June 22, 2021
Maniapoto ready for ratification vote
Having seen off a challenge to its mandate, the Maniapoto Māori Trust Board is asking members of the King Country tribe to vote on its $165 million historic treaty settlement.
Chair Keith Ikin says it’s the third round of voting this year, with turn-out for the mandate challenge and the trust board elections being between 2000 and 3000.
This time he’s hoping to get to closer to 50 percent of the 14,000 eligible voters on the register.
"We've got a young population, we've got a transient population – 90 percent of our people live outside the rohe, they live in Hamilton, Auckland, all around New Zealand and a huge number live overseas,. Connecting with our whānau and encouraging them to look at what is proposed and actually vote is the big challenge in front of us right now," Mr Ikin says.
There will be 15 ratification hui within Te Rohe Pōtae and around the motu starting in Te Kuiti on July 12, with voting closing on August 16.
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