Why is it important to vote?
If iwi members don’t vote on important matters relating to a treaty claim, a settlement cannot be negotiated with the Crown.
By voting now, you ensure you have your say on how your Hapū is represented during negotiations.
Te Rōpū Tūhono has been meeting with whānau and hapū throughout the year to understand their challenges and aspirations, and to make sure the right mandate process and representation structure is in place for Ngāpuhi.
With the current mix of leadership represented by both Te Kotahitanga and Tuhoronuku, and the right mandate, Hapū canfeel confident that their interests will be represented fairly in all negotiations.
E tū whānau, and have your say.
What am I voting for?
You will be voting for the recommendation to endorse the mandate. Specficially:
Do you support the evolved mandate, as set out in the information booklet, to represent all of Ngāpuhi including Ngā Hapū ō Ngāpuhi in negotiations with the Crown for the comprehensive settlement of all Ngāpuhi historical claims and Crown breaches against Te Tiriti ō Waitangi.
Over and above the pivotal recommendation of endorsement, there are 3 specific issues that we are asking you to vote on:
Kuia and Kaumātua representation on the MaNA;
Taura Here representation on the MaNA; and
Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-Ō-Ngāpuhi representation on the MaNA.
To support you in making a decision,. is held here: all documentation dating back to 2009 can be found online.
How to Vote
All Ngāpuhi over the age of 18 are being asked their opinion in an individual voting process. In addition, each hapū of Ngāpuhi will also be asked whether they endorse the evolved mandate proposal through a separate process.
To cast an individual vote you need to be:
Of Ngāpuhi descent
18 years or older
Registered with Te Rūnanga Ā Iwi O Ngāpuhi
There are 2 ways you can vote
1. Prior registration with Te Rūnanga Ā Iwi O Ngāpuhi’s iwi register, OR
2. A special voting process requiring confirmation of whakapapa.
If you are registered with Te Rūnanga Ā Iwi O Ngāpuhi
If you are registered with Te Rūnanga Ā Iwi O Ngāpuhi and aged 18 years and over, you will automatically be registered to vote. Voting papers will be sent to you in the week of 9 - 16 November 2018. If you do not receive a voting pack (because your contact details have changed) please contact electionz.com to receive a Special Voting pack or ask for a special voting pack at any of the information hui after you have confirmed, with photo ID, that you are on the Rūnanga register. Only one vote from you will be counted.
If you are not registered with Te Rūnanga Ā Iwi O Ngāpuhi you will be able to register to cast a special vote. To register to special vote please:
1. Fill in a Special Vote Registration Form (you will need to put down some whakapapa information and provide a form of photo ID and date of birth)
Registration forms will be available from 29 October. You will be able to get a form by either:
• downloading the above special vote registration form
• contacting electionz.com by calling 0800 666 044 (tollfree) or emailing email@example.com, or
• picking one up from one of the round 4 information hui.
2. Return the completed Special Vote Registration Form to www.electionz.com
• Scan and return the completed form and a copy of your photo ID and date of birth to firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Return the completed form and a copy of your photo ID and date of birth at one of the round 4 hui.
• Post the completed form and a copy of your photo ID and date of birth to:
The Returning Officer
Ngāpuhi Evolved Mandate Process
PO Box 3138
3. electionz.com will send you a Special Vote Registration form
• electionz.com will provide this to you online, by post or at an information hui.
4. Fill in Special Vote form
• Return to electionz.com (by email, by post or at an information hui) by 12pm midday on Friday, 7 December 2018.
Whether you are registered with Te Rūnanga Ā Iwi O Ngāpuhi or register to cast a special vote you will need to return your voting papers to electionz.com by 12pm midday on Friday, 7 December 2018.
You will be able to do this:
• online, or
• by post,
• at an information hui.
Once Voting closes, what happens?
In addition to the individual vote there will also be a Hapū endorsement process. More information on the Hapū endorsement and the vote process can be found at www.govt.nz/Ngāpuhi/ or in the voting pack.
Following the results of these votes and Hapū endorsement Te Rōpū Tūhono will assess whether or not there is enough support for the evolved mandate proposal. Te Rōpū Tūhono will also assess what options Ngāpuhi prefer for Kuia/Kaumātua, Taurahere and Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-Ō-Ngāpuhi representation on the MaNA.
Ministers will then make a decision on whether to recognise the evolved mandate. If the mandate is recognised, the Hapū Kaikōrero refresh process will take place to populate the evolved mandate structure along with other agreed changes.
Important Dates – No exceptions
CLOSE OFF FOR REGISTRATIONS FOR SPECIAL VOTES:
The close off for individual registrations for special votes is 12pm (midday), Monday 3 December 2018.
CLOSE OFF FOR INDIVIDUAL VOTES:
Your vote must be received by electionz.com before 12pm (midday) Friday 7 December 2018.
CLOSE OFF FOR ENDORSEMENT HUI ADVERTISING
All Hapū Endorsement Hui must be advertised through the Office of Treaty Settlements and no hui will be advertised after Sunday, 25 November 2018.
CLOSE OFF FOR HAPŪ ENDORSEMENT HUI RESULTS
All Hapū Endorsement Hui results must be received by the Office of Treaty Settlements no later than 12pm (midday), Monday 10 December 2018.