Rangitāne have chosen to establish a new, single purpose entity to hold the mandate on behalf of the Rangitāne people. The Rangitāne runanga, who collectively represent our iwi on all matters, have agreed to the establishment of the Trust for the specific purpose of negotiating the settlement of Rangitāne historical claims.
The Trust will represent the Rangitāne people by settling the WAI175 (Wairarapa), WAI166 (Tamaki Nui a Rua) and many other Rangitāne aligned claims.
The Trust is a registered Charitable Trust. It is an express provision of the Trust that the Trust will not be the final recipient of any settlement redress that results from the successful completion of these negotiations.
The Trustees were selected by the runanga on behalf of Rangitāne, whom they represent. There are five Trustees in total, two each from Rangitāne o Wairarapa and Rangitāne o Tamaki Nui a Rua and an Independent Chair. The current Trustees are
- Mavis Mullins (Tamaki)
- Richard Jones (Tamaki)
- Jason Kerehi (Wairarapa)
- Tipene Chrisp (Wairarapa) and
- John Sproat (Independent Chair)
The Rangitāne Settlement Negotiations Trust (RSNT) set out on 26 January 2011 to begin the process seeking mandate from Rangitāne beneficiaries and registered members to represent their interests and negotiate settlement of the Rangitāne claims.
Hui were held at Te Oreore marae (Masterton), Makirikiri marae (Dannevirke), Chancellor Motor lodge (Palmerston North), Pipitea Marae (Wellington), Kirikiriroa Marae (Hamilton), Te Mahurehure Marae (Pt Chev – Auckland), Rakautatahi Marae (Takapau, Hawkes Bay) and Pahiatua Marae (Pahiatua).
Over 350 people attended the eight mandate hui making it one of the most successful mandate tours ever, with over 300 eligible voters voting in favour of RSNT carrying the mandate for Rangitāne, no objections and just two abstentions.
Following the mandate hui our proposed Deed of Mandate was submitted to the Office of Treaty Settlements in July 2011.
On 11 October 2011, the Minister for Treaty Negotiations – Chris Finlayson formally recognised the mandate of the Trust.
The Trust is now committed to progressing those claims
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