Area of Interest

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All Rangitāne historical Treaty claims are within the Rangitāne combined area of interest as shown in the map of the combined Rangitāne takiwa defining the Rangitāne area of interest (below).

Rangitāne o Wairarapa

The tribal rohe of Rangitāne o Wairarapa begins at the mouth of the Heretaunga (Hutt) River crossing over to Totara Park and heads north in a straight line to the Tararua Ranges, along those ranges to the Mangahao River and then to Hāmua, to Tāne, crossing the Tiraumea River to Rakanui travelling onwards to the Ōwahanga River to the mouth of the Akitio, down to the coastline to Mangatainoka and the Whakataki River mouth, to Rangiwhakaoma continuing to Whareama, Motukairangi, along to Te Unuunu (Flatpoint), to Kawakawa (Palliser Bay), to Turakirae, to Orongorongo, Baring Head and back to the start of the Heretaunga (Hutt) River.

Rangitāne o Tamaki Nui-ā-Rua

Interests within the Wairarapa ki Tararua Inquiry

The rohe of Rangitāne o Tamaki Nui-ā-Rua within Wairarapa ki Tararua begins in the north at Umutoi, on the Ruahine Range, following the northern boundary of the Ngamoko block (Manawatū River) through to Poroporo on the coast, north of Cape Turnagain (Te Aho a Maui) following the northern boundaries of the Waikopiro, Mangapuaka, Wharawhara, Ngapaeruru and Tautane Blocks.  The boundary continues south along the eastern coastline to the Mataikona river mouth, and continues along the southern boundary of the Puketoi (Castlepoint Block 2) to the Makuri, Ihuraua, Ngatapa, Eketahuna, Mangatainoka and Kaihinu (No 2) Blocks to the Tararua Range.

The boundary proceeds north following the western boundary of the Kaihinu (No 1 and 2), Mangahao (No 1, 2, and 3), Ahuaturanga, Maharahara, Tamaki, Umutaoroa, Piripiri, Te Ohu and Ngamoko Blocks and returning to the Umutoi Peak on the Ruahine Range.

Interests outside the Wairarapa ki Tararua Inquiry

To the west of the Wairarapa ki Tararua Inquiry, Rangitāne o Tamaki Nui-ā-Rua have interests in the Te Ahuaturanga block in the Porirua ki Manawatū Inquiry District.  These remain core interests of Rangitāne today in that Rangitāne had manawhenua there as at 1840.  The Rangitāne hapū with interests in this area is Te Kapuārangi.  Iwi leaders of ROTNAR and of Te Kapuārangi in Manawatū are currently in discussions about how these overlapping interests will be addressed in the context of settlement negotiations.

Moving north to the Taihape: Rangitikei ki Rangipo Inquiry District along the eastern and western side of the Ruahine Ranges to Mangoira and Otumore blocks and the south western corner of the Awarua block.  The interests in the Mangoira, Otumore and Awarua blocks are historical ones.

Moving east into the Southern Hawke’s Bay Inquiry District the core customary interests of Rangitāne hapū are located in the area between Norsewood and Takapau including the Rakautatahi, Otawhao and Whenuahou blocks.  These remain core interests of Rangitāne today, in that they held interests here as at 1840.  It should also be noted that the area known as Te Tāpere nui o Whātonga (which includes the area known as Tamaki Nui-ā-Rua) extended beyond the northern boundary of the Wairarapa ki Tararua Inquiry into the Rakautatahi/Takapau area.  Whātonga is the grandfather of Rangitāne.

Rangitāne hapū also had historical interests in Waipukurau, Porangahau and Waipawa, particularly at Te Tapairu (near Waipawa).  Further investigation needs to be had as to the extent of the Rangitāne interests particularly due to the fact that many Rangitāne hapū migrated to Te Tapairu in the 1860s/1870s.

Although the Wairarapa ki Tararua Tribunal did not report on the Rangitāne interests outside of the Inquiry District, ROTNAR made it clear that they claimed certain interests in areas beyond the Wairarapa ki Tararua Inquiry.  For example, the original Wai 166 Statement of Claim indicated that there were strong Rangitāne relationships with hapū outside of the Inquiry District in that many of the hapū identities in that district today are direct uri of Rangitāne.  This was referred to as a “Statement of Kinship” that said:

“We, Rangitāne o Tamaki Nui-ā-Rua acknowledge that related hapū and whānau reside beyond our described takiwa and such relationships are based on substantial inter-related links of whakapapa and common heritage.  Such links extend to the greater Central Hawkes Bay, Heretaunga and Waimarama regions.  We further pay tribute to our tupuna and to the fact that the residency and occupancy rights of hapū and whānau of the Tapairu Block and indeed of the Takapau, Ruataniwha, Central Hawkes Bay and Porangahau areas have origins that stem from their lines of descent from well known Rangitāne tupuna such as Ruatotara, Rangitotohu Parakiore, Apita Kuikainga and others.  We acknowledge the descendants of these tupuna as Rangitāne kinsmen.”

ROTNAR acknowledge that many individuals, whilst recognising their strong Rangitāne whakapapa connections to the hapū outside of the Wairarapa ki Tararua Inquiry, have chosen to align with Ngāti Kahungunu with regards to an iwi identity.  That choice is respected by ROTNAR, and whilst ROTNAR may not necessarily seek to negotiate redress in these areas, they do wish to record these interests in some way.  This may include reference to these interests in the Historical Account of the Deed of Settlement.

ROTNAR will engage with the hapū leaders in these areas to ensure that the relationships and whakapapa connections are acknowledged and understood before any decisions are made about what, if any, redress ROTNAR may wish to negotiate, including the contents of the Historical Account.  It is expected that the Crown will assist in ensuring that other Iwi do the same.