Tēnā tātou Hineuru whanui
It is our pleasure to announce that a Deed of Settlement has been initialled between Hineuru and the Crown. The Deed of Settlement has been rigorously negotiated over the past 22 months since the signing of the Agreement in Principle in October 2012.
After 24 years of struggle and fighting through the Waitangi Tribunal, mandating and negotiating, this initialled Deed of Settlement is a signal for change for Hineuru and means we are only one milestone away from finalising our Treaty claims settlement.
Crown officials travelled from Wellington to our rohe to witness the initialling of the Deed by our Board members in a ceremony at Waiparati. The Board chose Waiparati because of its historical significance to our claims.
Once the document was initialled by the NHII Board, it was subsequently initialled by the Hon Christopher Finlayson in his office in Wellington. You can view the whole deed on the Office of Treaty Settlements website www.ots.govt.nz
The total financial value of the Hineuru Settlement is approximately $50 million and is, we believe, one of the highest valued settlements per capita in the history of Treaty settlements. More importantly it finally provides official acknowledgement by the Crown that:
- For too long the Crown has failed to respect the mana and rangatiratanga of Hineuru, and to fulfil its obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi and its principles;
- The Crown pays tribute to the resilience and the mana of Hineuru, and your long pursuit of justice over many generations; and
- Through this settlement the Crown seeks to atone for its past wrongs, and to assist Hineuru in lifting the burden of grievance and restoring the well-being of your people and cultural heritage. The Crown looks forward to building a new relationship with Hineuru based on mutual trust, co-operation, and respect for the Treaty of Waitangi and its principles.
These acknowledgements and apology are also provided in te reo Māori:
- Kua roa rawa te wā kīhai te Karauna i aronui atu ki te mana me te rangatiratanga o Hineuru, kīhai hoki i tutuki ana here i raro i te Tiriti o Waitangi me ōna kaupapa matua;
- E mihi ana te Karauna ki te pakari me te mana o Hineuru, me tō koutou whāinga roa i te tika i roto i ngā whakatipuranga maha;
- Rā roto i tēnei whakatau e mahi nui ana te Karauna ki te utu mō ana hara o tau kē, me te tahuri ki te hāpai i a Hineuru kia hīkina ai ngā taumahatanga o te whakamauāhara, kia whakawhiwhia anō te iwi ki te toiora, tae atu ki ngā taonga tuku iho o te iwi. E titiro whakamua ana te Karauna ki tōna whanaungatanga hou ki a Hineuru, i runga i te whakapono, tētahi ki tētahi, te mahi tahi, me te whakamana i te Tiriti o Waitangi me ōna kaupapa nui.
The significance of these statements by the Crown cannot be understated and we are very pleased that the Deed does recognise Hineuru mana; one important pou of our settlement.
What does initialling mean?
Initialling the Deed of Settlement means that NHII and the Crown have negotiated and agreed all aspects and details of the Agreement in Principle and it is now ready to be ratified by Hineuru whanui. The NHII negotiators have negotiated what they believe is the best settlement for Hineuru that they could achieve at this time.
In due course Hineuru will be holding ratification meetings around the country to present and discuss the Hineuru Deed of Settlement with all members of Hineuru. All registered Hineuru members who whakapapa to Hineuru through her marriage to Kiripakeke will be eligible to vote on the settlement.
We also attach the first part of the Hineuru Deed of Settlement on our website for your information. The full initialled Deed is approx. 400 pages inclusive of all the details of the settlement. However, this will increase to approx. 500 pages with the inclusion of the translation of the Historical account into te reo Māori. The part attached contains the crucial aspects such as the Hineuru korero tuku iho, the pursuit of redress, the historical account, the Crown Acknowledgements and the Crown Apology.
Your vote is crucial to ensure that the Hineuru Settlement is ratified. Once ratified, we will be working on organising the signing of the Deed of Settlement
We will be sending panui out in due course regarding elements of our Deed of Settlement and how you can participate in voting.
We look forward to the future of Hineuru and encourage you all to vote for our settlement.
Mai Hineuru mo Hineuru