MANA AHURIRI TRUST

Governance update

On the 6th September 2013 Mana Ahuriri Incorporated held the Annual General Meeting at Wharerangi Marae. The announcement of the successful candidates to fill two vacancies on the Board of Mana Ahuriri were as follows;

• Ruruarau Heitia Hiha, and

• Tania Huata-Kupa

The current Board members for Mana Ahuriri Incorporated are;

• Terry Wilson                        - Chairman

• Piri Prentice                        - Deputy Chairman

• Beverley Kemp-Harmer      - Secretary

• Barry Wilson                       - Treasurer

• Joinella Maihi-Carroll          - Trustee

• Evelyn Ratima                     - Trustee

• Rangi Spooner                    - Trustee

• Ruruarau Heitia Hiha          - Trustee/Kaumatua

• Tania Huata-Kupa               - Trustee

 

Mana Ahuriri Incorporated

Mana Ahuriri is preceded by the Ahuriri Claimant Group, which included representatives of the three key claims of the Ahuriri Hapu (Wai 55, Wai 168, and Wai 400), and already had an informal mandate to progress the claims of the Ahuriri Hapu due to a number of previous hui held with Ahuriri Hapu over the years.

On 18 July 2008, the then Minister in Charge of Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, Hon Dr Michael Cullen, wrote to the Ahuriri Claimant Group to confirm that the Crown accepts the Ahuriri Hapu as a large natural grouping for Treaty settlement purposes. Accordingly, the Ahuriri Claimant Group set about developing a mandate strategy to obtain a formal mandate from the Ahuriri Hapu.

In early 2009, it became apparent that the most practical, transparent, and accountable means for doing this would be to establish a new legal entity to seek a formal mandate from the Ahuriri Hapu. Accordingly, the Ahuriri Claimant Group established Mana Ahuriri as an incorporated society in April 2009. Concurrently, the Crown approved the mandate strategy developed for Mana Ahuriri to seek a formal mandate from the Ahuriri Hapu.

During July 2009, Mana Ahuriri held three hui around the country to present its mandate proposal to the Ahuriri Hapu and to provide an opportunity for the Ahuriri Hapu to question, and discuss the proposal with Mana Ahuriri representatives. Registered adult members of Mana Ahuriri were also asked to vote by way of postal ballot on the mandate proposal. The

results of that postal ballot were overwhelmingly to accept Mana Ahuriri’s mandate proposal (98.8% of all valid votes received).

A formal mandate has therefore been conferred by Ahuriri Hapu members on Mana Ahuriri to represent them in negotiations with the Crown for the comprehensive and final settlement of their historical Treaty claims. In the case of Ngati Tu and Ngai Te Ruruku this mandate is shared with Maungaharuru-Tangitu Incorporated, who have also sought a mandate to represent these hapu for parts of their claims.

The Mandated Body - Background

Mana Ahuriri was established as an incorporated society in April 2009 by members of the Ahuriri Claimant Group. Prior to Mana Ahuriri’s establishment, members of the Ahuriri Claimant Group had been progressing the Ahuriri Hapu claims for a considerable period, including during the Te Whanganui-a-Orotu, Mohaka ki Ahuriri, and Napier Hospital claim inquiries and reports.

In the last few years, the Ahuriri Claimant Group had already made some good progress towards moving the Ahuriri Hapu towards settlement:

- On 23 August 2006, a hui was held at Te Puni Kokiri, Hastings, with representatives of the Wai 55, Wai 168, and Wai 400 claims. Representatives of the three claims agreed to join together to form a Large Natural Grouping for Treaty settlement purposes, and agreed a Heads of Agreement for this purpose.

- On 2 May 2007, a further hui was held at Omahu marae, with representatives of the Wai 55, Wai 168, and Wai 400 claims. Representatives of the three claims agreed to develop a mandate strategy and seek confirmation from the Crown that a combined Ahuriri Hapu claim would be recognised as a Large Natural Grouping for Treaty settlement purposes.

- On 5 May 2008, the Crown wrote to the Ahuriri Claimant Group to confirm that it accepts the Ahuriri Hapu as a Large Natural Grouping for Treaty settlement purposes.

