Taihape: Rangitīkei ki Rangipō

Claims and geographical area

Taihape area map

The Waitangi Tribunal is currently inquiring into 45 claims as part of the Taihape: Rangitīkei ki Rangipō District inquiry (Wai 2180). These claims have been made on behalf of the iwi, hapū and whānau of Mōkai Pātea: Ngāti Hauiti, Ngāti Tamakōpiri, Ngāti Whitikaupeka, Ngāi Te Ohuake, Ngāti Paki and Ngāti Hinemanu.

The Tribunal has also received claims made on behalf of other iwi, hapū and whānau associated with the general area. These include: Ngāi Te Upokoiri and Ngāti Hinemanu, Ngāti Rangi, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Waewae, Ngāti Pikiahu, Ngā Poutama, and Ngāti Hikairo.

The inquiry district covers the area known as Mōkai Pātea, west of the Ruahine and Kaweka Ranges and south of the Kaimanawa mountains. It includes the towns of Hunterville, Taihape and Waiouru. The Rangitīkei River flows through the heart of the district.

See a map of the Taihape district inquiry [PDF, 695 KB]

Major issues

Ngā iwi me ngā hapū o te whenua: The peoples of the land

  • In general, all of the claims argue that the Crown has failed to fulfil its Treaty obligations in its various dealings with iwi, hapū and whānau in the Taihape inquiry district.

Ngā take e pa ana ngā whenua e riro: Māori land loss

  • A number of claims argue that the Crown acquired or enabled the acquisition of excessive amounts of land in the district. This left iwi, hapū and whānau without sufficient lands and resources for their present and future needs.
  • Many claims also argue the Native Land Acts created a Native Land Court that did not recognise the proper customary interests of iwi, hapū and whānau in their ancestral lands, undermined tribal authority by granting individual title to land, and hindered the effective use of the lands remaining in Māori ownership. 

Public works

  • A number of claims argue that iwi, hapū and whānau were disadvantaged by the Crown taking land for defence, roading, education, railway, scenic reserves and other public purposes.

Te Taiao: the environment

  • Some claims argue that the Crown has failed to recognise iwi, hapū and whānau as kaitiaki of the environment and natural resources, has not recognised their customary interests in waters, fisheries, minerals and other associated taonga, and has excluded tangata whenua in resource management processes.

Te Whaiora me te Ohanga: social and economic issues

  • A number of claims argue that Crown actions or omissions have caused significant cultural, social and economic harm to iwi, hapū and whānau. 

Panel members

The Presiding Officer of the Taihape district inquiry is Judge Layne Harvey.

Find out more about Judge Harvey (external link)

The panel also includes:

Inquiry progress

The Taihape inquiry is currently in its hearings phase. View the current hearing programme [PDF, 355 KB].

Read the Taihape Inquiry newsletter for June 2016

Find out about:

Hearings and events

Joint hearings were recently held with the Porirua ki Manawatū Tribunal (Wai 2200) regarding the Rangitīkei River and its tributaries. Joint proceedings were held at the Central Trust Energy Arena in Te Papaioea/Palmerstone North on 30-31 May 2017.

In recent directions (external link) , the Presiding Officer, Judge Harvey, confirmed dates for upcoming third and fourth Taihape hearing weeks:

  • Hearing Week 3: 2-6 October 2017
  • Hearing Week 4: 11-15 December 2017

Venues and further details about these events will be released via directions in due course.

Inquiry documents

The various documents, submissions and evidence filed in the inquiry are available online. The list of these is called the record of inquiry.

Search inquiry documents (external link)

Waitangi Tribunal Staff

Inquiry parties are encouraged to contact staff if they need further information about the inquiry, upcoming hearings or they have any general queries about their claims.

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