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The Settlement


Contemporary settlement negotiations with the Crown took over twenty years to complete.

During this time the Rūnanga was successful in securing the return of Ngāti Awa Farm, the Mataatua Wharenui and Te Mānuka Tūtahi site in Whakatāne.

The first Crown offer made in 1983 was rejected. The second offer made in 1987 was accepted as part payment towards the final settlement. The final Deed of Settlement was agreed to between the Rūnanga and the Crown in 2002 and ratified by members of Ngāti Awa through a postal ballot during 2004.

In March 2005, the Ngāti Awa Claims Settlement Act was passed, settling the long standing Treaty of Waitangi Claims and establishing the Rūnanga as a new governance body under the Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa Act 2005. Since this time, the Rūnanga has also partially completed settlement of the Ngāti Awa Fisheries Claim and various other ancillary matters.

The return of Putauaki maunga to Ngāti Awa has yet to be realised, although work continues on a number of fronts at this point in time.

Our settlement with the Crown in 2005 was approximately $42 million, including assets and cash transferred to the Rūnanga.

Full details of the settlement package can be found in the Deed of Settlement.

The purchase of forestry assets and receipt of accumulated rentals post-settlement, enabled the Rūnanga to establish an economic base through its commercial arm Ngāti Awa Group Holdings Limited.

Today, the Rūnanga has interests in agriculture, fisheries, forestry, equities and property totalling $94 million.

These commercial activities enable the Rūnanga to deliver a range of services to Ngāti Awa via our social arm Ngāti Awa Community Development Trust.

The office of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa also provides environmental, research and archival, and Iwi development services.

The benefits of the settlement are for all members of Ngāti Awa, wherever they may live.

Settlement data

245,000 Acres Confiscated

In 1866, 245,000 acres of land was confiscated from Ngāti Awa. This act had a profound impact on the Iwi.

77,000 Acres Returned

Of the 245,000 acres, only 77,000 acres were returned to Ngāti Awa.

January 29th, 1929
First Raupatu Settlement meeting held at Pūkeko Marae.
October 22nd, 1980
Eruera Manuera meets Sir James Fletcher to discuss return of Putauaki.
November 16th, 1980
Ngāti Awa Trust Board is formed at Puawairua Marae.

Pātaka kai and kaimoana permits

To inquire about pātaka kai and kaimoana permits, please contact one of the following:

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa | 07 3070760

During the Christmas and New Year period (20th Dec 2022 – 10th Jan 2023), please use the following contacts:

  • Charlie Bluett | 027 524 7710

Pātaka Kai & Kaimoana Permits

To inquire about Pātaka Kai and Kaimoana permits please contact one of the following:

Weekdays 8.30am to 5pm
Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa | 07 3070760

Public Holidays & Afterhours
Charlie Bluett | 027 524 7710
Kataraina Monika | 027 235 3923