Often there are commonly asked questions of our trustees or managers. We will provide an answer to such questions in our e panui. Our first commonly asked question is below:
Why do we have two iwi trusts?
During the time of Te Hononga (hapū treaty negotiations forum) whilst Ngāi Te Rangi were still in treaty negotiations with the Crown, the idea of having one Ngāi Te Rangi tribal entity was promoted. That certainly was everyone’s preference.
ENGARI, near the end of the negotiations process we learnt that the Crown’s criteria did not allow Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Te Rangi Iwi Trust (‘Rūnanga’) to be the receiver of our treaty settlement assets because it is a Charitable Trust. The Crown had specific criteria for the receiving entity, and that is why a new trust called the Ngāi Te Rangi Settlement Trust (‘NST’) was established.
The discussion then turned to the idea of how we could “consolidate” the two trusts, so that eventually we would only have one tribal entity. ENGARI, we then learnt that consolidation was also not possible because the Rūnanga and NST do not have the same beneficiaries.
Why? Because Ngā Pōtiki negotiated their own settlement and a trust called Ngā Pōtiki a Tamapahore Trust was mandated as the receiving entity. Ngā Potiki are still members of the Rūnanga because along with the other Ngāi Te Rangi hapū, they are beneficiaries of the 2004 Fisheries Settlement and the Rūnanga was the Mandated Iwi Organisation to receive and manage the Fisheries Settlement on their behalf.
NŌ REIRA, since we learnt that consolidation was also not possible, the focus then turned to:
1. Establishing a single governance model; and
2. Creating efficiencies around the operations of Ngāi Te Rangi
1. above was achieved in September 2014, through a iwi wide postal vote where 94% voted in favour of the single governance model. The outcome is that we now have 11 Hapū Community representatives elected to govern NST and those same 11 reps govern the Rūnanga, with the addition of 2 trustees for Ngā Potiki.
INĀIANEI, we are currently in the process of progressing 2. above and part of that mahi was to develop and confirm a 25 year strategic plan which was endorsed on 14 June. That brings us to our current state of play which is discussing how to effectively and efficiently implement the strategic plan. We will continue to keep you updated on our progress.
PONO MĀRIKA, this is a short answer to the pātai!
ME MŌHIO, the strategic plan has many other layers to its implementation. It is not just about the iwi trusts, it is about the individual, whānau and hapū and all the related organisations and businesses. This answer is focused on the specific commonly asked question of why do we have two iwi trusts.