Iwi seeks submissions on trust deed

Ngati Porou iwi now reviewing its trust deed.

Ngati Porou iwi now reviewing its trust deed.

THE Ngati Porou iwi is engaged in one of its most important activities since establishing its governing and management organisation, Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou, in 2010.

The trust deed that established it is under review.

“It’s a major exercise and has attracted a lot of interest from Ngati Porou,” said chairwoman of the trust deed review committee Mei Reedy-Taare.

The review is nearing the end of a critical stage, which is collecting the submissions of Ngati Porou people throughout New Zealand and in Australia.

Last weekend independent adviser David Gray, whose task is to analyse the submissions and make recommendations to the runanganui, spent four days on the East Coast and in Gisborne talking to people and assisting them with their submissions.

The response so far has been excellent.

“We understand that David Gray was kept busy during his visit, so we expect he was inundated with submissions from home,” she said.

“Meanwhile, we’re confident Ngati Porou throughout the country and Australia are making submissions.”

Ms Reedy-Taare says the trustees have been talking to people about the review for months now.

“We’ve been around the country and Australia. A lot of people do not know what the trust deed is about or why this review process is so important. Our job has been to explain it and encourage Ngati Porou to get involved.”

“This is their opportunity to tell us whether they’re satisfied with the way the runanganui is governing and managing their assets. Also if they want to see any changes, improvements or amendments made to the way things are done.”

She believes the consultation hui have shown a call for change but it remains to be seen if this will be reflected in the submissions.

“It has been a long and complicated process, and won’t be over until early next year.”

The review started in January with the first round of consultation hui.

The call for submissions was made on April 8 and the submissions close at the end of May.

Ms Reedy-Taare said there would be another round of consultation hui in July and August.

She encourages anyone who is interested in the review and having their say, to visit the runanganui website.

“We might all share the same whakapapa but there is a diversity of perspectives and opinions among us. We want to hear from you.”

THE Ngati Porou iwi is engaged in one of its most important activities since establishing its governing and management organisation, Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou, in 2010.

The trust deed that established it is under review.

“It’s a major exercise and has attracted a lot of interest from Ngati Porou,” said chairwoman of the trust deed review committee Mei Reedy-Taare.

The review is nearing the end of a critical stage, which is collecting the submissions of Ngati Porou people throughout New Zealand and in Australia.

Last weekend independent adviser David Gray, whose task is to analyse the submissions and make recommendations to the runanganui, spent four days on the East Coast and in Gisborne talking to people and assisting them with their submissions.

The response so far has been excellent.

“We understand that David Gray was kept busy during his visit, so we expect he was inundated with submissions from home,” she said.

“Meanwhile, we’re confident Ngati Porou throughout the country and Australia are making submissions.”

Ms Reedy-Taare says the trustees have been talking to people about the review for months now.

“We’ve been around the country and Australia. A lot of people do not know what the trust deed is about or why this review process is so important. Our job has been to explain it and encourage Ngati Porou to get involved.”

“This is their opportunity to tell us whether they’re satisfied with the way the runanganui is governing and managing their assets. Also if they want to see any changes, improvements or amendments made to the way things are done.”

She believes the consultation hui have shown a call for change but it remains to be seen if this will be reflected in the submissions.

“It has been a long and complicated process, and won’t be over until early next year.”

The review started in January with the first round of consultation hui.

The call for submissions was made on April 8 and the submissions close at the end of May.

Ms Reedy-Taare said there would be another round of consultation hui in July and August.

She encourages anyone who is interested in the review and having their say, to visit the runanganui website.

“We might all share the same whakapapa but there is a diversity of perspectives and opinions among us. We want to hear from you.”

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