Treaty History

About The Treaty Claims | Ngā Kerēme


For many years Ngai Tāmanuhiri had been pursuing settlement of grievances over the loss of whenua as a result of the enactment of a variety of legislation by the Crown since 1871. On 26 March 1992 claim WAI 283 was lodged by Tūranga iwi comprised of Ngai Tāmanuhiri, Rongowhakaata and Te Aitanga ā Mahaki. In 2008 Ngai Tāmanuhiri, Rongowhakaata (including Nga Uri a Te Kooti Rikirangi) and Te Pou a Hao Kai (including Te Aitanga a Mahaki, Nga Ariki Kaiputahi, Te Whānau a Kai, Te Whānau a Wi Pere and Te Whānau a Rangiwhakataetaea) as a collective of Tūranganui-a-Kiwa, signed an Agreement in Principle with the Crown to negotiate a Settlement deal.

In 2009 the three groups separated to negotiate their individual interests and the Ngāi Tāmanuhiri claim was recognised by the Waitangi Tribunal as WAI 917.  Following ten years of preparation and eight years of formal negotiation with the Crown under the guidance of pakeke, iwi appointed negotiators (Dawn Pomana, Melanie Tarsau, Pauline Hill and Hope Tupara) and with help from Na Rahania under secondment with funding from Te Puni Kōkiri; the Ngai Tāmanuhiri Whānui Trust and the Crown had initialled a Deed of Settlement that outlined a proposal to settle the historical Treaty of Waitangi claims of Ngai Tāmanuhiri.  Following the initialling the ratification process took place, during which time beneficiaries of Ngai Tāmanuhiri were sent information and a voting process was held among registered Iwi members to accept the deed.

The Deed of Settlement & PSGE were approved by majority vote during this process and they were ratified on 5 March 2011 with the Ngai Tāmanuhiri Tutu Poroporo Trust established to receive the negotiated settlement assets. The Ngai Tāmanuhiri Deed of Settlement is the final settlement of all historical claims of Ngai Tāmanuhiri resulting from acts or omissions by the Crown prior to 21 September 1992 – More information about what redress was negotiated can be found here on the OTS site.

Parliamentary Readings:

The final stage of the settlement process was a reading held in parliament to pass the Ngai Tāmanuhiri Claims Settlement Bill into law, this bill had its hearing for the 3rd and last time on 26 July 2012. Whānau are able to view a recording of these proceedings over the Internet through  the Parliament archives.

You can watch the recording of the 3rd reading online

After this was completed the transfer of assets to the Ngai Tāmanuhiri Tutu Poroporo Trust began.


For background information on the Treaty Settlement you can read Tūranga Tangata Tūranga Whenua: The Report on the Tūranganui a Kiwa Claims report by the Waitangi Tribunal. The report is available on the Waitangi Tribunal website:

Tūranga Tangata Tūranga Whenua: The Report on the Tūranganui a Kiwa Claims


If you are interested in reviewing the claims of Ngai Tāmanuhiri you can go to the website of the Office of Treaty Settlements  (OTS) and click on ‘Settlement Progress’. OTS is responsible for negotiation on behalf of the Crown of historical Treaty Settlements.


Claims Negotiation Timeline

 1992  Ngai Tāmanuhiri claim filed
 Research and preparation of evidence
 2002  Waitangi Tribunal Hearings
 2003  Ngai Tāmanuhiri Whānui Trust secures Deed of Mandate to negotiate Tāmanuhiri claims
 2004  Waitangi Tribunal Report released
 2005  Ngai Tāmanuhiri Deed of Mandate is recognised by the Crown
 2007  Terms of Negotiation signed 29 May 2007
 Collective Negotiations established under Tūranga Manu Whiriwhiri
 2008  Agreement in Principle signed on 29 August 2008
 2009  Develop the Draft Deed of Settlement
 2010  Deed of Settlement intialled 17 December, Muriwai Marae
 2010-2011  Ratification of Deed of Settlement & Post Settlement Governance Entity
 2011  Deed of Settlement & PSGE signed as ratified (approved by majority vote)
 July 2012  Settlement legislation passed
 August 2012   Transfer of Assets, establishment of Tāmanuhiri Tutu Poroporo Trust and Wharerata Forest Ltd