Ngati Manu Rangatiratanga
1) We have registered Waitangi Tribunal Claims that have been heard by the Tribunal over the last 10 years (Wai 354 & others). Each of the claimants will need to agree to transfer the claims to be managed by a single collective under the auspices of Ngāti Manu.
2) We have a Marae and associated hapū that are linked to our People. We will need to undertake consultation with the marae and hapū and convene hui to ensure a commitment to a stand-alone approach to the negotiation and settlement of our claims. These preliminary hui should be properly advertised; facilitated by an independent facilitator and properly minuted.
3) We will require at least 4000 – 8000 registered members to form the basis of a database and we will need administrative tools and protocols around how to hold and store this information. On present Crown approaches, 5000 members will see us in the door as a large natural grouping. The establishment of a data base of this size cannot be done by a small group of people. Each of the whānau that comprise Ngāti Manu will need to commit to and be responsible for getting their people registered and consenting to the data base that is formed as being the basis of representations to the Crown to seek their recognition of Ngāti Manu as a large natural group.
4) The mandate must be given by the hapū members to settle the Claims as part of the registration process i.e. by over 18 year olds who have clear whakapapa relationships to Ngāti Manu and its hapū. While Children / Teenagers will also be able to be registered by their Parents /Caregivers/Guardians the key decision making capacity to commit to a Ngāti Manu stand-alone approach will fall to be decided individually by those over 18 registered on the database; properly convened hui of all of the claimants and properly convened hui of the hapū of Ngāti Manu all agreeing to cooperate to this stand-alone option.
5) A Mandate Strategy will need to be prepared and presented at any mandating hui where the role of the mandated body will need to be defined and the relationship of the mandating body with hapū and whānau clearly articulated both in the establishment phase of the stand-alone entity; the negotiations phase and the assent phase to any settlement proposal. This will need to be presented to whānau and hapū members explaining why it seeks a mandate to negotiate for Ngāti Manu and on what basis.
6) If there is sufficient support, a Deed of Mandate complying with Crown policy and the parameters of Nga Tikanga of Ngāti Manu will need to be prepared and then submitted to the Crown for formal recognition, and then negotiations begin to develop and Agreement in Principle (“AIP”) as to the nature and extent of the Ngāti Manu Treaty Settlement Issues and the kinds of Redress to be offered.
7) A Ngāti Manu hapū Post-Settlement Legal Entity will then need to be established specifically to receive any assets such as land and or compensation as redress to be offered to Ngāti Manu and its hapū.
8) This governance structure will be separate to anything that Ngāti Manu currently have established such as the Karetu Maori Committee but will be linked to our hapū Organisational structure and MUST be first and foremost be accountable to the hapū and via the hapū to all of our whānau members.
9) The timeframe for this to occur is Now!! This is URGENT.
10) A Ngāti Manu Negotiation Team is required to be established with a Strategic Plan for Negotiation and Settlement with respect to the Ngāti Manu claims that are outstanding.
11) Once the Deed of Mandate has been received from the Crown then direct Negotiations can commence with the Crown to settle our Claims.
12) We outline some of the risks involved when engaging in direct negotiations with the Crown:
a) the Claimants can feel short-changed if their claims are not heard and they do not get their day in court so it is important that we complete our claims before the Tribunal and work vigorously to put the best case with respect to our allegations of Treaty Breach forward;
b) The perception that the Crown is picking winners can create tensions both within the claimant community and with overlapping groups so we need to have communication strategy that is open and transparent via social media and by email stream; and
c) Unresolved cross-claim and internal issues can cause delay once direct negotiations commence because there has not been a tribunal report available to flesh out and potentially resolve these issues. In this regard, we need to have wānanga to develop a clear understanding of the Ngāti Manu position so our hapū members are commenting on an informed basis.SOURCE. Arapeta Hamilton Presentation ~ NMHapuHui 03Dec2016
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