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Treaty Symposium 2017

Kua Tōrua Te Hau: Treaty Symposium 2017

The Treaty Symposium was held on Monday 7 August 2017 in Tauranga at the ASB Bay Park Stadium.  The purpose of the Treaty Symposium was to provide a forum for Councillors and Senior Council staff members from local authorities in the Bay of Plenty region to build awareness and understanding of the contemporary Treaty landscape, both in our region and from a broader national perspective. The Treaty Symposium took the name "ku tōrua te hau" translating to a change in direction as a way to promote a new approach and direction to working together in relation to treaty settlements.

The Symposium was opened by Ngā Potiki kaumatua and supported by Tauranga Moana iwi representatives. Keynote speakers included  Charlie Tawhiao,  Justice Joe Williams, Paul Beverley and Dame Susan Devoy. Colin Reeder and Te Pio Kawe also gave presentations on  the comparisions of the māori world view and wetern world view, treaty settlements, ethnic diversity and iwi tikanga,kawa, values and perspective. The speakers shared their experiences and insights on a range of topics including Treaty settlements, co-governance, iwi expectations, post settlement outcomes and general Māori rights and interests, providing valuable contributions to the knowledge of all participants.

Keynote Speaker Profiles

Charlie Tawhiao - Chairman of Ngai Te Rangi:

Charlie Tawhiao

Charlie Tawhiao is the Chair of both Te Runanga o Ngāi Te Rangi and Ngāi Te Rangi Settlement Trust. Charlie has successfully led Ngāi Te Rangi through social, economic and political change and has extensive knowledge in Tikanga Māori and Treaty Settlement policy.

Justice Joeseph Williams - High Court Judge:

Chief Judge Williams

Justice Joseph Willams (Ngāti Pukenga) graduated LLB from Victoria University in 1986 and LLM (Hons) in 1988 from the University of British Columbia.  He was appointed Chief Judge of the Māori Land Court and Chair of the Waitangi Tribunal in 1999.  He was the youngest appointed Chief Judge of the Māori Land Court. Justice Joseph Williams is now a High Court Judge with an impressive career. 

Paul Beverly - Partner Buddle Findlay Lawyers Wellington:

Paul Beverley2

Paul specialises in RMA and Māori law, with a particular focus on Treaty settlements and local authority relationships with Māori. Paul has been a member of the core Crown design , negotiation and drafting teams on numerous significant Treaty of Waitangi settlements, including the Waikato river, Tuhoe (Te Uruwera), Whanganui river (Te Awa Tupua) and other settlements across the country.  Paul’s particular speciality  is designed and negotiating co-goverance, co-management and relationship framework between the Crown, local government and Māori.

Dame Susan Devoy - Race Relations Commissioner:

 Dame Susan Devoy 2015

Dame Susan Devoy DNZM, CBE is a former world squash champion and was also a member and former Chair of the Halberg Trust. Appointed Race Relations Commissioner in 2013, she has been a vocal advocate for raising New Zealand’s annual refugee quota and urging politicians, decision makers and everyday New Zealanders to treat people from ethnic minorities with respect, humanity and mana.


 Video One  

Charlie Tawhiao explains the changing dynamics within Māori due to treaty legislation and local government processes. Reiterating that traditionally these western processes do not align to the values of Māori, Iwi and Hapu. Charlie proposes that māori need to base there navigations within treaty legislation on their own tikanaga and kawa and not be influenced by a western based process.  Te Pio Kawe (Chair of Ngati Ranginui)  Also included in this video, supports the views and vlues of Charlie and provides his views and opinion on behalf of  Ngati Ranginui. 

 Video Two & Three

Justice Joseph Williams introduces his ideology of traditional Māori views and western world views called "Kupes Law" and "Cooks Law". This ideology breaks down contrary values, processes, systems, science and approaches used Kupe and Captain Cook upon discovering Aotearoa. As a result of identifying the differences and commonalties of each worldview, Justice Joseph relates these to the decision makers of today including Iwi,Hapu, Local Government and Central Government.   

Video Four & Five

Paul Beverly presents his views and experiences on treaty settlements working with Iwi and Central Government.  Key settlements included are Tūpuna Maunga Authority ( Tāmaki Collective) Settlement,   Ngai Tūhoe Te Uruwera Settlement, Waikato River, Te Awa Tupua (Whanaganui River) and the Tauranga settlements. 

 Video Six

Dame Susan Devoy gives insight into the role of the race relations commissioner and the accountabilities, issues and directions this position entails. Dame Susan Devoy gives her view on indigenous people and the ethnic diversity within Aotearoa. 

 Video Seven

The Panel Discussion gave the audience an opportunity to ask questions and gather feedback  from the keynote speakers.