Direct and indirect challenges to our Deed of Settlement and legislation occur regularly, as new legislation is entered into parliament or as other iwi near settlement of their claims. The Kakara Whakarei team are tasked to;
An important part of the Deed Protection and Preservation process and overlapping claims is about negotiating with the Crown and neighbouring iwi in areas where the interests of iwi may overlay. The Kakara Whakarei team ensure that the integrity and interests of Raukawa are not compromised by other settlements. Negotiations that we currently monitor are:
In 2012 the Raukawa Settlement Trust signed a Deed of Settlement with the Crown settling the historical claims of the affiliated claimant groups. However, one particular area of redress was set aside from the Deed with a proviso that it would be addressed at a future time. That redress was in respect of the Te Waihou River. The Raukawa interests in te Waihou extend from the source through to where it leaves our takiwā at Te Wairere.
The Kakara Whakarei team have over the years been in discussions with the Crown, Hauraki Iwi Collective, Ngāti Haua and the Ngāti Hinerangi to establish a co-management framework for the preservation and protection of the river.
It is important to maintain a vigilant watch for any Tribunal Inquiries that may crop up from time to time that may impact upon our settlement and agreed arrangements with the Crown.
Post Settlement Implementation
The Kakara Whakarei team have been actively working in conjunction with the Chairperson of the Raukawa Settlement Trust and the members of the Executive Office towards completing parts of the Comprehensive Post Settlement Implementation. These include;