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CONFIRMED Third Reading of the Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui River Claims Settlement) Bill

Tākirikiri kau ana te hau kōriporipo i Te Awanui-a-Rua
Pōkarekare ana ngā wai o Whanganui.
Ko ngā hau tipua o tai: a Hau-a-pāpāuru, a Hau-a-pāpārangi te pāho atu nei!
Ko ngā hau tipua o uta: a Parakakariki, a Mouwhakaarahia te tuku atu nei i te ki: Mai ara rā! Kia hiwa rā!
E te Iwi, whakanuia i te whakamanatanga o Ruruku Whakatupua me te Awa Tupua hei ture.
Whakahuihuitia mai tātou i te Pāremata ki te Whanganui a Tara hei te Wenerei, 15 Maehe, 2017.
Nau mai, haere mai Whanganui nui tonu me ngā uri maha a Rua-tipua rāua tahi ko Paerangi. 

Tautokotia mai i runga i te kōrero a ngā tūpuna e whēnei ana: He ao āpōpō, he ao tea! Kūi Kūi! Whitiwhiti ora!

 

Further to my communication last week I am now able to confirm that the third and final reading for the Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui River Claims Settlement) Bill will occur at Parliament next Wednesday 15 March 2017 beginning at 10 am.

In going to Parliament for the last time we will carry all those who have made this possible with us. We can then return home with the clarity and with the certainty that our Awa and our mokopuna deserve: “He ao āpōpō, he ao tea!”

Please contact the office of Ngā Tāngata Tiaki o Whanganui for all enquiries. Again, I conclude by asking that in anticipation of this day, and of the job we have ahead of us in upholding Te Mana o te Awa me te Mana o te Iwi, we reflect on the call of Te Ope Whanarere’s oft sung composition, Te Wai o Whanganui:

E te Iwi o Whanganui, pupuria tātou!
Kia kotahi te reo, kia oti ai e!
Ye kinfolk of Whanganui, let us combine!
To speak as one, and complete the task!

Gerrard Albert
Chair

23/03/2017

Likely Date for the Third and Final Reading of the Te Awa Tupua Bill

Te Mana o te Awa

Te Mana o te Iwi

When settlement negotiations for Te Awa Tupua recommenced in 2009 the late Sir Archie Te Atawhai Taiaroa stated that the settlement should ultimately uphold “Te mana o te Awa, te mana o te Iwi. “That is, the settlement must uphold the mana of the Awa and in doing so, uphold the mana of the Iwi.

Eight years on, having signed a Deed of Settlement – Ruruku Whakatupua – Te Mana o te Awa, Te Mana o te Iwi – and after two readings of our settlement bill Sir Archie’s edict is about to be realised with the final reading of the Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui River Claims Settlement) Bill.

This pānui is to provide advance notice to Iwi that a Treaty Settlement Bill session has been scheduled for the House of New Zealand Representatives (Parliament) for:

Wednesday March 15 2017

The Office of Treaty Settlements is confident that a third and final reading of our Te Awa Tupua Bill will occur in that session, between 9.30am and 1pm.  The only formality is having this confirmed by the relevant committee, which will occur on 8 March 2017.

Given the short timeframe it is prudent that Iwi note Wednesday 15 March 2017 in our diaries and that logistical and other preparations begin immediately so that we are organised and ready to go to Wellington en masse to be present for this historic occasion.  The office of Ngā Tāngata Tiaki o Whanganui is swinging into action and will be sending out draft logistical plans to Iwi networks soon. In the meantime the office can be contacted via the email and numbers listed below.

While the notice is short I am nonetheless excited that our Te Awa Tupua Bill is about to pass into legislation. We have waited long enough for this day.  I ask that in anticipation of this day, and of the job we have ahead of us in upholding Te Mana o te Awa me te Mana o te Iwi, we reflect on the call of Te Ope Whanarere’s oft sung composition:

E te Iwi o Whanganui, pupuria tātou!

Kia kotahi te reo, kia oti ai e!

 Ye kinfolk of Whanganui, let us combine!

To speak as one, and complete the task!

 Gerrard Albert

Chair, Ngā Tāngata Tiaki o Whanganui

02/12/2016

TE AWA TUPUA (WHANGANUI RIVER CLAIMS SETTLEMENT) BILL SECOND READING

The Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui River Claims Settlement) Bill (the Bill) was introduced to Parliament and had its First Reading in May 2016.  The Bill was then referred to the Māori Affairs Select Committee which received and heard submissions between June and September.  The Māori Affairs Select Committee has now provided its report on the Bill back to the House.  As a consequence a Second Reading has been set down to occur on Wednesday 7 December 2016.

