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Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tamaki Nui-a-Rua Settlement

26 September, 2018

Voting Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tāmaki Nui-a-Rua Settlement

Voting opens this weekend for Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tāmaki Nui-a-Rua iwi members to
decide whether to approve their proposed Treaty of Waitangi settlement with the Crown.

The voting process runs from Saturday 29 September to Sunday 11 November and is a crucial step in
a near-30-year journey to settle more than 50 historical Treaty claims.

If sufficient support is achieved, the Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tāmaki Nui-a-Rua Settlement
Trust (the Trust) will secure redress that includes $93 million and 9,000 hectares of culturally
significant land on behalf of the iwi and hapū of Wairarapa and Tāmaki Nui-a-Rua.

Trust Chairman Robin Potangaroa says the settlement will allow Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa
Tāmaki Nui-a-Rua to build a better future for their tamariki and mokopuna, and to begin to heal
wounds of the past.

“We believe we have secured the best settlement available to us, and we encourage all those who
whakapapa to Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tāmaki Nui-a-Rua to vote in support,” he says.
“If our iwi approve this agreement, it will bring an end to decades of mahi. It will acknowledge the
wrongs of the past, begin to repair our shared mamae, and will allow us to move forward with our
mana restored.

“Importantly, the settlement recognises Ngāti Kahungunu as kaitiaki over our rivers, lakes, land and
natural resources. It provides for the return of important whenua, such as Wairarapa Moana, which
is a spiritually significant taonga for our people.”

Mr Potangaroa says the proposed settlement addresses the decades of grievances and breaches of
the Treaty that Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tāmaki Nui-a-Rua tīpuna endured.
“Our elders started this journey for us, they struggled for years. So many contributed to this journey,
and we want to go into the future knowing their time has not been wasted,” he says.
“We are the lucky ones who will get to see this settlement finally completed, and we encourage all
our iwi members – whether you live at home or around the world – to vote yes and finish what our
ancestors started.”

Ratification packs with voting information have now been sent to all adult registered iwi members,
and a series of eight Information Hui will be held across Aotearoa from 5 October to 11 November.
Mr Potangaroa says the Trust wants as many whānau as possible to attend the Information Hui and
ask questions, register and vote.

“Everyone should come along. It’s a time to hear kanohi ki te kanohi (face to face) why your vote is
so important.”

Voting is available online, by post or in-person at the Information Hui. For more information, visit