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Ko Ruawaipu - This is the right side of an amo which was part of a meeting house sold at Port Awanui in 1900.

It is held at the Auckland museum and is thought to be carved pre-metal tools.
An inscription is carved on the chest of the top figure that reads the words “Ko Ruawaipu”
The other amo “left side” is believed to be in a museum in Berlin, Germany.
  The Ruawaipu Cluster  
[1] Introduction
  In October 2004 the Waitangi Tribunal upheld the right of the dissenting iwi (Ruawaipu, Uepohatu and Te Aitanga a Hauiti) to pursue their own treaty claims. Subsequently, those people collectively known as Ruawaipu whanau - hapu affiliating to the eponymous ancestor Ruawaipu agreed to unite under the mana of Ruawaipu for claims purposes. At present there are over 50 Ruawaipu and affiliated claims registered in the East Coast Inquiry District (ECID). There are approximately 120 claims in total.  
[2] The Waitangi Tribunal Hearings Process
  Ruawaipu claimants have decided to proceed through the Waitangi Tribunal hearings process rather that engage in direct negotiations with the Crown. The hearings process was seen as necessary to achieve the following:  
  • To have the true story of Ruawaipu told for the generations to come
  • To protect and maintain the tino rangatiratanga and taonga of Ruawaipu hapu as agreed and protected under Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • That the people of Ruawaipu by way of informed consent, consultation and participation achieve full redress for atrocities caused against them by the Crown
  • That all Ruawaipu descendants and future generations have the ability to exercise and maintain their tino rangatiratanga and mana whenua over their tribal estate.
[3] Ruawaipu Claimant Progress
  Claimants are required to cluster together for Crown Forestry Rental Trust (CFRT) funding which is used to assist claimants in the preparation and presentation of their claims. At present there are five cluster groups which were formed by the claimants during the 2005 year. The Ruawaipu Cluster which is the largest of the 5 clusters (currently chaired by Reg Rangihuna).  

Figure 1: Ruawaipu Cluster Organisation Chart


In 2006 administrative systems were set up and several rohe hui were convened at local Marae (Hinepare, Matahi o te Tau, Potaka & Tikapa) to keep the wider whanau and hapu fully informed of the claims process and progress. The claimants also participated at the district inquiry level in a Research Coordinating Committee (‘RCC’) through claimant appointed representatives. The RCC developed an agreed Casebook Research Programme for the technical research consisting of 24 projects. Also a series of hui to develop a Ruawaipu oral and traditional history research programme were held in Gisborne and at Hinerupe.

[4] The Ruawaipu Cluster’s Tasks For 2007
  The CFRT contract for funding requires the clusters to have in place an effective communications plan (to continue to inform and involve the wider whanau – hapu), and to develop and implement a Ruawaipu Oral & Traditional history research programme. The programme includes the preparation of a Ruawaipu Oral and Traditional Scoping Report which will involve research planning, oral interviews and evidence for submissions.  
[5] The Ruawaipu Cluster's Task for 2008

In February 2008 the Ruawaipu Cluster’s have consolidated into one Ruawaipu cluster. Dr Grant Young has begun implementing the Ruawaipu Oral & traditional main project In March & April 2008 preparation began for the project. During the winter period 2008 Dr Young has been researching archival resources (East Coast native land court minutes). In September to December 2008 Dr Young held oral interviews. This will make up part of the evidence that will be prepared with archival research. In January 2009, Dr Young is currently transcribing the oral interviews. It is intended that the final report will be completed in March-April 2009.

[6] Where Are Things at 2009?

We are at the pre-casebook phase of the inquiry in which a series of research reports are commissioned. The casebook is the record of all the documentary evidence for the inquiry. There are two main streams of research leading to the completion of the casebook - the technical research (education, rates, public works etc..) and the claimant oral and traditional history research (mana whenua). The casebook is set to be completed in December 2009.

Ruawaipu Whakapapa
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Appendix
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Appendix A
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Appendix B
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Appendix C
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Appendix C - Shedule
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Appendix D
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Ruawaipu Cluster - 2007
The Deed of Constitution