Ngati Awa creates Treaty Institute

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Ngati Awa treaty claim leader Professor Sir Hirini Moko Mead has been appointed the inaugural professor of a new Institute for Post Treaty Settlement Futures.

Jeremy Gardiner, the chief executive of Te Runanga o Ngati Awa, says the Whakatane-based institute is a joint development of the runanga and Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi.

He says it will be a place iwi and scholars can share ideas on the sorts of organisations iwi need to develop, how settlement assets can be used, and how iwi Maori can influence the policy the Crown develops around the treaty relationship.

The first chair position was looking for someone who has a deep knowledge of the treaty settlement process, who has impeccable standing in the academic community and was ideally Ngati Awa, so fortunately we found a candidate who had all of those three things, Mr Gardiner says.

The institute’s first symposium, Te Pourewa Arotahi, continues today at Te papa in Wellington with contributions from treaty negotiations minister Chris Finlayson, Waitangi Tribunal deputy chair Judge Stephanie Milroy and a range of iwi leaders, including TangataWhenua.com’s own Potaua Biasiny-Tule who will be speaking today on digital issues and how they relate to tikanga, kawa and emerging opportunities for those with vision and support, his notes will be available tomorrow.

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