(Frequently Asked Questions)


  • Why should I register?

Because as a descendant through your whakapapa you are entitled to become a beneficiary of this settlement!

However, if you want to be involved in this official process, and to have your say, you need to register with Te Tira now.

This is our opportunity to build a better future for our whānau and more importantly for our future generations – our tamariki and mokopuna.

Like our ancestors did for us, we are trying to leave what we have in a better place for our future generations.


  • Who can register?

Any person who has whakapapa to any of the iwi and hapū of the Wairoa District regardless of age or where you live. However, only registered beneficiaries 18 years of age or older at the time of the voting period can vote.

We also encourage you to register all of your tamariki now.

Whāngai and legally adopted persons are also eligible to register.

Click here to register.


  • Where is the negotiation process at?

We are rapidly moving towards the final stages of our negotiation process with the Crown.  Our immediate priority is now the signing of the Deed of Settlement, followed by its ratification by our people and its passing into law through Settlement Legislation.

This process began over 10 years ago and we are committed to completing it. To make this a strong settlement, we want all our people on this journey together. That’s why it is important to register.


  • What redress is being sought?

The redress Te Tira has negotiated with the Crown, and that has been agreed to in the 2014 Agreement in Principle, includes:

I. An Historical Account, Acknowledgement and Apology

The Historical Account will cover the entire historical relationship between the iwi and hapū of Te Wairoa, and the Crown. This will stretch from first contact, through the New Zealand Wars, the “Four Southern Blocks”, the Tairawhiti Māori Land Board, Crown purchasing and natural resource interference, to socio-economic developments.

II. 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.

III. Commercial Redress

Financial ($100 million) less the purchase price of Crown assets – also known as ‘quantum’.


  • How will I benefit from the settlement?

The settlement will acknowledge that our land was taken, so we can move forward to regain our mana over our land, our Reo, and improve our opportunities for education, health and well-being.

How the settlement is used or distributed will be worked through by a Post-Settlement Governance Entity (PSGE). Te Tira is currently discussing what the appropriate model of that PSGE might be. All clusters are involved in that korero.


  • How can I find out more information?

Te Tira Whakaemi will be holding hui-a-iwi throughout this process. Keep an eye out for notifications on our website, Facebook page, and in local newspapers.

Te Tira is committed to communicating with all our iwi, hapū and whānau. We will try to come back to you as soon as we can to answer any questions.


  • If I have a question, who do I ask?

For questions relating to Te Tira Whakaemi, your first point of contact are the Mandated Representatives of your cluster. Their contact details can be found here.

However, Te Tira Kokiri is also available to help by contacting Melissa Kaimoana at register@tetirawhakaemi.iwi.nz


  • Who are my representatives / negotiators?

There are four Mandated Representatives per cluster. Their details can be found on the About us page.

The Lead Negotiator is John Whaanga, who is appointed by Te Tira Whakaemi.

He is joined by Rangi Manuel (Te Wairoa Tapokorau Cluster 1), Carwyn Jones (Te Wairoa Tapokorau Ruarua), Pauline Tangiora (Rongomaiwahine/Ngai Rakato), Johnina Symes (Ngati Rakaipaaka), Richard Niania (Wairoa-Waikaremoana Maori Trust Board), Walter Wilson (Whakaki-nui-a-Rua), and Lillian Tahuri (Ngai Tamaterangi)


  • How do I register?

Registration can be done online here or by downloading a Registration Form. Hard copy versions of the form are available by contacting Melissa Kaimoana at register@tetirawhakaemi.iwi.nz

This registration form will be entered into the beneficiary database of Te Tira Whakaemi o Te Wairoa.

All whakapapa details will be kept confidential.  If further whakapapa details are required we will contact you.  The Post-Settlement Governance Entity (PSGE) will administer the beneficiary database once ratified by way of a vote by all beneficiaries 18 years of age and older.


  • What if I live overseas?

This settlement is for everyone with whakapapa to our iwi, hapū, and marae. It does not matter if you live at home or abroad.

Any person over 18 years of age who can whakapapa to an iwi or hapū of Te Tira Whakaemi may register.  Children of those persons who can demonstrate whakapapa may also be registered.

Whangai and legally adopted persons are also eligible to register.

Click here to register.


  • How will I be represented post-settlement?

Following the settlement a Post-Settlement Governance Entity (PSGE) will be established. This will include representatives from each cluster. Te Tira is currently considering what the appropriate model of that entity will be.