 

The Second Reading is an important step toward the passage through Parliament of legislation that will see the legal recognition of the Whanganui River as Te Awa Tupua, an indivisible and living whole from the mountains to the sea, incorporating all its physical and metaphysical elements and cementing the inalienable relationship of all hapū and iwi of Te Awa Tupua with the River.  A final reading will be required for the Bill to become law.  It is anticipated this will occur in the first quarter of 2017.

 

The Second Reading will occur during an extended sitting on Wednesday 7 December between 9am and 1pm. The Office of Treaty Settlements is unable to confirm exactly when the debate on our Bill will take place during the Parliamentary schedule, which is subject to change. Other iwi Settlement Bills are being heard in this sitting also. For this reason a delegation of kaumātua and Ngā Tāngata Tiaki o Whanganui Trustees will attend the Second Reading on behalf of the greater iwi. The proceedings in Parliament will be screened live on Parliamentary Television.  For details on how to view the proceedings live online or via radio (refer below).

 

Ngā manga iti, ngā manga nui e honohono kau ana, ka tupu hei Awa Tupua

(The small and large streams that flow into one another and form one River)

Gerrard Albert, Chair

Additional Information 

The Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui River Claims Settlement) Bill will give effect to Ruruku Whakatupua, the Deed of Settlement that was signed between Whanganui Iwi and the Crown on the 5 August 2014 in settlement of the historical Treaty of Waitangi claims of Whanganui Iwi relating to the Whanganui River.

The Bill will establish a new legal framework for the Whanganui River – Te Pā Auroa nā Te Awa Tupua – centred on the legal recognition of Te Awa Tupua.

Te Awa Tupua will have its own rights and innate values, Tupua te Kawa, which must be recognised by relevant decision-makers, and the Crown and Iwi of the River will jointly appoint two persons to the role of Te Pou Tupua, who will be charged with upholding the River’s new status.

Tupua te Kawa includes the inalienable relationship of all River iwi and hapū with the Whanganui River, and also the shared responsibility of the Iwi and the other communities of the River to work collaboratively to the common purpose of the health and wellbeing of Te Awa Tupua.

All enquires are welcome to the Ngā Tāngata Tiaki o Whanganui Trust Office 0800 AWA TUPUA (0800 292 8878) or email office@ngatangatatiaki.co.nz

Parliament Live Streaming Details

Parliamentary Services website: https://www.parliament.nz/en/watch-parliament/

Radio: https://www.parliament.nz/en/get-involved/media-centre/parliament-on-rnz/

Digital TV Channels: Freeview 31, Igloo 50, Sky 86, Vodafone 86

 

 

21/9/2016

Ngā Tāngata Tiaki o Whanganui Trust Annual Reportagm

The Ngā Tāngata Tiaki o Whanganui Trust Annual Report for 2015-2016 is now avaliable online – click here

If you would like a hard copy please call our team 0800 AWA TUPUA (0800 292 8878) or email office@ngatangatatiaki.co.nz

Copies of the Annual Report will be distributed at the Annual General Meeting to be held  25th September 2016, commencing at 11 am at Rānana (Ruakā) Marae, Rānana -Whanganui River.

3/9/2016


Annual General Meeting Notice

Ngā manga iti, ngā manga nui e honohono kau ana, ka tupu, hei Awa Tupua. He powhiri tenei ki ngā uri maha o Whanganui Iwi.

The Ngā Tāngata Tiaki o Whanganui Annual General Meeting for the period 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016 will be held:

Date: 25th September 2016, commencing at 11am

 Venue: Rānana (Ruakā) Marae, Rānana, Whanganui River.            

 AGENDA

  1. Whakatau and Karakia
  2. Apologies
  3. Confirmation of 2015 AGM minutes
  4. Presentation of Annual Report for 2015-2016
  5. Presentation of Annual Plan for 2016-2017 and Five Year Plan
  6. Approve Appointment of Auditor for 2016-2017
  7. Approve Trustees’ Remuneration
  8. General Business
  9. Karakia Whakamutunga

To register for transport from Taumarunui, Ohākune/Raetihi and Whanganui call 0800 AWA TUPUA (0800 292 8878).

Copies of the Annual Report for 2015-2016 can be obtained at the offices of Ngā Tāngata Tiaki o Whanganui or viewed at www.ngatangatatiaki.co.nz by 20th September 2016.

Gerrard Albert

Chairperson

1/9/2016

Māori Affairs Select Committee for the Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui River Settlement) Bill

Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui River Settlement) Bill – Hearing Submissions WELLINGTON

Ngā Tāngata Tiaki o Whanganui has been notified that the Māori Affairs Select Committee will be hearing late submissions on our Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui River Settlement) Bill on Monday 5th September 2016.

  • The venue  is confirmed as Committee Room 6, Parliament House – Wellington
  • Submissions on the, Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui River Settlement) Bill are scheduled to begin at 4.00 pm

Please note that times are subject to change with that in mind you may wish to arrive earlier.

