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1864 Rakiura Deed of Cession has been Breached!

Daniel Ranui Clearwater made this Official Information request to Ministry of Māori Development

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From: Daniel Ranui Clearwater

Dear Sir/Madam,

I hope this letter finds you well. I am writing to you as a direct descendant of Rawiri Te Mamaru, a signatory to the 1864 Rakiura Deed of Cession. I am seeking your assistance in a matter of great importance that pertains to our ancestral lands.

The issue at hand involves the Beneficial Titi Islands, which were left to our ancestors “for ever and ever” as per the language of the Deed. However, it has come to our attention that certain families who do not descend from the original signatories of the Deed have been granted rights to these lands by the Maori Land Court in 1920 under the Native Land Amendment and Native Land Claims Adjustment Act.

We believe this to be an error and a violation of the rights bestowed upon us by the Deed. Despite our best efforts to rectify this situation through legal channels and appeals to the Maori Land Court, we have been unsuccessful so far.

We are deeply concerned about this issue as it not only affects our rights but also undermines the sanctity of agreements made in good faith between our ancestors and the Crown. We fear that if left unaddressed, it could lead to further erosion of Maori land rights.

We kindly request your intervention in this matter. We believe that your office, given its mandate and commitment to Maori development, is uniquely positioned to help us navigate this complex issue.

We look forward to your guidance and support in upholding the rights granted to us by our ancestors and ensuring justice is served.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Yours sincerely,

Daniel Ranui Clearwater,

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Tçnâ koe Daniel


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With respect to your request for assistance from Te Puni Kôkiri, our view,
based on the information provided in your email, is that this matter is
appropriately dealt with through the Mâori Land Court. We suggest that you
continue to engage with them as Te Puni Kôkiri is unable to intervene in
Mâori Land Court matters. However, if you would like to discuss the
matters raised in your email, you may wish to contact your regional Te
Puni Kôkiri Office. Contact details are available on our website: 


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