- On 8 July 2008, the Ahuriri Claimant Group reached an agreement about the relationship between the Ahuriri Hapu claims, and the claims being progressed by Maungaharuru-Tangitu and Ngati Hineuru. This agreement is set out above.

- On 28 August 2008, a hui was held at 26 Bower Street, Napier, where the Wai 692 claimants confirmed that the mandate for pursuing the historical aspects of the Wai 692 claim (Napier Hospital claims) remained with the Wai 400 claim, and would therefore be included in the claims to be negotiated by the Ahuriri Claimant Group.

Despite this good progress, the Ahuriri Claimant Group was having difficulty in obtaining Crown approval of a mandate strategy, and obtaining Crown Forestry Rental Trust funding to support the mandating process. The Ahuriri Claimant Group decided they had reached a point where, in order to meet Crown requirements, a legal entity was required to lead the claims towards settlement.

Consequently, the Ahuriri Claimant Group registered Mana Ahuriri as an incorporated society on 6 April 2009. A copy of the Mana Ahuriri Constitution is on the Documents page of ths website. The principal purpose of MAI is to represent the Ahuriri Hapu in negotiations with the Crown for a settlement of their Treaty claims (see clause 2.2 of the Constitution)

Around the same time, the Crown approved the mandate strategy that had been developed by the Ahuriri Claimant Group, and the Crown Forestry Rental Trust agreed to provide funding to support the mandating phase. Copies of the mandate strategy and the Crown’s approval of the mandate strategy are in the Documents page of this website.

Since its establishment, Mana Ahuriri has been working to ensure all Ahuriri Hapu members are informed about the new legal entity, and the mandate proposal. Approximately 922 individuals are currently registered with Mana Ahuriri, and the hapu register grows daily.

On Friday 22 May 2009, Mana Ahuriri held its first general meeting with its members. The purpose of the hui was to inform the Ahuriri Hapu about the establishment of Mana Ahuriri, and to call for nominations to the Komiti of Mana Ahuriri.

Komiti Members

The Constitution provides that the Komiti includes a Founding Komiti, comprising members of the Ahuriri Claimant Group, Barry Wilson, Heitia Hiha, Nigel Hadfield, Piriniha Prentice, and Ranui Toatoa. This was to ensure that the new legal entity, Mana Ahuriri, retained the knowledge and experience of the Ahuriri Claimant Group, who had already been progressing

the claims of the Ahuriri Hapu for some time, and also already had a good level of support from the Ahuriri Hapu.

However, the Founding Komiti was also concerned to ensure that the new legal entity was truly representative of the Ahuriri Hapu. Therefore, at the hui on Friday 22 May, nominations were called for additional members to the Mana Ahuriri Komiti. Originally, it was only intended to ask for nominations for 2 additional members. However, after requests from hui attendees, the Founding Komiti agreed to extend this to the maximum number of additional members possible under the Constitution: 4 additional members.

Nominations were then received for the 4 additional Komiti members. Following the receipt of these nominations, elections were held, culminating in a hui held at Pukemokimoki marae on Tuesday 7 July 2009. This led to the election of 4 new Komiti members, Beverely Kemp-Harmer, Evelyn Ratima, Rangi Spooner, and Terry Wilson).

The members of the Mana Ahuriri Komiti were therefore as follows:

- Barry Wilson

- Beverley Kemp-Harmer

- Evelyn Ratima

- Heitia Hiha

- Nigel Hadfield

- Piriniha Prentice (Chairperson)

- Rangi Spooner

- Ranui Toatoa (Deputy Chairperson) and

- Terry Wilson.

Each of these Komiti members will be required to stand for re-election at the annual general meeting of Mana Ahuriri held in 2011. (Clause 9.2 of the Mana Ahuriri Constitution provides that the Founding Komiti will hold office until 31 March 2011, and clause 11.1 provides that elected Komiti members are elected for a term of two years). Following this, the Constitution

provides for the rotation of Komiti members, with a minimum of two Komiti members being required to retire at each annual general meeting from 2011 (clause 11.2). Komiti members are elected on a pan-Hapu basis, that is, they are not elected to represent particular Hapu.

