Registration questions and answers

Why should I register with Ngāti Tamaoho?
Ngāti Tamaoho is currently engaged in settling all historical grievances with the Crown. As a result we aim to register as many Ngāti Tamaoho members as possible into our database.
Many of you will have already registered with Waikato/Tainui and your own respective Marae but the form you fill out now will be for registering with the Ngāti Tamaoho Trust. If you are in doubt whether or not you have filled in the form before please fill out our form.The more people who are registered with us the better. It will allow us to know who our members are, where they live and how we can communicate with you effectively.
 
If you are Tamaoho, you’re entitled to be involved and entitled to share in any benefits the tribe receives under the settlement.  In addition, the more members we have, the more seriously the Crown will take our case.  Registering it will ensure that you participate in our activities, and receive regular updates about the claims process and entitle you to vote on the settlement.
 
Do I have to choose between being registered as Ngāti Tamaoho or other iwi (tribal) groups?
No, this will in no way affect your right to register with other iwi (tribal) or hapū (sub-tribe) groups.
 
What happens after I register?
When you register with the Ngāti Tamaoho Trust your details will go through our validation process. Once validated, your details will be entered into our database. Personal details will remain only with the trust and will not be shared with any third parties other than to provide services to you.
 
How can I register with NgātiTamaoho?
You can get a registration form by:
  • contacting one of our Marae based registrars,
  • or we can arrange for a registration form to be sent out to you,
  • or go to the register section of this website to fill in the online form or download a registration form
There is no need for members to fill in a form who have already completed a registration form either online or hard-copy.
For further information regarding registrations or if you have any questions please contact the Ngāti Tamaoho office on (09) 551-6266.
 
How old do I need to be able to register as Ngāti Tamaoho?
Any descendant of Ngāti Tamaoho is able to register with the Ngāti Tamaoho Trust. Children under the age of 18 must have their parent sign on their behalf.
 
What is the Treaty Settlement all about?
Maori and the British Crown signed the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840.  There were many breaches of the Treaty that have affected Maori very badly. Ngāti Tamaoho was one of many who were severely affected.Today, the Crown (the Office of Treaty Settlements – or OTS) is working with the various iwi/hapū to hear their grievances and to negotiate cultural and economic redress which may include some land return, cash and the protection of sites of significance as compensation.
 
What are historical Treaty claims?
Historical Treaty claims relate to any grievances arising from Crown breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi that occurred from 1840 to the 21st September 1992. 
 
Who is the Crown?
The Crown today is the New Zealand Government. The Government of New Zealand represents the Queen, and the Queen is the direct descendant of Queen Victoria with whom the Treaty of Waitangi was signed. Thus, 170 years ago, Maori signed the Treaty with Queen Victoria’s representative – today Maori are dealing with Queen Victoria’s descendant, Queen Elizabeth through her representative, the New Zealand Government When the Treaty of Waitangi was signed, it was signed by Captain Hobson on behalf of Queen Victoria. 
 
This was because, in 1840 there was no Parliamentary Government in New Zealand, so Maori negotiated with the British Head of State –  Queen Victoria – through her representative Captain Hobson and then the British Government set up a colonial government in New Zealand. The British Government however, retained control (rangatiratanga) over the colonial Government.  New Zealand later became an independent country with its own Government that was not answerable to the British Government. However, the Queen remains our Head of State. She is the Queen of New Zealand. So the New Zealand Government represents the Queen (the Crown) in New Zealand today.
 
Why does Ngāti Tamaoho need to negotiate with the Crown?
Under the Treaty of Waitangi, the Crown undertook to protect our rights but Ngāti Tamaoho was badly affected by the arrival of European colonists. The Crown is saying today, that if we can prove that we were affected because we were not protected, the Crown will now try to see that these matters are put right (This will be hard after 170 years, but we will get some compensation and most importantly, we will receive an apology and our mana, restored). Only the Crown can make this offer to us, therefore we must negotiate with the Crown (the Government).
Changes in Treaty Settlement Policy mean that the Government are aiming to settle all historical Treaty claims by 2020.
 
