Iwi seeks tribal members for guidance

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High profile celebrities from Tauranga-based Nagt Ranginui iwi are part of an advertising campaign aimed at finding more than 5000 of their Ngati Ranginui relations spread throughout the country and the world.

Singers Betty-Anne Monga and Ria Hall, aerosol artist, Maori carver and DJ on the Code television sports programme, Hone Ngata, and former presenter of the award-winning Pukana youth television programme, Marama Gardiner, are fronting the iwis campaign.

The aim is to register the majority of the iwis estimated 10,000-strong population, so they can take be part of the discussion about one of the biggest issues to face the tribe the Crowns offer to settle their long-standing Treaty of Waitangi claims.

Were so fortunate to have an abundance of talent and were hoping theyll pull-in as many of our people as possible, just like they do with their music and the programmes they feature in, says Antoine Coffin, the chairman for Te Roopu Whakamana o Ngati Ranginui, which has been heading negotiations with the Crown.

We want all our people from Ngati Ranginui, regardless of where they live, to have their say on the offer and the structure were proposing to manage what will be returned, if the majority of our people support it.

All iwi members who register and vote will be making a difference for our tribes future. Our negotiators have done the best they can do and now its up to our people to decide, says Antoine.

Iwi members have to register before April 30 in order to vote on the offer, the type of structure that will receive the assets and the trustees for that structure.

They can register atwww.ranginuiraupatu.orgor call 0800 4 RANGINUI to be posted the registration form.

The ads go to air on Maori TV on April 2.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Can you please advise if there is a komiti who can advise whether our whanau belongs to Ngati Ranginui. Unfortunately, our papa and tipuna matua are deceased and we were not privileged to learn about our Ngai Te Rangi iwi.

    What I do know is the following:

    Great grandmother is from Matapihi and her name was Manaehu (Hiamoe) Waititi, married Moana Waititi. My grandfather’s name was John Ngamanu Te Piwiki Waititi and our father was John Hukitu Waititi

    Kia ora

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