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What is a “historical Treaty claim”?
This is a claim made in relation to Treaty breaches during the period from 6 February 1840 to 21 September 1992.

How do I include my claim under the Trust's mandate?
If you have a registered claim with the Waitangi Tribunal which relates to Rangitāne but is not specifically listed in those claims which the Trust is negotiating, please let the Trust know via the Project Manager.

What is a “large natural grouping”?
The Crown prefers to negotiate with large natural groupings as opposed to individual hapū or whānau.   A large natural group is usually an iwi or a cluster of hapū with a significant population, and a large distinctive claim area.

What are the Terms of Reference?
The Terms of Reference are the rules the negotiators must abide by when negotiating with the Crown.

What is the Trusts approach to the foreshore and seabed?
As this stage these negotiations will not include claims to the foreshore and seabed. During the mandating phase, the Trust was awaiting the proposed new law in order to consider the best options for Rangitāne.  Now that the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011 is in force, the Trust is considering whether foreshore and seabed claims are to be included in the mandate, and if so, how.

What is the Rangitāne Claims Cluster Group?
The Rangitāne Claims Cluster Group is made up of representatives of Rangitāne o Wairarapa and Rangitāne o Tamaki Nui-ā-Rua and mandated by the Rangitāne Rūnanga.

Why should I register?
You do not have to be on the Rangitāne Runanga beneficiary rolls to vote, but we encourage you to register so you receive up to date information and to be able to vote on the ratification of the Deed of Settlement itself.

What is a “mandate”?
A mandate is an authority to act on behalf of other people, which has been given by those people and is accepted by the Crown.

What is a “mandated body”?
A mandated body (such as the Trust) has the authority to act on behalf of the people to negotiate a settlement with the Crown.

Now that the Trust has a Crown recognised mandate, can it do whatever it likes?
A mandate means the Trust is able to negotiate a settlement with the Crown.  This does not mean that body will also be in charge of any settlement assets.

Once the Trust signs Terms of Negotiation with the Crown, are those Terms binding on Rangitāne?
No.  Terms of Negotiation are non-binding between the parties but serve to set ground rules between the parties prior to formal settlement negotiations taking place.  The parties enter into those discussions in good faith and will operate in line with them.