A Komiti member may be dismissed if they have been convicted of a criminal offence (within a year of nomination or subsequent to nomination), commit any act or omission which brings Mana Ahuriri into disrepute, or hinder or defeat the business or objectives of Mana Ahuriri. A 75 per cent majority vote of Komiti members present at a Komiti meeting is required to bring about a dismissal on the above grounds. Membership of the Komiti shall also cease if a member resigns, dies, has been declared bankrupt, has been convicted of an offense involving dishonesty, is absent from three consecutive Komiti meetings or by reason of mental or bodily disability.

Where there is any change in the Membership of the Mana Ahuriri Komiti, members will be informed by way of panui and notification on the Mana Ahuriri website. A copy of such notification will also be appended to the Deed of Mandate.

Negotiation Structure

Mana Ahuriri has developed a negotiation structure guided and informed by the following principles:

- Ensure measures and procedures honour and respect the tikanga of the Ahuriri Hapu;

- Respect the autonomy and mana of the Ahuriri Hapu;

- Promote collaboration and co-operation across Ahuriri Hapu;

- Ensure effective and appropriate representation;

- Recognise the importance of the use of traditional structures and relationships;

- Build on existing structures and processes as much as possible; and

- Ensure regular reporting to members and meaningful consideration of their views.

The diagram below illustrates the different components within the negotiation structure. Mana Ahuriri would be the entity mandated by the Ahuriri Hapu. Mana Ahuriri will be governed by the Komiti, who will have the key decision-making role in the negotiations. Mana Ahuriri will be supported by a Kahui Pakeke of respected elders, and an administrative arm. The Komiti will also appoint a Negotiating Team to carry out the day-to-day operation of the negotiations.

The Komiti will carry out a steering group type role, with responsibility for matters such as holding the mandate for negotiations and the accountability relationship with the Hapu, overseeing the process and setting the strategic direction for the negotiations.

The Komiti will be supported by a Kahui Pakeke of respected Hapu elders, who will provide cultural oversight and direction. The specific matters on which the Kahui Pakeke will provide direction are:

- Ensuring the quality and accuracy of the hapu register by ensuring that all registered members have genealogical ties to one or more of the seven Ahuriri Hapu.

- Providing quality advice and input on the history of the Ahuriri Hapu since 1840.

- Ensuring the cultural safety of the Komiti during each phase of the negotiations by providing cultural advice on matters of Tikanga, kawa and any other issues of a cultural nature.

The administration arm of Mana Ahuriri is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operation of the negotiations. It will ensure the proper implementation of policies and work plans, compliance with statutory requirements and contractual obligations, and will also ensure that funds are managed appropriately.

While Mana Ahuriri is the mandated body, for timeliness and to optimise efficiency, the Komiti will delegate the day-to-day task of carrying out the negotiations to a sub-Komiti (referred to as a Negotiating Team). The Negotiating Team’stask will be to negotiate a draft Deed of Settlement.

Mana Ahuriri has developed policies and processes with regard to the operation of the negotiation structure. These can be broadly grouped into the four areas: decision-making, representation, accountability and dispute resolution.

Decision-making

With regard to negotiating a draft Deed of Settlement, decision-making will occur at two levels - Komiti level, and the Negotiating Team (sub-komiti) level. Decisions of the Komiti are made by consensus, or failing consensus, by majority vote, that is:

- where there are 8 - 9 Komiti members present – 5 or more votes;

- where there are 6 - 7 Komiti members present – 4 or more votes; or

- where there are 5 Komiti members present – 3 or more votes.

(Note that in accordance with clause 10.2 of the Constitution, 5 Komiti members are required at a meeting to constitute a quorum).

All acts and proceedings undertaken by the Negotiating Team shall be submitted to a meeting of the Komiti for approval. Therefore, all decisions of the Negotiating Team will be conditional upon the final approval by the Komiti.

The decision as to whether a draft Deed of Settlement is acceptable will rest with the Ahuriri Hapu who will determine whether or not it will be ratified.

Representation

The Negotiating Team will be composed of Ahuriri Hapu representatives together with expert advisors and other appointees that the Komiti determines will best represent the interests of Ahuriri Hapu.

