Waikato-Tainui Remaining Claims
The Waikato-Tainui Negotiations Team (the Negotiations Team) has entered direct negotiations with the Crown for the Waikato Tainui Remaining Claims. This is the same process our iwi used for the 1995 Raupatu Claims Settlement, and the 2010 Waikato River Settlement. Although Waikato-Tainui have already been through the Treaty Settlement process twice, the intention is to have different approach to negotiations for this settlement.
The Negotiations Team and the Crown have identified a shared aspiration to reach an agreement in principle (AIP) within 12 to 18 months.
The Crown and The Negotiations Team have agreed to a holistic approach to direct negotiations that integrates tikanga Maaori. A takarangi has been developed which outlines the three key principles in which this settlement is intended to achieve:
- Mana moana
- Mana whakahaere
- Mana motuhake.
In the centre of the takarangi is the waka hourua framework which guides the way that Waikato-Tainui engages with internal and external stakeholders.
The Waka Hourua model has been adopted to pursue our collective aspirations and underpin three key principles. The whaanau provided valuable insights and guidance which has informed Ngaa Pou (Kaupapa, Haapori, Taiao and Whai Rawa).
There are four key pou in which redress will be sought for the Waikato-Tainui Remaining Claims Settlement:
- 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.
Agreement in Principle
An agreement in principle is a written initial agreement that broadly describes what redress will be included in the final settlement. Once this agreement is reached, the Crown will work with the Negotiations Team to draft a Deed of Settlement.
Deed of Settlement
The Deed of Settlement sets out the detail and the finalises the redress for the iwi. This Deed of Settlement will impose an obligation on the Crown to uphold the terms within the Settlement. For the Iwi, the Deed of Settlement is a starting point to rebuild the relationship with the Crown. Once the Deed of Settlement has been initialled it will be brought back to the iwi for approval.
Hapuu Inclusion/Withdrawal Mechanism
The Waikato-Tainui negotiator is committed to providing a pathway for hapuu of Waikato to withdraw or include their claims from the Waikato-Tainui Remaining Claims Mandate. This will be available to hapuu until the initialling of a Deed of Settlement. You can read more about the hapuu inclusion and withdrawal mechanism between paragraphs 63 to 77 of the Waikato-Tainui Remaining Claims Deed of Mandate.