News from home / Politics / Environment
30 Apr 2014

Rahui marae in Tikitiki, will host the upcoming Hui a Iwi on Saturday the 3rd of May. The Hui a Iwi has been called by Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou, to inform and update whanau and hapu members about four key kaupapa currently on the tribal radar. The hui will also provide the opportunity for Iwi members to share their whakaaro, and help formulate the tribe’s responses to these issues.Radio Ngati Porou will also be there to broadcast the hui over the airwaves and online.The four key kaupapa are:

The Te Ture Whenua Maori Act 1993 Review Presented by: Matanuku Mahuika (Chairman of Te Ture Whenua Maori Act 1993 Review Panel)

The Hui a Iwi will discuss the findings of an expert review panel, who recently released their final report about Te Ture Whenua Maori Act 1993. Currently the government is drafting a new Te Ture Whenua Māori bill to reform the governance and management of Māori land. The new legislation will be based on the recommendations made in the report. Among the recommendations include allowing engaged owners to make utilisation decisions without needing approval by the Māori Land Court, and options for dealing with fragmentation.

Foreshore & Seabed Update Presented by: Matanuku Mahuika (Legal Counsel for TRONPnui)

Ten years ago the Crown passed the Foreshore and Seabed Act 2004, despite the Ngati Porou position that hapu have customary title to their respective rohe moana. After several years of negotiations the hapu of Ngati Porou and the Crown signed a deed in 2008 which was intended to provide for the recognition of hapu rights in the foreshore and seabed.

Legislation was introduced to give effect to the Deed, but the progress of this legislation was delayed first by the review of the Foreshore and Seabed Act and then by the replacement of that Act with the Marine and Coastal Area Act 2011. Since the Marine and Coastal Area Act was passed, Ngati Porou have been in further discussions with the Crown about potential amendments to the 2008 Deed and the recognition of customary title areas. The Hui a Iwi will provide an update about what recent developments have been made in regard to this kaupapa.

Waiapu River Restoration & Accord Presented by: Teepa Wawatai (TRONPnui CEO)

The health and well-being of the Waiapu, is important to Ngati Porou, and is one of the issues Ngati Porou negotiated with the Crown as part of our Treaty Settlement. On the 23rd of April an Accord (agreement) between Ngati Porou and the Crown was signed, and one of the outcomes of the Accord is the Waiapu River Restoration project. The Hui a Iwi will provide the opportunity to find out more about this project and the proposed solutions to improve the condition of our awa.

Hauora & Ngati Porou Hauora Review Presented by: Lois McCarthy, Agnes Walker & Georgina Parata (Ngati Porou Hauora)

The Hui a Iwi will provide the opportunity for Hapu community Hauora strategies to be shared and discussed. These include what local programmes and activities are happening within each region, and suggestions about how hapu can establish a stronger working relationship with Ngati Porou Hauora. There will also be an update about the NPH review currently underway.

Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou welcomes everyone to come along to become more informed, and to share your views about these important kaupapa.

For more information please contact: Lena Lyttle, Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou, Ruatoria Office, 06 8649 004 or call free 0800 833 502. Val Lewis, Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou, Gisborne Office, 06 867 9960 or call free 0800 676 768.

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