Claims Team – Progress Update

The Claims Team  received positive feedback from those that attended the  June hui-ā-iwi at Waipapa Marae – and believe it was a good to hear directly from Te Arawhiti / The Office of Treaty Settlements (OTS) . The message though was sobering. Both Te Arawhiti and the Claims Team advised attendees that Ngāti Hikairo claims would likely be “put on the shelf”  if they did not agree to be part of the Waikato-Tainui Remaining Claims Mandate Strategy.

Moka Apiti, Claims Manager and Chair of Te Rūnanganui o Ngāti Hikairo, stated that the rūnanga did not have the capability to take on the Crown or Waikato-Tainui without “great personal and financial costs to individual members of Ngāti Hikairo”. Further, he affirmed that there is no political will to recognise Ngāti Hikairo independently outside of a “large natural grouping”.

As a result of the hui, the Claims Team have been asked to investigate what a Waikato-Tainui deal might look like and to further scope out possibilities for Ngāti Hikairo  progressing independently from Waikato-Tainui. The Claims Team are  expected to present this information back to the iwi at a series of consultation hui.

Details of the hui dates and venues will be posted once confirmed.