1007 Chairman's Report to Board Meeting - 23 July 2010

CHAIRMAN’S REPORT TO BOARD MEETING 23rd JULY 2010
Tena Tatou Katoa
This has been a hectic six weeks with many national hui taking place, especially around the
Foreshore and Seabed. Now that these discussions have been exhausted the tension is now on
whanau and hapu to make submissions to the select committee thereby creating further gains
for Maori in what proposed new legislation may look like. The platform for expanding on
gains obtained by our national Iwi Leaders Forum is well established with Customary title an
option that is never obtainable under current legislation.

Te Roopu o Tuhoronuku has commenced its third round of Consultation hui with the Ngapuhi
Nation. This has been a much better attended Consultation round than the previous two due to
our advertising machine and huge interest in where Ngapuhi should be going with settlement
of our Te Tiriti o Waitangi grievances against the Crown. We have been impressed with the
quality of feedback and general understanding of those Ngapuhi who are not claimants,
especially around choices available to Ngapuhi. The voice of our youth who attended was
very impressive. Te Roopu o Tuhoronuku will report in-depth on their activities over the
course of this meeting.

Budget 2010/11
Thanks to Trustees for signing 2010/11 budget off
Reinforced resolution of 15thMay 2010
Expect to put this to Business Plan 2010/11
This will be presented at our training tomorrow with both our Strategic Plan and
Business plan 2010/11 aligned to budget

Whanau Ora
National Iwi leaders group met with Ministers to secure high level working
relationship
Ministers Turia, Bennett and Te Heuheu in attendance
Got agreement for Iwi Leaders Forum and Ministers to have overseeing role in
Whanau Ora initiative across Aotearoa
Next level will include our CEO’s and Government bureaucrats at operations level
Ministers keen to further explore concept of partnership in this initiative with a view
to other national programmes following same format
ILG team to meet with PM and Bill English to secure that relationship at top level
Overseeing group to meet four times per year
CEO to present combined application as expression of interest by mid-north
providers – this has already submitted

Te Runanga-a-Iwi o Ngapuhi, Te Kotahitanga e mahi kaha Trust, THOOK, Hokianga
Health, Whangaroa Health and Te Runanga O Whangaroa have made joint
application for provision of these services

Others in the north may very well join later – door always open
Whanau Ora discussions have highlighted wider opportunities
Operations are currently investigating a formal relationship with THOOK
CEO currently preparing a working document identifying process
Particular focus will be legal, operational and risk impacts

Recommendation: That CEO pursue formal relationship initiative with Te Hau Ora o
Kaikohe forthwith and report back to this board

Ngapuhi’s Te Tiriti o Waitangi Initial Hearings
Second week of hearings are now complete
This was well organised by participant Hapu through IHOK
Hapu kaikorero reinforcing what was laid down for Ngapuhi in the first week
Heard a few kaikorero over that week
By and large all Hapu are resolute in their continued support of first week speakers
that: our Tupuna did not cede sovereignty or Mana motuhake ki te Pakeha”
Platform for settlement has been well laid
Next week of hearings at Waipuna Marae – Panguru – 9thto 13thAugust 2010
Hokianga presents their evidence during this week

Kaumatua Kuia Annual Excursion
Privilege to travel with this group to Tamaki
Very helpful in hui of Tuhoronuku – total support in direction taken by Tuhoronuku
Visited taonga from Waimamaku at Auckland Museum – ka mau te wehi
Thankful to John Klarisich and other Hokianga Rangatira who cleared obstacles to
allow visit to proceed
Kaumatua Kuia very emotional about the visit to Taonga
Thankful also to Pat Ruka, who reminded us of our Ngapuhi ties to Tamaki
Makaurau, mai Mangatawhiri ki Te Rerenga Wairua
Wonderful presentation on our Ngapuhi sites of significance.
Excellent hospitality from Te Mahurehure Marae in Pt. Chev
Congratulations to John and Christine Panapa and whanau for their manakitanga
Operations will provide a comprehensive report on this event later

