Waikato-Tainui Remaining Claims

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Over the past two months, the West Coast Harbours Negotiations Team (the Negotiations Team) held settlement aspirations waananga for whaanau, hapuu, and marae to learn more about the Waikato-Tainui Remaining Claims.

On behalf of the Negotiations Team, I want to extend my thanks to all the whaanau who turned up to the waananga, shared their whakaaro, and ultimately helped us better understand whaanau settlement aspirations for the Remaining Claims. With the support of the Settlement and Protection Team, we have taken some time to understand and digest the key themes and ideas that came out of these sessions.  

At the Aotea, Taamaki, Kaawhia and Waikato waananga, the united voice of whaanau told us that the outcome of the settlement must have a local impact, it must provide resources to whaanau to support economic growth, it must create more opportunities for whaanau to return home, and it must use matauranga Maaori to protect and preserve the hiitori, reo, and tikanga in the harbours. 

During the Aotea waananga, Claudine Waitere told us that for her and her whaanau it is about looking after the harbour and creating opportunities for the hapuu.

“Our hopes and aspirations are around the restoration of our harbour. It is about creating employment opportunities for whaanau to come home and live. That is our long-term aspiration, to find ways connect our whānau living away, to be able to get them to come home but to come home to live, to live well and to have employment that seeks to regenerate the growth of this harbour.” 

Another key theme from each waananga was that the settlement must help to protect and enhance the moana and the taiao. In Taamaki, Rangitiaho Mahuta reflected on the environmental objectives that were dreamt up during the River Settlement.

“The vision for the river or the intent is the restoration and protection of the health of the awa. So, the intent of that objective is that the health and the wellbeing of the awa is restored to the same place it was in the time of Taawhiao. Now that’s a hell of a goal and you’re going to be here for a millennia trying to achieve it, but it’s the hope that keeps you going from one generation to the next to achieve it.”

Thinking of Taamaki, and the Manukau Harbour, Mahuta encouraged whaanau to dream up similarly lofty goals to inspire an intergenerational effort to restore the mauri of the moana.

“Well to be honest I don’t see why you can’t have the same goal, that Te Manukanuka o Hoturoa is restored and protected to the same state it was in the time of Taawhiao or Pootatau,” she said.

In Kaawhia, Willie Kerr called on all hapuu to come to the table to decide how the moana is looked after.

“It doesn’t matter what hapuu you are; that we all sit at the table and agree to how this moana is going to live, how it’s going to thrive for our mokopuna,” he said.

Our kaumaatua Brownie Rauwhero and Julie Wade both encouraged whaanau to get involved and do something about it so the next generation can get on with cleaning up the moana and enjoying it.

“Well, for me, especially in Taamaki, we should all be encouraged to do something about it for the simple reason it’s not for us. It’s for our mokos,” said Rauwhero.

“My aspirations, in all reality, are the aspirations of my children and they will be the aspirations of my moko,” said Julie.

These waananga were the first round of engagement for the year, and there will be further opportunities to ensure whaanau remain inform, updated, and are able to engage in the process. 

We acknowledge that the waananga at Whaingaroa took a different shape, and whaanau used this opportunity to hear more about the negotiations team and our role. A number of questions were put to the team and you can read a list of those here.

We hope to have another engagement hui with Whaingaroa whaanau soon so like the other Harbours and whaanau we can better represent Whaingaroa settlement aspirations during the negotiations.

The Negotiations Team has now resumed discussions with the Crown across the four areas of the settlement workplan:

  • Taiao – what is best for our environment
  • Whai Rawa – sustainable economic, investment and commercial opportunities for our harbours whaanau
  • Kaupapa – protection, acknowledgement and inclusion of maatauranga, history, te reo me oona tikanga
  • Hapori – how settlement outcomes will support our communities and tribal members to thrive.

We continue to encourage our harbours whaanau to conduct your respective appointment processes to appoint representatives on to the Negotiation Team.  It is paramount there is input from each of the harbours during the negotiations process. The Settlement and Protection Team will continue to offer administrative support where required. 

If you have any paatai or would like to arrange a time to meet to discuss this paanui please direct these to Michelle Samson, Executive Assistant on,

Phone: (07) 858 0400
Email: [email protected] 

Ka tau te maarirerire
Rahui Papa
Waikato-Tainui Negotiator