Daisy Nobel | NEGOTIATOR

Ngāruahine | Ngā Rauru | Ngāti Ruanui | Taranaki | Te Atiawa
“To bring about change one must be inside the ‘tent’. We must be involved no matter the process or how many steps it takes to achieve our goal.”

This is the voice of experience of Ngā Iwi o Taranaki negotiator, Daisy Noble and why she says it’s critical for iwi to be engaged in the formal process of negotiating directly with the Crown.

Daisy has been involved for decades in the people’s sector, from caregiving through to historical Treaty of Waitangi settlements. Most recently, she was the lead negotiator for Ngāruahine for the $67.5 million settlement with the Crown. The deal was formally signed in 2014 and had it’s final reading in November last year.

Other career highlights have been one of the claimants before the Waitangi Tribunal, Petroleum Claim 796, the Foreshore and Seabed Claim through to completing the Māori Fisheries Settlement.

Daisy is the hapu chair for Kanihi-Umutahi and also represents the group on the Taranaki Regional Council and the South Taranaki District Council. She was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in this year’s New Year’s Honours list which she accepted on behalf of her iwi and hapu.

Daisy brings to the Ngā Iwi o Taranaki table, “a good understanding of Crown processes in negotiations and a passion for our people and kaupapa Māori.”

“Redress no matter what that looks like is part and parcel of negotiation settlements. What is important is that the mana of our tupuna koro in his own right is recognised and the ability of all his mokopuna to look after and care for him is also recognised,” Daisy says.

She shares this korero about the Maunga which was written in 2000 by Ngāruahine in reference to the confiscations.

“He could only watch in despair as his people were being crucified, his lips could tell a thousand stories of old if we listen closely enough.”

Daisy was the driving force behind Ngāruahine’s $67.5 million Treaty of Waitangi settlement with the Crown, as the iwi’s lead negotiator.  The deal was formally signed off in August 2014, with the treaty bill passing its third and final reading at the end of November. Prior to this, she spearheaded the iwi’s fisheries settlement and secured $2m in assets for Ngaruahine in 2004.