of the people for MMTB to represent Te Iwi o Maniapoto in Treaty settlement negotiations with the Crown.

WHO CARRIES OUT THE VOTING PROCESS?

The Independent Election company carrying out the election process will be undertaken by Electionz.

WHO IS THE MANIAPOTO MĀORI TRUST BOARD (MMTB)?

MMTB was established in 1988 by the Maniapoto Maori Trust Board Act 1988 and is a statutory entity, specifically, a Māori Trust Board governed under the Maori Trust Boards Act 1955. MMTB is made up of 15 Trustees: Seven trustees are appointed by each of the seven MMTB Regional Management Committees (RMCs); one trustee is appointed by the Maniapoto Kaumātua Kaunihera; one trustee is appointed by Kīngi Tuheitia; and six trustees are generally elected by Maniapoto members.

WHO IS TE WHAKAMINENGA O REREAHU (TWOR)?

Te Whakaminenga o Rereahu consists of Rereahu Pā and Wai claimants represented under the following Iwi
Authorities and Wai numbers:

  1. Te Maru o Rereahu Iwi Trust: Wai 630, Wai 651, Wai 1597
  2. Te Ihingarangi Iwi Trust: Wai 1309, Wai 1255, Wai 1455
  3. Ngāti Rōrā: Wai 616, Wai 556, Wai 1377, Wai 1820
  4. Rereahu Tūwhakahekeao: Wai 1704

HOW DOES THE WITHDRAWAL PROCESS WORK?

The withdrawal process is set out at clause 15 of the Deed of Mandate. The Deed of Mandate is available to view here: https://www.maniapoto.iwi.nz/wpcontent/uploads/2020/06/Mandate-Strategy.pdf

For transparency, the full section regarding removal or amendment of mandate is set out below. Please note both MMTB and TWoR agreed to forgo the disputes resolution process set out in clause 15.

Extract from clause 15 of the Deed of Mandate:

“Removal or amendment of mandate

  1. Any issues or concerns regarding MMTB’s mandate, that propose the amendment or removal of MMTB’s mandate, must first be addressed through the disputes resolution process outlined above.
  2. If the issues or concerns are not resolved through the disputes resolution process then a special meeting can be called to determine whether the mandate process, as set out in this section of the mandate strategy, should be commenced to remove or amend the mandate.
  3. To call a special general meeting for the purpose outlined above, a request must be submitted to MMTB in writing signed by at least 350 Maniapoto members, registered or unregistered.(Unregistered members will be subject to a whakapapa validation process.) For the avoidance of doubt, a hui is not required to obtain the 350 signatures.
  4. Notice of this meeting will be sent by MMTB to all registered members of Maniapoto as well as advertised in national and provisional newspapers.
  5. Voting will be taken on whether to commence the process to remove or amend the mandate.
  6. Voting will be for all registered and unregistered Maniapoto members aged 18 years and over.
  7. An opportunity to vote by special vote will be provided for any unregistered members and will be subject to meeting whakapapa requirements.
  8. A 75% majority vote is required in order to commence the mandate process to amend or remove MMTB’s mandate.
  9. In order to remove or amend MMTB’s mandate, the same process as set out in sections 18-22 of the Mandate Strategy must be followed.
  10. If a 75% majority vote is not reached but there remain concerns or issues with the mandate, MMTB will consult with the Office of Treaty Settlements and will address these concerns and issues.”

WHY WERE WE ASKED TO VOTE ON THIS IF WE HAVE ALREADY GIVEN OUR MANDATE IN 2016?

TWoR obtained the support of 350 members of Maniapoto required to consider whether the mandate should be amended. You were asked to vote to clarify whether there is support for a process to amend the mandate to be commenced.

WHAT WAI CLAIMS WOULD HAVE BEEN REMOVED IF 75% VOTED ‘AGREE’?

Should 75% vote ‘Agree’, TWoR requested that certain groups and claims be removed from the Maniapoto settlement. Whether those groups and claims would have been removed from the mandate, this would have been the subject of the next stage of the process.

Which specific Wai claims would be withdrawn would have depended on the revised claimant definition proposed as part of this process.

WHO COULD VOTE?

Individuals aged 18 years and over, who descend from a Maniapoto tupuna such as Rereahu and his children, Hiaroa or Rakataura.

WHO VERIFIED THE SPECIAL VOTES?

Special votes had whakapapa verified by the whakapapa validation committee, in consultation with Te Whakaminenga o Rereahu, before being counted.

HOW MANY TIMES COULD I VOTE?

Once. You would have been issued with a voter unique identifier number which could only be used once.

WHO CARRIED OUT THE ELECTIONS PROCESS?

The voting process was run by an independent company – Electionz.com. The Independent Returning Officer (IRO) authenticated all votes received.

WHO DECIDED IF THE MANDATE WAS  TO BE AMENDED?

The Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations ultimately made the decision on whether or not the mandate was to be amended, following voting results.

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