 A copy of the Ngā Tāngata Tiaki submission can be read on the Ngā Tāngata Tiaki o Whanganui website http://www.ngatangatatiaki.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/NTT-Submission-Te-Awa-Tupua-Whanganui-River-Claims-Settlement-Bill.pdf

To learn more about Bill and law development please refer the follow link

https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/bills-and-laws/bills-proposed-laws/document/00DBHOH_BILL68939_1/te-awa-tupua-whanganui-river-claims-settlement-bill

 

 

16/8/2016

Ngā Tāngata Tiaki Submission to the Māori Affairs Select Committee

Tēnā tātau

Thank you to those uri whom attended the Maori Affairs Select Committee hearing of oral submissions on our Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui River Settlement) Bill on Monday 15th August 2016.

Ngā Tāngata Tiaki Submission: A copy of the Ngā Tāngata Tiaki submission can be read on the Ngā Tāngata Tiaki o Whanganui website http://www.ngatangatatiaki.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/NTT-Submission-Te-Awa-Tupua-Whanganui-River-Claims-Settlement-Bill.pdf

For more information and to learn more about Bill and law development please refer the follow link

https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/bills-and-laws/bills-proposed-laws/document/00DBHOH_BILL68939_1/te-awa-tupua-whanganui-river-claims-settlement-bill

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Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui River Claims Settlement) Bill – First Reading – Part 1 & 2

To watch the entire reading visit http://www.inthehouse.co.nz/video/43319


 

MEDIA RELEASE

FIRST READING OF WHANGANUI RIVER SETTLEMENT BILL

E rere kau mai te Awa nui mai i te Kahui Maunga ki Tangaroa Ko au te Awa, ko te Awa ko au (The great river flows from the mountains to the sea I am the River and the River is me) The First Reading of Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui River Claims Settlement) Bill will take place in Parliament today, Wednesday, 25 May 2016.

54 years ago, at the end one of the longest running Court cases in New Zealand’s history (which began 24 years earlier in 1938), the Court of Appeal ruled that the bed of Whanganui River was vested in the Crown. In 1999, the Waitangi Tribunal found that Whanganui Iwi owned, and held rangatiratanga over, the Whanganui River, and that the Crown’s actions in removing the possession and control of the River from Whanganui Iwi and failing to protect the interests of Whanganui Iwi was in breach of the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.

Today signals the first stage of the passge through Parliament of legislation that will see both the legal recognition of the Whanganui River as Te Awa Tupua (an indivisible and living whole comprising the Whanganui River from the mountains to the sea, incorporating all its physical and metaphysical elements) and the vesting of the Crown-owned bed of the Whanganui River in Te Awa Tupua.

“Since the first Crown incursions on the Whanganui River in the mid 1850s which led to the destruction of pā tuna (eel weirs) and utu piharau (lamprey weirs) and the clearance of many of the River’s rapids, Whanganui Iwi have fought to have their rights and their relationship with the River recognised”, said Gerrard Albert, the Chairperson of Ngā Tāngata Tiaki o Whanganui. “Today is a momentous occasion for Whanganui Iwi. Over 200 uri (descendants) of Whanganui Iwi will descend on Parliament today to witness the First Reading of the Bill and the large numbers
attending reflect the conviction and perseverance shown by the Iwi for well over a century to uphold the mana of the River. The fact that the longstanding River claims of Whanganui Iwi are being concluded through a unique approach that reflects the Iwi’s view of the River adds to the energy and excitement that the Iwi is feeling.”

The Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui River Claims Settlement) Bill will give effect to Ruruku Whakatupua, the Deed of Settlement that was signed between Whanganui Iwi and the Crown on the 5 August 2014 in settlement of the historical Treaty of Waitangi claims of Whanganui Iwi relating to the Whanganui River.

The Bill will establish a new legal framework for the Whanganui River – Te Pā Auroa nā Te Awa Tupua  – centred on the legal recognition of Te Awa Tupua. “This is significant not only for Whanganui Iwi and Aotearoa, but internationally; being the first time that a river system has been accorded its own legal personality”, said Mr Albert.

Te Awa Tupua will have its own rights and innate values, Tupua Te Kawa, which must be recognised by relevant decision-makers, and the Crown and Iwi of the River will jointly appoint two persons to the role of Te Pou Tupua, who will be charged with upholding the River’s interests. The Tupua Te Kawa values include the inalienable relationship of all River Iwi and hapū with the Whanganui River, and also the shared responsibility of the Iwi and the other communities of the River to work collaboratively to the common purpose of the health and wellbeing of Te Awa Tupua.

