5 Sep 2014

Iwi seeks direction on governance

8:48 am on 5 September 2014

southern Hawkes Bay Wairarapa tribe is seeking feedback from its tribal members about establishing a new governance entity to look after and manage its assets.

North Island map

A map showing the Ngati Kahungunu tribal territory. Photo: Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand

Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tamaki Nui a Rua needs to set up a body to receive and manage resources being returned to it by the Crown following the passing of its Treaty of Waitangi settlement.

The Chairman of the Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tamaki Nui a Rua Settlement Trust, Ian Perry, said in order for the iwi to move forward it needed some direction from its people.

He said it was an exciting journey for his tribe but there were some basic criteria the Crown required for it to become a legal entity.

Mr Perry said it was fundamental that tribal members told the Settlement Trust how they wanted the post settlement governance entity to be developed and that included transparency and robust structures to carry the iwi into the future.

Two consultation hui have been held in Dannevirke and Wellington with four more to go over the next three weeks in Auckland, Mangakino, Christchurch and Masterton.