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Hauraki iwi Treaty settlement negotiations with the Crown

On 22 December 2016 the Crown and the Iwi of Hauraki initialled a Collective Redress deed. Full details are available on the New Zealand Government website here.

It’s expected Waikato Regional Council – which provides key catchment management services regionally – will play a part in the implementation arrangements once the settlements are enacted through legislation at an as yet to be determined time. 

Waikato Regional Council is looking forward to working with the Hauraki iwi to achieve an integrated and coordinated approach to the management of the Coromandel, Waihou and Piako catchment waterways.

The council has developed very positive working relationships under existing co-governance and co-management arrangements in other catchment areas and the experience gained over the years is expected to further assist our council in implementing the Hauraki collective settlement.

The council remains committed to providing high-level catchment management services for all communities in the Coromandel, Waihou and Piako catchment areas. 

The following information from the Office of Treaty Settlements provides some background information.

The 12 iwi of Hauraki involved in these settlements, are:


Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki

Ngāti Hei

Ngāti Maru

Ngāti Paoa

Ngāti Porou ki Hauraki

Ngāti Pūkenga

Ngāti Rahiri Tumutumu

Ngāti Tamaterā

Ngāti Tara Tokanui

Ngaati Whanaunga

Te Patukirikiri


Each iwi will receive its own settlement

Both Ngāti Pūkenga and Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki have already signed their deeds of settlement, leaving ten iwi-specific settlements to be finalised. These settlements provide redress exclusively for those iwi, and settle all their historical Treaty claims.

Iwi have also formed collectives for the purpose of negotiating shared redress

In 2009, the Hauraki Collective was formed for the purpose of receiving redress in the Hauraki region where the iwi have shared interests.  

Settlement redress becomes public when deeds are initialled

The initialling of a deed of settlement signals the end of negotiations. It is an important step in the journey towards settling the historical claims of iwi.

Until deeds are initialled the iwi and the Crown are still in negotiation. Detail about the settlement is yet to be finalised and is therefore confidential.

The initialled deed of settlement is subject to a vote (ratification) by members of the iwi. If the deed is ratified, the deed will be signed by the Crown and the iwi. The Crown will then introduce legislation to Parliament to give effect to the settlement.

Partnerships with local authorities are often part of redress

Some settlements provide for iwi to have a role in the governance/management of natural resources in partnership with local authorities. This is part of cultural redress and is aimed at giving effect to iwi aspirations over the governance/management of natural resources, balanced with the roles and responsibilities of local authorities.

In many cases, the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations will write to local authorities formally advising them of matters of particular importance to the iwi. The Minister may also write letters of introduction to local authorities encouraging them to develop stronger relationships with the iwi.

In some cases iwi may be involved in decisions about public reserve land

Where iwi have strong associations with an area of public reserve land, such as the Department of Conservation or council park land, then arrangements are sometimes made for local authorities and iwi to work together on decision-making about management of these areas.

Arrangements for reserves can include encumbrances requiring protection of public access, any conservation values, and third party interests.

Crown-owned land can also be transferred to iwi

Ownership of land is a common priority for iwi and Crown land is often transferred to iwi as part of a settlement. This can include public conservation land being transferred to iwi ownership, normally with the rights and protections of the reserve intact.

Existing rights are protected

Private land is not available for use in settlements. Private land will only be considered if the private land owner offers it for transfer to iwi.

Reserves may have a change in ownership and management after settlement. Any existing third-party rights over Crown-owned land will normally be guaranteed on the same terms as now.  Existing public access will normally be preserved.