Taihape: Rangitīkei ki Rangipō
The Waitangi Tribunal is currently inquiring into 45 claims as part of the Taihape: Rangitīkei ki Rangipō District inquiry (Wai 2180). These claims have been made on behalf of the iwi, hapū and whānau of Mōkai Pātea: Ngāti Hauiti, Ngāti Tamakōpiri, Ngāti Whitikaupeka, Ngāi Te Ohuake, Ngāti Paki and Ngāti Hinemanu.
The Tribunal has also received claims made on behalf of other iwi, hapū and whānau associated with the general area. These include: Ngāi Te Upokoiri and Ngāti Hinemanu, Ngāti Rangi, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Waewae, Ngāti Pikiahu, Ngā Poutama, and Ngāti Hikairo.
The inquiry district covers the area known as Mōkai Pātea, west of the Ruahine and Kaweka Ranges and south of the Kaimanawa mountains. It includes the towns of Hunterville, Taihape and Waiouru. The Rangitīkei River flows through the heart of the district.
Ngā iwi me ngā hapū o te whenua: The peoples of the land
- In general, all of the claims argue that the Crown has failed to fulfil its Treaty obligations in its various dealings with iwi, hapū and whānau in the Taihape inquiry district.
Ngā take e pa ana ngā whenua e riro: Māori land loss
- A number of claims argue that the Crown acquired or enabled the acquisition of excessive amounts of land in the district. This left iwi, hapū and whānau without sufficient lands and resources for their present and future needs.
- Many claims also argue the Native Land Acts created a Native Land Court that did not recognise the proper customary interests of iwi, hapū and whānau in their ancestral lands, undermined tribal authority by granting individual title to land, and hindered the effective use of the lands remaining in Māori ownership.
- A number of claims argue that iwi, hapū and whānau were disadvantaged by the Crown taking land for defence, roading, education, railway, scenic reserves and other public purposes.
Te Taiao: the environment
- Some claims argue that the Crown has failed to recognise iwi, hapū and whānau as kaitiaki of the environment and natural resources, has not recognised their customary interests in waters, fisheries, minerals and other associated taonga, and has excluded tangata whenua in resource management processes.
Te Whaiora me te Ohanga: social and economic issues
- A number of claims argue that Crown actions or omissions have caused significant cultural, social and economic harm to iwi, hapū and whānau.
The Presiding Officer of the Taihape district inquiry is Judge Layne Harvey.
The panel also includes:
The Taihape inquiry is currently nearing the end of the research phase and has begun its interlocutory process, with the intention of commencing substantive hearings in early 2017. The Tribunal is also preparing to hear the oral traditions of tangata whenua at a series of ngā kōrero tuku iho hearings throughout 2016.
Find out about:
- Ngā Korero Tuku Iho
- Preparing evidence
- The research process
- What happens at hearings
- Search inquiry documents (external link)
Hearings and events
The research programme for the Taihape: Rangitīkei ki Rangipō district inquiry is almost complete.
Once the research is complete, claimants will be asked to refine their statements of claim to take into account the research reports that have been produced. Some claimants have already begun this process.
The Tribunal will also review the combined body of research to determine whether there are any gaps. This is known as a ‘casebook review’. Any gaps are then dealt with by ‘gap-filling’ research.
Before progressing to hearing, the Tribunal produces a ‘Statement of Issues’ defining the claim issues that need to be heard. The Tribunal has directed that claimant and Crown counsel prepare a joint first draft of the Statement of Issues. Once the Statement of Issues is finalised, the Tribunal can commence hearings.
During the first week of Ngā Korero Tuku Iho hearings (Ngāti Hinemanu me Ngāti Paki), an informal wananga will be held to discuss the structure of substantive hearings. This could broadly include:
- what evidence will be heard in each week
- how the timetable will be structured
- potential venues
- the organisational and logistical responsibilities of claimants and counsel
Once we have received this feedback, Tribunal staff will begin logistical and procedural planning for substantive hearings.
In his memorandum-directions of 12 February 2016, Judge Harvey advised that the substantive hearing programme could begin in Jan-Feb 2017, subject to the Tribunal’s resourcing and the preferences of inquiry parties:
- 30 March – 1 April 2016: Ngāti Hinemanu me Ngāti Paki NKTI hearing.
- 20 May 2016: CFRT research reports to be filed.
- 11–13 July 2016: Overlapping claimants NKTI hearing.
- 22 July 2016: Final amended statements of claim.
- August 2016: Casebook review released.
- 31 August 2016: Draft combined claimant/Crown statement of issues.
- September 2016: Mōkai Patea NKTI hearing.
- 30 September 2016: Draft Tribunal statement of issues.
- October 2016: Seventh judicial conference to discuss the Tribunal’s draft statement of issues, the hearing programme, and the casebook review.
- October 2016: Commencement of any gap-filling research.
- 20 November 2016: Final Tribunal statement of issues released.
- January – February 2016: Substantive hearings commence.
The various documents, submissions and evidence filed in the inquiry are available online. The list of these is called the record of inquiry.
Waitangi Tribunal Staff
The Taihape district inquiry team are:
- Matthew Cunningham (Inquiry Supervisor)
(04) 471 4936
- Tara Hauraki (Research Analyst / Inquiry Facilitator)
(04) 466 3897
- Emma Powell (Research Analyst / Inquiry Facilitator)
(04) 471 4920
- Joanna Morgan (Claims Co-ordinator)
(04) 466 2942
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