Through the respective Deeds of Settlement with the Crown, Taranaki Iwi, Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa, Ngāti Ruanui, Ngā Rauru, Ngāti Tama and Ngāti Mutunga settled their Historical Treaty of Waitangi Claims and agreed to a separate process in relation to redress for Taranaki Maunga.

These seven Iwi who have settled their treaty grievances with the Crown also agreed to work together with the mandated representatives of Ngāti Maru who are still in the process of negotiating their claim, to develop an apology and cultural redress in relation to Taranaki Maunga.

Recognising Taranaki as an ancestor is integral to fulfilling the aspirations of Ngā Iwi o Taranaki relating to our maunga.

The wider iwi aspirations have been captured within a framework called He Kawa Tupua. Underpinning these aspirations is the desire that ngā uri o Taranaki whanui are enabled and resourced to participate in activities that will encourage cultural connection and revitalisation relating to our maunga. It is also important that all people who have an affinity to Taranaki maunga understand their obligations and responsibilities to enhance and maintain the holistic wellbeing of Taranaki maunga.

We are also seeking an integrated approach to the governance and management of Taranaki maunga his health and wellbeing through the development of a Whole of Mountain Strategy, and the inclusion of iwi values in the Deed of Settlement.