Notice of Day of Election, Nominations Received, Method of Voting and Wahi Pooti
Notice is hereby given that a date of Saturday 21 April 2018 has been fixed for the election of eight (8) Trustees to the Kahukuraariki Trust.
7 March 2018
In December 2017, Kahukuraariki Trust met with a farming consultant and local farmers that were interested in leasing areas of Waikohatu stream farm. The farming consultant was contacted by the illegal occupiers, the former Landcorp farm manager, saying that it was in his best interest to stay away from Waikohatu Stream farm. This information has been reported to the police.
7 March 2018
Kahukuraariki Trust were informed two weeks ago that pine trees were being logged, (approximately valued at $100,000) from the Waikohatu Stream farm. This was reported to the police with a newspaper post outlining that prosecutions will be laid against any person/s that illegally take resources from the land that is in the Trust ownership. Permission must be gained from the Trust in the first instance. It is theft removing property from land owned by the Iwi trust.
7 March 2018
The trustees of the Kahukuraariki Trust are the legal owners of Waikohatu Farm (formerly known as Stony Creek farm), Thompson Block and Clark Block situated in the Kaeo and Mangonui areas in Northland. The trustees hereby give notice that legal proceedings will be initiated against any person that trespasses on the trustee’s land or takes or deals with property owned by the trustees without lawful authority.
This public notice is authorised by David Manuel as the Chairman of the Kahukuraariki Trust.
Please contact Avis Stewart – Project Coordinator on (022) 676 4639 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for all enquiries.
2018 Tertiary Scholarships
The Māori Education Trust administers scholarships to Māori students attending tertiary institutes. The 2018 scholarship round will close 4.30 pm, Friday, 6 Paenga-whāwhā (April) 2018. We would appreciate it if you would circulate the attached flyer and scholarship application forms to those within your institute and/or networks, to ensure students have an opportunity to apply for assistance.
If you have any questions, our contact details follow:
Postal Address: Māori Education Trust, P O Box 31213, LOWER HUTT 5040
Physical Address: Level 1, 65 Waterloo Rd, Lower Hutt 5010
Phone: (04) 586 7971
Māori Education Trust (MET) 2018 Scholarship Round is Open
The closing dates for 2018 secondary and tertiary scholarships are fast approaching. We would appreciate it if you would forward the attached flyers to your staff, students and those within your networks.
Applications must reach MET no later than 4.30 pm, Friday, 2 Poutū-te-rangi (March) 2018.
Applications must reach MET no later than 4.30 pm, Friday, 6 Paenga-whāwhā (April) 2018.
Application forms can be located on our website www.maorieducation.org.nz. Alternatively anyone interested can call us on (04) 586 7971 and a copy will be posted.
Election Timetable (Eight Marae Trustees)
(est. 4,000 members)
21 April 2018
By Fri 22 December 2017
Provision of member database to ES
Wed 24 & Sat 27 January 2018
Public notice of election and calling for nominations Post out notice to members – Rules 6.1, 6.4 & 6.5 Schedule 2
Fri 26 January 2018
NOMINATIONS OPEN – Rule 6.1 Schedule 2
Wed 14 February 2018
Thursday 15 February 2018
NOMINATIONS CLOSE (5pm) – Rule 6.3 Schedule 2 Register Closes*
Whakapapa Committee Meets
Fri 16 February 2018
Provision of member database to Election Services
Wed 21 & Sat 24 February 2018
Public notice of candidate names etc – Rules 7.2, 8.1 & 8.2 Schedule 2
Wed 14 March 2018
Post voting packs
Wed 14 March – Sat 21 April 2018
Voting period – Rule 8.2, Schedule 2
Progressive roll scrutiny
Early processing of voting papers
Sat 21 April 2018
CLOSE OF VOTING (noon), Wahi Pooti – Rules 8.1 & 8.2 Schedule 2
Tues 24 April 2018
Date stamped votes received – Rules 9.2, 11.1 & 11.2 Schedule 2
Sat 28 April 2018
Mon 29 April 2019
Destroy voting material – Rule 12.2 Schedule 2
*Register closes means that those wishing to vote in the up coming elections must be registered by the 14th February 2018. The registrations to Kahukuraariki Trust after the 14th February 2018 will be happily received, however they will be ineligible to vote at the 2018 elections.
Dale Ofsoske, Chief Returning Officer
Notice of Election of Trustees, Poll and Annual General Meeting, Nomination of Candidates and Closing Date for Nominations for the Kahukuraariki Trust
Notice is hereby given under the Trust Deed of Kahukuraariki Trust, calling for nominations for eight (8) Trustees - one to be elected from each of the following eight marae: Mangatowai, Otangaroa, Taemaro, Taupo, Te Komanga, Waihapa, Waimahana and Waitaruke.
Each candidate must, as at the closing date for nominations, be recorded in the Ngatikahu ki Whangaroa Register as an Adult Registered Member (aged 18 years or over) of Ngatikahu ki Whangaroa. Nominations must be made on an official nomination paper obtainable from the Chief Returning Officer, by phoning (09) 973 5212 or 0800 922 822 during normal business hours, or by downloading a copy from www.kahukuraariki.co.nz
Nominations of candidates must be received by the Chief Returning Officer no later than 5pm, Wednesday 14 February 2018.
