Te Whakawhanaunga a Te Kaunihera ki te Iwi Maaori
Council Relationship with Waikato-Tainui
Te Whakawhanaunga o Te Kaunihera ki te Roopu Whakahaere o Waikato-Tainui
Waikato Raupatu Claims Settlements Act 1995
Te Whakatutuki mo nga Take Raupatu a Waikato
The components in this Act which are of significance to the Council include:
- Return of Lands
Certain lands within the Hamilton City boundary were returned to Waikato-Tainui to be held in the name of Potatau Te Wherowhero. These lands included only properties which were under existing Crown ownership such as the University of Waikato,Te Rapa Airforce base, Hamilton Court House and Police Station.
- Right of First Refusal
The Crown also agreed as a form of redress a right of first refusal over Residual Crown Land. This applies to all Crown bodies including Hamilton City Council. Therefore the Council when proposing to sell any Residual Crown Land must give notice to Waikato-Tainui of the proposed sale with proposed terms. This process acknowledges the principle ‘i riro whenua atu, me hoki whenua mai’, meaning ‘as land was taken, land must be returned’.
This settlement excluded the Waikato River claim, the West Coast Harbours and certain landblocks in north Waikato.
The Waikato River - Deed of Settlement
Te Whakataunga mo te Awa o Waikato
On 12th February 2012 both Waikato-Tainui and the Hamilton City Council entered a Joint Management Agreement. The Joint Management Agreement provides for an enduring relationship through a shared exercise of functions, duties and powers that give effect to the overarching purpose to restore and protect the health and wellbeing of the Waikato River for future generations.
In working together under the Joint Management Agreement, both Waikato-Tainui and the Hamilton City Council will;
a) Commit to work together in good faith and in the spirit of co-operation;
b) Commit to open, honest and transparent communication;
c) Recognise and acknowledge that the parties will benefit from working together by sharing their respective vision, knowledge and expertise
d) Ensure early engagement;
e) Recognise that the relationship between both parties will evolve;
f) Recognise that co-management operates within statutory frameworks that must be complied with; and
g) Commit to meeting statutory timeframes, and minimizing delays and costs associated with those statutory frameworks.
To this end Council is continuing to work with Waikato-Tainui to develop appropriate projects and processes that contribute to realising the vision for the Waikato River.
Partnership and Service Agreements
Nga Hononga me nga Whakatairanga a Te Kaunihera
- Te Haa o te whenua o Kirikiriroa (THaWK) - an iwi group representing local mana whenua (Maaori with historic ties to the Hamilton/Kirikiriroa area) on issues relating to the management of Hamilton’s natural and physical resources.
- Te Runanga o Kirikiriroa (TeROK) – an urban iwi authority representing maataa waka (Maaori/Pacific from other areas) on the impact of Council policies. Te Runanga provides a range of services, support, advice, and technical expertise that assist Council to meet the needs of the Maaori community in Hamilton.