Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Request to Delay 5 Resolutions Vote on Tuhoe Settlement

Thursday 25th April 2013

Mr. Tamati Kruger
Ms. Kirsti Luke

Mr Aubrey TeMara
Chairman – Tuhoe Waikaremoana Maori Trust Board

Mr Matt TePou
Chairman- Tuhoe Fishery Charitable Trust

Hon. Dr P. Sharples
Minister of Maori Affairs

Hon. C Finlayson
Attorney General
Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations
Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage
Associate Minister of Maori Affairs

Mr C. Geeves
Principle Negotiator for Tuhoe Negotiations
Office of Treaty Settlements

Hon. Mr C Burrows
Associate Minister Of Justice

Rt. Hon. Prime Minister
Mr. J Keys

Tena koutou katoa,

Re: Tuhoe Settlement – The Ratification Document
Request to Delay 5 Resolutions Vote on Tuhoe Settlement:

Two serious matters have arisen which have not been able to be resolved in meetings and we therefore respectfully urge that the voting on the Tuhoe Settlement be suspended.

Firstly, the fifth Waitangi Tribunal Report on Tuhoe covering the Crown’s dealings with our Iwi concerning Waikaremoana has been completed but has not been made available for discussion. It is not clear why this report is being withheld and our concerns is that we are being asked to ratify a settlement which includes in, Resolution Four the winding up of the Waikaremoana Maori Trust Board and the transfer of its remaining assets to the Tuhoe Trust. For us this is putting the cart before the hoiho.

Tuhoe have come a long way and we, as much as any others within Tuhoe, wish our iwi to move forward together. However this is not possible if we leave Waikaremoana behind. Tuhoe needs to read and consider the Waitangi Tribunal Report on Waikaremoana before we are asked to consent to the settlement. This is not intended to show disrespect to our leadership or negotiators but there is too much bloody and painful history behind us in dealings with the Crown to leave this issue to be dealt with “ in good faith “ later.

Secondly, we are disturbed at the following in the settlement agreement under the heading
What impact will consolidation have on my current interests? “
“ Broadly we consider your all current interests are preserved or continue under the consolidated structure under Tuhoe – Te Uru Taumatua “

Later in the paragraph it says –

What will change is the administrative efficiency of your assets….”
We assume the first sentence should read “ consider all your current assets…” However it is unclear what the impact consolidation will have on whanau who retain title to their land and with the proposed changes in whanau representation we need time to take legal advice on the implications of this section.
It would be intolerable for intra-iwi confiscation our land at a later date on the basis of this settlement vote.

These are grave concerns and if there was another way to resolve them other than our proposal we would welcome that.

As this matter is urgent we request you respond as quickly as possible.

Naku noa

Victoria Mary Ann Albert
Wiki Cairns Whanau Trust


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Minister of Finance: Plan Shows $100 Billion Infrastructure Projects

Finance Minister Bill English has today launched the Government’s Ten Year Capital Intentions Plan (CIP) which shows a pipeline of $100.9 billion worth of infrastructure projects over the next decade. More>>


Werewolf: Safe Landings Gordon Campbell on the safety challenge to the Wellington runway extension.

The safety-related legal challenge revolves around the size of the 90 metre long Runway End Safety Area (RESA) being proposed for the runway extension. More>>


Environment Commissioner: We Need To Work Together On Climate Change And Farming

“The debate around agricultural emissions and the ETS has been polarised for too long,” said the Commissioner. “But the ETS is not the only way forward – there are other things that can be done.” More>>


NZ Super Fund: Seeking To Put A Market Price On Climate Change

Oct. 19 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand Superannuation Fund says it will devise a set of rules to assess investment winners and losers under climate change, a strategy that could rule out fossil fuels or producers such as current portfolio member Exxon ... More>>


Rejuvenation: Parata Will Not Contest 2017 Election

Education Minister and National List MP Hekia Parata has today announced that she will not be contesting the next election. She advised the Prime Minister of her decision earlier this year. More>>

Prisons Grow: Government Approves Plans For Increased Prison Capacity

Despite significant progress in reducing crime the number of prisoners has increased faster than projected. This is because the proportion of offenders charged with serious crimes has risen, meaning more people are being remanded in custody and serving more of their sentences in prison. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Plastic Bag Activism, And Street Harassment

Amusing to see the Act Party experiencing another outbreak of young fogey-ism. What has aroused the ire of Act Leader David Seymour this time is the introduction of a Greens private members bill to the ballot process, calling for a 15 cents levy on plastic bags to reduce pollution. More>>


Unclear Weapons: US Navy Ship Cleared To Visit NZ For Navy's 75th

United States Navy ship, the USS Sampson, has been given clearance to visit New Zealand next month by Prime Minister John Key... “The process for considering the visit by the USS Sampson is the same as that used for all ships attending the International Naval Review." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news