Message from the Chairman

The Iwi-wide treaty claim for Ngāti Whātua has taken a number of twists and turns this year, and I am pleased to say after several hiccups, not of our own making, we are now starting to make progress.

A government initiated proposal from former Minister, Sir Douglas Graham, to settle all outstanding claims in the Auckland region put a temporary spanner in the works of the process we have been progressing to take our claim to an Agreement in Principle.

We have rejected this proposal as it was inadequate for us as an Iwi. However, since the release of this initial proposal in June, a number of productive meetings have been held with the Minister for Treaty Negotiations, Chris Finlayson and Crown negotiator Michael Dreaver. These talks have been positive and are moving forward.

Meanwhile, we have started to move on with the critical information we need, regarding the commercial and cultural redress that will be critical to achieving a satisfactory outcome in an Iwi-wide treaty settlement and the preparation of our historical account.

I have great confidence in our negotiating team, which is now gearing up to build some momentum again for the claim process.

Rangimarie Naida Glavish

October 2009