Tuhoronuku to Seek Mandate

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Ngapuhi Treaty settlement sub-committee Te Ropu o Tuhoronuku is to begin seeking mandate from mid-August to represent the iwi in settlement negotiations with the Crown.

A Horizon Research poll commissioned in June by Te Ropu o Tuhoronuku found:

  • 91% of Ngapuhi wished to negotiate a Treaty settlement directly with the Crown

  • 50.4% of Ngapuhi support a parallel process (i.e .direct settlement negotiations with the Crown for an early settlement, while at the same time individual Ngapuhi Treaty claims are heard through the Waitangi Tribunal)

Ngapuhi is Aotearoas biggest iwi, with more than 123 000 members who mostly reside in the greater Auckland area, with 13% living at home in Northland.

Te Ropu o Tuhoronuku chair Raniera (Sonny) Tau said it was now time for all Ngapuhi, wherever they live, to have their say on who they want to represent them.

Over the past three years Tuhoronuku has held 44 consultation hui throughout Aotearoa and parts of Australia. Weve conducted online forums and communicated with our people through various other means.

[sws_pullquote_right] All Ngapuhi will be given the opportunity to vote, with the option to vote online, by post, by fax or at a mandating hui. [/sws_pullquote_right] For those hapu who have had concerns, weve delayed the mandate process by three months and entered into Crown-sponsored facilitation by respected statesman Hon Jim Bolger. It is now time for Ngapuhi to have their say.

Mandating hui will begin on 19 August, and will be held throughout Aotearoa, Sydney and Perth. They will be well advertised in mainstream media, including television, in coming weeks.

Mr Tau said those Ngapuhi who are wanting more information on how they can participate in the voting process should go to the Tuhoronuku website www.tuhoronuku.com.

Facilitation Hui

The Rt Hon Jim Bolger is facilitating discussions between Te Ropu o Tuhoronuku and Te Kotahitanga o Nga Hapu Ngapuhi on a united approach to resolving Ngapuhis historical Treaty grievances.

Discussions have taken place on two occasions and the parties are now meeting together in an open forum. All Ngapuhi are invited to attend.

The Facilitation Hui will be held at Whitiora Marae, Te Tii, on Thursday 21 July 2011, 9am formal welcome.

1 COMMENT

  1. I am a descendent of Ngapuhi I have received a letter in the mail for voting papers to accept the Te Roopu Tuhoronuku mandate any votes on my behalf and that i have signed and post my voting papers back in the mail.
    As part of my Descendents I give all rights to the committe to adress any discussions on my behalf until I can be present in person please do not hesitate to contact me on my mobile number: 021 05 29299 looking forward to hear any more information from TUHORONUKU
    KIA ORA

    Ngaire Deborah Hohaia

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