Treaty Settlement

BACKGROUND

Negotiations on a settlement package with Ngāti Tama began in April 1998. The Deed of Settlement was agreed by an exchange of letters between the Crown and Ngati Tama is the Crown’s formal offer of settlement for Ngati Tama’s historical claims against the Crown under the Treaty of Waitangi.

Ngāti Tama was represented in negotiations by the Claims Progression Team led by Greg White.

The Office of Treaty Settlements with the support of Treasury, Ministry of Fisheries and the Department of Conservation, represented the Crown in day to day negotiations.

The Minister in Charge of Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, Hon Margaret Wilson, represented the Crown in high-level negotiations with Ngāti Tama.

NGATI TAMA DEED OF SETTLEMENT ACT 2003

The Crown and representatives of Ngāti Tama agreed on the terms of a Deed of Settlement which was then put to members of Ngāti Tama for ratification.

The Deed provided for an apology, acknowledgements, a payment of $14.5 million dollars and the transfer of 1800 hectares of land.

The Minister in Charge of Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, Margaret Wilson said the agreement to put the settlement to Ngāti Tama for ratification brought the end of a long-standing grievance.

“The negotiators have proposed a fair settlement which provides redress for proven wrongs done in the past. The matter is now in the hands of the individual descendants of Ngāti Tama and I look forward to their decision”.

Related link – http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/2003/0126/latest/DLM233715.html

TREATY CLAIM MILESTONES

1987 – Stephen Taitoko White registered the Ngāti Tama claim with the Waitangi Tribunal, on behalf of Ngāti Tama (17 September 1987 Wai 135).

Ngati Tama original claim SWhite 1 of 2.pdf (PDF — 430 KB)

1988 – Ngāti Tama wananga held
Ngati Tama wananga 1988 2 of 2.pdf (PDF — 173 KB)
Ngati Tama Wananga 1988 1 of 2.pdf (PDF — 439 KB)

1991 – Waitangi Tribunal hearings into the Taranaki claims began (at Owae marae). In all, 12 hearings were held around Taranaki marae. Oral submissions were made by Pateriki Te Rei, Stephen Taitoko White; Te Aramau Lake, Peter Te Maihengia White and Greg White.

1996 – The Waitangi Tribunal released an interim report to enable settlement negotiations between Taranaki iwi and the Crown to commence.

1996 – The Ngāti Tama Iwi Development Trust mandated to negotiate with the Crown on behalf of Ngāti Tama.

1998 – Claims negotiations proper began. Greg White was selected to be the Chief Negotiator for Ngāti Tama.

1999 – Heads of Agreement between Ngāti Tama and the Crown was signed at the Pukearuhe Marae in September 1999.

2001 – The Deed of Settlement was ratified (with 98% of the membership in support).

2003 – (November) The Ngāti Tama Settlement Act became law.

Waitangi Tribunal Report Kaupapa Tuatahi – Record of Inquiry
http://www.waitangi-tribunal.govt.nz/reports/viewchapter.asp?reportID=3FECC540-D049-4DE6-A7F0-C26BCCDAB345&chapter=15