“This new legal status will be central to future decision-making”, said Mr Albert. “The new lens through which the Whanganui River will be viewed will be that of Te Awa Tupua – the River as a physical and metaphysical whole from the mountains to the sea – which reflects the relationship that we have always contended we have with our Awa. Our tūpuna lived that relationship and our mokopuna will continue to live that relationship going forward, supported now by Te Awa Tupua’s own Act of Parliament.”

Another strength of the new framework is that it is not simply an arrangement between the Crown and the Iwi. The Bill also provides for establishment of Te Kōpuka nā Te Awa Tupua (a strategy group involving representatives of the Crown, Iwi, local government and other groups with interests in the River), the collaborative development of Te Heke Ngahuru ki Te Awa Tupua (a long-term strategy document for the future health and wellbeing of the River), and a $30 million public contestable fund, Te Korotete, that will be used to support initiatives for the heatlh and wellbeing of the River.

“This is a time for Iwi and the communities of Te Awa Tupua to join together”, said Mr Albert, “However, it is not only a time to celebrate the settlement and the new arrangements that will recognise the relationship between the Iwi and hapū of Whanganui and Te Awa Tupua and provide for its future health and wellbeing. It is also a time to reflect and remember our tūpuna now passed who took the stand over successive generations to advocate for the mana and rights of the Whanganui River and Whanganui Iwi.”

“Te Awa Tupua is now calling, to its people, to the many communities of the River, to join together and prepare for the work still ahead. We must bind together and work as one to ensure that the health and wellbeing of the River, and the health and wellbeing of the people, are strengthened. Through the ground-breaking and innovative approach that will be recognised though this legislation, let us collectively continue to uphold and maintain our responsibilities.”

The waiata that will be sung by Whanganui Iwi members in Parliament today in support of the Bill, Te Wai o Whanganui, was composed by Te Ope Whanarere of Kaiwhaiki in 1939 at the height of the original case in the Native Land Court seeking recognition of the mana of Whanganui Iwi over the River. “The last verse of the waiata in particular sums up the legacy that Whanganui Iwi continues to carry and the reason that the First Reading of the Bill is being supported in such numbers today”, said Mr Albert:

“E te Iwi o Whanganui pupuria tatou, kia kotahi te reo, kia oti ai e!”

(Ye tribes of Whanganui, let us with one accord unite with one voice unto the end!)

Following its First Reading, the Bill will be referred to the Māori Affairs Select Committee for consideration. It is anticipated that, following its Second and Third Readings in Parliament, the Bill will be enacted in early 2017.

Ngā manga iti, ngā manga nui e honohono kau ana, ka tupu hei Awa Tupua (The small and large streams
that flow into one another and form one River)

CONTACT:
Gerrard Albert, Chairperson, Ngā Tāngata Tiaki o Whanganui Email: gerrard@ngatangatatiaki.co.nz
Phone: 021 705 420

Notes:
Ngā Tāngata Tiaki o Whanganui was established in August 2014 as the post-­‐settlement governance
entity for Whanganui Iwi for the purpose of the Whanganui River Settlement.

The two documents which together comprise Ruruku Whakatupua, the Whanganui River Deed of
Settlement, signed on 5 August 2014, may be viewed at:

http://nz01.terabyte.co.nz/ots/DocumentLibrary/140805RurukuWhakatupua-­‐ TeManaOTeAwaTupua.pdf

http://nz01.terabyte.co.nz/ots/DocumentLibrary/140805RurukuWhakatupua-­‐ TeManaOTeIwiOWhanganui.pdf

A copy of the Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui River Claims Settlement) Bill may be viewed at:

http://www.legislation.govt.nz/bill/government/2016/0129/latest/DLM6830851.html


Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui River Claims Settlement) Bill – First Reading

Tēnā tātau

I am pleased to advise that the Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui River Claims Settlement) Bill has been introduced to Parliament and will have its first reading at 11am on Wednesday 25 May 2016.
The Bill includes all of the elements contained within the Whanganui River Deed of Settlement – Ruruku Whakatupua – signed on 14 August 2014 including according the Whanganui River and its tributaries the status of Te Awa Tupua with our innate values, Tupua Te Kawa, to be recognised at law for the first time as a value system integral to decision making.

We have only just been advised of this date by the Office of Treaty Settlements but hope that the short notice notwithstanding our people will be able to join us at Parliament to witness the Bill’s first reading.
After the first reading the Bill will move through the following stages:

  • Select Committee
  • Second Reading
  • Committee of the Whole House

Third (final) ReadingIt could take up to a year to complete this process but we are hopeful it will proceed through all the stages by the end of 2016.
A further pānui providing detail on the programme for the first reading together with information about transport will be issued shortly.Ngā manga iti, ngā manga nui e honohono kau ana, ka tupu hei Awa TupuaThe small and large streams that flow into one another and form one river, Te Awa Tupua

Kia ora mai rā

Gerrard Albert

Chair

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