REGISTER TO VOTE
Kahukuraariki Trust invites descendants of Ngatikahu ki Whangaroa, aged 18 years or over, who have not already registered, to apply for membership.
Registration forms are obtainable by phoning (022) 676 4639, or emailing email@example.com or registration can be completed online at the
Kahukuraariki Trust’s website www.kahukuraariki.co.nz.
Voting for the election will be by way of postal and online voting. All Adult Registered Members of Ngatikahu ki Whangaroa will be posted a voting pack from Wednesday 14 March 2018.
Voting will close at 12 noon, Saturday 21 April 2018.
NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
An Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday 28 April 2018 at Waihapa Marae, Weber Waihapa Road, Kaeo. The results of the election and poll will be announced at the Annual General Meeting.
Dated at Auckland, 24 January 2018
Dale Ofsoske, Chief Returning Officer
Independent Election Services Ltd
Phone: (09) 973 5212 or 0800 922 822
This notice has been posted to all beneficiaries and will be advertised in the New Zealand Herald, Northland Advocate and Northland Age. We are awaiting nomination forms from Election Services and these will be available be on the website as soon as possible. Completed forms must be sent to the Chief Returning Officer as stipulated on the Nomination form.
Summary from the Kahukuraariki Trust Hui a Iwi
28 October 2017
On the 28th October 2017, Kahukuraariki Trustee’s held a Hui a Iwi at Whaiora Marae, Otara Auckland attended by approximately 50 people.
The kaupapa for the Hui was Trustee’s reporting back to the beneficiaries on what had been achieved since the third reading and what the future plans were for the Trust. The four key area’s identified was:
- Cultural Redress
The Chairman informed that as of the 17th October 2017, the Kahukuraariki Trust have become the legal owners of Waikohatu, Thomson and Clark block and Kowhairoa Peninsula. OTS has advertised this change of ownership in the newspapers. There are disagreements with the occupation over the past 12 years –
- Occupying 5 farm houses rent free.
- Land rates not being paid.
- Farm areas leased to commercial farmers.
- Govt funded courses running.
- Cutting and selling pine trees which function were a wind- break.
- Cutting and selling ti-tree firewood.
- Beehives on the farm.
And Trustee’s are unable to insure the farm buildings because of no access given, therefore the Iwi have been disadvantaged.
The Trustee’s are currently sourcing quotes to rent a building to place on Waikohatu for an office room. It is hoped that this building will be on the land by December 2017.
A concern was raised from Missy Peterson that on the first Hui-A-Iwi held at Whaiora a resolution had been tabled regarding a vote of no confidence in the current Kahukuraariki Trust and that Taemaro, Taupo, Waimahana and Waitaruke marae had withdrawn from Kahukuraariki Trust. Why had these resolutions been ignored?
Why had the Trustee’s never been to the farm to talk?
The Chairman responded, Hui-A-Iwi are information sharing forums only, no resolutions are tabled at Hui-A-Iwi as they are not properly constituted meetings therefore the tabling of resolutions were out of order. The Trustee’s asked Missy to be invited to the farm to hui.
Action: Missy has requested a Hui with whanau to see (i) if whanau are willing to meet with the Trustee’s and (ii) to coordinate a date and inform the Trustee’s of the outcome.
The Hui was informed that the financial redress, in regards to the settlement was as follows:
- 2016 – OTS deposited $3,000,000.00 into Kahukuraariki Trust as an on-account payment. The Trustee’s initially invested $2,500.00. An operating amount of $500,000.00 was retained, however, responsibly the Trustee’s invested a further $153,000.00.
- 2017 – 17th October – Crown deposited $3,624,888.00 as the final settlement ($3.2M is final settlement and the remainder is interest earned). The full amount of $3,624,888.00 has been invested
- Currently the Trust has 3 Term investments (amounts shown are capital) –
- (1)$2,500,000.00 , (2) $153,000.00 and (3) $3,624,888.00
The Hui was informed that the Crown had deposited $300,000.00 for Kowhairoa as per the Deed of Settlement. This was an additional amount and not included in the above figures.
The Huiwas informed that a date for the Kahukuraariki Trust Annual General Meeting had been set as 28th April, 2018 at Waihapa Marae, Kaeo.
The Hui was informed that nominations for the Permanent Trustees will be advertised on 29th January 2018, as per the Trust Deed criteria (Second Schedule of the Trust Deed). The Hui was informed that Election Services will conduct the election process as an independent body.
The obligation of the beneficiaries was to ensure that the registration is current and updated (to enable them to receive voting papers). The voting is for a marae based representative so be vigilant and start talking and canvassing prospective Trustee’s.
A query from the floor; what if a marae does not have any representative?
Response: A re-election will occur as per the Trust Deed.
Karakia mutunga – Hone Rakena aka Harry Brown
16 August 2017
The Kahukuraariki Iwi Trust are pleased to announce that the Third reading for the Wai 116 and Wai 258 Ngatikahu ki Whangaroa Settlements Bill was heard in Parliament on Wednesday 16 August.
The journey has been long and arduous and the trustees and Kaumatua welcome the end of the settlement bill. We pay tribute to all those past and present and we look to the future elected trustees who will begin a new journey of hope and prosperity for all descendants of Kahukuraariki.
