28 Jan 2013

Ngati Rangi seeks mandate from tribal members

8:01 pm on 28 January 2013

A Ruapehu iwi says it is already planning ahead beyond its Treaty settlement with a strategy to ensure the tribe is in a prosperous position in generations and centuries to come.

In February, the Ngati Rangi Trust will hold a series of nine mandating hui across the country.

It wants to seek a mandate to represent the tribe throughout the Treaty settlement process with the Crown and is calling on tribal members to sign up to its iwi database so they can cast their votes.

The trust's pou arahi (manager), Che Wilson, says these hui will give iwi members a chance to chart the course ahead for descendants to have a brighter future.

He says it is about connecting people with their whakapapa, their marae and reinforcing their identity.

Mr Wilson says it is important that uri or descendants have a say in the tribe's future because it isn't just about a Treaty settlement, it's about Ngati Rangi achieving its vision to live vibrantly in a thousand years.

The first meeting will be on take place on February 9 in Ohakune, followed by South Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Hastings, Whanganui, Palmerston North, Christchurch before the last meeting in Ohakune again.