A mandate for Ngāpuhi

February 15th, 2014 at 7:00 am by David Farrar

Chris Finlayson announced:

All Ngāpuhi members will be entitled to vote in elections for representatives to the independent mandated authority that will negotiate the iwi’s historical Treaty settlement with the Crown, Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Christopher Finlayson and Minister of Māori Affairs Dr Pita Sharples announced today.

The Ministers today said they have recognized the mandate of Tūhoronuku to negotiate as an independent mandated authority for the settlement of the claims of the country’s largest iwi, Ngāpuhi. Tūhoronuku will become a separate legal entity from Te Rūnanga a Iwi o Ngāpuhi, and new elections will be held for its governance board.

This is a very significant step forward. Ngāpuhi are the last of major Iwi to settle, and it has been a hugely complex and lengthy process to get a mandate recognised.

“Ngāpuhi has been going through a lengthy and robust mandating process since 2009, the longest and largest in the settlement process to date,” Mr Finlayson said. “Around 60 hui were held, including 20 hui in the lead up to the formal mandate ballot in August and September of 2011 throughout NZ and in Australia. 76% of those who participated in the ballot were strongly in favour of granting a mandate to negotiate to Tūhoronuku.”

There are a minority opposed to the proposed structure for negotiations, but a 76% vote in favour is clearly a mandate.

What this mandate recognition means is that the actual negotiations can now start, and hopefully we’ll get a settlement in the next couple of years. This makes it very possible that by say end of 2016, all the major historical claims will be settled. That will hopefully focus attention on whether one needs to retain the Waitangi Tribunal going forward – or should so called contemporary claims just be dealt with through the court system?

Anyway congratulations to the very hard working Ngāpuhi negotiators for finally achieving recognition of their mandate.

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15 Responses to “A mandate for Ngāpuhi”

  1. vibenna (305 comments) says:

    “There are a minority opposed to the proposed structure for negotiations, but a 76% vote in favour is clearly a mandate”

    Doesn’t it depend on turnout? That’s what the government claimed on asset sales – that anyone who didn’t actively vote for the referendum proposal was effectively against it. Or is consistency a hobgoblin of little minds?

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  2. duggledog (1,117 comments) says:

    Hard working Ngapuhi, that was a real find

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  3. Brian Marshall (181 comments) says:

    Not sure what you mean Vibenna. The actual referendum was the election, not the opposition funded and backed one that had low turn out. Since there is only one vote for the tribe, this would be the equivalent of the general election vote.

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  4. Roflcopter (397 comments) says:

    “There are a minority opposed to the proposed structure for negotiations, but a 76% vote in favour is clearly a mandate”

    This was recognised in some of the provisions around the way in which Tūhoronuku (the mandated authority) is to operate moving forward. It was considered that the previous structure didn’t give equal opportunity for all Ngāpuhi to participate, so the new structure is strongly weighted in favour of more hapū representation.

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  5. Nostalgia-NZ (4,697 comments) says:

    I’m stunned that big bruv and long knives weren’t the first to offer congratulations, perhaps they’re busy searching Trade Me for authentic All Black signatured items to buy.

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  6. Scott (1,614 comments) says:

    Does anyone else hate the whole idea of taxpayer money, huge amounts of it, going to settle spurious grievances for events that happened two centuries ago, in which all the participants have long since died?
    Like were not the Ngapuhi the most warlike Tribe who used muskets they had acquired from Europeans to massacre other tribes?
    Perhaps I am suffering from a deficit of liberal white middle class bleeding heart guilt? I think the whole process is a rort. And I will make a prediction. Other tribes will come back for more. And we have not heard the last of the Waitangi tribunal. They will be awarding taxpayers money to disaffected Maori groups for many, many years to come!

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  7. CharlieBrown (792 comments) says:

    Doesn’t the word hui sound absolutely rediculous?

    I suppose it kind of reflects what we all think a hui is, a chance to not work, talk about getting more money from the government, reflect on how you are all victims of the regime and get a sense of worth you havn’t earned.

    In saying that, if the greivance with ngapuhi is genuine then we should get it settled once and for all.

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  8. Ben Dover (526 comments) says:

    We Have Nations within a Nation

    What does my IWI get?

    I am a NZ Native?

    What about the Idea or Concept that Maori Pay the Crown or make some contribution
    or Koha to the Crown
    for improving NZ and making it a better place to live
    and bringing them out of the Stone Age

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  9. gazzmaniac (2,270 comments) says:

    Scott – yep, over it.
    This crap has been going on my entire life, and I’m now in my 30s.

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  10. David Garrett (5,150 comments) says:

    DPF: I am curious…do you REALLY believe that these latest “full and final” settlements will endure, when all the past ones have failed? If so, do tell us why…..

    Scott: Quite so…and remember this is the organization that solemnly registers claims to all flora and fauna in New Zealand, and electromagnetic frequencies as supposed “taonga” under the supposed “treaty”…

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  11. nickb (3,629 comments) says:

    Does anyone else hate the whole idea of taxpayer money, huge amounts of it, going to settle spurious grievances for events that happened two centuries ago, in which all the participants have long since died?

    Completely agree.

    Land unlawfully taken by the Crown – sure, no problem, hand it back.

    Cash – absolutely not. I just can’t see the basis for taking money from taxpayers for grievances which were not caused by those taxpayers.

    This idea of the “government” being the source of compensation rather than it actually being the sweat of every working New Zealander (including Maori of course) is just bizarre. It’s the reason there is such a cavalier attitude towards the spending of taxpayer’s money.

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  12. David Garrett (5,150 comments) says:

    nickb: The problem with handing back “land unlawfully taken by the Crown” is that means all of Taranaki and half the Waikato…land which is now in private ownership…That is simply not possible without dispossessing a whole lot of other people who bought their land in good faith for valuable consideration….

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  13. nickb (3,629 comments) says:

    Yes I realise that sorry DG. My understanding was most of the land claims focus on DOC land etc for that reason.

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  14. David Garrett (5,150 comments) says:

    Nickb: Yes, you are right…DOC land in the main…but you can imagine the kind of talk that goes around at meetings Hone Hatfield addresses “Kick da honkey off all da land bro”…Yes, I write that way deliberately because I know from experience with him that he panders to the most dull and ignorant of his constituency… if he really wanted to do his people good he would tell them to get off the dope so they can get one of the thousands of jobs going begging in forestry in his tribal rohe..

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  15. wiseowl (577 comments) says:

    I can’t believe that the intelligent people who invade KB have not pursued the truth about the likes of nahpoohi.
    There is an excellent article on NZCPR relating to this spurious claim and I recommend everyone that has an open mind read this and absorb.

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