CHAIRMANS REPORT April - May 2011  

Ngāi Tai tangihana acknowledgement

I begin my bi-Monthly Report for April – May, 2011 with expressing our condolences to one of our Board Executives and Negotiators Lucy Steel-Makiwhara whanau, for the passing of aunty Kuiini Steel, nee Makiwhara. Doreen Brown also passed away during this period as has Jim Perry who we will remember as a nightly broadcast host on Radio Waatea. Our thoughts also turn to our whanaunga, Ngati Paoa in the very recent passing of whaea Hariata Gordon who spent many hours with many Ngai Tai.

I am sure there are others and my thoughts, as are the thoughts of the Board, are with all of our whanau who maybe in mourning at this time.

Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui.


Bi-Monthly Overview

Since my February – March Report, our negotiation team are now completely immersed in a number of various strands associated with our negotiations with the Crown. As we near our Agreement in Principle, (AIP) at the end of June 2011 the intensity shall increase even further. Such is the value of a team approach the negotiators are sharing the vast work load equally and according to each interest, experience, skills and attributes.

A highlight in recent months has been the arrival and immediate impact of Dr Api Mahuika as our Strategic Advisor. Matua Api is attending weekly meetings with our team both here in Tamaki and in Wellington. Whilst in Wellington, matua Api is also encouraging hui with a range of other Ministries he is strongly acquainted and respected.

Since March we have met with the Minster on five occasions. Three have been for our own negotiations and one hui each for both the Tamaki and Hauraki Collectives respectively,

In respect to our own meetings with the Minister, the focus is strongly on elevating our proposed Quanta Offer that Sir Douglas Graham communicated in May 2009. For the record we have politely refused Sir Doug’s offer of $5,000,000.00. The Crown is preparing to communicate a Crown Commercial Property offer to Ngai Tai. This offer will be in conjunction with our Cultural Redress, Raupatu, Quanta and Crown apology. There is also a Cultural Redress and Crown Commercial Property offer for Ngai Tai within the Hauraki Collective treaty settlement negotiations.



The Board has returned to the fortnightly meeting regime whilst the intense AIP period is managed successfully through to completion. The Board has been meeting every two weeks since April 2011.

The Board has also received approval from CFRT for the negotiation funding required between the AIP and Deed of Settlement phases of negotiations.


Human Resource

McCaw Lewis has been appointed to Post Settlement Governance Entity, PSGE Specialist Advisor and will be assisted by a PSGE Sub Committee made up of a negotiator, Board member and whanau members. This committee will design and develop a methodology to engage with our iwi members at hui a iwi to communicate the Options and Recommendations of the committee and specialist advisor.

The Board and negotiation team secured the expert research services of Dr Monty Soutar who will act in a Quality Assurance capacity to give weight to our historical research and processes of concluding our historical account. Supporting both Dr’s Soutar and Mahuika will be matua Wiremu Makiwhara (uncle Bill Maxwell) and whaea Carmen Kirkwood.

Our research team provided an Easter Draft of our historical account to Taamaki, Mahurangi, Hauraki and Raupatu to East Wairoa, Hunua. The executive version is over 600 pages and is very comprehensive and strongly evidenced in referencing sources. This remains in Draft at the time of this Report however iwi members can look forward to this work becoming accessible in the near future.

Opus International Consultants have been appointed our Commercial Property Consultant responsible for land values and due diligence work required to be done for us in response to Crown providing us commercial property to purchase at a rate we need to scrutinise to insure the values are within the market, context and is fair and reasonable.


Hui A Iwi

The Board conducted a road-show hui a iwi over the easter weekend in April. Thirty (30) Ngai Tai ki Tamaki whanau members attended the road-show with the Board. The Board wish to express their sincere appreciation to Wayne King who committed to driving our Ngai Tai whanui on our bus.

On the Friday the Board traveled from Tamaki to Torere Marae where we were welcomed with a powhiri and were introduced to the Henare whanau who were hosting a whanau reunion over the weekend. Koka Lucy provided the Marae with the April Update of Negotiations, our Newsletter and the Board beneficiary enrolment forms for whanau to complete and submit for ratification and endorsement.

On the Saturday the Board traveled to Whakaangiangi Kura in the Awatere valley between Te Araroa and Tikitiki on the east coast where we were hosted by the Wanoa and Karaka whanau.

On the Sunday the Board traveled to Rongo i te Kai Marae in Makarika, Ruatoria. The Board went to the foot of te Hikurangi and Aorangi Maungatapu and were then powhiri at the Marae.

At both east coast Marae, the April Update of Negotiations, Newsletter and Board beneficiary enrolment forms were Reported and left with the Marae whanui to circulate among the Ngai Tai ki Tamaki whanau who dwell within these areas.


Ben Roll

The Board are totally committed to enrolling Ngai Tai ki Tamaki whanui on the ben roll. This is the fundamental reason the Board has recently engaged in the road-show as a method of meeting whanau face to face at Marae outside of Tamaki Makaurau.

The Board is preparing to meet with Ngai Tai ki Tamaki whanau at Mataitai in Mataitai, Te Poho o Rawiri Marae at Gisborne, Turangawaewae Marae at Ngaruawahia and Paraoa Marae at Whangarei in the next few months.

We have just released our Radio and Television adverts on Radio Waatea and Maori TV. We continue to receive a growing cyber audience contacting our Website and our Rangatahi seem to be more comfortable in engaging through this medium.

The Board shall continue the monthly hui a iwi and are preparing for the July hui a iwi on Sunday 10th at the Te Puru Scout Hall.


Next Milestones

As mentioned earlier and during the journey our AIP is due in June 2011 and will be a comprehensive full and final settlement. The Board shall be conducting a hui probably in July to communicate the AIP through the Board legal counsel and negotiation team.

From July – August, the Board are preparing to design two or three Post Settlement Governance Entity hui for whanau members which will then be hosted over two or three consecutive monthly hui a iwi in addition to a written legal monthly update Report of negotiations during this period.

The Tamaki Collective are looking at initialing a Deed of Settlement at the end of July 2011 and the Hauraki Collective are looking at initialing Collective AIP and individual AIP Equivalents in late June 2011.


Whanau Fun Day Report

The Board whanau fun day team ‘’Big Foot’’ were at it again but this time conquering Maungarei in the ‘’King of the Mountain’’ event. Whaea’s Clarissa and Iris Kirkwood both won the 11Km walk as they crossed the finish line ‘’hand in hand’’ as all good whanau do.

Team Big Foot is motivated and mobilised by Jeff Lee and Terewaho Noa of our office. Both remain committed to these events and great whanau kaupapa. The Board look forward to Team Big Foots next event and the positive public impact and impression the team are making as these events. Well done the Lee and Kirkwood whanau’s.

Winter is almost upon us and we must remember to insure our pakeke whare’s are insulated and warm and that there is plenty of firewood drying in the sheds. Matariki is almost here and we look forward to a new year dawning in the next few short weeks. Matariki is traditionally a time for reflection and waananga. It signals the planting of a new season and welcomes the Maori new year.

Nga mihi nu nui ki te Tau Hau kei a tatou e nga Uri o Te Whatataao, e nga Iwi o Ngāi Tai ki Tamaki.


Naaku iti nei naa,

James Brown,
Chairman, Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki,
Chief Negotiator, Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki.