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ADVANCING RURUKU WHAKATUPUA

MOURI AWA, MOURI TANGATA, MOURI ORA! ←←←←←←←←←←←←←←←←←←←←←←←←←←←←←←←←←←←←←←←←←←←←←←←←←←←←←←← The first anniversary of the signing of Ruruku Whakatupua, the Whanganui River Deed of Settlement, slipped quietly by on 5 August 2015. The milestone barely caused a ripple to appear on the River’s calm surface belying the steady flow of work that has occurred, largely unnoticed and unheralded, for the past year. This pānui is to update our people on progress with that work and continue the effort of engaging and collaborating with all Whanganui uri, whānau, hapū and Iwi to ensure the River and the Iwi remain inextricably intertwined – Mouri Awa, Mouri Tāngata, Mouri Ora! Ngā Tāngata Tiaki o Whanganui Trust (Ngā Tāngata Tiaki) was formed just prior to the signing of Ruruku Whakatupua to drive the establishment and implementation work on the River Settlement in conjunction with the Iwi. Thus, over the past year Ngā Tāngata Tiaki has: • Formulated a Strategic Plan; • Issued its first Annual Plan; • Established the office of Ngā Tāngata Tiaki, contracted an Interim Manager and six staff members; • Undertaken necessary interim communications, governance, transition and operational planning; • Conducted Rūnanga nominations and trustee elections processes; • Worked closely with Whanganui Iwi, the Crown, local government, other iwi with interests and local stakeholders to advance pre-enactment work within Ruruku Whakatupua; • Worked with the Whanganui River Maori Trust Board, Pakaitore Trust and Te Whiringa Muka Trust on transitional matters and planning; • Establishing service agreements for administration of certain functions of the Whanganui River Maori Trust Board, Te Whiringa Muka Trust and Whanganui Iwi Fisheries Ltd; • Initiated relevant projects and implementation programmes, including a scoping study on the health and wellbeing of Te Awa Tupua, Whanganui Iwi capacity building, and marae infrastructure projects; • Managed and administered the Te Mana o Te Awa programme including opening and processing applications for project funding, tertiary scholarships and governance training options; • Organised, and reported regularly, to Te Runanga o Te Awa Tupua; • Assisted with the establishment of, and reported regularly to, Te Matua a Rohe; • Established relevant subsidiary Trusts and service agreements to protect the Settlement assets; and • Finalised the Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui River Claims Settlement) Bill. Despite the significant progress made over the past year we recognise that there is still much hard work ahead of the Iwi before the full potential of Ruruku Whakatupua can be realised. However a strong foundation has been established, one that the first set of elected Trustees will build upon over the coming three years. 1


PREPARING FOR THE FUTURE With the imminent introduction of the Settlement Bill to Parliament the Initial Trustees of Ngā Tāngata Tiaki – Gerrard Albert, Ken Mair, Nancy Tuaine, Te Tiwha Puketapu and John Maihi – have turned their attention to establishing an appropriate structure to receive and manage a further 65 million dollars of financial redress in addition to the 16 million dollars the Iwi received on signing Ruruku Whakatupua. Under the Trust Deed of Ngā Tāngata Tiaki the Initial Trustees are bound to ensure that suitable entities are established to receive and manage financial redress to generate sustainable profits for the benefit of Whanganui Iwi. The recent call of expressions of interest for skilled directors or trustees for potential appointment to two subsidiaries – a commercial investment trust and an iwi development trust - were for this purpose. Ngā Tāngata Tiaki were impressed by the extremely high standard of skill and experience that have been offered in the expressions of interest exercise which bodes well for the future care, growth and distribution of the Iwi’s financial assets. IMPLEMENTATION Ngā Tāngata Tiaki has set up an office in Victoria Avenue Whanganui, has a telephone ‘hotline’ (0800 AWATUPUA) and a website (www.ngatangatatiaki.co.nz). Interim Manager Hera Smith is well supported by a dynamic and highly capable team who are working across large and complex work settlement implementation work streams. The Ngā Tāngata Tiaki team is: • Kahureremoa Aki – Project Manager, Te Awa Tupua Scoping Study • Hayden Turoa – Project Manager, Te Mana o Te Awa Programme • Ben Potaka – Manager, Whanganui Iwi Fisheries • Sheena Maru – Project Manager, Iwi Projects • Lisa Warbrick – Office Manager • Cassy Titter – Finance Officer • Javell Pereka – Iwi Registration and Administration Support TE AWA TUPUA (Whanganui River Claims Settlement) Bill We are pleased to report that after a year of complex and at times trying negotiations with the Crown the Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui River Claims Settlement) Bill will be introduced to Parliament in late October or early November 2015. ELECTION RESULTS The inaugural elections of Trustees for Ngā Tāngata Tiaki is complete. We are pleased to announce that the following will form the first elected Trust of Ngā Tāngata Tiaki until 2018: Gerrard Albert Rawiri Tinirau Miriama Cribb Ned Tapa Keria Ponga Chris Kumeroa Susan Osborne (appointed via Te Runanga o Te Awa Tupua process) The new Trustees will take office at the inaugural Annual General Meeting of Ngā Tāngata Tiaki on 26 September 2015. INAUGURAL ANNUAL MEETING OF NGĀ TĀNGATA TIAKI Ngā Tāngata Tiaki will be holding its Inaugural Annual General Meeting at Morero Marae, Taumarunui Saturday 26 September 2015 commencing at 10am. As the Ngā Tāngata Tiaki o Whanganui Trust was established on 4 August 2014 the AGM is for the eight month period up to 31 March 2015. The Whanganui River Maori Trust Board’s Annual General Meeting will follow at the same venue commencing at 1.00pm. Transport from Whanganui and Raetihi is available. Please contact the Ngā Tāngata Tiaki office on 0800 AWATUPUA (0800 292 887) to book a seat. Nau mai, haere mai! 2


