Maketu August Newsletter

Karena & Kasey Bird, updates on their virtual round trip of the world kai table in eighty days. Whakaue Marae Updates Maketu School 150 Year Celebrations and much more!

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Ngāti Whakaue Assets Trust Update

The Assets Trust held its annual Special General Meeting at Whakaue Marae, Maketu on 16 April 2016. The purpose of the hui was to provide the tribe with an update of both the investment and distribution decisions of the Trust, as well as to invite tribal input into the distribution policies for the next year. Membership turnout of 30 members was positive, although just short of the required quorum of 35. As such resolutions were deferred until the AGM on Sun 25th September 2016. The Trust reported net assets of $14,778.127, spread across a diversified portfolio of forestry, property, mining, bonds, equities and cash investments. Trustees noted that interest rates are currently low and market forecasts predicted a downturn. Accordingly,

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Register your whanau

If you whakapapa to Ngati Whakaue and want to have a say on the offer the Crown has for a Ngati Whakaue settlement package, you need to register with Te Komiti Nui. It is important if you have already registered to keep your contact details updated so we can contact you in the future. There are 2 easy ways to do this: In person – collect and submit your hard copy registration from the Te Komiti Nui office located at The Rotorua Business Hub, 1209 Hinemaru Street, Rotorua Online – the easy way to register!  Go to our website and complete the registration form or contact update form online.  Or subscribe by entering your email / whanau email addresses and

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Haerenga ki Mokaihaha

Late last year Iwi members including Wai claimants, were hosted by the Department of Conservation on a haerenga ki Mokaihaha at the request of Te Komiti Nui. Mokaihaha is an important ecological site in the Mamaku area.   This ‘taka i te whenua’ allowed whanau to walk the land and for some it was their first time. For most of the past 120 years our people have been disenfranchised from these iconic lands.  DOC openly discussed the use of 1080 to control possums and responded to the concerns raised regarding its effects on the environment.  Whanau were also able to witness the calls of the rarely seen kokako as dawn broke. Te Komiti Nui would like to offer more haerenga in

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Claimant updates

A settlement update hui was held in Maketu on 21 February both to give an overview of the current negotiations landscape and also to respond to any queries that iwi members and claimants had.  The hui was well attended and Lead Negotiator Hamuera Mitchell was available to provide a summary of progress since the AGM took place in October 2015 and Te Komiti Nui left with a strong message from the people that the marine and costal environment are instrumental to the well-being of Ngati Whakaue ki Maketu. On the 12 April, Te Komiti Nui had good attendance at the Hurungaterangi settlement update hui where an overview was provided to hapu and claimants in regard to the current negotiations status. 

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New Trustees  –  Te Komiti Nui o Ngati Whakaue

Photo L-R: Tamara Mutu, Kingi Biddle, Hamuera Mitchell, Pauline Tangohau, Te Poari Newton, Ray Pou Poasa, Te Kiriwhero Mitchell, Veronica Butterworth, Hokimatemai Kahukiwa (absent: Maria Horne) In October 2015 elections were held for Trustee elections.  The Returning Officer was Shontelle Bishara of Glenn Hawkins and Associates.  Results of Election of Trustees The results of the elections held during October are as follows: Two (2) representatives for Ngapuna and the eastern and south eastern interests of Ngāti Whakaue Veronica Butterworth (re-elected) Ray Pou Poasa (re-elected) One (1) representative for Maketu and the sea and coastal interests of Ngāti Whakaue Larissa Wharepouri (re-elected) One (1) representative for Horohoro/Mamaku and the western and south western interests of Ngati Whākaue John Newton (new appointment) Six

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