PRESS RELEASE
TUESDAY 18 APRIL 2017

NGĀTI HĀUA TIME TO VOTE

Ngāti Hāua Iwi Trustees are seeking a mandate from their iwi that will allow them to represent Ngāti Hāua in Treaty negotiations with the Crown.  Ngāti Hāua iwi is situated in Taumarunui and the upper reaches of the Whanganui River.

In July 2014, the Crown recognised Ngāti Hāua as one of four, Large Natural Groups (LNG) in the Whanganui River District. Then in July 2016, it was agreed that the Ngāti Hāua Iwi Trust seek a mandate to represent ngā uri o Ngāti Hāua in Treaty settlement negotiations with the Crown – for the comprehensive settlement of all the historical Treaty of Waitangi claims of Ngāti Hāua.

In March 2017 Ngāti Hāua began a mandate roadshow travelling to five regions to talk to their people. From Auckland to the Waikato, Whanganui, Taumarunui and Christchurch, Ngāti Hāua living outside of their papakainga were given the opportunity to engage and be informed.

It’s now time to vote and the iwi are voting on one resolution:

“The Ngāti Hāua Iwi Trust is mandated to represent Ngāti Hāua in negotiations with the Crown for the comprehensive settlement of all historical Treaty of Waitangi claims of Ngāti Hāua”.

All Ngāti Hāua iwi aged 18 and over have the opportunity to vote on the mandate which opened on 10 March and closes 21 April 2017. Ngāti Hāua has engaged the services of an independent election company (www.electionz.com) to conduct the voting process. For the first time this includes online voting.

“We want Ngāti Hāua to be a positive and responsible tribal nation with the capability to act and live as a vibrant, strong, robust and prosperous iwi,” says Ngati Hāua Iwi Trust Chair, Eugene Topine. “Protecting and enhancing Ngāti Hāua culture is essential to maintaining the life-force and integrity of the tribe.”

Ngāti Hāua is based in Taumarunui in the Central North Island of New Zealand. Ngāti Hāua are also known as the people of Tuhua living within the Tuhua District as it was known then, extending both north and south of the upper Whanganui river, in the vicinity of Te Kahui Maunga and the Taumarunui area and as far south to the sea.

Many iwi members are descendants of Tamahina and Hinengākau and are described in the expression “Te Taurawhiri a Hinengākau” – the plaited rope of Hinengākau.

Late Ngāti Hāua kaumātua Te Atawhai Archie Taiaroa stated: “The Taurawhiri is the binding of the whakapapa from the whanaunga iwi through Hinengākau’s descendants. The descendants create strength from the whakapapa alliances through Hinengākau’s marriages and other marriages. Once tied together, the people can meet any challenge.”

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For more information:

Mitch Roderick-Hall
Email: [email protected]
www.ngatihaua.iwi.nz
0800 AWA HAUA
Mob: 027 5384138