Now that we have returned from the holiday break, we are really pleased to be able to share a short summary video on Te Rangiwaituhi – The Maniapoto Deed of Settlement Ceremony, held on 4th December 2022 at Te Kūiti Pā.
Check out what some of our whānau and trustees had to say about this significant day and what it meant to them.
Thank you again to all those who could join us on the day to commemorate Te Rangiwaituhi. “It was a perfect day.” says Te Nehenehenui Tiatangata, Bella Takiari-Brame.
“This is an opportunity for us to take a step closer to achieve Mana Motuhake and [the] aspirations of our tūpuna and whānau who have joined us today. This is a significant and historical moment in time for us, and an achievement that has been decades in the making.”
We acknowledge our former chairs, Tīwha Bell and Keith Ikin, and our negotiators who steered us through this process, Hon. Nanaia Mahuta, Peter Douglas, Terrance Mook Hohneck, the late Tā Wira Gardner and Glenn Tootill.
To our Trustees and hardworking Kaimahi: Thank you for your strength and dedication throughout.
We would also like to let whānau know that given we were unable to make the Deed of Settlement document available for whānau to sign at Te Rangiwaituhi, an opportunity will be made available for those that wish to sign the Deed in the coming week. Stay tuned for when we make this announcement.
Ki ngā whanau katoa o Te Nehenehenui, Ngāti Maniapoto me ōna hapū maha, ngā mihi o te tau hou pākehā!