In relation to the Waikohatu Stream farm, there will be ongoing discussions with associated whanau members to resolve a pathway forward in the best interests of Kahukuraariki Whanau. Working together and upholding the Trust’s responsibilities .
We aspire to find solutions that bring us together, as this is of paramount importance if we are to have a successful sustainable future. The goaI is and has always been that future generations may benefit from this settlement.
I wish to thank everyone that has contributed to date far and wide.
Next Kahukuraariki Trust Hui-a-iwi
Kia ora e nga uri o Kahukuraariki,
The Kahukuraariki Trust will hold it's first hui as owners of Waikohatu stream farm, Thomson, Clarke farm and other, 14 October 2017 to discuss, where to from here and what will governance and management strategies look like.
Kei hea: Whaiora marae
Te wa: 10.00am
As per normal, accommodation is offered overnight.
Third Reading Confirmed
Tena koutou katoa ,
The Office of Treaty Settlement has confirmed that the Third Reading of the Kahukuraariki Iwi trust will take place in Wellington at Parliament on the 16 August 2017.
Next Kahukuraariki Trust Hui-a-iwi
Te ra: 5 August 2017
Kaupapa: Strategic Vision/Pathway
Kei hea: Karangahape marae, Kaeo
Te wa: 10.00am - 4.30pm
- Who are entitled to benefit the whenua?
- Pathway forward.
Come to the hui and find out.
Free bus travelling from Auckland leaving 4.00am Saturday returning Sunday 10.30am. Marae accommodation for Saturday over night stay. For travel bookings no later than 31 July, contact Avis on 022 6764639or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Next Kahukuraariki Trust Hui-a-iwi
Te ra: 15 July 2017
Kaupapa: Strategic Vision/Pathway
Kei hea: Whaiora marae, Auckland
Te wa: 9.00am - 5.30pm
1. What business ventures have worked on the farm?
2. What is the plan when the trust become the owners?
3. Who are entitled to benefit the whenua?
Come to the hui and find out.
Free bus travelling from Whangaroa - Auckland leaving 4.00am Saturday returning Sunday 10.30am. Accommodation at the marae is available on Saturday night. For travel bookings no later than 07 July, contact Avis on 022 6764639or email enquiries.kahukuraariki@gmail.
Held at Whaiora Marae on 10th June 2017
Kahukuraariki Trust travelled to Auckland to host the second Hui a Iwi at Whaiora marae, Otara. With a bus travelling from the North and the many whanau that drove to the marae we had an attendance of over 100 people.
Three (3) presentations from the Trustees provided a brief history of the Wai 116 claim; Kowhairoa and what they have been doing in anticipation of the Wai 258 settlement and an overview of activities undertaken by the Initial Post Settlement Governance Entity (‘PSGE”) from the Deed of Settlement to the present day. The afternoon contained the Strategic Vision workshop.
The Hui was structured in such a way that any questions for the three (3) presenters would be taken in written form. An objection was made that written questions was not tika and that it undervalued those in attendance. The response given was that these questions would be collated in the break and the answers fed back to the full meeting before the close of our Hui as we had set aside ample time in our agenda for this to occur. The structure was not intended to undervalue those in attendance but to keep to the timetable set.
Key points from these presentations:
- The chair read out all the resolutions from the Ratification in 2015
- The PSGE Initial trustees were ratified by the registered whanau, not by individual marae.
- The claim is to benefit all whanau that whakapapa to the whaea tupuna Kahukuraariki.
- The Crown has assured the Iwi Trust that the third reading will progress as planned within the next coming months.
- The Trust again extended it's arms to encourage the whanau occupiers to unite and be part of this historical event.
- Once the third reading has been completed, the Royal Ascend is the next step
- The Initial PSGE will commence the election for permanent Trustees following the royal ascend.
- Beneficiaries may nominate one person from the marae they affiliate to. If there is more than one nominee, the registered whanau to that marae will vote to elect one successful person, who has the most votes, to represent there marae on the PSGE.
- The database is currently undergoing an audit.
After lunch the meeting resumed with Ella Henry but Wilfred Peterson declared that they were unable to participate in the strategic vision workshop as they felt that the meeting had no right to include Waikohatu stream farm into the claim.
Resolution: A vote of no confidence in the Kahukuraariki Trust and Trustees and that the Trust immediately stop the claim
Moved: Annwyn 53 participants(including tamariki) stood up and departed which left 58 participants remaining at the marae.
Peter Douglas and Ken Mair arrived during this time. Ken Mair presented a brief overview of the conceptual plan that had been previously presented to the Trustees explaining that the beneficiaries need to build the plan to enable ownership and responsibility for the future.
Strategic Vision workshop:
Governance versus management and the different functions that each group has responsibility for was covered.
Participants were then grouped and tasked with brainstorming 4 questions:
- What do we want?
- How do we get there?
- What are the issues / constraints?
- What are the alternative Strategies?
This exercise took the meeting to the end of the day. Shared knowledge ensures all have input into the future. We would like to thank all participants that took the time to attend and hope to see you again.
Tena koutou katoa,
The Hui-a-iwi on Saturday 13 May was well attended by more than 50 whanau members and the overall feedback was very positive. The bus tour of the Waikohatu Stream Farm was the 'jewel' of the day. The Kahukuraariki Trust will now plan another Hui-a-iwi in Auckland early next month to continue it's transparency and open door policy to it's many whanau members who are descendants of Kahukuraariki. The second part of the day will be the Strategic Vision and pathway for the Iwi. Input from whanau will be welcomed.
