Our Settlement journey has been ongoing for more than 30 years. Our elders began the process back in the early 1980s, lodging historical Treaty claims with the Waitangi Tribunal for the area between Tūranganui-a-Kiwa and Mōhaka (the ‘Wairoa Inquiry District’).

In 2002 iwi and hapū with interests across the Wairoa rohe came together at Rangiāhua Marae to discuss how to collectively resolve historical Treaty of Waitangi claims against the Crown.

Our whakapapa and whanaungatanga helped us to work together. The iwi and hapū group was initially known as ‘The Wairoa Inquiry District Working Group’ until it was renamed Te Tira Whakaemi o Te Wairoa (Te Tira).

Through seven clusters of iwi and hapū groups across the region, Te Tira collectively represented approximately 34,000 people.

It took three years of intense discussion and consultation to decide that the best course of action was to progress through direct negotiations with the Crown.

In 2005 Te Tira began to formally interact with the Crown in setting the foundations for negotiations, and by 2009 had achieved a mandate to officially enter into negotiations.

Over the following five years, the Deed of Mandate was recognised by the Crown, terms of negotiation agreed, and then an Agreement in Principle signed in 2014.

Settlement negotiations finally finished in 2016 and we held an extensive ratification voting process for our Iwi and Hapū to approve the Deed of Settlement and the Post-Settlement Governance Entity (PSGE), Tātau Tātau o Te Wairoa.

We received overwhelming support from our people, who voted to approve the Settlement and then came out in force for our official signing ceremony in Wairoa on 26 November 2016.

Our Settlement Bill is now going through the Parliamentary process to become law.


Tātau Tātau o Te Wairoa Trust

Tātau Tātau o Te Wairoa has 14 Initial Trustees, who will play an important role in ensuring we build a solid foundation for future growth and development opportunities.

Our Iwi and Hapū elected our Initial Trustees, with each of the seven Kāhui (clusters) within Te Tira voting for one Ahi-Kā Trustee and one general Trustee to represent their Kāhui.

Our initial Trustees are:

  • Phillip Beattie
  • Darren Beatty
  • Huia LH Huata
  • Carwyn Jones
  • Heta Kaukau
  • Oha Manuel
  • Carmen Morrell
  • Pieri Munro (Deputy Chairperson)
  • Richard Niania
  • Tamati Olsen
  • Moana Rongo
  • Apiata Tapine
  • Johnina Tewira Symes
  • Leon Symes (Chairperson).

Our Trust’s beneficiaries are whānau, hapū and iwi who whakapapa to the ancestral waka of Tākitimu and Kurahaupō across Te Rohe o Te Wairoa.

All whānau who whakapapa to our Iwi and hapū are encouraged to register as members of Tatau Tatau o Te Wairoa. Register online


Our Settlement

The redress Te Tira has agreed with the Crown includes:

  1. An Historical Account, Acknowledgment and Apology
    The Historical Account covers the historical relationship between the iwi and hapū of Te Wairoa, and the Crown. This will stretch from 1840, through the New Zealand Wars, the “Four Southern Blocks”, the Tairawhiti Māori Land Board, Crown purchasing and natural resource interference, to socio-economic developments.
  2. Cultural Redress
    Cultural redress relates to sites of significance for hapū and iwi. Redress might mean a return of some sites to iwi, hapū and marae.
  3. Commercial Redress
    Financial ($100 million) less the purchase price of Crown assets – also known as ‘quantum’.

The map above shows the rohe of the Iwi and Hapū of Te Wairoa.

Read our Deed of Settlement.

“Kia tutuki ki te wawata ke tu ano o ratou whanau, hapu, iwi, i runga i o ratou ake mana.”
“To realise their dream for their people to stand on their own authority.”
John Whaanga, Lead Negotiator, Te Tira Whakaemi