December 23, 2021
Te Ūpokorehe steamrolled by Te Whakatōhea deal
Initialling of the deed of settlement for eastern Bay of Plenty iwi Te Whakatōhea is set to go ahead today, despite the objections of a neighbouring iwi.
Te Ūpokorehe has consistently objected to being included in the $100 million settlement, saying it is a separate iwi rather than a hapū.
It has never supported the Te Whakatōhea Pre-Settlement Trust mandate and recently presented a petition of over 700 signatures to withdraw its claims, whenua and sacred sites from the Te Whakatōhea settlement.
It says initialling the settlement before creating and running a withdrawal process, as recommended in the Waitangi Tribunal’s Te Whakatōhea Mandate Inquiry Report, would be a breach of the treaty.