A 12 seater van will be available leaving Cable bay Saturday 3.45am - returning Sunday morning after breakfast
Ahea: 10 June 2017
Kei hea: Whaiora marae, Otara
Te wa: 9.00am - 5.30pm
Kaupapa: Hitoria/Strategic Vision
Nau mai haere mai i nga mokopuna O Kahukuraariki.
The Initial Trustee’s have met with Pita Paraone (NZ First), Kelvin Davis (Labour), Marama Davidson (Greens) and Marama Fox (Maori Party) seeking support for the Trust heading into the final stages of the settlement process. The meetings were viewed as being very positive and gave the MP’s and the trustee’s the opportunity to meet kanohi ki te kanohi.
Ken Mair and Peter Douglas have been contracted by the Crown to help build bridges between whanau groups that are occupying the Waikohatu Stream Farm and the Iwi Trust. The trustee’s are committed to developing strategies for kotahitanga and appreciate the mahi that Ken and Peter are doing.
As stated in last months newsletter, the third reading will be upon us in the next few weeks so please keep watching this page for dates. There is still room for registered whanau to attend the third signing.
The trustee’s will be holding a one day Hui a Iwi on the 13th April 2017 from 9am – 5.30pm. The focus of the hui is the Hitori / History of Wai 116 claim. This hui will be videoed and become a record for the Iwi. An advertisement has been posted in the Northland Age as well as this website and facebook. Registered whanau input is welcomed.
Just a reminder that registered whanau who marked more than one marae on their registration form, please re register as nominations and voting is for the one marae only.
Updating your email address as well is crucial for us to send you the latest news.
The initial trustees have welcomed the support from OTS to try and build bridges with the whanau that are occupying Waikohatu Stream Farm. Initially the trustees were offered the Leasing of the farm. That is now on hold.
The third reading is estimated to happen sometime in May - June 2017. Once we have a date, we will let you know.
The elections of the new trustees will commence following the Royal Ascend which is estimated to be in July.
Just a reminder that registered whanau who marked more than one marae on there registration form, please re register as nominations and voting is for the one marae only.
Updating your email address as well is crucial for us to send you the latest news.
The forecasted mahi of the initial trustees is:
1. Prepare and organise trip to Wellington for third reading. (May 2017)
2. Elections of new Trustees. (August - October)
3. AGM (October - November)
And during all this we hope to wananga kaupapa whakawhanaungatanga from April onwards.
Point of interest:
Co-opting of whanau to the initial trustees is skill based only and they cannot be initial trustees as per the Trust Deed.
The Initial trustees were ratified by the registered whanau as whanau not marae representatives.
Ngatikahu ki Whangaroa Treaty Claim Wai 116 Update
15th February 2017
This Kahukuraariki Trust is committed to keeping our Iwi updated on progress of the Claim. We will be sending out regular updates as we progress the Claim to the final reading in Parliament and enactment of our legilsation which we hope will be in March or April 2017. But first, a reminder of how we got here......
In 1987, Pita Pangari lodged a claim with the Waitangi Tribunal on behalf of Ngātikahu ki Whangaroa, WAI116. Over the next four years, Hui were held on the Marae of Ngātikahu ki Whangaroa and in Auckland, culminating in the setting up of the Ngātikahu ki Whangaroa Trust Board in 1991. The Crown required the Trust Board to gain a mandate from the people of Ngātikahu ki Whangaroa before negotiations to settle the Claim could begin. It took a further ten years of meetings and consultation, and ongoing research about the Claim, before all the requirements of mandating were accepted by the Crown in September 2001.
Formal negotiations between Ngātikahu ki Whangaroa and the Office of Treaty Settlements began in October 2004, which resulted in an Agreement in Principle being accepted by the Trust and signed with the Crown in December 2007. The Claim did not progress to settlement for a number of years, but negotiations resumed in 2013, and a final offer from the Crown was put before the beneficiaries of Ngātikahu ki Whangaroa for Ratification between June and August of 2015. The beneficiaries of Ngātikahu ki Whangaroa, those registered to the Trust, voted to accept the offer, and the Trustees of the Kahukuraariki Initial Trust, so the Deed of Settlement was signed with the Crown in December 2015. Since then, the Initial Trustees, have assumed the responsibilities of governance and management of the settlement process, up to the enactment of legislation for the settlement. They will also oversee the election of the permanent Trustees to the Post-Settlement Governance Entity, the Kahukuraariki Trust Board. The Initial Trustees did not represent specific Marae, though they were affiliated to different Marae. They were:
- David Manuel, Ngāti Mokokohi, Ngāti Aukiwa and Ngāti Kuri, is a builder and businessman who lives on Karikari Peninsula with wife Sarah and their four children. He has been Chair of Ngatikahu ki Whangaroa for five years.
- Manaaki Poto, Te Hoia and Pohotiare, has worked in the health sector for twenty years and spent nineteen years in the banking sector before that. She lives in South Auckland, where she has been an indoor basketball sports representative for Auckland, North Island, the NZ B Team, and was a BRANZ Referee, and a New Zealand Assistant Coach, and NZ Commonwealth Games Coach. Manaaki joined the Ngatikahu ki Whangaroa Trust Board in 2000, and was Chair in 2005-2008.
