Porirua ki Manawatū

Claims and geographical area

Porirua ki Manawatū area map

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.

See a map of the Porirua ki Manawatū district [PDF, 604 KB]

Major issues

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:

Wai 2200, #6.2.2 (external link)

Wai 2200, #A186 (external link)

Wai 2200, #A128 (external link)

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.

Panel members

The presiding officer of the Porirua ki Manawatū district inquiry is Deputy Chief Judge Caren Fox.

Find out more about Deputy Chief Judge Caren Fox (external link)

The panel also includes:

Inquiry progress

The Porirua ki Manawatū inquiry completed Nga Kōrero Tuku Iho hearings and the Muaūpoko expedited hearings in 2015. You can read more about these hui in our pānui:

Panui February 2015 [PDF, 1 MB]

Panui February 2016 [PDF, 816 KB]

For Muaūpoko, the inquiry is now in a report writing phase, as the Tribunal prepares its report on the claim issues heard in the priority, expedited hearings. For all other claims, the inquiry is now in the research phase. The production of reports related to Te Āti Awa and Raukawa is underway and is due to be completed by May 2017. The bulk of this work will be done by Crown Forestry Rental Trust (CFRT) contracted researchers.

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.

Read the memorandum-directions (Wai 2200, #2.5.77) [PDF, 755 KB]

Tribunal staff

DateNo.Document No.
16 Feb 2016 7 Wai 2200, #6.2.54 (external link)
2 Oct 2015 6 Wai 2200, #6.2.51 (external link)
1 July 2015 5 Wai 2200, #6.2.50 (external link)
2 April 2015 4 Wai 2200, #6.2.44 (external link)

 Crown Forestry Rental Trust

DateNo.Document No.
12 Feb 2016 7 Wai 2200, #6.2.53 (external link)
2 Oct 2015 6 Wai 2200, #6.2.52 (external link)
27 July 2015 5 Wai 2200, #6.2.48 (external link)


DateNo.Document No.
2 Oct 2015 6 Wai 2200, #6.2.49 (external link)
17 July 2015 5 Wai 2200, #6.2.47 (external link)

Find out about:

Hearings and events

The inquiry timetable for the Porirua ki Manawatū district inquiry is set out below.

Muaūpoko claims have progressed faster than the rest of the inquiry. On 28 November 2014 the Tribunal received an application for urgency challenging the Muaūpoko Tribal Authority’s mandate for settlement negotiations. On 10 June 2014 the Tribunal issued directions declining the application. It did, however, accord Muaūpoko claimants priority in the district inquiry.

Read the direction Wai 2200, #2.8.1 (external link)

The Tribunal completed Muaūpoko hearings in December 2015 and has now begun writing the preliminary Muaūpoko report.

Inquiry timetable for the Porirua ki Manawatū district inquiry

 Porirua ki ManawatūMuaūpoko Expedited Inquiry
Nga Kōrero Tuku Iho 17-18 Feb 2014 Kawiu Marae

19-20 May 2014 Te Tikanga Marae

24-27 June 2014 Tukorehe Marae

17-19 Nov 2014 Raukawa Marae

22 April 2015 Whakarongotai Marae
Research phase This phase is continuing. The Crown Forest Rental Trust has commenced research for Te Āti Awa/Ngatiawa and Ngāti Raukawa. This is due to be completed by May 2017. Research for the Muaūpoko Expedited Inquiry was completed in August 2015.
Substantive hearings Substantive hearings for the Porirua ki Manawatū inquiry are set down to begin in mid-2017. Week 1 5-9 Oct 2015
Week 2 23-27 Nov 2015
Week 3 14-16 Dec 2015
Report writing Report writing will begin when substantive hearings are complete. The Tribunal has begun writing the preliminary Muaūpoko report. This will be completed in late 2016.

Inquiry documents

The various documents, submissions and evidence filed in the inquiry are available online.

Search inquiry documents (external link)

Waitangi Tribunal Staff

The Porirua ki Manawatū district inquiry team are:

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