Relationship Agreement signed with Tuhoe
Friday, 19 April 2013 3:00 p.m.
Bay of Plenty Regional Council has signed an agreement with Ngai Tuhoe to work more closely together.
The Relationship Protocol was signed this week by Ngai Tuhoe Treaty settlement entity Te Uru Taumatua Chief Executive Kirsti Luke and Regional Council Chief Executive Mary-Anne Macleod.
Ms Macleod said there would be positive gains for both parties from a collaborative engagement which respected their distinct needs.
“Tuhoe and the Regional Council choose to work together to benefit their communities. We will both be looking to increase opportunities to work on shared goals, projects and initiatives,” she said.
Ngai Tuhoe is one of the largest iwi groups within the Bay of Plenty. The tribe has initialled a Treaty Deed of Settlement and are likely to sign soon. The new Relationship Protocol is outlined in the Deed.
The signing took place at Te Uru Taumatua office in Taneatua, with Regional Councillors and staff and iwi members including Tamati Kruger (former Chief Negotiator), Te Hau Tutua and Glen Mitchell, and trustees Max Temara, Patrick McGarvey and Huka (Irene) Williams.
Treaty settlements are very significant in the Bay of Plenty; Maori make up about 27 percent of the population and about 33 percent of the land is Maori-owned. The region has at least 36 iwi, more than 200 hapū and more than 260 marae.
Bay of Plenty has also achieved eight comprehensive Treaty settlements, six iwi have signed Deeds of Settlement and another 11 claims are being progressed. Last year the Crown enacted three settlements and several others are likely to be completed this year.
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