Ngāti Raukawa kaumātua Whatarangi Winiata has called a meeting of Ngāti Raukawa to discuss issues around the Treaty of Waitangi claims. The meeting is set for the 20 August at Ngātokowaru Marae, Hokio.
With the death of kaumātua Iwikatea Nicholson earlier this year there is only one claimant left alive Mr Pita Richardson. Mr Winiata said it was important for the iwi to come together and make decisions about arrangements for WAI113, which is one of the major claims for Ngāti Raukawa.
“This will be a challenging subject as the issues are complex,” Mr Winiata said.
“The agenda for the day’s discussions are yet to be finalised. Obviously we will include in the agenda preferred arrangements for WAI113. A number of hapū and iwi including Ngāti Pareraukawa have interests in the advancement of the claim.”
Mr Winiata said some claimant groups have sent submissions to the Tribunal seeking a decision on the arrangements for the claim.
“Our preference would be for Ngāti Raukawa to come to an agreement on these arrangements rather than the Tribunal making that decision on our behalf.”
“To that end, Ngāti Pareraukawa have sent a letter to the Tribunal to ensure that we have the opportunity to meet with the iwi to wānanga on these matters and to inform the Tribunal on our decisions.”
Wai 113 was lodged in 1989 by Whata Karaka Davis, Ngarongo Iwikatea Nicholson and Te Maharanui Jacob on behalf of the iwi and hapū of Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga. Ngāti Parewahawaha kaumātua Peter Richardson was added later on and now he is the only surviving member or that group.
The meeting starts at 10.30am at Ngātokowaru Marae, Hokio.