Raukawa hui seek re­ply to pro­posal

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

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.

Chris McKen­zie

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