Porirua ki Manawatū
In 2008, the Waitangi Tribunal received a number of requests to inquire into Treaty claims in the Taihape, Rangitīkei, Manawatū, Horowhenua, and Kāpiti areas. Some claims in this region were already in the process of being settled with Rangitāne ki Manawatū and Ngāti Toa Rangatira who were already in negotiations. After conferences with the claimants and the Crown, the Tribunal divided the region into two inquiry districts: Taihape and Porirua ki Manawatū.
Approximately 137 claims are being inquired into as part of the Porirua ki Manawatū district inquiry (Wai 2200). The claims of Ngāti Toa, Rangitāne, and Ngāti Apa are not the subject of inquiry, as those claims have been settled. Instead, the inquiry is focused on the claims of Muaūpoko, Ngāti Raukawa and affiliated groups, and Te Atiawa/Ngāti Awa ki Kāpiti.
The western boundary of the Porirua ki Manawatū district extends to the Whangaehu River in the west and down the Kāpiti coast to near the Porirua harbour, including Mana and Kāpiti islands. The southern boundary follows the boundary of the Whanganui-ā-Tara inquiry district from the Tasman Sea to the Tararua Ranges. The eastern boundary follows the boundary of the Wairarapa ki Tararua inquiry district from the Tararua Ranges to the Ruahine Ranges. The northern boundary follows the northern boundaries of the 1849 Rangitīkei-Turakina purchase, the 1866 Rangitīkei-Manawatū purchase, and the 1864 Te Āhuatūranga purchase, from the Ruahine Ranges to the Whangaehu River.
The inquiry does not currently have a statement of issues. The broad issues for the claims involved are:
- land loss within the rohe, including the role of the native land laws in creating a form of individualised title, and the effect of the Crown’s purchasing programme during the nineteenth century
- public works issues
- economic disadvantage and stagnation
- the effects of rating legislation and policies as applied in the inquiry district
- the Crown’s role in the ownership and management of Kāpiti and other islands
- environmental issues, including past and current examples of damage and issues around tribal authority and the Crown’s management of the environment (such as Waikanae River, Lake Horowhenua, the Hokio stream)
- the effect of education policies, especially the effect on te reo
- native township issues
- acknowledgement of customary rights and interests across, and in some cases outside, the inquiry district
Further reading about claims issues and how they will be incorporated into the inquiry research programme can be found in the three scoping reports produced by Dr Terry Hearn, Mr Tony Walzl and Dr Robyn Anderson:
Note that this is not an exhaustive list of claims issues within the inquiry. A comprehensive list of issues will be refined as the inquiry approaches its substantive hearing phase.
The presiding officer of the Porirua ki Manawatū district inquiry is Deputy Chief Judge Caren Fox.
The panel also includes:
On 7 June 2017, Chief Judge Isaacs announced the appointment of a new member to the Porirua ki Manawatū panel, Dr Monty Soutar. Dr Soutar currently sits on the Taihape and Military Veterans Tribunal panels.
Joint hearings were recently held with the Taihape ki Rangipō Tribunal (Wai 2180) regarding technical evidence on the Rangitīkei River and its tributaries. Joint proceedings were held at the Central Trust Energy Arena in Te Papaioea/Palmerston North on 30-31 May 2017 where the Tribunal panels heard from technical witnesses, Dr Robert Joseph and Mr Paul Meredith (Ko Rangitīkei te Awa: the Rangitīkei and its tributaries cultural perspective report, #A190) and David Alexander (Rangitīkei River and its tribuatires historical report, #A187).
An update about the joint hearing will feature in our forthcoming June/July pānui.
Our past issues also show other work completed and in progress for the inquiry.
The next major work before the PkM Tribunal is the release of the Muaūpoko report in June 2017. Notification of its release will be sent to the inquiry distribution list and a notification will be posted here as well.
For all other claims, the inquiry remains in the research phase.
In the Tribunal’s memorandum-directions of 11 June 2014, it asked CFRT, claimants, the Crown and Tribunal staff to file quarterly updates on research progress. All of these updates can be found on Wai 2200 record of inquiry. The most recent updates are below.
|30 March 2017||9||Wai 2200, #6.2.60 (external link)|
|8 Nov 2016||8||Wai 2200, #6.2.57 (external link)|
|16 Feb 2016||7||Wai 2200, #6.2.54 (external link)|
Crown Forestry Rental Trust
|3 April 2017||12||Wai 2200, #6.2.61 (external link)|
|22 Dec 2016||11||Wai 2200, #6.2.59 (external link)|
|8 Nov 2016||10||Wai 2200, #6.2.58 (external link)|
Hearings and events
There are currently no scheduled events set for the Porirua ki Manawatū inquiry. Any event planning notices will be posted here so be sure to check back.
Waitangi Tribunal Staff
The Porirua ki Manawatū district inquiry team are:
- Matthew Cunningham (Inquiry Supervisor)
(04) 471 4936 Matthew.Cunningham@justice.govt.nz
- Emma Powell (Inquiry Facilitator)
(04) 471 4920 | Emma.Powell@justice.govt.nz
- Brianna Boxall (Assistant Registrar)
(04) 914 3064 | Brianna.Boxall@justice.govt.nz
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