Local Body Elections
For three years Maori have been crying about local body Politics
After last local body elections, we decided to become involved in the Political
direction of our rohe
We decided we were going to promote those whom we felt would serve Maori well
At that time we also bemoaned the lack of quality Maori candidates standing for
Mayor and indeed councilors
Despite that no Maori has come forward as a FNDC Mayoral candidate
There is less than three months to local body elections
Ngapuhi must make a stand this time and use our collective voting power to influence
and shape the future for our rohe

Because we have no Maori candidate standing for Mayor – and no-one else has
bothered to speak to Ngapuhi - I suggest we get behind the bid of Sir John Goulter to
stand for Major of the FNDC
Tracey Dalton, a daughter of Ngapuhi is also standing in FNDC elections as a
councilor – we must support her as well
Mike Kake one of our Trustee is also standing in local body elections - we need to
support him as well
Te Runanga-a-Iwi o Ngapuhi have never made a Political stance in these matters
It is time we stood up and made a call

Recommendation: That Te Runanga-a-Iwi o Ngapuhi supports the bid by Sir John Goulter
to stand as Mayor of the FNDC at the upcoming local body elections. That Te Runanga-a-Iwi
o Ngapuhi also support Tracey Dalton standing for councilor in same elections. That Te
Runanga-a-Iwi o Ngapuhi also supports Mike Kake standing in local body elections

Meeting with Te Wananga o Awanuiarangi
CEO and I visited Te Wananga o Te Awanuiarangi in Whakatane 9thJuly
Great programmes that Ngapuhi may be interested in pursuing
Establishing a good relationship with them
Operations to again visit with them to see what can be imported and be of benefit to
Ngapuhi
Wananga in discussions with Northtec to assist with Maori programmes there
Good opportunity to partner with them to feed off these programmes
Relationship yet to be officially established – MOU being established
Have offered this relationship to Te Wananga o Raukawa before today, but they were
not forthcoming
Operations to seek out this relationship or agreement in Principle and bring back to
board for further debate

Cycleway Discussions
The Central Government has funded $4M for the construction of a cycleway trail
from Kawakawa to Horeke – part of national cycleway push
Will be completed in two stages.
World class tourist experience on offer.
Locally will offer economic development opportunity for communities along trail
Project is being managed by the FNDC in liaison with the community through its
Western (Kaikohe/Hokianga) Community Board
Te Runanga-a-Iwi o Ngapuhi representative be Wiremu Wiremu
First stage of trail on the Kiwi Rail corridor from Kawakawa to Okaihau
Work has commenced on several locations along corridor
Second stage from Okaihau to Horeke will be started at a later date
Some of track being proposed through private land and on FNDC maintained roads
MSD has funded 60 Community Max positions to work on project
Utilising community trusts between Kawakawa and Horeke
Work programmes being developed include preparing track
Construction of track, car parks and carving of poupou
Trail will be on land leased by Kiwi Rail to the FNDC
Does not hamper, obstruct or impact on Treaty Settlements process
Same rules apply if land is gifted back as part of a Te Tiriti o Waitangi settlement
Te Runanga-a-Iwi o Ngapuhi being asked to support project
Submitting funding applications drafted by the FNDC seeking assistance in
developing Maori cultural and heritage aspects of the trail
Could utilise hapu development fund to support Marae led enterprises that support
small business development within Ngapuhi

Recommendation: That Te Runanga-a-Iwi o Ngapuhi support National cycleway project and
act as applicant for funding to progress this initiative. That Wiremu Wiremu be Te Runanga-
a-Iwi o Ngapuhi kaikorero, on Maori Tikanga issues along the trail, for this project

