Rangatira / Iwi
Written by: ngatiporou.com
29 Apr 2012

The following article was originally published in the April 2012 Nga Kohinga.

Ngati Porou Claims Settlement Bill

Thursday the 29th of March 2012 marked the end of a long journey for Ngati Porou, yet also the beginning of an exciting new era in the tribe’s development. On that day a strong contingent of Natis packed into the public gallery of the debating chamber at Parliament, to observe the third and final reading of the Ngati Porou Claims Settlement Bill.

“Treaty Thursday” was not only a time of celebration for Ngati Porou, but also for four other iwi - Ngati Whare, Ngati Manawa, Ngati Maniapoto and Ngati Pahauwera. The government, keen to progress iwi settlements, dedicated the entire day’s programme to third readings for Iwi Settlement Bills.

The day before the final reading a bus travelled down from the East Coast, doing the first pick up in Hicks Bay at 5.30am. The willingness of people to undertake that arduous journey at short notice to support the kaupapa, is a measure of the strong home based support received throughout the settlement process.

Parliamentarians across all the major parties delivered speeches at the third reading. Parekura Horomia, Shane Jones, Nanaia Mahuta and Moana Mackey from Labour; Pita Sharples from the Maori Party; Brendan Horan from NZ First; Hone Harawira from Mana; Denise Roche from the Green’s; Chris Finlayson, Anne Tolley and Hekia Parata from National.

Among the korero included acknowledgements to pakeke who were instrumental in supporting the Settlement journey over many years. Also acknowledged were the dreams and aspirations of iwi members as they looked forward to the future.

Royal Assent

On the 5th April, the Governor General, as the Queen’s representative, gave royal assent to the Ngati Porou Settlement Bill. The royal assent enacted the Ngati Porou Claims Settlement Act, which in turn set in motion the following actions:

• The dissolution of Te Runanga o Ngati Porou. It no longer exists.
• Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou taking its place as the sole governance body for Ngati Porou
• The dissolution of Porou Ariki Trust. It no longer exists

The Transfer from Te Runanga o Ngati Porou to Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou of:

• All commercial subsidiary entities such as Ngati Porou Fisheries, Ngati Porou Seafoods, Real Fresh, Pakihiroa Farms – retaining their governance, management, staff and assets but no longer operating as charitable entities
• Ngati Porou Hauora - retaining its governance, management, staff and assets and retaining its status as a charitable trust
• All former staff of Te Runanga o Ngati Porou.

 

 

 

Settlement

On 8th of May settlement will occur - meaning the settlement assets will be transferred from the Crown to Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou. At this point the Board of Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou will have governance responsibility for an enterprise with assets valued at over $177 million:

Pre-Settlement Assets from Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou & Porou Ariki Trust
• Property/Plant/Equipment $ 5 Million
• Farm Stock $ 2 Million
• Fishing Quota $ 17 Million
• Shares $ 17 Million
Total $ 41 Million

Settlement Assets from the Crown
• Cash $ 121 Million
• Carbon Units $ 2 Million
• Gifted Property $ 2 Million
• Land Forestry $ 11 Million
• Land – Conservation Value to be assigned
• Agreements Value to be assigned
Total $ 136 Million

Detailed List of Assets Transferred from the Crown
Total cash ($120.7 Million):
• $90 million Commercial Redress
• $20 million Cultural Redress
• Interest
• Net Accumulated Rentals from Crown Forest Licence Lands
Carbon Credits (Estimated current value $2.4 Million):
• 356,000 units 38% units transferred in the first tranche

Land and Property;
Tokomaru & Ruatoria Forests Lands Approximately 24,000 hectares ($10.8 Million) 

Nil consideration properties: ($1.7 Million):
• Hoia Station
• Former Te Araroa Post Office
• Former Whakaangiangi School & house
• Section at Whakarua Park
• House at 58 Wainui Rd
• Manutahi Forest

DOC & LINZ Properties Approximately 6,000 ha (Value to be assigned):
• Taitai
• Pukeamaru
• Whangaokeno
• Whanokao
• Raparapariki
• Aorangi
• Te Herenga
• Awanui
• Ruataupare
• Te Puia
• Waimahuru
• Anaura
• Pakaturi
• Waipare Redwoods
• Paraheka

Purchase & Leaseback Option Lists (Value not assigned):
• Police
• Education

Right of First Refusal Option Lists (Value not assigned):
• Police & NZ Defence
• Education & Housing NZ
• Corrections & Justice
• DOC

Agreements with the Crown (Value to be assigned):
Co-governance Agreement
• Department of Conservation

Crown Minerals Protocol
• Ministry of Economic Development

Taonga Tuturu Protocol
• Ministry of Culture & Heritage

The Accord
• Crown agencies related to infrastructure and social delivery in the Ngati Porou rohe

Letter of Commitment
• Department of Internal Affairs & Te Papa

Transition

Much of the recent activity by Te Runanganui Board members has revolved around transferring assets from Te Runanga o Ngati Porou and Porou Ariki Trust, and preparations for receiving Settlement assets from the Crown. There is ongoing work to plan and implement the organisational structure for the Ngati Porou enterprise including:


• Setting up the commercial arm and social arm of the iwi enterprise
• The commercial arm (income earning) will include all of the fishing, farming and land/property operations
• The social (income and benefit distribution) will include the social/service delivery operations

Closely related to these activities are planning for:
• Iwi celebrations
• Strategic planning, including engagement with Ngati Porou
• Communications strategy encompassing comprehensive reach to Ngati Porou


 

 

 

 

Tukuna mai o whakaaro