Maniapoto today signed an agreement in principle with the Crown to settle historic contractual rights. „The three-sentence letter in which the Crown ended its relationship with Te Kawau Mér s, without giving a detailed explanation as to why, was a disrespectful way to end a relationship that had faltered but was based on the principles of good faith.“ It also noted that the cumulative impact of Crown Treaty violations on land titles, possession, transfer and development in the district resulted in a loss of tino rangatiratanga (comprehensive control and authority) on the Rohe Pétae te, the breakdown of social and political relations, the loss of land and enormous social, economic and cultural prejudices whose effects still persist today. A copy of the agreement in principle can be found at: www.govt.nz/treaty-settlement-documents/maniapoto. Tainui iwi Ngéti Maniapoto has signed an agreement in principle with the government to settle violations of more than $150 million. „Of course, there are areas of disagreement… but at the end of the day, we are all related, we are all inside, and we want to find a solution, which is for and in the name of all in our dress, and we will continue to work on it, in addition, there will be a number of agreements with the Department of Conservation, the Ministry of Primary Industry, the Ministry of Innovation and Employment, the Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongawera), the Department of Internal Affairs (Te TariWhenua), the Ministry of Culture and Heritage (Manata Taonga) and the Ministry of Environment. This part of the report deals with agricultural policy and the legislation imposed by the Crown after 1900 on Te Rohe Pétae and the impact they had on the Maori who expected to continue to exercise mana whakahaere or self-management on their countries and communities. These expectations reflected Rangatiratanga`s guarantees contained in the Treaty of Waitangi, as well as the agreements (1883-85) that Te Rohe Pétae Méori had concluded with the Crown, known as Te-Hek-Tapu, which promised to bring the treaty into force in the district (and to be discussed in depth in Part II of the report). The agreement with the Crown and the Maniapoto M`ori Trust Board was signed on Wednesday in the Parliament Buildings in Wellington. During the negotiations that led to these agreements, Te Rohe Pétae Méori was assured that by allowing the Indian court to operate within their country from 1886, they could expect to obtain a sure form of title that would advance their already substantial commitment to the colonial economy.
In particular, the Crown`s implementation of the „expanding scope“ strategy and its hesitant attitude to the inclusion of Ngéti Apakura in the mandate acts are contrary to the principles of partnership, reciprocity and equal treatment. The tribunal concluded that the „widening of scope“, in particular, gives priority to the Crown`s political objectives in concluding comparisons in a shorter period of time with respect to its contractual relationship with Ngéti Maniapoto. Former Contract Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson rejected the court`s assertion that his political objectives were a priority. The petition addressed to Parliament in 1883, to which mana whakahaere (self-management) was supported by Ngéti Maniapoto, Ngéti Tewharetoa, Raukawa, Whanganui and Ngéti Hikairo iwi. „There is renewed optimism that the foundations our Tupuna has laid to preserve Maniapoto`s values and aspirations are fundamental to our way of life.“ We will also begin the process of working with the iwi to build on the Maniapoto 2050 project and shape our 40-year plan.