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November 2020

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Te Rūnanga-ā-Iwi o Ngāti Kahu
Land Claims Report for November 2020

1. Waitangi Tribunal – judicial review 27 November at Taipā
2. National Iwi Chairs Forum – 5-6 November 2020 in New Plymouth
3-5 February 2021 in Waitangi

1. Waitangi Tribunal – judicial review 27 November at Taipā
Just a further reminder about the matters to be addressed at the next judicial conference taking place on Friday, 27 November 2020 at Ramada Resort in Taipā starting at 10am:
a) the Outlines of Claims to be filed in October 2020 and the scope of the inquiry;
b) the existing evidence, whether more is required, and the scope and scale of any further research; and
c) the legal status of Dame Evelyn Stokes’s work in this inquiry, if the claims extend past 1865 (Wai 45, #R8).

We received a letter from the Office of Treaty Settlements (aptly renamed the Office of Tiriti Breaches by one iwi chair) this month. It said that they have started to remove lands from their list of lands it may offer to Ngāti Kahu to buy. Their dictatorial dishonesty continues the same racist behaviour that Ngāti Kahu has experienced for almost two centuries now. There has been no indication that they have any intention of curing themselves.

2. National Iwi Chairs Forum – 5-6 November 2020 in New Plymouth
Te Atiawa, chaired by Liana Poutū, hosted the Forum in New Plymouth in the Plymouth International hotel on 5th and 6th November. It was well attended and, as usual, a number of our kuia attended. It was a refreshing change to not have the government attending which allowed us to have a good discussion on the strategic priorities for the Forum.

I’ve appended the report of the hui prepared by the Secretariat to this report. If you would like a copy of the full list of the resolutions, please email

For Te Pou Tikanga, the Forum formalised its status as the rōpū that facilitates the development of the Rangatiratanga/Mana Motuhake sphere at the national level and authorised Te Pou Tikanga to commence formal talks with a large number of national Māori bodies such as Māori Womens’ Welfare League, Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust, Te Rūnanganui o Ngā Kura Kaupapa, Ngāti Kāpō and national Māori disabilities groups, LGBTQI+ communities, national Māori media bodies, Urban Māori bodies, Kīngitanga, New Zealand Māori Council, Māori student bodies, Kapa Haka organisations, Māori lawyers and doctors organisations, Māori religious organisations and so on. A hui of these bodies has been called for 3 February 2021 at the Copthorne Hotel at Waitangi in conjunction with the next Forum hui scheduled for 4-5 February. Ngāti Whātua, chaired by Dame Naida Glavish, will host the Forum.

Professor Margaret Mutu
21 November 2020