The appointment, replacement and removal of representatives will be carried out by the Komiti by way of resolution. The formal appointment of representatives to the Negotiating Team will not occur until such time that the Deed of Mandate submitted by Mana Ahuriri is recognised by the Crown. Attached as Appendix 6 are draft selection criteria, the Komiti will

consider in deciding who should be appointed to the Negotiating Team.

Accountability

There are two lines of accountability within the negotiation structure: between Mana Ahuriri and its members, and between the Negotiating Team and the Komiti.

The Komiti will have the ultimate responsibility for the negotiations, including ensuring that reporting and communication processes are adhered to. The Komiti will report to the Ahuriri Hapu about progress with settlement negotiations through its annual general meeting, the first of which will be held before 31 March 2010. In addition, Komiti members will from time to time provide reports at marae meetings and other hapu or whanau gatherings. In particular, the Komiti intends to hold a series of aspirations hui in early 2010 to take direction from the Ahuriri Hapu on their aspirations for settlement. In addition, the Komiti anticipates holding hui at key milestones in the negotiations process, such as before reaching Agreement in Principle with the Crown. The Komiti will also respond to requests from members to meet. In addition, the Komiti will also use other communication methods such as panui and website updates so that those who are not able to attend hui can obtain updates.

The second line of accountability is between the Negotiating Team and the Komiti. The Negotiating Team will be required to provide monthly updates on progress at Komiti meetings and verbal updates when required. These obligations will be included in the terms of reference for the Negotiating Team.

Dispute resolution

There will be different dispute resolution procedures depending on whether the dispute is regarding a particular issue, or the mandate of Mana Ahuriri as a whole.

If a dispute is raised regarding a particular issue, this will be dealt with using the provisions of the Mana Ahuriri Constitution. Clause 7.2 of the Constitution provides a process for members of Mana Ahuriri to request a Special General Meeting for particular purposes. Clauses 7.3 to 8.5 set out further provisions regarding quorum, notification, decision-making, and voting procedures for General Meetings.

If a dispute is raised regarding the mandate of Mana Ahuriri as a whole, then different processes will apply depending on whether the dispute is raised by one of the Ahuriri Hapu who have mandated Mana Ahuriri, or by the entire claimant group.

If the dispute is raised by one or more of the Ahuriri Hapu who have mandated Mana Ahuriri, the following process will be followed:

- a representative of the Hapu must write to the Komiti of Mana Ahuriri identifying their concerns and seeking a meeting to resolve those concerns;

- this letter must be co-signed by at least 75 registered adult members of the Hapu;

- the Komiti must then convene a meeting with representatives of the Hapu to hear their concerns;

- if the meeting between the Komiti and Hapu representatives does not resolve the concerns of the Hapu, then the Komiti must meet themselves again to consider the matter;

- at that meeting, the Komiti must then consider whether the issue should be put to Hapu members at a publicly notified hui;

- the publicly notified hui should follow the same process that is set out for the mandate information hui, that is:

- the hui must be notified at least three weeks in advance in both national and regional print media;

- the notification of the hui must clearly state:

--                      the background to the concerns raised;

--                      the parties involved; and

--                      that the purpose of the hui is to consider these concerns and put a resolution to the claimant community

--                      resolving these concerns;

-- the hui must be attended by an independent observer;

- once the hui has been completed, and the outcome of the voting process determined, then the Komiti will inform the Office of Treaty Settlements in writing of the result of the hui, and the next steps for the negotiations.

Mandating Process

Mana Ahuriri developed a mandating strategy for presenting its mandate proposal to the Ahuriri Hapu. The mandate proposal was as follows:

That Mana Ahuriri Incorporated is mandated to represent Ngati Hinepare, Ngati Mahu, Ngati Matepu, Ngai Tawhao and Ngati Paarau (which includes Ngati Tahu Ahi) in negotiations with the Crown for a comprehensive settlement of all their historic Treaty claims; and to represent these Hapu, as well as Marangatuhetaua (Ngati Tu), and Ngai Te Ruruku in negotiations with the Crown for the comprehensive settlement of their claims to Te Whanganui-a-Orotu, and the Napier Hospital claim.

In designing its mandating strategy, Mana Ahuriri sought to provide for a fair, robust and transparent process whereby the Ahuriri Hapu had full opportunity to seek information on the mandate proposal, consider it, and make an informed decision in casting their vote.

