Marutūahu have been offered land in our heartland to settle their treaty grievances with the Crown. This includes:
Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei have been contesting the proposed settlement for years and although the Crown tried to block our access to the High Court, our Supreme Court win in 2018 opened that avenue whilst raising significant concerns with the settlements.
Although the Courts are an option we have kept open, we always sought to resolve our concerns by meeting kanohi ki te kanohi with Marutūahu. In 2020, we met with Marutūahu both in Kaiaua and Ōrākei, in an attempt to settle this take and find a solution outside of the Court. We are very proud of how we as Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei represented ourselves, unified and strong. He tū pakari, he tū rangatira.
Unfortunately, our efforts were not successful and now we proceed to the High Court. First day in the High Court is Tuesday 9 February, 2021 and the expected duration of the trial is approximately 11 weeks.
Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei marked the beginning of the High Court trial with a peaceful hīkoi from Ōrākei Marae to the High Court to exercise and celebrate our status as ahi kā in central Tāmaki. Over 400 whānau, friends and supporters joined the 7km hīkoi to mark this very important moment in Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei history.
#UPDATE Marama (Chair) gives an update on the upcoming hīkoi – January 2021
Our elected representatives Ngarimu Blair and Marama Royal give an update on the Mana Tāmaki kaupapa – November 2020
Our Chair, Marama Royal, shares an important Mana Tāmaki update regarding our recent engagement with Waikato-Tainui.