This is to inform you first hand the position of your Mandated Treaty Negotiators and the thinking moving forward.
On the 17 August after our meeting with Ngaati Whaatua o Orakei, the Minister ruled in favour of Ngaati Paoa when he released his preliminary decision to grant Ngaati Paoa the 2 commercial properties in Central Auckland based on the contemporary and historical interests Ngaati Paoa have in Central Auckland.
On 27 August Ngaati Whaatua o Orakei released a media statement saying that it was going to take the Crown to Court regarding its preliminary decision to grant Ngaati Paoa 2 Central Auckland properties.
Whaanau, as your Mandated Treaty Negotiators we have made a commitment and obligation to you to negotiate the best Settlement for Ngaati Paoa. This is still our focus and primary objective. We are 99.9% of the way there and we will not be distracted by peripheral issues or perceptions that will only delay Ngaati Paoa from reaching Settlement.
Given our commitment and focus above, rest assured we will respond to Ngaati Whaatua o Orakei at the appropriate time and in the appropriate manner.
In the meantime it is important that we remain true to our first principles of Tika, Pono and Aroha and exercise the appropriate leadership befitting Ngaati Paoa and to elevate above the politics and maintain our mana and integrity as an Iwi.
Nao reira, kia whakaahu atu te tauihu o Ngaati Paoa ki te pae o Matariki.
Nga mihi manahau
Hauauru Rawiri (Hau) and Morehu Wilson
Ngaati Paoa Mandated Treaty Negotiators