Waiora iwi encouraged to vote on $100 mill Treaty Settlement

Voting on the Deed of Settlement for iwi and hapū of Te Rohe o Te Wairoa will close this Friday at 5pm, with the results determining whether the $100 million Settlement will go ahead.

Te Tira Whakaemi o Te Wairoa is encouraging anyone with whakapapa to the iwi and hapū of Te Rohe o Te Wairoa to get involved and have their say on their future.

Chairman Tāmati Olsen says, “This isn’t just about here and now; this is about the generations to come – it’s for our tamariki and mokopuna.”

Although Te Tira Whakaemi o Te Wairoa has already received a high number of votes, more than 1,500 people registered with Te Tira have yet to cast their votes.

Tāmati says, “We urge these people to have their say before Friday; this chance won’t come around again.

It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be involved, to put our grievances behind us and build a better future for our people – economically, socially and culturally.”

The Treaty Settlement journey for the Wairoa Inquiry District started more than thirty years ago and the voting process is crucial to its completion.

If the Settlement goes ahead, in terms of financial redress it will be the fifth largest Treaty settlement.

Iwi members can register and vote online or by post. Information on the Deed of Settlement and how to vote is available at www.tetirawhakaemi.iwi.nz