There were three phases of activities within the mandating strategy:

- Phase I: Pre-hui communications - One preliminary information hui was held at Petane marae on Friday 22 May 2009 to inform Hapu members about the new legal entity and the mandating strategy, and to call for nominations to the Mana Ahuriri Komiti. Following this, public notifications regarding the upcoming mandate information hui were made, together with the distribution of voting packs regarding the mandate proposal to all adult members on the hapu register.

- Phase II: Information hui - Three information hui were held between 10 July and 12 July 2009, where Mana Ahuriri presented its mandate proposal to the Ahuriri Hapu and provided an opportunity for Hapu members to discuss the proposal with Mana Ahuriri representatives;

- Phase III: Voting - This involved registered adult members of Mana Ahuriri casting their votes on whether to accept or reject Mana Ahuriri’s mandate proposal. This occurred by way of postal ballot.

Further information on the activities undertaken in each phase is provided below.

Phase I: Pre-Hui Communications

As noted above, one preliminary information hui was held at Petane marae on Friday 22 May 2009 to inform Hapu members about the new legal entity and the mandating strategy, and to call for nominations to the Mana Ahuriri Komiti. This hui was notified by public notice in the Hawke’s Bay Today on 1 May, and in addition the founding Komiti members informed Hapu members about the hui by word of mouth. They also held a hui with a whanau having a particular whanau claim falling within the Ahuriri Hapu claims on Tuesday 19 May 2009. The purpose of this hui was to inform this particular whanau of the mandate strategy and the upcoming hui on Friday 22 May. MAI have already provided copies of the minutes from this hui to OTS.

Following this, there were two streams of pre-hui communications: notification of hui, and the distribution of voting packs.

Notification of information hui

All hui were publicly notified. The first hui notification occurred on 19 June and 20 June 2009 (3 weeks before the first hui on 10 July 2009).

The hui were notified through a range of media:

The notification appeared in the major newspaper in the Ahuriri rohe (Hawke’s Bay Today) as well as national print media including the NZ Herald, the Dominion Post, and the Petone Herald.

Mana Ahuriri representatives delivered two interviews about Mana Ahuriri, the mandate proposal, and the upcoming hui on Radio Kahungunu on Thursday 21 May, and Thursday 9 July.

The hui notification was posted on the Mana Ahuriri website.

With regard to the substance of the notification, it covered the following matters:

- The purpose of the hui (to present Mana Ahuriri’s mandate proposal to its members);

- A statement encouraging all Mana Ahuriri members to attend the hui;

- The date, time and venue of each hui;

- The wording of the mandate proposal which registered adult members of Mana Ahuriri were asked to vote on;

- The method of the vote, that is, voting would occur by way of postal ballot;

- Where information documents could be viewed or obtained.

Distribution of voting packs

Voting packs were distributed by Mana Ahuriri to all their registered adult members. An initial mail-out was undertaken on 23 June 2009, based on the hapu register at that time. Following that, voting packs were mailed or hand-delivered to all new registered members as they registered.

The voting packs included voting documentation, and information on the mandate proposal to ensure that Hapu members received sufficient information about Mana Ahuriri’s mandate proposal to be able to make an informed decision. It also ensured that those beneficiaries who could not attend the information hui received the same information that was presented at those hui.

The voting packs contained the following documents:

- Ahuriri Hapu Historical Treaty Claims: Moving Towards Negotiation and Settlement - This document sets out Mana Ahuriri’s mandate proposal as well as information on the Crown’s Treaty settlement process.

- Mandating Plan: Information Sheet: This document provided an overview of Mana Ahuriri’s mandating plan, including the dates, times and venues of the information hui and the voting process;

- Public Notification: This document contained a copy of the public notification that appeared in print media regarding Mana Ahuriri’s mandate proposal, the information hui and the voting process;

- Postal Ballot Information Sheet: This document provided information on the postal ballot process including voter eligibility and voting rules;

- Postal Ballot Voting Instructions: This document contained instructions regarding the postal ballot; and

- Postal Ballot Voting Paper: This document was the official voting form.

