Nau mai. Whakatau mai.
Welcome to Te Rūnanga o Te Rarawa's Te Tiriti o Waitangi website. We have set this site up to help whānau, hapū and marae keep up informed about our Treaty of Waitangi claims.
Tātai ki Te Rarawa
Te Rarawa has a new Iwi membership database called Tātai o Te Rarawa. Join your iwi now on the settlement of our historical Treaty Claims.
The results of the iwi vote on the proposed settlement of historical Treaty claims for Te Rarawa are completed. The results are: 84.75% agreed to accept the proposed Deed of Settlement and 82.50% voted to accept Te Runanga o Te Rarawa as the Post Settlement Governance Entity.
The Chairperson of Te Runanga o Te Rarawa, Mr Haami Piripi says he is both excited and humbled by the results of the ratification process about the Crown's settlement offer.
Piripi added, "This settlement offer is the result of a decade of hard work undertaken by negotiators, Rūnanga staff and kaumātua many of whom have since passed on. More importantly it is the realisation of some huge opportunities that can empower Te Rarawa people to move ahead into the future. It takes hard work and good sound advice to build an iwi entity that provides for today and tomorrows generations, no amount of mere politicking will achieve it and I pay tribute to the countless hours of effort that important people have invested in this process.
I am really pleased that our people continue to support this developmental path for our people, one that will lead to an increased investment in our Marae and quality working relationships with our Hapū. The challenge for us will be to meet our Hapu aspirations in this process but I am certain we can achieve this using the opportunities that will emerge from this settlement.
This Deed has been negotiated line by line by our iwi negotiating team (including sound legal and commercial advice) and a raft of Crown Ministers and officials. This process took ten years to complete largely because Te Rarawa Negotiators would not accept the earlier offers or proposals made by the Crown.
The final agreed result will involve a series of innovative mechanisms and institutional arrangements that will work well for our Marae and Hapū entities and complement the organisational and strategic direction of the Iwi Runanga.
The ratification process itself also identified key Te Rarawa resource people who will now be brought into the team looking ahead. There remains a number of issues to be considered including the progress of other iwi and the implications of Waitangi Tribunal decisions yet to be made.
How and when we now move forward will now be decided over the coming weeks by the full Rūnanga comprised of delegates representing the marae communities who have affiliated to the Rūnanga.
We look forward to getting this process underway and moving our people forward. Kia anga whakamua te iwi whānui a Te Rarawa.
You'll find information on this site about the Te Rarawa Treaty team and other claims Te Rarawa are also involved in. There is history on the site about our Treaty claims, an iwi narrative for Te Rarawa, and an historical account of our dealings with the Crown.
We're pleased you've joined us on this journey.