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Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua is a body corporate established under the Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua Act 1988. The Rūnanga is the sole representative body and authorised voice to deal with issues affecting the whole of Ngāti Whātua. The Rūnanga provides social and cultural services to Uri and manages Iwi commercial assets.
Originally the Rūnanga was established in 1988 to create a unified body representative of the whole of Ngāti Whātua which would be recognised by other Iwi and their authorities as well as government funding agencies.
In 2008 the Rūnanga was mandated to enter negotiations with the Crown for the Settlement of all remaining historical claims of Ngāti Whātua Iwi and hapū. The Rūnanga received strong support from Uri and Marae.
There are 35 Ngāti Whātua affiliated Marae within the rohe. They include Ōrakei, Haranui, Puatahi, Reweti, Te Aroha Pa, Te Kia Ora, Korokota, Takahīwai, Tirarau, Toetoe, Ahīkiwi, Kapehu, Naumai, Ōturei, Pahinui, Ripia, Taita, Tama Te Uaua, Te Houhanga, Te Taou, Waikara, Waikaraka, Ngā Tai Whakarongorua, Ōmaha, Ōruawharo, Ōtamatea, Otuhianga, Parirau, Waikāretu (Pouto), Rawhitiroa, Te Kowhai, Te Pounga, Te Whetu Marama, Waiohau, Waihaua and Waiotea.
The 19 hapū of Ngāti Whātua are described in the 2008 Deed of Mandate. They include: Te Taoū, Ngā Oho, Te Uri Ngutu, Ngāti Rongo, Ngāti Rango, Te Uriorioi, Te Uri o Hau, Ngāti Mauku, Ngāti Kauae, Ngāi Tāhuhu, Ngāti Ruinga, Ngāti Whiti, Ngāti Weka, Ngāti Hinga, Te Roroa, Te Parawhau, Patuharakeke, Te Kuihi, Te Popoto, Ngāti Torehina groups also have tātai links to Ngāti Whātua.
Above image taken at Taita Marae: Claims Hui 24/07/19
In May of this year the Rūnanga consulted Uri on the latest offer from the Crown to settle WAI303. The feedback was the Rūnanga should review its support for the offer based upon neighbouring settlements. The current quantum offer fails to recognise the seriousness of the Crown's Treaty breaches and failure to actively protect Ngāti Whātua. The statistics demonstrate this repeatedly.
At the time of writing this report, the Rūnanga had several active negotiations happening with the Crown. The social uplift (education, health and wellbeing, justice) and fisheries management negotiations will likely result in wording that describes what we and the Crown do in the future.
As part of the settlement process, the Rūnanga must meet with cross claimants and interest groups to address issues pertaining to the proposed settlement. There are 43 WAI numbers associated within the WAI303 negotiations with the Crown (as at 15th July 2019). Of these 43, 16 are held by listed claimants registered with Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua; 18 are held by listed claimants who are deceased; and two are held by listed claimants that need to be confirmed. We will respond to each group once we have spoken to all parties, including the Crown.
The Rūnanga would like to complete WAI303 negotiations with the Crown during the 2019-2020 year, although we are prepared to take longer if that is what it takes. The Crown may not wish to increase the offer based on the 2017 AIP and net present value of previously settled hapū claims. From our perspective there is little, if any, incentive for Uri to accept the offer that is on the table.
We have received notice that Patuharekeke Trust Board has made an 'urgency' application to the Waitangi Tribunal to stop the Rūnanga from signing the Deed of Settlement with the Crown. The Board is opposing the application on the basis there is no urgency, and the applicant's facts are incorrect and outdated. The Board has sought meetings with Patuharakeke Trust Board, both our requests have been turned down. An alternative approach is we set up a meeting through Takahīwai Marae
The Rūnanga has recently met with Te Parawhau to discuss the WAI303 claim. The Rūnanga support hāpu autonomy, whakakotahitanga ia mātou.
MARINE AND COASTAL AREA (MACA):
The Rūnanga has been involved in High Court proceedings that relate to MACA claims inside the rohe of Ngāti Whātua. The Rūnanga see one of its roles as ensuring Ngāti Whātua rights and interests in MACA are not compromised by one or more of the 42 cross claimants, or through inaction.
Ōrakei and Te Uri o Hau have said they will lead their respective claims and the Rūnanga fully support this.
The Board has decided to compile a report in support of the Ngāti Whātua claim, and to collect oral histories that could support the MACA case. The Rūnanga aims to do at least 50 interviews during the 2019-20 year. Both pieces of work will contribute to the MACA claims.
We will keep you all informed with any new updates.
For further information please contact our office:
09 470 0720 or email Runanga@ngatiwhatua.iwi.nz