Thank you to all those who attended Te Komiti Nui o Ngati Whakaue’s (Te Komiti Nui’s) Annual General Meeting on 25 September 2016 at Te Papaiouru Marae.
A quorum was convened in Tamatekapua to progress the advertised agenda items:
- Mihi / Karakia
- Apologies [accepted and carried]
- Minutes of the last AGM [accepted and carried]
- Chair’s report [accepted and carried]
- Financial statements for the year ending 31 March 2016 [accepted and carried]
- Iles Casey, Chartered Accountants be reappointed as auditors [accepted and carried]
- Executive Managers Update [accepted and carried]
- Negotiations Update [accepted and carried]
- General Business:
In general business, J.Kahukiwa (Negotiator) presented some high level legal options that Ngati Whakaue may wish to consider testing in the courts to confirm Ngati Whakaue’s rights. The presentation was a follow on from the discussion had earlier at the Registered Voting Hui on 4 September.
The general feedback from the hui was that further work needed to be done to fully understand the likeliness of success of pursuing legal options against costings. Attendees also directed Te Komiti Nui to ensure all other options to re-engage with the Crown are considered and the result of this discussion the meeting attendees passed the following resolution:
That Te Komiti Nui o Ngati Whakaue be endorsed to open lines of communication and resume negotiations with the Crown and explore all options to advance Ngati Whakaue’s extant historical Treaty of Waitangi claims to a conclusion. [Agreed and carried]
From here, Te Komiti Nui will advance Ngati Whakaue’s Treaty claims in accordance with the above resolution, while the Crown’s position is that negotiations are on pause. Te Komiti Nui will also continue its effort in seeking to meet with Pukeroa Oruawhata Trust and Ngati Whakaue Tribal Lands Inc. to discuss how the entities may work together for the benefit for all of Ngati Whakaue whanui.
Special acknowledgment must also go to the ringawera, led by Whaea Rene (Buncie) Mitchell for her work in ensuring all meeting attendees left full and happy – Nga mihi ki a koe Whaea Buncie.
Registration forms, annual reports, presentations and correspondence with the Crown can be accessed from the Te Komiti Nui office located at the Rotorua Business Hub (1209 Hinemaru Street, 07 347 7673) or found online at: www.whakaue.org