Settlement Week Discussion Panel


This year marks the 20th anniversary of the signing of The Deed of Settlement at Takahanga Marae in Kaikōura – a significant moment in the 150-year journey of the iwi to settle our grievances with the Crown.

20 years on, we’re taking the time to remember and reflect on the key events of Te Kerēme  – The Claim. The week of 25-29 September is Settlement Week – Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu has organised a range of activities to celebrate this milestone, including Settlement Day on Friday 29 September when staff will leave the office and spend a day out helping our rūnanga communities.

Settlement Week discussion panel, Thursday 28 September, 12.30-2.00pm

This Settlement Week activity is an awesome opportunity to hear from some of the key players involved in negotiating the Ngāi Tahu Settlement –
Ann Parsonson, Jim McAloon and Tā Tipene O’Regan.

E te whānau, are you keen to hear the korero from this inspiring panel of speakers who each played a significant role in Ngāi Tahu history? Don’t miss out on your chance to hear them speak!

Read below to find out about how each of these leaders contributed to Te Kerēme, and a little bit about their background.

Ann Rosemary Parsonson
Ann Parsonson is a senior New Zealand historian who was largely responsible for assembling and presenting vital evidence on the Otago Deed of Purchase. Brought up in Dunedin, Ann made frequent trips up north from her mid-teens to stay with her aunt and uncle (both teachers), who worked over many years at Tūrangawaewae Marae in support of the Kīngitanga.

This subsequently led to Ann completing her Masters at the University of Canterbury on the Kīngitanga movement. She then went on to her doctorate, studying early land transactions in central New Zealand with a focus on understanding the outbreak of war in Taranaki in 1860. In 1978 Ann was appointed to a lectureship at the University of Canterbury teaching New Zealand history. From 1990 -2002 she co-taught a History Honours course on Rangatiratanga and Sovereignty with Tā Tipene O’Regan.

In 1987 Ann agreed to assist the Ngaitahu Maori Trust Board with the Waitangi Tribunal hearings, and became largely responsible for researching and presenting evidence for the Board on the Ōtākou Tenths Reserves and the Princes Street Reserve in Dunedin. Following the Tribunal hearings Ann supported Ngā Iwi o Taranaki, and Waikato iwi in the preparation of their Treaty claims.

In 2001 Ann was appointed to the Waitangi Tribunal, where she worked on a full-time basis for a number of years. She was the historian member on Tribunal panels which heard and reported on the Turanga, Central North Island, and Te Urewera historical claims. Currently she is sitting on the Te Paparahi o Te Raki (Northland) panel.

James Peter McAloon
Jim McAloon led the research on the Māwhera land leases, and the Arahura and Murihiku Deeds of Purchase. He graduated from the University of Canterbury in 1986 with a Master’s degree (First Class Honours) in History. His thesis focused on the Labour movement before World War I. After graduating, Jim was employed as a Research Assistant in the Department of History at the University of Otago. He later returned to Christchurch to work for Project Waitangi — a community organisation aimed at educating Pākehā New Zealanders on the history and meaning of the Treaty of Waitangi.

In late 1987 Project Waitangi made Jim’s services available to the Ngaitahu Maori Trust Board to assist with the Ngāi Tahu Claim, and by February 1988 Jim was employed full-time by the Trust Board. As well as working on the Arahura and Murihiku Deeds of Purchase, Jim also assisted with aspects of the mahinga kai evidence — the ninth “Tall Tree”.

While still assisting with the tribunal hearings, Jim began a PhD at the University of Otago, and then taught History at Lincoln University for fifteen years before moving to Victoria University where he is currently an Associate Professor of History. His books include a study of wealthy nineteenth century settlers in Canterbury and Otago, a history of Nelson, a study of economic policy in New Zealand after 1945 and (with other historians) a study of Scottish migration and New Zealand, and a history of the Labour Party.

Tā Tipene O’Regan
Tā Tipene O’Regan is a widely recognised participant in the debate on the shape and character of the Māori economy and the modernising of iwi governance models. He holds multiple positions on Māori and educational bodies and he has a highly-regarded passion for traditional history and ethnology of Ngāi Tahu and Te Waipounamu.

Tā Tipene led the Ngāi Tahu Claims process before the Waitangi Tribunal from 1986, culminating in the Settlement with the Crown in 1998. He was the architect of the Treaty Fisheries Settlements in 1989 and 1992 and became the founding Chairman of Te Ohu Kai Moana, the Maori Fisheries Commission. He has been chairman and director of a wide range of entities in both the public and private sectors and has held major board appointments in both the heritage and environment sectors.