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3 Mar 2017


The Nga Hapu o Ngati Porou Foreshore and Seabed Deed of Agreement was ratified by nga hapu and signed by hapu representatives in October 2008.  The Nga Rohe Moana o Nga Hapu o Ngati Porou Bill was introduced to Parliament shortly thereafter to give effect to the Deed.  The legislative process was delayed, however, by a change in government, the repeal of the Foreshore and Seabed Act 2004, and enactment of the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011.  Since that time, the Crown and representatives of Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou have negotiated amendments to the Deed to reflect improvements brought about by the new Act.  Hapu representatives have also prepared trusts, referred to as “Management Arrangements” under the Deed to Amend.  There are six Management Arrangements, based on six ‘hapu clusters’ across the Ngati Porou rohe, to provide representation for Ngati Porou hapu in respect of takutai moana matters.

Members of nga hapu o Ngati Porou now have the opportunity to decide, by way of a formal ratification process, whether to support or not support the Deed to Amend and the Management Arrangements. 

A Ratification Information Booklet, the Deed to Amend, and the trust deeds for the Management Arrangements are available to hapu members.  The documents may be viewed online at  Paper copies may also be viewed at Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou’s offices at Shed 3, 50 The Esplanade, Gisborne, or Porou Ariki, 195 Wainui Road, Gisborne, or 1 Barry Avenue, Ruatoria. 

In order for the amended Deed and Management Arrangements to be properly ratified by the respective hapu clusters, a series of ratification hui will be held for all members of the hapu listed in the amended Deed.  At the hapu clusters‘ ratification hui, members will be asked to vote on the following resolutions:

The hapu of the [relevant hapu cluster] agree to, and ratify, the Deed to Amend the Nga Hapu o Ngati Porou Foreshore and Seabed Deed of Agreement 2008. 

The hapu of the [relevant hapu cluster] agree to, and ratify, the trust deed of the [relevant trust] as the Management Arrangement of the [relevant hapu cluster] for the purposes of the Deed to Amend. 

The ratification hui will be held as follows:

Hapu Cluster  Date Time Venue Hapu Represented and Voting
Nga hapu mai i Whangaokeno ki Onepoto Sunday 19 March 2017 11am Rahui Marae, Tikitiki

Te Whanau a Takimoana

Te Whanau a Tapuhi

Te Whanau a Tinatoka

Te Whanau a Rerewa

Ngati Hokopu

Te Whanau a Rakaimataura

Ngati Putaanga

Ngati Nua

Te Whanau a Ngai Tane

Te Whanau a Hinepare

Te Whanau a Karuai

Te Whanau a Hinerupe ki Waiapu

Te Whanau a Uruahi

Te Whanau a Pokai

Te Whanau a Rakaihoea

Ngati Horowai

Te Whanau a Mahaki

Te Whanau a Uruhonea

Te Whanau a Hineauta

Attendance registers will be taken at the ratification hui and Crown officials will be present as observers of the process. 

We encourage you to attend and participate in the hui for the hapu to which you affiliate.  The method of voting at the hui will be at the discretion of the hapu cluster in accordance with their agreed tikanga. 

Dates have yet to be set for ratification hui for the following hapu clusters: 

  • Nga hapu mai i Onepoto ki Rahuimanuka:  Ngati Uepohatu, Ngai Tangihaere, Ngati Rangi, Te Whanau a Umuariki, Te Whanau a Ruataupare ki Tuparoa, Te Whanau a Hinetapora, Te Whanau a Hinekehu. 
  • Nga hapu mai i Kokoronui ki Te Toka a Taiau:  Ngati Hau, Ngati Ira, Ngati Wakarara, Ngai Tutekohi, Ngati Kahukuranui, Te Aitanga a Hauiti, Te Whanau a Te Rangipureora, Ngati Patuwhare, Ngati Konohi, Ngati Oneone, Ngati Kuranui. 

Please keep an eye on newspaper panui and Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou’s website and Facebook page for formal notice of any further ratification hui.

For further information please visit Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou’s website:, or email:, or telephone Albie McFarlane or Jacqui Ata on 06 867 9960. 

Authorised by Rei Kohere as Nga Hapu o Ngati Porou Foreshore and Seabed Committee Chair