Raukawa hui seek reply to proposal
Raukawa leaders will seek the support of tribal members for a Crown offer settling outstanding historical Treaty of Waitangi claims through nine hui to be held across the motu in the coming weeks.
Raukawa chairman and chief negotiator Chris McKenzie said the tribe and its negotiating team had worked hard to achieve the best possible settlement for the people of Raukawa, now it was for them to decide whether to accept the Crown offer.
‘‘ Settlement negotiations are a fraught, expensive and at times frustrating process; it is an honour to have been able to be part of a team to have negotiated the terms of this proposed Crown offer for Raukawa and our tupuna.’’
Registered adult Raukawa members will be asked to vote on whether to accept the offer and whether the Raukawa Settlement Trust should be the post-settlement governance entity.
Voting packs will be posted to all registered adult members of Raukawa, along with details of the offer, settlement trust information and voting forms.
Raukawa Charitable Trust chairman George Rangitutia said the proposed settlement provided an opportunity for the tribe to move from seeking justice for the hurts of the past, to driving a new phase of tribal development.
‘‘We are a people who have been left impoverished as a result of Treaty of Waitangi breaches. The settlement of our claims provides some resource to allow us to focus on meeting the many and very real needs of the people of Raukawa.’’
Mr Rangitutia said the tribe were fortunate to have entered negotiations when the Crown had shown a genuine willingness to seek fair and durable outcomes in settlement negotiations.
‘‘It is my sense that the window of opportunity that opened is now closing. I am grateful that our negotiating team worked hard to ensure Raukawa maximised our opportunities to extract the best value for our people in a process that requires navigation in often changeable and harsh national political winds.’’ Mr Rangitutia urged all registered adult members to take in the information provided, attend one of the information hui and to vote on whether to support the proposed settlement. Background Information: The Raukawa Settlement Trust (RST) is based in Tokoroa; its tribal boundaries are represented by four Takiwa:
o Maungatautari: Hamilton to Tirau and surrounds;
o Te Kaokaoroa o te Patetere: Tirau (South West) to Tapapa (Te Arawa border);
o Wharepuhunga: Te Awamutu to Otorohanga ( Western boarders of Maniapoto);
o Te Pae o Raukawa: Tokoroa/ Mangakino to Mokai and Atiamuri to Lake Taupo.
The RST is the new postsettlement entity and is focused on lifting the social, cultural and economic opportunities for more than 20,000 iwi members. Raukawa is one of four major iwi that make up the Tainui waka, including Waikato, Maniapoto, and Hauraki.
The first regional hui will be held at Papa O Te Aroha Marae on October 5 beginning at 6pm.