Ngati Rarua urge members to have their say

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The South Island-based iwi Ngati Rarua has completed historical Treaty of Waitangi settlement negotiations with the Crown and is now urging its members to have their say.

The decision on whether or not we accept what the Crown is offering, is now up to our people and I urge them to get in there and have their say, said Amoroa Luke, chairman for Ngati Rarua Iwi Trust which has been heading the negotiations on behalf of the iwi since 2005.

The Crowns actions and inactions had a devastating impact on our iwi, but we must go forward and it is our Trusts view that accepting their offer will help us be better and bigger players in the economies of the upper South Island area.

Our ancestors were deprived of having their say, so its important that our people today embrace the opportunity and their right to vote.

The Trust will be holding information hui in Wairau, Motueka, Christchurch, Te Kuiti and Auckland where it can discuss with iwi members the offer in more detail.

Voting, which opened on Friday (March 1) and closes on March 28, can be cast online, by post, fax or manually at one of the hui.

Voting packs and information booklets about the offer have been sent to all registered iwi members 18 and over.

For further media inquiries please contact Renee Ritete on 027 238 8110.

Media Note: The information hui will take place as follows.

Sunday March 10 (start 2pm)
Oparure Marae
Te Kuiti

Monday March 11 (start 6pm)
Grand Chancellor Hotel
Auckland Airport

Tuesday March 12 (start 6pm)
Russley Golf Club
Christchurch

Saturday March 16 (start 1pm)
Te Awhina Marae
Motueka

Sunday March 17 (start 1pm)
Parerarua, Wairau Pa, Spring Creek
Wairau

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