Te Runanga o Ngati Whatua Sign Agreement in Principle with the Crown

On Friday 18 August 2017, Te Rūnanga ō Ngāti Whātua and the Crown signed an Agreement in Principle for the full and final settlement of all outstanding Ngāti Whātua historical claims. The agreement includes total financial and commercial redress of $7.2 million as well as cultural redress valued at $500,000.

This is a significant milestone in what has been a long but important journey - Te Rūnanga first obtained a Deed of Mandate to negotiate these claims in 2008. While there is much still to be negotiated, an Agreement in Principle represents a broad, high-level agreement between Ngāti Whātua and the Crown. A copy of the Agreement in Principle is available at: https://www.govt.nz/treaty-settlement-documents/ngati-whatua/

Alongside the Agreement in Principle, Te Rūnanga has obtained an agreement from the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations for the Office of Treaty Settlements to work with Te Rūnanga to explore whether and how the Crown can work with the Rūnanga to support its efforts to increase the wellbeing of Ngāti Whātua whanau and other Māori within the Ngāti Whātua rohe.

Te Rūnanga wishes to thank the Ngāti Whātua whanau for their continued support and input into the settlement process. We will continue to call further hui as the settlement progresses. Pānui for these will be circulated in the New Zealand Herald, Northern Advocate and on the Rūnanga website (http://www.ngatiwhatua.iwi.nz).

Kia ora

Russell Kemp