Treaty Claims News
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
The Waitangi Tribunal decision identified that the Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tāmaki Nui ā Rua Settlement Trust had no mandate to enter into settlement with the Crown concerning interests of Ngai Tūmapūhia-ā-Rangi and Wairarapa Moana ki Pouākani Incorporation in Ngāumu Forest (Wai 429) and land at Pouākani (Wai 85).
The Supreme Court heard our application on 1 October 2021, and WMI received advice on 11 October 2021 that the Supreme Court agreed to grant leave for our appeal to be heard directly by them instead of being heard by the Court of Appeal
Voting starts on 26 July 2021 for the new Deed of Settlement on offer from the Crown.
Justice and a fair settlement for Wairarapa Moana Incorporation owners and all of Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tāmaki Nui-ā-Rua – means taking our case to the Court of Appeal,” said Kingi Smiler, Chairman, Wairarapa Moana Incorporation.
Wairarapa Moana Incorporation has received the judgement of Justice Cooke, High Court, on the Judicial Review by Mercury NZ Ltd, the Crown, and the Raukawa Settlement Trust on the Preliminary Determination of the Waitangi Tribunal