Ngāti Tuwharetoa votes yes to settlement
Ngati Tuwharetoa have voted Yes to settle the tribe’s historic Treaty of Waitangi claims and to set up a new body to administer tribal affairs.
In the recently completed ratification process, tribal members were asked to cast two votes: (1) to accept the settlement offer made by the Crown; (2) the body to represent the iwi after the claims process was complete.
Final, scrutinised results were decisive. They show nearly three quarters of those who voted said yes to the settlement offer and yes to the new post settlement governance entity - known as Te Kotahitanga o Ngāti Tūwharetoa Trust.
Te Ariki o Tuwharetoa, Ta Tumu Te Heuheu said he was heartened by the result. But, more importantly, excited by the opportunity it presents.
“The vision and the path forward for Tuwharetoa remains the same. It was set by the hapu at the beginning of negotiation process. Now it is close to being a reality,” he said.
““The exciting thing is that we have an opportunity now to set our own course forward. This settlement is about our past and our future. We have always said our strength is in our unity and that this settlement needs to respect the tikanga, values and goals of our tūpuna, but carried forward by a modern and representative entity.
“I look forward to our people working together to achieve this,” Ta Tumu said.
You can view the Ratification Results here