Finding the Starting Point
All Iwi that have agreed and signed aTreaty Settlement have a two page Settlement Summary Document lodged, along with other official documentation, at the Office of Treaty Settlements. On 24 May 2013, Ngāti Hauā (our iwi) and the Crown initialled a deed of settlement. The deed was then ratified by the people of Ngāti Hauā and signed on 18 July 2013. Our starting point is the Ngati Haua Deed of Settlement Summary
Identifying the site
All Settlement Summary Documents are broken down into the same consistent groupings - an agreed historical account, Crown acknowledgments and apology; cultural redress and financial and commercial redress. Our focus, to begin with, is on the cultural redress section. Cultural Redress is an attempt to acknowledge traditional, historical, cultural and spiritual associations of an iwi with certain places and locations. If the Crown owns a site within the iwi rohe then returning ownership or management of the site is often a part of the Settlement and recorded in the Cultural Redress section of the Settlement Summary.
Engaging with iwi
Ngāti Hauā descend from the eponymous ancestor Hauā, a direct descendant of Hoturoa, the captain of the Tainui waka. The hapū of Ngāti Hauå are Ngāti Te Oro, Ngāti Werewere, Ngāti Waenganui, Ngāti Te Rangitaupi and Ngāti Rangi Tawhaki.
An important focus of Map of Stories is not to put huge pressure on the personal time of local iwi members. What is non-negotiable however is engagement with and discussions with local iwi regarding an appropriate choice of site. We were inspired by Michael Harcourt's advice on initial iwi engagement to start by asking school whanau. This question resulted in a connection with Ngati Haua. This lead us to the Ngati Haua Iwi Trust Board and the chance for staff to meet and discuss sites and aspirations.
Staff conducted initial research to make sure that Maungakawa was a site that would result in significant content for the Year 7-8 students engaged in the project. It should be noted that staff made a decision to use the term 'Maungakawa' as the research starting point and to focus on Maungakawa Scenic Reserve as the site. Maungakawa actually extends across the top of the range and into the Te Tapui Scenic Reserve. Student findings stemmed from searches based on the key word 'Maungakawa' but resulted in findings for both sites. Preliminary research, the age group of the students and further liaison with Ngati Haua meant staff were comfortable making this decision. A site visit was also conducted with staff walking from the bottom to the top of Maungakawa Hill to test the concept before student engagement began.