- Roger Kingi, Kaitangata, is a Negotiator for the WAI 258 Claim, and has been a member of the Ngātikahu ki Whangaroa Trust Board for two years. He is a tutor with Te Wānanga o Awanuiārangi. He lives at Waihapa.
- Celia Robinson was the Secretary for the Ngātikahu ki Whangaroa Trust Board during the negotiations in 2007.
- Rawiri Henare, Ngāti Aukiwa, lives in Waimahana Bay with his wife Rose. He is a Trustee of the Mangatowai Marae Committee Trust, and has a long history of working with community organisations in Northland and Rotorua, where he and Rosie lived for many years before returning home twenty years ago.
- Martha Selwyn, Ngāti Aukiwa, has worked for Public trust for 28 years. She holds a Diploma in Business (Maori Development) from Auckland University. Martha is the daughter of Haarima Day (deceased 2013), one of the Trustees of Ngatikahu ki Whangaroa Trust Board since 2004, and Taiporohenui Day (deceased 2015), who was a kaumātua of the Ngatikahu ki Whangaroa Trust Board.
- Adrian Tua, Ngāti Kaitangata, has lived and worked in Auckland for thirty years, in construction and security, but moved home five years ago to care for his father, Wake Tua, in Mātangirau.
Since Ratification concluded in September 2015, Celia Robinson has withdrawn from the Trust and Adrian Tua passed away in 2016. They were replaced by Marae representatives from Taemaro (Lisa King) and Waitaruke (Steve McKenzie) in December 2016. The Ngātikahu ki Whangaroa Trust Board was the legal entity mandated by registered Iwi members to negotiate and settle the claim to the land. The Kahukuraariki Trust Board is the Post-Settlement Governance Entity that was approved in the Ratification Vote of 2015 to manage post-settlement and redress.
One of the ongoing issues the Trust Board has worked to resolve over the last ten years has been the occupation of Stony Creek farm by a group who call themselves Ngāti Aukiwa. This group became prominent when, “In 2007, Treaty Minister Sir Michael Cullen was forced to abandon an attempt to sign the Agreement in Principle at the remote Taemaro Bay because of angry protests by groups opposed to the signing. That included some from local Ngāti Aukiwa hapū which had claimed Stony Creek should be returned to that hapū alone” (Trevett, 2015). Stony Creek, along with the two smaller farms and $6.2 million financial redress, are the key means for Ngātikahu ki Whangaroa, the entire iwi, to rebuild its economic base. Ownership of the farms will be transferred to Ngātikahu ki Whangaroa, through the Kahukuraariki Trust Board, when the settlement legislation is enacted some time in 2017, and it will become the tribe’s own private land. The Crown has already begun working in partnership with Ngātikahu ki Whangaroa to support their vision to re-build a strong and productive farming enterprise on the land for the benefit of all iwi members, not just one hapū.
The Kahukuraariki Trust Board, and before that the Ngātikahu ki Whangaroa Trust Board, have made repeated efforts since 2003 to resolve the unlawful occupation at Stony Creek, including discussions with the occupants between 2003-2014. The Crown has also issued trespass notices and taken prosecutions, which led to convictions in 2008. The Trustees have endeavoured to engage with the occupants many times over the years. The Crown will be providing Kahukuraariki Initial Trust with a lease on the farm lands prior to the iwi becoming the owners. This means they will be able to begin organising their transition to ownership and development of the farms for the benefit of the whole iwi. Stony Creek and the other properties are farm lands that needs careful strategic and operational management, and security is a key part of that. The Kahukuraariki Trust is committed to resolving relationships with those on the land. The Initial trustees acknowledge that the occupants, though unlawful, also have whakapapa to Ngāti Aukiwa, they are members of Ngātikahu ki Whangaroa and are direct beneficiaries of the settlement, so finding a solution that brings the tribe together is of paramount importance if the tribe is to progress, and benefit from the settlement.
For further information contact:
Martha Selwyn, Project Coordinator, Kahukuraariki Trust
Phone: 022 676 4639
David Manuel, Chair, Kahukuraariki Trust
Phone: 021 260 9689
Trevett, C. (2015, 18 Dec.). Iwi reaches settlement after 15 years. Otago Daily Times, retrieved from: https://www.odt.co.nz/news/politics/iwi-reaches-settlement-after-15-years
3rd Reading of Ngati Kahu ki Whangaroa Settlement Bill
Parliament will resume business within the next couple of weeks. It is anticipated that the 3rd reading of our Bill will be considered and hopefully a date set for this reading. Once we have been advised of these details, we will place a special notice on our website.
We see this reading as the most significant as it is the final step in the Treaty claim process. After this reading, comes the Royal Assent and then our claim becomes a Bill and the land is transferred back to the Iwi.
We are starting to plan for the 3rd reading and propose taking a bus, possibly two (depending on interest) from Northland to Wellington. Our accommodation will be Marae based and it is expected that we will be away at least three (3) days.
We are seeking expressions of interest from our registered beneficiaries who would like to attend. We hope every Marae will be represented and have allocated 5 seats on the Bus for these beneficiaries.
