Waikato-Tainui Remaining Claims

PRE-NEGOTIATIONS

The Waikato-Tainui Remaining Claims mandate was sought over several years. The information below provides some high-level detail about the process that was followed to obtain the mandate to negotiate these claims. However, if you wish to read more detailed information follow the links provided in each section.

The Waikato-Tainui Remaining Claims Mandate

Since November 2017, the Negotiator has undertaken extensive consultation with Waikato-Tainui marae and hapuu, other claimant groups. This includes attending Poukai and Ngaa Marae Topu hui and engaging in direct discussions to confirm the support of individual hapuu and marae for the Negotiator for the Remaining Claims, including the Outstanding Parts of Wai 30. These engagements were part of an internal process to provide an opportunity for robust discussions of claims issues and a potential mandate for negotiations, before an official mandate was sought from the Crown. On page 26 of the Deed of Mandate there is a list of these consultation hui.

Following the publishing of the Waikato-Tainui Remaining Claims Mandate Strategy, formal Mandate Information Hui, observed by Crown officials. These hui provided an opportunity for Waikato hapuu, marae, tribal members and claimants to be informed and to engage in discussions on the strategy, and more generally on the Outstanding and Remaining claims of Waikato-Tainui. On page 26 and 27 of the Deed of Mandate there is a list on these hui.

The mandate of the Waikato-Tainui Negotiator is to negotiate the settlement of all the Waikato-Tainui Remaining Claims alongside the Outstanding Parts of Wai 30. On page 8 of the Deed of Mandate is a list of Waitangi Tribunal claims (“Wai claims”) that are included to be settled insofar as they relate to a Waikato-Tainui hapuu or hapuu groupings covered by the mandate. For the purposes of this settlement, the Wai claims and the Outstanding Parts of Wai 30 are collectively referred to as the Waikato-Tainui Remaining Claims.  There are a number of Waikato hapuu who have asked to be outside of the Waikato-Tainui mandate or are undecided and we respect this mana. We note that as long as the historical Treaty claims of a hapuu or hapuu groups remain outside or withdrawn from this mandate, they will not be negotiated to be settled under this mandate. On page 14 of the Deed of Mandate is a list of the claims that sit outside the mandate.

Click here to view the Manadate Strategy

Click here to view the Deed of Mandate

Recognition of the Mandate

In 2019, at a general meeting of Te Whakakitenga o Waikato, a vote was held to approve the following resolutions in respect of the Waikato-Tainui Remaining Claims Mandate Strategy:

  1. Approves by ordinary resolution the mandate of Rahui Papa to negotiate the settlement of the Waikato-Tainui historical Treaty of Waitangi Remaining Claims

  2. Supports the development of a mechanism for Waikato hapuu to withdraw and/or include their historical Treaty of Waitangi claims from the mandate.

The results of the vote were as follows:
– 49 marae approved / 8 marae opposed (74%).

In 2020, the Crown formally recognised the Waikato-Tainui Negotiator’s mandate to represent Waikato-Tainui in negotiations with the Crown for the comprehensive settlement of all the historical claims of Waikato.

Click here to view the Crown Recognition of Mandate

The Waikato-Tainui Remaining Claims Deed of Mandate

The mandate of the Waikato-Tainui Negotiator is to negotiate the settlement of all the Waikato-Tainui Remaining Claims alongside the Outstanding Parts of Wai 30. Set out in this table is a list of Waitangi Tribunal claims (“Wai claims”) that are included in this Deed of Mandate to be settled insofar as they relate to a Waikato-Tainui hapuu or hapuu groupings covered by the mandate. For the purposes of this settlement, the Wai claims and the Outstanding Parts of Wai 30 are collectively referred to as the Waikato-Tainui Remaining Claims.  There are a number of Waikato hapuu who have asked to be outside of the Waikato-Tainui mandate or are undecided and we respect this mana. We note that as long as the historical Treaty claims of a hapuu or hapuu groups remain outside or withdrawn from this mandate, they will not be negotiated to be settled under this mandate. This table is a list of those claims outside the mandate.

Terms of Negotiation

The Terms of Negotiation are the ground rules for negotiations. They are set out in a document that describes what the Negotiator and the Crown want to achieve and how they intend to go about the negotiations.

In late 2020, a signing ceremony took place between Waikato-Tainui Negotiator Raahui Papa, and the Minister of Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little to confirm the Waikato-Tainui terms of negotiation. This marked an important step in the settlement journey, allowing for formal negotiations with the Crown to start.

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