These documents (excluding the voting paper), as well as registration forms, were available for downloading from Mana Ahuriri’s website. In order to receive a voting paper, individuals were required to contact Mana Ahuriri or the returning officer, so that they could receive a valid, numbered voting form.

All of these documents, including voting papers, and registration forms, could also be posted out on request.

In addition, these documents were available at all of the information hui held between Friday 10 and Sunday 12 July, as well as at the elections hui held on Tuesday 7 July.

Phase II: Information Hui

The second phase consisted of hui held both within and outside the Ahuriri Hapu rohe with the dual purpose of presenting Mana Ahuriri’s mandate proposal to its members and providing an opportunity for beneficiaries to discuss the proposal with Mana Ahuriri.

Schedule of hui

Three hui were held where Mana Ahuriri presented its mandating proposal. Hui took place at the main regional centres where there are significant populations of Ahuriri Hapu.

The schedule of hui was as follows:

Time

Place

10 July 2009, 6pm

Pukemokimoki Marae, 191 Riverbend Road, Maraenui, Napier

11 July 2009, 2pm

Airport Garden Inn, 10 Tidal Road, Mangere, Manukau City

12 July 2009, 12pm

Totara Lodge Motor Inn, 68 Ararino Street, Upper Hutt, Wellington

Procedure

Mana Ahuriri followed the same procedure at each hui:

- Introduction: All hui were chaired by the Chair of Mana Ahuriri. The Chair opened all hui and provided a brief overview of the nature and purpose of the information hui.

- Housekeeping: The Chair explained the importance of those in attendance filling in the attendance register. He also acknowledged the presence of the Te Puni Kokiri observer and explained the observer’s role in the hui.

- Powerpoint Presentation: A powerpoint presentation was delivered by the Chair along with Mana Ahuriri’s legal counsel.

- Questions and Discussion: The Chair then opened the floor for questions and discussion.

Mana Ahuriri is confident that the procedure followed was fair, open and transparent.

Powerpoint presentation

The powerpoint presentation delivered by Mana Ahuriri was the same at each hui, although the slides were slightly reordered at the Auckland and Wellington hui. The presentation covered the following matters:

- The purpose of the hui (to present Mana Ahuriri’s mandate proposal and to provide an opportunity for attendees to discuss the proposal with Mana Ahuriri’s representatives);

- Background matters such as Mana Ahuriri’s involvement in the claims process;

- The Crown’s Treaty settlement process and policies;

- Mana Ahuriri’s mandate proposal (Mana Ahuriri’s overall vision, what will be covered (the claimant group, the claim area, the historical claims that are to be settled) and the negotiation structure that will be established to carry out the negotiations, including how representatives will be appointed, accountability mechanisms etc);

- The process by which the mandate will be sought (and how and when members could have their say on Mana Ahuriri’s mandate proposal); and

- Information on the postal ballot process and how voting on the mandate proposal would occur.

Hard copies of the presentation were available at all hui.

Registrations

There was a registration desk which was operated by at least one Mana Ahuriri staff member.

For those attendees who were not registered at the time, registration forms were also available at the desk.

Record keeping

All hui were minuted. A copy of the minutes from each hui was kept for the record.

An independent observer from Te Puni Kokiri was invited and attended each information hui.

Attendance

There was a desk at each hui where attendees were asked to record their name and note their affiliations. Mana Ahuriri encouraged all attendees to note their attendance on the register, but some individuals chose not to do so. Copies of the attendance registers were also kept for the record.

The table below shows the number of attendees at each hui.

Time

Place

Attendees

10 July 2009

Pukemokimoki Marae, Napier

64

11 July 2009

Airport Garden Inn, Mangere, Manukau City

18

12 July 2009

Totara Lodge Motor Inn, Upper Hutt, Wellington

17

Phase III: Postal Ballot

This phase involved voting on Mana Ahuriri’s mandate proposal by way of postal ballot. Mana Ahuriri opted for a postal ballot process to allow for the wider Mana Ahuriri membership to participate in the mandating process, rather than only those who could attend the hui.

The mandating plan was purposely designed so that by this stage in the process, registered adult members of Mana Ahuriri would have been provided with a voting pack, public notifications would have been made regarding the mandate proposal and how the postal ballot process would operate, and beneficiaries would have had the opportunity to discuss

Mana Ahuriri’s mandate proposal with Mana Ahuriri representatives. Therefore, voters would have been provided with sufficient information about Mana Ahuriri’s mandate proposal to be able to make an informed decision.