If you are interested; the first step is to ensure that you are on the Kahukuraariki Trust beneficiary roll. This is easy; simply email email@example.com and ask if you are on the roll? If not, then we suggest you complete the on-line registration form through our website
The next is to submit your expression of interest in writing. We have designed a form for this purpose which can be completed ‘on line’ or submitted to your Marae Trust Board.
Travel and accommodation expenses will be paid for.
We would also love to celebrate the return of the Tupuna Land following soon after the Royal Assent and propose a hākari (celebration meal) on the whenua. Would any registered whanau like to help or share ideas e.g. Kapahaka performance or some games/ activities for the tamariki?
'Moving Out' TV series
Faultine Films are making a new television series called “Moving Out” which follows whanau who are moving out of the city to return home or relocating to find a better quality of life. Their series will screen on TVNZ1 & Māori Television later this year.
Trading City Life for Quality of Life: Each week presenter Tamati Coffey follows the fortunes of city dwellers as they turn their backs on city life and attempt to forge new futures and better quality lifestyles in Provincial NZ.
They are looking for whanau who are about to leave Auckland, and who would be happy to take part in the series. If you know of someone who is moving from Auckland to the North, they would like to hear from them. As koha, whanau are moved for free. NZ VanLines are supporting the show and they will pack, move household to the new location and then unpack for the whanau.
For more information please contact Amanda Jones 0274941422 or Kate 021640340
Special General Meeting
22 December 2016
This was held on 10 December 2016 at Karangahape Marae in Matangirau. The Trustees would like to acknowledge and thank those beneficiaries who took the time out of their busy schedules to attend.
The Chairman’s report and Financial report to 31 March 2016 was presented with questions being asked and answered. These documents are available for review on our website.
We welcome Lisa King representing Taemaro and Stephen McKenzie, representing Waitaruke onto the Initial PSGE. We would like to thank these Marae for taking the opportunity when it arose. The only vacancies that remain on the Initial PSGE are representatives from Waimahana and Taupo Marae. We assume that these vacancies will remain so until the permanent Elections are held.
We would recommend beneficiaries from all Marae start considering who they want to nominate as their representative on the permanent Trust Board as Elections for these positions will be held in June 2017 which is not that far away.
It has been a very busy year; we hope you are looking forward to a bit of rest and relaxation with whanau.
We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Marine and Coastal (Takutai Moana) Act 2011
22 December 2016
Representatives from the Office of Treaty Settlements presented information about the rights recognised under this Act. Once these notes have been finalised, we will place them on our website for you to view.
The deadline for filing an application is 03 April 2017. To start the ball rolling, the website is here
We were advised that the Crown fund these applications.
Treaty Settlement: The 2nd and 3rd readings of the Ngātikahu Ki Whangaroa Settlement Bill
18 October 2016
These readings were scheduled for 22 and 23 September 2016 in Wellington. You may have seen how things unfolded in the media or on the news.
The 3rd reading did not proceed as planned, because New Zealand First withdrew support for the Bills. In fact, Winston Peters made comment to the media that he had concerns about land allocations in Whangaroa. Clearly Mr Peters has been misinformed, or he was being mischievous.
In so saying this, the disruption from Winston Peters has served as a blessing in disguise for the Trust as this has presented the Trust with an opportunity to get more work completed around strategic planning, research, governance training, and hopefully finding resolution with those occupiers still on the land, before settlement does eventually occur, hopefully by mid-2017 at the latest. The Trust does not want current and future Trustees to be confronted with whānau in-fighting, that is not what we want as an Iwi for our future. We need to come together as a collective and find a solution as we are only causing ourselves harm and missing out on the economic growth that will benefit future generations. The Trust is open to any suggestions that will achieve Unity of purpose; one of ours is to hold facilitated Hui a Iwi in the near future. The purpose for these Hui will be finding ways of working together.
18 October 2016
We have just received a list from Election Services of those beneficiaries whose address details are out of date (Gone No Address, Return to Sender). We would recommend that you email firstname.lastname@example.org to check if you are registered, and that we have your correct address. We would hate for you to miss out on the opportunity to vote in your Elections next year, just because we didn’t have your correct information. Please be aware that it is your responsibility to ensure that your details remain current so if you move or change your email address, please let us know.
Strategic Planning for Land Use
18 October 2016
We have been in Hui with representative from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) who work with a number of Māori land owners across the country. MPI has a network of experts that can help Maori, particularly in post-settlement, to make more informed decisions about developing their land. As part of that Hui, Rangitane Marsden of Ngāi Takoto, and Hemi Toia of Te Rarawa provided useful insights through their experience of managing the farms which were returned through their Settlements. In particular, they spoke of Te Hiku Sheep and Beef Farming Collective, which brought together 11 properties, covering 16,016 hectares, 8 ownership groups (Iwi and Hapū), and in excess of 85,000 stock units. They received a great deal of help from MPI, which is also available to us. We also have the opportunity to become part of Te Hiku Collective, which is a very exciting opportunity for our iwi, given our small size, in population and land holdings.
We met with representatives from the Office of Treaty Settlements (OTS). It was a very productive Hui as it gave the attendees an opportunity to openly raise their concerns about a number of issues that must be settled before the Claim is completed. This includes: the ongoing, illegal occupation of Waikōhatu Station (Stony Creek Farm). Stony Creek has been occupied for a number of years now, since the AIP was signed in 2007. The current Trustees have conveyed to the Crown, who are the current owners through LINZ, that it is our expectation that the Crown will take full responsibility for dealing with this illegal occupation, including ensuring that the land is vacant of all occupiers when it is handed back to the PSGE.