The Annual Report of Ngā Tāngata Tiaki will be available on the Ngā Tāngata Tiaki website www.ngatangatatiaki.co.nz from Monday 21st September and copies will be made available at the Annual General Meeting. TE MANA O TE AWA SCHOLARSHIPS The Te Mana o Te Awa Scholarships have been established to assist uri of Whanganui Iwi to excel in priority fields of study in order to contribute to the technical, scientific, policy, legal, governance and administrative capacity of the tribe in upholding Te Mana o Te Awa. Ultimately, it is intended that Scholarship recipients will contribute to the health and wellbeing of both the Whanganui River (Te Awa Tupua) and Whanganui Iwi. Recipients of the first scholarship round are; • Te Toa Scholarship recipient, Jacob Robinson Postgraduate Bachelor Science (Honours) • Ngā Tiripou scholarship recipient, Stephanie Potaka-Osborne Bachelor in Business (Majoring in Accounting) • Te Manawa Hiki Scholarship recipient, Jaedyn Thompson Bachelor of Science with a Major in Environmental Science • Te Kairaranga i te Kupu Scholarship recipient, Nga Remu Huia Tahuparae Bachelor of Science with a double Major in Chemistry and Geography. We would like to congratulate the first round of recipients. Their applications articulated a strong commitment to ensure their studies position them to make a significant contribution to the health and well-being of Te Awa Tupua and Whanganui Iwi. If you have a member of your whanau thinking about tertiary study in one of the priority areas please encourage them to apply for the second round. The second round is now open and closes at 5 pm Monday 22 February 2016. A copy of the application form is available via the Ngā Tāngata Tiaki website. Alternatively please feel free to contact Hayden Turoa who is the Project Manager and will happily provide any support required. TE MANA O TE AWA FUND Te Mana o te Awa is a contestable fund, and an exciting opportunity to bring to life any ideas you have that improve the health and well-being of Te Awa Tupua. Recently a Selection Panel met on 7th of July and are currently in discussion with eight groups. Each initiative is unique and designed by and for members of the iwi who are committed to Te Awa Tupua. It is anticipated that the projects will be confirmed by the end of September. After the first round of funding we are excited to advise we are now seeking applications to deliver the second round of Whanganui Iwi Initiatives. This round opened on the 1st of September and will close on the 12th October 2015. Applications forms can are also available via the Ngā Tāngata Tiaki website. We are happy to meet and discuss any ideas you may have, and support you to develop a proposal. Please contact Hayden Turoa on 0800 AWA TUPUA. HOW TO GET INVOLVED? • Copies of the Deed of Settlement, Strategic Plan and Annual Plan are available on the website www.ngatangatatiaki.co.nz. • Participating at home through your Marae/Hapū and Tupuna Rohe processes • Connecting to the Ngā Tāngata Tiaki o Whanganui Facebook page and following our posts on Twitter. • Keeping your contact details up to date by calling 0800 AWA TUPUA (292 887), (06) 281 3375 or calling into our offices at 357 Victoria Ave Whanganui. For further information please visit our website www.ngatangatatiaki.co.nz. 3


Nga Tangata Tiaki Panui 18 September 2015