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Mandate For Treaty Settlement Negotiations
Urgent Update: We have received written advice from the Crown on the 29th of January 2020 which states
“the Crown cannot be confident the Ngāti Paoa Trust Board, and by consequence the negotiators appointed under that Board’s mandate, continue to have the support of the settling group to negotiate on its behalf.”
This effectively means that both the Ngāti Paoa Trust Board and Morehu Wilson are no longer recognised by the Crown as the holding mandate for treaty negotiations for Ngāti Paoa.
SEEKING YOUR SUPPORT
The Ngāti Paoa Iwi Trust (NPIT) is seeking mandate to represent Ngāti Paoa in negotiations with the Crown for the comprehensive settlement of all the historical Treaty of Waitangi claims of Ngāti Paoa. The mandate encompasses all current and future settlement negotiations. For the avoidance of doubt, NPIT is seeking to replace the mandate conferred on the Ngāti Paoa Trust Board in 2011.
DOCUMENTS FOR CONSIDERATION
NPIT submits the following documents to Ngāti Paoa for consideration, feedback and consultation:
The Mandate Strategy 2019 and Deed of Mandated 2019 will also be sent directly to registered members in mid to late January 2020.
SUBMISSIONS AND CONSULTATION
NPIT is running a submissions process in parallel with the mandate process. Following consideration of submissions and the mandate vote, the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations and Minister for Maori Development will decide whether to recognise that a mandate has been conferred.
NPIT invites submissions, views or inquiries on the mandate proposal submitted by NPIT.
Submissions can be sent to the Manager, Settlement Development Team, Office of Treaty Settlements, SX 10111, WELLINGTON; or to OTS_subs@justice.govt.nz and must be received by 31 January 2020.
All correspondence will be subject to the Official Information Act 1982 and shared with NPIT. NPITs mandate strategy sets out the mandate proposal including: the claimant and claim definitions (including ancestors, hapū, marae and Wai claims) of the proposed mandate, NPIT’s representative structure and NPIT’s process for seeking a mandate. The mandate sought is to negotiate all of the historical claims of Ngāti Paoa, whether registered or unregistered, relating to Crown actions and omissions.
INFORMATION HUI AND VOTING
We also now invite all members of Ngāti Paoa to participate in this process by attending information hui, and voting on the following resolution:
" I support the Ngāti Paoa Iwi Trust being the sole mandated entity for Ngāti Paoa in relation to all Treaty of Waitangi settlement negotiations with the Crown, including completing all existing negotiations.”
Mandate information hui to be held across the country are as follows:
ARE YOU REGISTERED? / REGISTER NOW
To have your say, you must be an eligible voting member of the Ngati Paoa tribal register. If you are not registered and would like to, please click here now and follow the instructions on the page
All registered members of the Ngāti Paoa tribal register 18 years of age and over will be sent a voting pack. These have been included in the ratification pack.
If you are not yet a registered member, you can also vote by contacting the Independent Returning Officer on free phone 0800 666 030 or email@example.com for a special voting pack.
Alternatively, a special voting pack can be obtained at any of the information hui. Special votes will be counted subject to confirmation of Ngāti Paoa whakapapa.
Votes can be cast:
For more information please visit www.ngatipaoaiwi.co.nz. If you have any queries, please contact the Ngāti Paoa Iwi Trust on 022 313 46 11 or firstname.lastname@example.org or the Independent Returning Officer on 0800 666 030 or email@example.com.