The Trust has written to the Minister of Treaty Settlements with some recommendations which we hope will be taken on board; these recommendations should provide the Trust with a sustainable pathway.
Special General Meeting: The Trustees will hold a Special General Meeting on 10 December 2016 at Karangahape Marae, in Matangirau. This is not strictly within our tribal lands (rohe), but it is where Kai Tangata, one of our Hapū, is based. The Special General Meeting will be used by the Trustees to provide an annual report to the beneficiaries for 2016 and a financial review of accounts. The meeting also presents the opportunity to co-opt registered whanau of the Kahukuraariki Trust for those Marae that are not currently represented onto the Initial Post Settlement Governance Entity.
Advertisements will be placed in the Northland Age and NZ Herald closer to the time. Please lock in this date. The Annual General Meeting to be held next year will be when a full set of Audited accounts will be available for inspection.
18 October 2016
If you have whanau that are interested in the following, please pass on this information to them.
The Maori Digital Fund is now open. The Māori Digital Technology Development Fund is a contestable fund established to support initiatives that will create high value jobs and opportunities for Māori in digital technologies.
Te Puni Kōkiri is using a two stage applications process. Stage one applications opened 7 October 2016 and close on Monday 5 December 2016. Applicants for stage one are required to submit a short written application with supporting video (probably shot on a smartphone). This helps minimise the initial cost to applicants. Those who are successful at stage one will be invited to complete a more detailed stage two application.
Te Puni Kōkiri will be providing support to applicants too, if they want to discuss their ideas or application. All the information you need to consider whether you should apply to the fund, and detail about support available is found at http://tpk.govt.nz/kahao.
Notice of Postponement for Election of Trustees
26 September 2016
The Trustees wish to advise that we will be postponing these Elections until June 2017.
The Office of Treaty Settlements are concerned that settlement of the Ngatikahi ki Whangaroa Claim will not be completed before our Elections are finalised; this could pose a problem with the transfer of assets back to the Iwi.
Unfortunately, any nominations received at this time for these positions will be null and void.
We hope this postponement will be an opportunity for beneficiaries to give more thought towards who they wish to nominate as their candidates for next year’s Election.
Please continue to register for Kahukuraariki Trust. Registration forms can be downloaded or completed online through our website www.kahukuraariki.co.nz
We wish to apologise for any inconvenience caused.
5 September 2016
We have commenced the process for the upcoming election of permanent Trustees for the Kahukuraariki Trust which Election Services will be conducting on our behalf.
Below is the Election timetable; please note these important dates:
|07-09 September||Nominations open which will be accepted directly from a beneficiary and/or Marae. As per normal elections; you will need an elector and a seconder plus the candidate will have to accept the nomination. Nomination forms can be obtained from Election Services by phoning 0800 922 822|
|28 September||Nominations will close at 5pm|
Public notices of candidate names will be lodged in the metropolitan and local newspapers where significant numbers of beneficiaries reside.
Voting packs will be posted out
|07 December||Voting will close at 12pm|
|10 December||AGM will be held (venue and time yet to be decided) and successful candidates announced.|
We invite you to revisit our June update. This has the qualities/experience that are desirable from a candidate for the Trustee positions.
5 September 2016
We await the report from Select Committee from the Hearing held in June at the Waitangi Learning Centre.
Following this, our understanding is that there will be the 2nd reading of the Ngatikahu Ki Whangaroa Bill which allows for a debate on the Principles of the Bill and decisions on Select Committee amendments.
No date has been advised to the Trust for the 2nd reading as yet.
5 September 2016
We have noticed an increase in the beneficiary application forms received through our website, thank you. We urge you to talk to your whanau and get them to either complete an application form or to check if they are already registered. They can email email@example.com
As beneficiaries, this is a really important time as your vote will decide who will take the Kahukuraariki Trust forward for the next three years. In my opinion, these will be the most crucial as the Trustees will have the responsibility of strategic planning, research and development along with where/what to invest the Treaty settlement funds in.
It is with great sadness that we mourn the loss of one of our Trustees Adrian Tua ("Suey") who passed away on Wednesday morning 22 June 2016. Suey will lie in state at Karangahape Marae.
E te Rangatira haere, haere ki te wahi o tatou tupuna, haere atu ra
Our condolences go out to his whanau
17 June 2016
We will be convening a meeting with Election Services in July to discuss the election of permanent Trustees for the Kahukuraariki Trust. We envisage that nominations for these positions will be called for sometime in early September.
These elections are important to all beneficiaries of the Kahukuraariki Trust. Please ask your whanau if they are enrolled on the Beneficiary Roll. If they are unsure, they are welcome to contact us to check; our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org; the beneficiary application form can also be completed on-line or downloaded from the website. Make sure that we have your current details so that your voting pack gets to you.
Firstly, to be eligible for election, the nominee has to be recorded as an Adult Member of Ngatikahu ki Whangaroa on the register. There are 8 positions that need to be filled on your Trust Board. You will be nominating the candidate that represents the Marae that you affiliate to.
