Treaty Claims News
Update on Wai 85: 4th Cycle Universal Periodic Review on New Zealand Human Rights Themes: Indigenous Peoples Rights and Justice
Wairarapa Moana ki Pouākani Incorporation (WMI) represent the descendants of the original owners of Wairarapa Moana – 4,000 Māori owners, and their whānau (families). Our people have genealogical links to the wider iwi (tribes) of Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa and Rangitāne o Wairarapa. WMI is led by the Committee of Management, who are elected by the Māori owners. We are a Māori Land Incorporation, with a large dairy farming and forestry enterprise at Mangakino in the South Waikato of Aotearoa New Zealand.
Our case is about the New Zealand Government’s breach of our human rights, rights as Indigenous Peoples, and the Treaty of Waitangi – the founding document of Aotearoa New Zealand. This statement focuses on two themes: Indigenous Peoples Rights and Justice.
One year ago today, members of the 53rd New Zealand Parliament at the third reading of the Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tāmaki nui-ā-Rua Claims Settlement Bill voted to pass it into legislation.
Wairarapa Moana ki Pouākani Incorporation is a Māori Land Incorporation from Aotearoa New Zealand. We wish to share the impact and trauma for our people of the recent actions of the New Zealand Government
on our individual and collective wellbeing.
The Crown took whanau land from Wairarapa Māori twice. The Crown prevented the Waitangi Tribunal from completing a process to determine whether the land that was taken should be returned to Wairarapa Moana, which the Supreme Court had directed was open for the Tribunal to consider.
On 13 December 2022, the Ngāti Kahungunu Ki Wairarapa Tāmaki nui-a-rua Claims Settlement Bill had its third and final reading in Parliament. It then became law.
On 7 December 2022, the Supreme Court issued it’s decision on our appeal of the High Court judgement. The key points of the Supreme Court decisions are.
The Māori Affairs Select Committee have now reported back on the Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tāmaki nui-ā-Rua Claims Settlement Bill. Three out of four of the parties on the Select Committee expressed concern in the report about clause 14 in the Bill which extinguishes the Wai 85 and Wai 429 claims.
Update on Wai 85: Māori Affairs Select Committee Hears Submissions on the Ngāti Kahungunu Ki Wairarapa Tāmaki nui-ā-Rua Claims Settlement Bill
The Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tāmaki nui-ā- Rua Claims Settlement Bill had its first reading in Parliament on 11 May 2022. The Bill has been referred to the Māori Affairs Select Committee, and the committee is inviting submissions on the Bill by 22 June 2022.
The Waitangi Tribunal sat under urgency on 11-12 November 2021 to hear the applications of Wairarapa
Moana Incorporation (Wai 85), and the hapù of Ngài Tùmapùhia-à-Rangi (Wai 429) in relation to the Deed
of Settlement recently signed by the Crown and the Ngàti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tàmaki Nui-à-Rua