Overwhelming support for Ngāti Rangi treaty settlement package 

Ngāti Rangi uri have given an overwhelming endorsement of the Crown’s offer to settle the iwi’s historical Treaty of Waitangi claims. The Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations and Minister of Māori Development have now considered the results and agreed there is sufficient support from Ngāti Rangi uri to proceed to signing the Ngāti Rangi Deed of Settlement, Rukutia Te Mana. 

Rukutia Te Mana includes the Crown’s acknowledgement of numerous breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi, an agreed historical account and an apology from the Crown for those breaches.  It also includes cultural redress covering lands significant to Ngāti Rangi, including the return of the lakes at Rotokura. 

Iwi members were asked to cast two votes through the independent returning officer at electionz.com.  The first; whether, or not, to accept the Crown’s settlement offer and the second; whether, or not, to accept the proposed Post Settlement Governance Entity (PSGE) called Te Tōtarahoe o Paerangi to manage the settlement and iwi affairs. Voter turnout was just under 42-percent which is relatively high for Treaty settlement ratification votes and the results were a resounding endorsement for the settlement with 99-percent of uri voting in favour of the settlement, and 97 percent for the proposed PSGE.

Ngāti Rangi Iwi Trust Chair Shar Amner said he was delighted with the result.  
“This gives us confidence to move forward to the next stage with the Crown. A huge amount of work has gone into the negotiations and it’s humbling and very satisfying to have our people support this mahi so strongly. For now, we will take a moment to celebrate the result, enjoy the Christmas break with whānau and recharge the batteries; as 2018 is going to be a busy and exciting year for Ngāti Rangi and our community,” Mr Amner said.

The Deed of Settlement will be signed with a formal ceremony early next year (2018). Uri will be advised as soon as this is confirmed.

Posted by 19 December 2017 06:31:00

Kāhui Maunga Games results 

The 6th Bi-annual Kāhui Maunga Games was as much about reconnecting with koro Ruapehu and whānau as it was the games competition itself. Last Friday night and Saturday over 600 uri from Mākaranui, Maungārongo, Mō te katoa, Ngātokorua, Ōtoko, Paraweka, Raketapauma, Ruaka, Tirorangi, Tuhi Ariki and Waitahupārae Marae took to the courts, fields and tables of Ruapehu College competing in nine sporting codes.

Games Chair Brendon Morgan was delighted by the growing support being shown for the event and overall kaupapa. “While Paraweka received the award for Top Marae, the Games are more than just the sports being played. The kaupapa of ‘celebrating our uniqueness from the mountain to the sea’ was also achieved. The feedback has been very positive.”

Kuia Pani Te Hore said, “it’s great to see whānau of all ages from our pēpē (babies) right through to our kaumātua (elders) coming together for such a positive kaupapa. Being under the watchful eye of koro Ruapehu puts the icing on the cake”.

Ngāti Rangi Pou Ārahi (general manager) Kemp Dryden said that planning for the next games has already started with gathering of feedback from uri. “This kaupapa is growing and that there is opportunity for new members to come on board the organising committee”

Results – Overall Marae Winner: Paraweka, Hineraukatauri (fair play award): Tirorangi. Individual Sports - Whakataetae Poitūkohu (Mixed Basketball): Mākaranui, Whakataetae Poipātū (squash) first equal: Maungārongo, Ōtoko and Tirorangi, Whakataetae Uka (euchre): Ruaka, Whakataetae Maita (indoor bowls): Paraweka, Whakataetae Poikōpiko (table tennis): Ngātokorua, Whakataetae Poitarawhiti (mixed netball): Paraweka, Whakataetae Poirewa (mixed volleyball): Paraweka, Whakataetae Pā Whutupōro (mixed touch rugby): Tuhi Ariki and Whakataetae Tamariki (rippa rugby) 5 to7-years: first equal Tirorangi and Ngātokorua, 8 to 11-years: Makaranui.


Posted by 08 December 2017 12:08:00