TARANAKI IWI VISION FOR SETTLEMENT
To create a strategic and durable settlement for Ngā Uri o Taranaki Iwi, and in doing so, ensure that the iwi achieves:
- A comprehensive, robust and fair settlement of historical claims of Taranaki Iwi;
- A settlement within as short a time as possible but consistent with the first objective; and
- A settlement that provides appropriate recognition and redress
TARANAKI IWI SETTLEMENT ASPIRATIONS
The settlement aspirations and objectives of Taranaki Iwi entering into settlement negotiations are captured in the following statement:
Hei haapai i te mana, i te oranga, i ngaa tikanga, i te whakapono me te rangatiratanga o Taranaki Iwi
– To enhance and uphold the authority, wellbeing, traditions, beliefs and independence of Taranaki Iwi.
GUIDING PRINCIPLES FOR NEGOTIATIONS
The guiding principles for our Taranaki Iwi negotiations are
- – Balance and reciprocity, including the accompanying value of manaakitanga, requiring respect, empathy and generosity
- Future Prosperity/Tirohangaroa
- – Commitment of the parties to negotiating outcomes that are to the greatest possible benefit of Ngaa Uri o Taranaki
- Good Faith/Te Pono
- – Honesty and sincerity of intention and includes fostering a negotiating environment of mutual trust and confidence between the parties. In the interests of transparency, this involves the parties discussing their settlement framework, objectives and policies.
TE WHARE TUURANGA KOORERO O TARANAKI
In addition to the guiding principles of Utu, Whakaaronui, Pono and Tirohangaroa, Te Whare Tuuranga Koorero o Taranaki is the settlement negotiations framework within which Taranaki Iwi are developing our settlement aspirations, and the framework within which the Taranaki Iwi Historical Settlement package will be developed.
It is hoped that Taranaki Iwi and the Crown will work together to create a settlement package for Taranaki Iwi which is developed around Ngaa Pou o te Whare Tuuranga Koorero o Taranaki (“Ngaa Pou o te Whare”).
|b) Land and resources||Herenga whenua herenga tangata|
|c) Cultural retention and development||Taranakitanga|
|d) Taranaki Iwi – Crown Accord||Tatau|
|e) Financial and commercial redress||Tirohangaroa|
UNIQUE NATURE OF THE TARANAKI IWI CLAIMS
It is the Taranaki Iwi view that the Taranaki Iwi experience at the hands of the Crown is without precedent. This experience can be grouped under the following five key themes:
a) Generations of war;
c) Unlawful and Forced Imprisonment;
d) Planned military suppression and oppression; and
e) Legacy of endless violation.
The Taranaki Iwi experience included, but is not limited to the following actions:
- Involvement in the Taranaki Land Wars from 1860 – 1881;
- Loss of Taranaki Iwi lives;
- Confiscation of the entire Taranaki Iwi rohe;
- Destruction of peaceful resistance communities;
- Unlawful imprisonment;
- Total disregard for the rule of law in the treatment of Taranaki Iwi;
- Abuse of parliamentary processes;
- Crown military suppression and oppression; and
- Harsh and in some cases repulsive treatment of Taranaki Iwi by the military.
Any settlement must reflect the unique and unprecedented nature of the Taranaki Iwi story and the severity of the treatment suffered by Taranaki Iwi at the Crown’s hands over an extended period.
SETTLEMENT NEGOTIATIONS PROCESS
Set out below is a diagram of the key steps within the settlement negotiations process. Taranaki Iwi are currently engaging in the negotiations phase of this process and are working towards completion of a draft Deed of Settlement and Ratification of our Taranaki Iwi Post-Settlement Governance Entity (“PSGE”).
You will be aware that the first three key milestones in this process have been completed as set out below. If you wish to read further information on the formal Treaty Settlement process, please visit www.ots.govt.nz
DEED OF MANDATE
Taranaki Iwi Trust asked Ngā Uri o Taranaki for the mandate to settle historical claims of Taranaki Iwi in a series of hui held across the country in November/December 2009. These hui gave support for the Taranaki Iwi Trust to enter into Treaty settlement negotiations with the Crown on behalf of Taranaki Iwi. The Crown formally recognised the mandate of the Taranaki Iwi Trust on 26 February 2010.
TERMS OF NEGOTIATION
Taranaki Iwi Trust and the Crown entered signed Terms of Negotiations (“TON”) with the Crown at Puniho Pa on 17 March 2010. To view a full copy of the Terms of Negotiation document, please click here.
LETTER OF AGREEMENT
Taranaki Iwi and Crown signed a Letter of Agreement on 22 December 2012. A Letter of Agreement has the same effect as Agreement in Principle, in that it is non-binding on the parties, records the intentions of the parties and outlines the parameters of the settlement package and what the parties have agreed to date. To view a full copy of the Letter of Agreement document please click here.
As you are aware, Taranaki Iwi is now engaging in the negotiations and ratification phase of the process. During the negotiations phase of the settlement process mandated negotiators will continue to develop a draft Deed of Settlement (“DOS”) consult with Ngā Uri o Taranaki Iwi on settlement issues and, where relevant, seek their views on these issues. Work has also begun on the development of a post-settlement governance entity (“PSGE”) structure to receive and manage the settlement redress. We are currently working through the PSGE ratification process. To view updated information on this click here