Treaty of Waitangi Claims

Wai 182 - The Manawatū Claim

Wai 182 was originally lodged by the late TMI Chief Executive Ruth Jacqueline Hera Harris on behalf of herself and all other descendants of Rangitāne O Manawatū, with the support and the assistance of TMI with the Waitangi Tribunal on 20th December 1990. It was subsequently amended on 19th April 1993.

Following hui in 1997, TMI was given the mandate by Rangitāne O Manawatū beneficiaries to enter into direct negotiations with the Crown to settle Wai 182. TMI subsequently lodged this deed of mandate with the Crown who accepted TMI mandate to enter into direct negotiations in respect of Wai 182. A Terms of Negotiation was signed between TMI and the Crown on 27th July 1998. The terms set out the:

  • Objectives of negotiations between TMI and the Crown;
  • Procedure for direct negotiations;
  • Scope of issues TMI and the Crown would discuss as part of the negotiations process; and
  • Crown requirements of direct negotiations.

Following negotiations, TMI and the Crown signed a "Heads of Agreement" on 25th November 1999, which set out the then proposed settlement of Rangitāne O Manawatū historical claims against the Crown in respect of Wai 182. The Heads contained the then redress cultural, commercial and financial, the Crown was at that time offering Rangitāne O Manawatū beneficiaries.

In 2005 TMI went through a mandate reconfirmation process with its beneficiaries, who overwhelmingly supported TMI ongoing mandate to negotiate their claims. In June 2007 the Crown confirmed Tanenuiarangi Manawatū Incorporated was an appropriate body to continue to represent Rangitāne O Manawatū in on-going Treaty negotiations with the Crown. Thus, direct negotiations recommenced with the Crown towards the end of 2007.

In March 2012 a group of RoM beneficiaries lodged an application with the Waitangi Tribunal seeking an urgent hearing basically challenging TMI mandate yet again. The Tribunal declined the application for an urgent hearing and found amongst other things TMI mandate valid. The Crown continues to have full confidence in TMI mandate to settle the claim.

Post Settlement Governance (PSGE) Entity Ratification Process

In 2014, the RoM Negotiators undertook the Ratification Process for the RoM Settlement Trust which was proposed as the legal entity to receive, hold and manage the RoM Treaty Settlement. These included hui in Hamilton, Auckland, Wellington, Blenheim, Hastings and Palmerston North.

The Minister in Charge for Treaty Negotiations and the Minister for Maori Development considered the results of the ratification of the proposed Rangitāne O Manawatū Post Settlement Governance Entity, the RoM Settlement Trust.
They advised in January 2015, they consider the overall results demonstrate sufficient support from the Rangitāne O Manawatū claimant community for the RoM Settlement Trust to be established to receive and manage the settlement redress.

The results of the PSGE ratification process are set out below

  Participation rate
(valid votes only)
Approval rate Disapproval rate Invalid votes
Resolution 34%
372 votes
265 votes
95 votes
12 votes
This has paved the way for RoM to complete the settlement including the Trustee election process to be undertaken independently by the Crown, and ratification of the initialed Deed of Settlement.

Initialed Deed of Settlement

The ratification process for the initialed Deed of Settlement is now completed. Overall it went very well. We received notification in late August 2015 that both the Minister in Charge of Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations and the Minister of Maori Development have considered the outcome of the ratification process of the RoM Deed of Settlement.

They consider that the results of the ratification have demonstrated a sufficient level of support from the RoM claimant community for the Crown and RoM to consider the Deed of Settlement ratified and ready for signing.

Of the votes received 85% voted yes to the Deed of Settlement resolution namely that:

“I as a member of Rangitāne O Manawatū support the Deed of Settlement and authorise Rangitāne O Manawatū Negotiators and the elected trustees of the Rangitāne O Manawatū Settlement Trust, to accept and sign the Deed of Settlement on behalf of Rangitāne O Manawatū” .

Election Process for Trustees to Rangitāne O Manawatū Settlement Trust

This election process was managed and run by the Office of Treaty Settlements completely independent of Tanenuiarangi Manawatū Incorporated and the RoM Negotiators.

This process was completed on Monday 10 August 2015. The results of the elections are that the inaugural Trustees to the Rangitāne O Manawatū Settlement Trust are as follows;

  • Potaka Tait – Ngāti Mairehau;
  • Terry Hapi – Rangitepaia;
  • Louis Smith-Te Mete – Hineaute;
  • Tina Kawana – Rangiaranaki;
  • Chris Whaiapu – Ngāti Kapuarangi; and
  • Danielle Harris – Ngāti Tauira.

We wish the Trustees well on the Settlement implementation journey.

The trust had its inaugural meeting on Tuesday 15 September 2015. At the meeting Danielle Harris was elected as Chair of the Rangitāne O Manawatū Settlement Trust and Terry Hapi as the Deputy Chair. As well the Trustees passed the necessary resolution to approve the signing of the Deed of Settlement.

Deed of Settlement Signing – Saturday 14 November 2015

The Rangitāne O Manawatū Deed of Settlement signing occurred on Saturday the 14th November 2015 at Te Hotu Manawa o Rangitāne O Manawatū Marae. It was a wonderful day full of Rangimarie, humility and proudness.

The Crown and Rangitāne O Manawatū signed a Deed of Settlement on 14 November 2015.

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