Patuharakeke Spokesperson Deborah Harding said in response to the tribunal announcement “we are encouraged by the recommendations of the Tribunal, in particular that the Crown must halt its negotiations with the Tunoronuku IMA to allow Ngapuhi space to work through issues. These include reviewing their Hapū Kaikōrero representatives and structure with a better mandating process than what is in their deed. Most importantly for Patuharakeke is the Tribunal’s statement that there must be a workable withdrawal mechanism for Hapu who do not wish to be represented by Tūhoronuku IMA and support them to look at their own large natural groupings.”


Patuharakeke along with other Hapu have voiced their concerns that Iwi groups negotiating directly with the Crown are able to simply ‘take’ their Hapu and whanau claimant numbers without any consultation at all. Yet to withdraw their claimant numbers from this process is complex and expensive. Regardless, Patuharakeke have already begun dialogue with other Hapu of Whangarei regarding a redress model that envisions Hapu autonomy, Hapu inter-dependence and Hapu prosperity and wellbeing.

‘Whangarei Terenga Paraoa’ is a redress model developed and supported by the Hapu of Whangarei. The assembly of Whangarei Terenga Paraoa will meet to discuss and endorse practical pathways that ensure the people of Whangarei will stand, work and flourish together. The overarching values of the assembly are Hapu Rangatiratanga – Hapu Sovereignty, Tikanga Hapu – Hapu Ways of Working, Kia Tutika – Accountability and Integrity. The inaugural meeting of the Whangarei Terenga Paraoa assembly will take place on October 30th at a venue yet to be confirmed.

Therefore, a hui will be held at 6pm on Friday, October 16th at the Takahiwai Rugby League clubrooms to elect 3 Patuharakeke representatives to the Whangarei Terenga Paraoa assembly. The 3 elected representatives will be a reflective combination of the following:

  • He Wahine – a female representative
  • He Tane – a male representative
  • He Taitamatane/Taitamawahine – a person of either sex aged between 18-35 years.

Nominations to the assembly can be made in advance by e-mail to

Nominations will also be taken from the floor on the night.

For further information, including a copy of the governance document – “Te Kawenata o Te Whangarei Terenga Paraoa” please contact Jared Pitman at