What is a Mandate?
When Ngāti Tamaoho gives someone the right to represent you.
 
Who is proposed to be the mandate entity on behalf of Ngāti Tamaoho?
In this case, in 1991, the people of Ngāti Tamaoho formed themselves into a trust and then elected a Board of Trustees to manage the affairs of the iwi (people). The Trust Board has the mandate of the people, to work for them and represent them in all affairs, including the Treaty Settlement Negotiations - however, it must always report back to get the agreement of the people as discussions are held and decisions are to be made. The Board is mandated to enter into discussions with the Crown, to negotiate a draft Deed of Settlement.
The word draft is very important because it means that it is ready to be discussed but it isn’t yet signed. So, once the draft Deed of Settlement is completed, all members of Ngāti Tamaoho over the age of 18 will be asked to vote on whether it is acceptable to them.
 
If the people agree that the draft Deed of Settlement is acceptable, the word draft will be removed and the document becomes the Deed of Settlement and will be signed by Tamaoho and the Crown. If it is unacceptable, the word draft remains and more negotiations will need to happen to arrive at a settlement that is agreeable.
 
Who is the Ngāti Tamaoho Trust?
Ngāti Tamaoho members elect the Trust board at every Annual General Meeting (AGM). This is a huge responsibility that falls upon an individual we ask you to consider your candidates carefully based on the skills required to fulfil this position. This year we will hold the Annual General Meeting on the 18th September at Whātapaka Marae, 1pm.
For details on how to become a trustee or more information of who is on the Trust please visit the Ngāti Tamaoho Trust section of the website.
 
I am of Ngāti Tamaoho descent, how do I participate?
1.    You must register as a member of Ngāti Tamaoho
2.    We will validate you as a member of Ngāti Tamaoho and enter your name on the register of members.
3.    You may now participate in all of our activities.
4.    You will receive information about all our activities including advance notice of hui-a-iwi and other hui, field trips, activities etc.
5.    If you are over 18, and registered, you may vote for:
·      Trustees who are up for election
·      Matters to do with our Treaty Settlement.
·      Matters that are discussed at the AGM (Annual General Meeting) or at special general meetings
  • You may also stand for election as a Trustee
  • You may nominate someone else to stand for election as a Trustee.
When it comes to formal votes on such matters, registered members aged 18 years or older will be able to vote.
All votes will be made in person on the day. There are no special votes for the elections at the Annual General Meeting.
 
How am I validated?
To be validated we need to be sure that you are a descendant of Tamaoho so we will check your whakapapa and once that shows us that you are indeed Tamaoho, we put your name onto our roll of members and welcome you as a member of the whānau.
 
Do I have to participate?
No. All Ngāti Tamaoho are encouraged to participate and those aged 18 years or older are encouraged to vote, stand for election as a Trustee or help the trust in other ways, because it is important to the future of Ngāti Tamaoho. Active participation in this process can be undertaken by:
  • Ensuring that you are registered with Ngāti Tamaoho.
  • Requesting a Registration Form if you are yet to register.
  • Contacting another Ngāti Tamaoho person and advising them of this kaupapa.
  • Attending any of the information hui.
  • Attending the Annual General Meeting (AGM)
  • Exercising your right to vote
Where can I get further information?
You can attend any of the hui-a-iwi. From July 2011 you may also go to our website for further information. Generic information about the Treaty claims settlement process can be found on the Office of Treaty Settlements website, www.ots.govt.nz.
Ngāti Tamaoho now has a Treaty Claims Unit and an office located in Manukau, Auckland. We have three staff members who work from the office. The office is open between 9am – 3.30pm, Monday to Friday. You are more than welcome to call in at any time.
3/11 Freeman Way
Manukau
Auckland
(09) 551 6266

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