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August 2019

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Te Rūnanga-ā-Iwi o Ngāti Kahu
Land Claims Report for August 2019

1. Waitangi Tribunal – preparing to resume hearing
2. National Iwi Chairs Forum – Hastings 27-28 August
3. Māori Television documentary The Negotiators

• We have advised the Tribunal we will be available to attend preparatory meetings for the hearing for our application for binding recommendations from the end of October.
• The next hui of National Iwi Chairs Forum is scheduled for 27-28 August in Hastings. The Aotearoa Independent Monitoring Mechanism is continuing to work towards a National Plan of Action to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
• A five-part documentary on the treaty claims settlement process is scheduled to start on Māori TV on 2 September.

2. National Iwi Chairs Forum – Hastings 27-28 August
We will be attending the next Forum hui in Hastings on 27-28 August. I will be reporting on the work of the Aotearoa Independent Monitoring Mechanism and our attendance at the United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Geneva last month. I will also report on arrangements being made to draft a National Plan of Action to implement the United Nations Declaration. We met with Nanaia Mahuta as Minister of Māori Development to discuss this. She advised that government servants were still trying to learn about the Declaration and had some way to go. We provided her with background information and readings so that she could bring herself up to date.

3. Māori Television documentary The Negotiators
Māori Television will be broadcasting a five-part documentary called The Negotiators on the experiences of negotiators in the treaty claims settlement process. Five iwi negotiators who have had settlements will be interviewed. They include Sir Tīpene O’Regan (Ngāi Tahu), Mavis Mullins (Rangitāne), Alex Nathan (Te Roroa), Ella Henry (Ngāti Kahu ki Whangaroa) and Chris Mckenzie (Raukawa).
The documentary was made by Moana Maniapoto. Dr Moana Jackson, Rev. Dr David Williams and I were the expert advisers. The first episode is scheduled for broadcast on 2 September.
In preparation for this, Moana Maniapoto interviewed the ex-Minister of Treaty Negotiations, Chris Finlayson, Chris Mckenzie and me for her show Te Ao with Moana. That was broadcast on Tuesday, 20 August at 8pm and can be viewed on this link
The following Tuesday, 27 August at 8pm, she interviews Ngāhiwi Tōmoana, Professor Jane Kelsey and the present Minister of Treaty Negotiations, Andrew Little.

Professor Margaret Mutu
17 August 2019