Iwi settle Tauranga rights disputes

Te Tatau Pounamu - celebrating peace between Ngai Te Rangi, Ngati Ranginui, Ngati Pukenga and Ngati Paoa. Photo: Moana Radio 98.2FM.

Three iwi joined together in Tauranga to sign a declaration resetting their relationship, following turbulent times earlier this year.

The largest iwi in the Hauraki Collective Ngati Paoa signed a ‘Mana Enhancing Declaration' with Tauranga iwi Ngai Te Rangi and Ngati Ranginui that clarifies the rights dispute in Tauranga Moana.

Tensions arose between the two Tauranga iwi and the Hauraki Collective, a group of 12 Hauraki iwi, over the collective claiming rights in Tauranga where they had not traditionally lived.

Ngāti Paoa grew unhappy with the collective's behaviour and decided to sign a declaration based on tikanga and respect with Ngai Te Rangi and Ngati Ranginui.

Ngai Te Rangi chairman Charlie Tawhiao says the declaration showed how iwi should be working together with honesty and integrity.

"In Treaty of Waitangi cross claims processes we have reached the end of the usefulness of the legal process that is by nature adversarial and able to be misused.

"From here we need traditional systems of dispute resolution to take over which are based on respect for the mana of each iwi or hapu and for the people within those groups who are our whanaunga, our relations."

“For hundreds of years, marae have been the centre of tribal diplomacy so it's vital those tried and true processes are used.

The signing of the declaration and exchange of Tatau Pounamu took place on the Maungatapu Marae at 10am.

The agreement sets out the way the iwi intend to deal with each other that is based on respect for tikanga and the mana of each other.


@ dumbkof2

Posted on 17-12-2017 10:09 | By MISS ADVENTURE

It would seem that it is more of a divi up than any kind of settlement. the fact is that the land wars havent stopped, they are just in a different form.

@ Captain Sensible

Posted on 17-12-2017 10:05 | By MISS ADVENTURE

Sadly for the long term future of NZ you are right, its name is aparthied and once upon a time that was actually something that was a problem. But I guess when you are on the take it indeed is self justified. The 1/3 parts of the agreement stating clearly all people are to be equal seems to have been forgotten ... how CONvieient it all is.

Stop the snideness

Posted on 17-12-2017 08:42 | By kinakat

Wow typical know it all nobodies showing their personal dislike for all things brown.Every opportunity they get to insult the Maori must just make themselves feel so self righteous.Just grow up and become an adult! And maybe go back to school and learn how to spell Maori! Mayori !!!Sad people,very sad you must be old and lonely.


Posted on 16-12-2017 22:52 | By Captain Sensible

Watching this circus was hilarious as they tried to do what they thought may be sort of cultural!! Thing is, pre treaty they would have fought and the losers ended up dead, slaves or eaten.

Well done team

Posted on 16-12-2017 20:14 | By Murray.Guy

Well done team. You made you position clear you involved ALL AND PICKED UP THE FEATHER.


Posted on 16-12-2017 15:49 | By Ness

any excuse to get the hand out, time all of this came a end I think the country has more than paid any so called debts

equality is the cornerstone of a democracy

Posted on 16-12-2017 13:09 | By Captain Sensible

In the land that signed a treaty guaranteeing equality amongst races, some races are far more "equal" than others in their privileges that the rest of us don't get.


Posted on 16-12-2017 12:21 | By dumbkof2

gosh just when i thought we were going to have the mayori land wars again

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