Tena tatau Ngati Whakaue.
You may be aware by now that Ngati Whakaue is no longer on the active work programme to negotiate the settlement its extant historical Treaty of Waitangi claims. The ‘pause’ in negotiations followed a special general meeting in September, where Ngati Whakaue voted to reject the Crowns position for settlement with Ngati Whakaue. You will see from the 2016 AGM summaries [click here] where Iwi attendees directed Te Komiti Nui to keep lines of communications open and resume negotiations with the Crown as well as explore all options to advance Ngati Whakaue’s extant historical Treaty of Waitangi claims to a conclusion.
The Trustees have listened to the iwi and have been working hard to create a new strategy for seeking re-engagement with the Crown as well as creating leverage for a better settlement. The Trustees recently workshopped this strategy at an internal meeting at Hurungaterangi Marae. Through this new approach, Te Komiti Nui looks forward to hearing your stories and your aspirations seeking your input into the next phase of this process…. “Kia Ngati Whakaue te Tu”