We have complied the list below which may help you with your selection of nominee. It would be beneficial to the Trust if the nominees held the following qualities and/or experience:
|Executive and senior management experience||Industry and sector experience (e.g. Māori Trusts)|
|Leadership and inter-personal skills||Strategic thinking|
|HR expertise and/or experience in workplace health and safety||Marketing|
|Public policy||Government relations|
Please note, a candidate is not eligible for nomination if he or she:
- Is or has ever been convicted of an offence involving dishonesty as defined in Section 2(1) of the Crimes Act 1961, or an offence under Section 373(4) of the Companies Act 1993 (unless that person is an eligible individual for the purposes of the Criminal Records (Clean Slate) Act 2004);
- Is bankrupt or has made any composition or arrangement with his or her creditors;
- Has been convicted of an indictable offence (unless that person is an eligible individual for the purposes of the Criminal Records (Clean Slate) Act 2004);
- Is subject to a compulsory treatment order under the Mental Health (Compulsory Treatment and Assessment) Act 1992 or is subject to a care and protection order under the Protection of Personal and Property Rights Act 1988;
- Has within the last three (3) years been removed from the office of Trustee in accordance with clause 22.3 of the Trust Deed;
- Is not recorded in the Ngatikahu ki Whangaroa Register as being primarily affiliated to that marae.
We would recommend that you print this panui off so that you may refer to it when the Elections commence.
Naku noa iti
David Manuel - Te Heamana O Kahukuraariki Trust
Select Committee Hearing
17 June 2016
The Select Committee Hearing was held on 10 June 2016 at the Learning Centre situated within the Treaty grounds of Waitangi. The Committee consisted of Maori MP’s from various parties. The Hearing was well attended, giving those who wished to make an oral submission the opportunity to personally address the Committee and for the Committee to ask questions of those presenters. The submissions were from whanau who objected to the Bill and those who supported the Bill.
Where to from here? Based on the information received from the Office of Treaty Settlements, the Committee have until 13 October 2016 to present their report.
The Bill referred to in our April news is the ‘Ngatikahu ki Whangaroa Claims Settlement Bill’.
The Initial PSGE has completed the First Reading; we are now up to the submission stage.
To make a submission click here
Please note; submissions need to be received by Parliament by no later than 27 May 2016.
We are on Facebook!
The website is a means of keeping all beneficiaries of Kahukuraariki Trust updated on what is happening within the Trust. We also have a Facebook page; sign up, tell your whanau and stay connected.
Well, a lot has been happening within a short span of time.
Ngati Hine FM requested an interview with our Chair to discuss the recent treaty settlement;
We have received the Crown Implementation Plan from the Office of Treaty Settlements. The Plan lists the documents/tasks to be drafted and signed and includes the time frame.
We are preparing for the Election of the permanent Trustees for the Kahukuraariki Trust due to be completed by December 2016.
Launch of new website
We now have our website up and running. This will be where you can access all relevant information pertaining to the Kahukuraariki Trust.
Please ask your whanau if they are enrolled on the Beneficiary Roll. If they are unsure, they are welcome to contact us; these details are on the website. It would also pay to check that we have your current contact details. This is important as we will be holding elections for permanent Trustees at the end of this year.
Legislation first reading of the bill
On the 14 April 2016, Representatives of the Kahukuraariki Iwi Trust attended the First reading of the Legislation process in Wellington at Parliament.
Myself, two Kaumatua and two Kuia attended this historical event where various Maori MPs mihi to us their support in reaching this important milestone. This is the first of three to be conducted. The Hon Christopher Finlayson emphasized that he would like to see the 3rd and final reading completed by the end of this year in acknowledgement to the Iwi Trusts’ hard work and the long duration the claim has taken.
The Bill has been referred onto the Maori Select Committee who normally invite public submissions on the Bill. We are awaiting a date for this part of the process.
Naku noa iti
Te Heamana O Kahukuraariki Trust
Kahukuraariki Annual Plan
To establish the infrastructure for the Kahukuraariki Trust.
Nature and Scope of Activities Proposed:
The Initial Post Settlement Governance Entity (“PSGE”) will establish the Banking facilities for the Trust; invest funds into Term Investments; settle all financial obligations; work with Inland Revenue to satisfy all/any Trust tax obligations; establish the Kahukuraariki website; appoint a Lawyer for the Trust; appoint an Auditor for the Trust; make application/s for any Governments grants that the Trust may be eligible for as they see fit and organise the Election of permanent Trustees.
The ratio of Capital to assets:
The PSGE will be applying a minor amount of the capital towards the establishment of the infrastructure. It is not intended to invest funds into growth of assets, that will be a role for the permanent Trustees.
Performance targets and measurements by which performance to be judged on:
Performance is measured on a weekly basis with monthly reports being provided to the PSGE as to the status of targets set.
Manner in which proposed projected income will be dealt with:
The Initial PSGE propose to re-invest the income earnt which at this time is only from Term Investments.
Proposals for the ongoing management of the Trust’s assets:
The Initial PSGE’s appointment is for 12 months. The ongoing management of the Trust’s assets will sit with the permanent Trustees.
The PSGE is in the midst of participating in the legislative process. It is hoped that the Bill will be passed by Government before their term ends which is December 2016.
The Initial PSGE propose subscribing to the Iwi Leaders forum. It is hoped that we will gauge insights into what is happening within their sphere of influence which in turn may benefit the Trust with future development options.