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Ratification of Te Atiawa Post-Settlement Governance Entity – Te Kotahitanga o Te Atiawa Trust
As part of the journey towards settlement, TAIA has, after iwi consultation, developed a new entity – Te Kotahitanga o Te Atiawa Trust – to be the proposed post-settlement governance entity for Te Atiawa.
In developing the PSGE, a paramount consideration has been unifying Te Atiawa, hence the name Te Kotahitanga o Te Atiawa. In the spirit of unification, it is proposed that the initial trustees of the PSGE will comprise up to four representatives each from TAIA and Te Atiawa (Taranaki) Settlements, Trust, meaning a total of up to eight initial trustees. We firmly believe that the promotion of kotahitanga and unification between the two organisations is to the benefit of Te Atiawa and its future direction.
Adult members of Te Atiawa now have the opportunity to vote on whether to accept Te Kotahitanga o Te Atiawa Trust as the Te Atiawa PSGE.
Voting packs will be distributed by post to all registered adult members with known addresses on 10 May 2013. For information on voting click here
You can also obtain key documents here:
- Cover letter
- Information booklet
- Information hui slides
- Trust Deed of Te Kotahitanga o Te Atiawa Trust
Voting opens on 10 May 2013 and closes at 12pm on 10 June 2013.
Information hui will also be held throughout New Zealand. For more information click here.
If you have any questions about voting, call the Returning Officer (Electionz) on free phone 0508 666 101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to your support.
Wiremu Kingi to the Governor.Waitara, 25th April, 1859.Friend,—Salutations to you. Your letter has reached me about Te Teira’s and Te Retimana’s thoughts. I will not agree to our bedroom being sold (I mean Waitara here), for this bed belongs to the whole of us; and do not you be in haste to give the money. Do you hearken to my word. If you give the money secretly, you will get no land for it. You may insist, but I will never agree to it. Do not suppose that this is nonsense on my part; no, it is true, for it is an old word; and now I have no new proposal to make, either as regards selling or anything else. All I have to say to you, O Governor, is, that none of this land will be given to you, never, never, not till I die.I have heard it said that I am to be imprisoned because of this land. I am very sad because of this word. Why is it? You should remember that the Maories and Pakehas are living quietly upon their pieces of land, and therefore do not you disturb them. Do not say also that there is no one so bad as myself.
There is another word to you, O Governor. The land will never, never be given to you, not till death. Do not be anxious for men’s thoughts. This is all I have to say to you.
From your loving friend,
Wiremu Kingi Whiti.
Te Atiawa Iwi Authority Time Line
The Te Atiawa Claim is based upon breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi, especially the 1860 war and the subsequent confiscation of land.
- Treaty of Waitangi
- Land Sales to the New Zealand Company
- Settlers arrive in New Plymouth
- Te Atiawa Hapu object to the pressure for land and the purchases.Enquiry by William Spain who supports the NZ Company purchases.
- Te Teira “sells” the Pekapeka Block in Waitara to the Crown. The sale is disputed by Wiremu Kingi Te Rangitaake.The Crown enforces the purchase. 17 March – beginning of the Land War at Te Kohia, Waitara
- War ceases in North Taranaki but continues in South Taranaki until 1890s
- November – Invasion of Parihaka by government troops
- Maui Pomare initiates an enquiry into the war and the raupatu. Justice Sim finds that Te Atiawa were not rebels but were defending house and home.
- Treaty of Waitangi Act – Waitangi Tribunal established.
- Treaty of Waitangi Act – extends the Waitangi Tribunal’s jurisdiction back to 1840.
- Land March lead by Whina Cooper
- Taranaki Maori Trust Board files a Claim (WAI 143) with the Waitangi Tribunal and begins research
- Waitangi Tribunal hearings for Taranaki (WAI 143) begin at Owae Marae
- Te Runanga O Te Atiawa established to deliver services for Te Atiawa
- After 13 Hearings, the Waitangi Tribunal publishes Kaupapa Tuatahi / Taranaki Report.
- Te Atiawa Iwi Authority established
- Terms of Negotiation signed with the Crown. Te Atiawa, Ngati Mutunga and Ngati Tama form the Claims Progression Team to negotiate with the Crown.
- Heads of Agreement signed – quantum offer of $34million.Negotiations did not occur with the Crown because of internal mandate issues.
- Te Atiawa Iwi Authority negotiates and settles the Fisheries Settlement and establishes Te Atiawa (Taranaki) Settlements Trust as the fisheries entity
- Minister Finlayson encourages Te Atiawa to get an Iwi mandate and sign Terms of Negotiation at 17 March 2010 – the 160th anniversary of the start of the Land Wars.
- December – 98% of Te Atiawa members vote to support the Te Atiawa Iwi Authority mandate to negotiate the Claim. Iwi mandate recognised by the Crown.
- 17 March – Te Atiawa Iwi Authority signs Terms of Negotiation
- December – Te Atiawa Iwi Authority signs an Agreement In Principle – quantum $87 million.
- Te Atiawa Iwi Authority will be negotiating a Deed of Settlement and a Post settlement governance entity and both will be ratified by Te Atiawa members (aim is December 2013 or sooner).