Deed of mandate
The Deed of Mandate process was heavily scrutinised by the Crown, meaning the Collective had to show the Crown they had undertaken an extensive consultation process on the mandate strategy.
Office of Treaty Settlement and Te Puni Kōkiri reviewed the Deed of Mandate to make sure that it:
- defined who the claimant group was
- showed that the claimant group had been consulted and how this was done
- confirmed the representatives authorised to negotiate our settlement
- outlined how the representatives would be accountable to Whakatōhea
- lists the claims to be settled
- identifies the claim area and any overlapping claims. and
- acknowledged opposition, if any.
A nomination, election and appointment process was undertaken for six hapū trustees to be elected, eight marae representatives, and one representative from the Whakatōhea Māori Trust Board to be appointed. This made a total membership of 15.
On 3 June the election process was completed and a resolution for the establishment of the Whakatōhea Pre-settlement Claims Trust was supported by 91.6% of Whakatōhea members.
On 16 July 2016, the Pre-Settlement Trust was formed and an interim trustee from solicitors Potts and Hodgson was appointed.
The Trust considered the 91.6% support of the resolution was sufficient in order to submit a Deed of Mandate to Te Puni Kōkiri. The Trust considered that it, with the support of the Collective and the Trust Board, had conducted a thorough and robust mandating process with Whakatōhea uri.
Further, the Trust considered all Whakatōhea uri, marae and hapū had a real opportunity throughout the mandating process to discuss their grievances and how the historical claims could be negotiated.
Te Puni Kōkiri advertised the Deed of Mandate on their website on 29 September 2016 and the submission period closed on 21 November 2016.
The new trustees for the Trust met for the first time on 9 October for an induction and have been hard at work continuing to the next phase of the Treaty settlement steps.
On 16 December, the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations and the Minister for Māori Development recognised the mandate. This was a huge milestone for the Trust.