Hauraki Settlement
Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 1:01PM
Bill Barclay

Here is the CEO's Report for the month for presentation to the Cpouncil Meeting on 17 December.

The reference to the Hauraki Settlement is the most revealing information with which we have been provided to date. Here is an extract from the Report:

The initialling of individual Iwi deeds of settlement in respect of the Hauraki Treaty Claims
has commenced. The Crown now anticipates that this process will be near completion by
the first quarter of 2015, with the Collective Deed of Settlement initialled soon after. A
ratification process will then commence with the wider Hauraki whānui before the final
signing of deeds of settlement, probably by the middle of the New Year. Included in the
deeds of settlement will be legislation to enact the various facets of the agreements between
the Crown and Iwi. In the meantime, final concluding negotiations between the Crown and
the Hauraki Iwi Collective continue.

In August, the Crown set before the Cabinet the final form of the co-governance
arrangements for the two rivers (Waihou and Piako) and the catchments of the Coromandel
Peninsula. The final form of the arrangements reflect the lengthy discussions held with the
Valley councils. Council still awaits an indication from the Crown as to the outcome of the
Cabinet deliberations.

The Crown is also discussing with Council specific issues including matters relating to
cultural and commercial redress. Direct tripartite discussions have been largely concluded
between the Council, Crown and individual Iwi in respect of cultural redress matters
particularly in relation to co-governance arrangements. These arrangements will be reflected
in the Settlement legislation.

Council and the Office of Treaty Settlements are also developing a communications strategy
to assist elected members to answer constituents' questions and to inform the community
about the Hauraki settlement and the implications of the redress package components.

It seems that there is to be a 'softening-up' process developed to assist councillors etc. to convey the 'bad news' in an acceptable manner that wont 'scare the horses.' I think that this indicates that there are some 'interesting' provisions in the final document that will constitute quite costly 'redress.' And more important, the co-governance provisions will indeed need extensive explanation.The lengthly delays in securing a final settlement are indicative of some very hard bargaining behind the scenes.

David Taipari and Paul Majurey, and their cohort have not held off on pushing for council representation for nothing in return - they are quite clearly expecting to secure an equal say with Council through the co-governance process - I would suggest that at the very least that the provisions will be unique to this District, and somewhat shocking to many who remain totally oblivious to what has been going on. I simply cannot imagine that any amount of 'softening-up' will assist in assuaging the concerns of some of the more red-neck sections of our community.

Watch this space - they won't be able to keep the provisions secret for much longer. 




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