Repeal of Foreshore and Seabed Legislation
As stated in last report – still pushing for better deal for Maori
Iwi Leaders Forum prominent in discussions
Met twice since last report directly with Prime Minister
14
th
June 2010 signed off with Maori Party and National on new Foreshore and
Seabed direction
Now up to Whanau and Hapu to further this position for Maori through the select
committee process
Maori technicians will be part of shaping this new legislation
Waiting for the detail now
Will keep us in touch
Government hope to have new Legislation in place by end of year
Will not get a better deal in current Political climate

Conclusion
Getting a united front as a single Ngapuhi Nation in promoting settlement of Ngapuhi’s
grievances against the Crown is proving very challenging in this present climate, given that
emotions are running high as Ngapuhi continues to assert its thesis before the Waitangi
Tribunal that: “our Tupuna did not cede their sovereignty or Mana motuhake ki te
Pakeha.” This current round of consultation hui with our Ngapuhi Nation is providing some
excellent ideas on how this matter should be approached. Te Roopu o Tuhoronuku have
committed to endeavoring to attend any meeting called by Hapu, singularly or in groups,
whanau or any other gathering who wish to discuss a pathway to settlement for all Ngapuhi.
Te Roopu o Tuhoronuku is also cognisant of our resolution at the 2009 AGM instructing Te
Runanga-a-Iwi o Ngapuhi to work closely with our Hapu on progressing this once in a
lifetime opportunity.
With local body elections now upon us, we need to identify who will best serve Maori in the
first instance, then our communities within the Far North District Council rohe. We must also
be aware of all other candidates standing for councils where Ngapuhi are domiciled and
promote them to our people. We need to ensure that every Ngapuhi of voting age is registered
and get out and vote this year. We cannot take any election, for Ngapuhi representation, for
granted anymore but must exercise our considerable Maori collective vote wisely. To that end
we are calling a night for candidates meeting in Kaikohe for both Mayoral candidates as well
as any other councilor prospect who wishes to address the people of Kaikohe. I am unsure of
anyone else of Ngapuhi standing in any other area. If anyone knows please inform us so we
can get their names out there.
The visit by our Kaumatua and Kuia to Tamaki Makaurau and the korero they had every night
whilst there has reawaken the desire in our iwi to stand up and be counted amoung the leading
iwi of Tamaki Makaurau. To see the joy on their faces as we visited Taonga that many of
them, some in their 90’s, have never seen in their lives was a highlight of that excursion. Te
Runanga-a-Iwi o Ngapuhi Trustees who attended feel privileged to mingle with our best crop
of Kaumatua and Kuia who could make that journey at this time. Sorry that many could not
travel as we retraced the footsteps of our Tupuna who had a great influence in creating the
history of Tamaki Makaurau. Lest we forget.
We are extremely busy at operations and governance level as we position Ngapuhi to take
best advantage of opportunities offering themselves nationally and internationally. In saying
all that, I remain confident that Te Runanga-a-Iwi o Ngapuhi have and continue to made
decisions, both from an Operations and Governance perspective, that are in the best interest of
moving Ngapuhi from dependence to economic independence as we move closer to realising
the Ngapuhi nations moemoea, “kia tu tika ai Te Whare Tapu o Ngapuhi.”

Mauri ora
Raniera T (Sonny) Tau
HEAMANA

Recommendation: That CEO pursue formal relationship initiative with Te Hau Ora o
Kaikohe forthwith and report back to this board

Recommendation: That Te Runanga-a-Iwi o Ngapuhi supports the bid by Sir John Goulter
to stand as Mayor of the FNDC at the upcoming local body elections. That Te Runanga-a-Iwi
o Ngapuhi also support Tracey Dalton standing for councilor in same elections. That Te
Runanga-a-Iwi o Ngapuhi also supports Mike Kake standing in local body elections

Recommendation: That Te Runanga-a-Iwi o Ngapuhi support National cycleway project and
act as applicant for funding to progress this initiative. That Wiremu Wiremu be Te Runanga-
a-Iwi o Ngapuhi kaikorero, on Maori Tikanga issues along the trail, for this project

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