Ngā Kura Tau will comprise of seven trustees, one from each Whare o Te Nehenehenui. The purpose of these seven whare is to support the activities of the Trust at a regional level, which include the following:
supporting the election of one Kura Tau trustee to represent each Whare o Te Nehenehenui;
The seven Kura Tau shall be elected by the adult registered members (aged 18 and over) of Maniapoto who have selected that particular Whare o Te Nehenehenui as their primary whare for the purposes of Kura Tau elections on their Iwi Registration Form.
To be eligible to be a Kura Tau, a person must be:
Please see the appointment process below, including steps one and two.
Ngā Kura Rere are made up of six trustees generally elected by adult registered members. All those eligible to vote will have an opportunity to vote for up to six trustees from all Kura Rere nominees.
Te Kura Kaumātua provides for a kaumātua representative and will be appointed by the Trustees, on recommendations by the Rōpū Kaumātua (as explained below).
Trustees may appoint a person to act as an Intern Trustee. This trustee will not have any voting rights. To be appointed, you must be an iwi member who the Trustees consider demonstrates leadership potential and possesses skills or knowledge relevant to the purposes of the Trust. This role provides an opportunity for Iwi members to gain governance experience. The Intern Trustee term will be for one year.
Te Nehenehenui Trustees will seek to:
Trustees will have the authority to establish and oversee the operation of any Te Nehenehenui Entity or from time to time, disestablish any Te Nehenehenui Entity as required. The Trustees will also be responsible for monitoring and overseeing the activities of any Te Nehenehenui Entity and promote the rights and interests of any such entities.
There are also several reference groups that will work alongside the Trustees.
Te Rōpū Rangatahi shall comprise of representatives who are Iwi members. Representatives must be Iwi members aged 35 years or under and who may provide advice on any matters that the Trustees consider requires the view of Te Rōpū Rangatahi.
Te Rōpū Kaumātua shall comprise of representatives who are Adult Registered Members. This rōpū will advise on matters relating to the tikanga, reo and kawa of Maniapoto.
Ngā Aka Whawhau will represent Iwi members who normally reside outside of the Maniapoto rohe, who may provide advice on matters that the Trustees consider requires the view of Ngā Aka Whawhau.
All rōpū are appointed by the Trustees.
Establishment Trustees are responsible for organising and managing the first election of initial trustees to Te Nehenehenui. The Establishment Trustees will be the current trustees of Maniapoto Māori Trust Board to allow for continuity and a smooth transition to the PSGE.
The first term for Kura Tau and Te Kura Kaumātua trustees will be two years (thereafter, elections will take place every three years) and Ngā Kura Rere trustee elections will take place every three years.
It is important to note that the Trust Deed also requires that a five-year review (after the settlement date) must be initiated to identify the functionality of the Trust Deed and evaluate whether it is fit for purpose. This is a transitional model approach. In order to carry out an open and transparent review, the trustees must engage and consult with our people, seeking feedback and input as part of the review process. This review will take place in 2026.
The PSGE is accountable to all of Maniapoto and intends to keep our people updated with regular hui, e-pānui, written correspondence, website, and online engagement through various communication platforms. Documents such as annual reports, annual plans, consolidated financial statements, minute book and 5-year plan will be made available.
Adult Registered Members of Te Nehenehenui are entitled to vote at general meetings on specified matters. Each member has one vote on each resolution. For issues arising at annual general meetings, a majority of members voting is required.
The Trustees are required to hold an Annual General Meeting (AGM) each income year and present annual reports of activities, consolidated financial statements, proposed annual plan and announce new trustees.
Every Adult Registered Member is entitled to participate in the affairs of the Trust through elections, other voting processes and meetings. The settlement legislation will also remove the Māori Land Court’s jurisdiction in respect of trust matters relating to Te Nehenehenui. However, any trust matters relating to Te Nehenehenui can still be dealt with through the High Court. The Māori Land Court will retain its other powers in respect of any Māori land held by the PSGE.