Representatives of the eight iwi of Taranaki, collectively known as Ngā iwi o Taranaki, have signed Terms of Negotiation regarding Taranaki Maunga, signalling the start of formal negotiations with the Crown.

“What this means for our eight iwi of Taranaki is that we are now on the pathway to achieving meaningful redress that meets our individual and collective iwi aspirations, and that enables our whānau, hapu and iwi to strengthen their connection with our tupuna Maunga,” says Lead Negotiator, Jamie Tuuta.

Mr Tuuta also says the negotiation process provides the Crown with the opportunity to restore its honour.

“The treaty settlement claims of the eight iwi of Taranaki are the most severe in the country, reflecting wholesale confiscation of our lands. And, at the heart of our grievances is our tupuna maunga Taranaki.”

The eight iwi of Taranaki agreed to defer joint negotiations on Taranaki Maunga until all iwi had achieved their settlements or had a recognised mandated body to represent them in settlement negotiations. To date, seven of the eight iwi have settled their Treaty grievances, with Ngāti Maru currently in negotiations regarding their treaty settlement. The recognition by the Crown of Te Runanga o Ngāti Maru to represent Ngāti Maru has allowed negotiations on Taranaki Maunga to begin.

“As a collective we have been looking forward to getting to this point where we can begin formal negotiations ensuring the aspirations our iwi have for our tupuna maunga Taranaki are at the forefront of conversations with the Crown,” says Mr Tuuta.

Both the Taranaki Maunga Negotiation team and the Crown are working towards reaching an agreement in principle by August 2017, and will be engaging with iwi and stakeholders over the next few months.

Negotiator Daisy Noble says it’s an exciting time for Ngā Iwi o Taranaki, “We want to encourage all who whakapapa to Taranaki Maunga to be a part of this journey with us. It’s about reconnecting whānau to their tupuna maunga.”

Alongside the Ngāti Maru negotiations, the settlement relating to Taranaki Maunga will be the final component to settling all historical negotiations with the Crown for the eight iwi of Taranaki. Once Ngāti Maru is settled, and maunga redress has been received all settlements will be complete.  Settling all the Taranaki grievances will be a significant milestone in Crown – iwi relationships and a positive step forward for the nation as a whole.

 

Key Information

  • Ngā iwi o Taranaki comprises Taranaki Iwi Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa, Ngāti Ruanui, Ngā Rauru Kiitahi, Ngāti Tama, Ngāti Mutunga and Ngāti Maru.
  • Ngā iwi o Taranaki is represented in negotiations by six negotiators:  Jamie Tuuta (Lead), Liana Poutu, Hemi Sundgren, Daisy Noble, Haimona Maruera Jnr and Te Pahunga (Marty) Davis. 
  • The negotiators are working for and on behalf of Ngā Iwi o Taranaki via the Taranaki Iwi Chairs forum
  • Both parties are working to achieve an agreement in principle by August 2017.
  • Terms of Negotiations define the objectives of the upcoming negotiation. Each Terms of Negotiation are specific to the iwi group, with standard objectives including that the settlement is intended to remove the sense of grievance of the claimant group, that it will be fair and durable, and that it provides a foundation for an improved relationship between the Crown and the claimant group based on the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.