 All registered adult members of Mana Ahuriri were automatically entitled to vote. Those adult members (18 years or older) of Ahuriri Hapu that were not registered were able to participate as long as, when they voted, they also provided a completed registration form. That vote was only counted once that person’s registration had been accepted.

Registered members were only entitled to vote once. If a registered member was issued with a replacement voting paper, their original voting paper was no longer valid.

Mandate Proposal

Adult members were asked to vote on whether to accept or reject Mana Ahuriri’s mandate proposal. As noted above, the mandate proposal was as follows:

That Mana Ahuriri Incorporated is mandated to represent Ngati Hinepare, Ngati Mahu, Ngati Matepu, Ngai Tawhao and Ngati Paarau (which includes Ngati Tahu Ahi) in negotiations with the Crown for a comprehensive settlement of all their historic Treaty claims; and to represent these Hapu, as well as Marangatuhetaua (Ngati Tu), and Ngai Te Ruruku in negotiations with the Crown for the comprehensive settlement of their claims to Te Whanganui-a-Orotu, and the Napier Hospital claim.

The voting period commenced on 23 June 2009 and closed on 20 July 2009.

Returning officer

A returning officer was appointed to receive and process the votes. Contact details are as follows:

 

Frances Wedde

Solicitor

Kensington Swan

PO Box 10246

Wellington

 

Only those votes returned to the returning officer by post were counted.

Voting Results

The votes were initially counted on Wednesday 29 July 2009, which allowed time for the votes

post-marked on or before Monday 20 July 2009 to be received by the returning officer.

The votes were counted by the returning officer, under the observation of an independent observer from the Head Office of Te Puni Kokiri, Ms Katy Te Amo (Policy Analyst).

Once all the votes were counted, the returning officer certified the outcome of the vote and provided a report to Mana Ahuriri dated Tuesday 2 August 2009. A copy of the report received was kept for the record. The voting results are as follows:

 

Number of Votes

% of Votes

Votes received

 

 

Valid votes

402

87.2%

Invalid votes

59

12.8%

Total votes received

461

100%

 

 

 

Results of valid votes

 

 

Acceptance of Mandate Proposal

397

98.8%

Rejection of Mandate Proposal

5

1.2%

Total valid votes

402

100%

The results of the postal ballot process were notified on Mana Ahuriri’s website and published in newspapers on the following days:

Newspaper

Date

Hawke’s Bay Today

Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 August 2009

New Zealand Herald

Wednesday 11 August 2009

Dominion Post

Wednesday 11 August 2009

Additional votes received

In addition to the official voting results, further votes were received by the returning officer, and Mana Ahuriri, which were posted after 20 July, and so were not officially valid votes. 49 such votes were received (six by the returning officer and 43 by Mana Ahuriri), and these were all votes accepting Mana Ahuriri’s mandate proposal.

Mandate Maintenance

Consistent with its commitment to maintain regular contact with the Ahuriri Hapu throughout the negotiations, the Mana Ahuriri Komiti ran a series of update hui following the release of the results of the postal ballot. The purpose of these hui was to update Hapu on the results of the mandating process, and outline the envisaged next steps for the next 12 months. The hui were held at the following marae on the following dates.

Date

Venue

7 September 2009

Petane Marae

8 September 2009

Tangoio marae

10 September 2009

Timikara marae

11 September 2009

Wharerangi marae

14 September 2009

Omahu marae

15 September 2009

Waiohiki (Te Kohanga Reo)

16 September 2009

Hamuera marae

22 September 2009

Kohupatiki marae

As noted above, Mana Ahuriri will report to Hapu members regularly to keep them informed of progress. Reporting will take place at annual general meetings (the first of which will take place before 31 March 2010) and at other key moments in the negotiations. In particular, Mana Ahuriri intends to hold a series of aspirations hui in early 2010 to discuss the aspirations of the Ahuriri Hapu for their settlement. In addition, Mana Ahuriri intends to hold hui before reaching an Agreement in Principle with the Crown.

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