Meri Kirihimete from Tātau Tātau o Te Wairoa Trust

As 2019 draws to a close, we can reflect on the year, and we can look forward for what is to come as we carry out the work you, our people, have entrusted us to do. 

First and foremost, we acknowledge whānau members throughout the motu who have passed during the year. We also share the sorrow of all those who have been impacted by the aftermath of the Whakaari eruption. Our thoughts are with Ngāti Awa during this time of immense grief.

Now, as we turn our attention to Wairoa, and work to realise the benefits of our settlement, we must also acknowledge the hard work of our tīpuna who set the wheels in motion so we could be where we are today. 

For Tātau Tātau, much of 2019 was absorbed by implementing the structure of the Unit Trust and Kāhui representation model, which you approved in 2018. This mahi included our Kāhui finalising their Trust Deeds and holding their Kāhui representative elections and appointment of Directors to our Commercial Board. 

It was wonderful to connect with whānau at the Engagement Hui in November where we sought your feedback on our Five-Year Strategic Plan and Annual Plan. It was great to see both familiar and new faces, and we are thankful for your support as we work to realise a prosperous future for the Hapū and Iwi of Te Rohe o Te Wairoa. 

It was important to us that we had our members’ input into our Five-Year Strategic Plan and Annual Plan, an important document that will shape our kaupapa over the years to come. The feedback we received was invaluable and we took this feedback on board as we updated the plan once feedback had closed on 30 November. 

We were pleased to receive approval on our Five-Year Strategy and Annual Plan at our Annual General Meeting on 14 December. Now we are geared up to work towards those milestones for 2020 and we look forward to updating you on our progress over the coming months.

You can read our Annual Report, Five-Year Strategic Plan and Annual Plan here. Hard copies are also available at our office in Wairoa (34 Marine Parade West).

Whānau, now is our time to be the successful Iwi and Hapū of Te Rohe o Te Wairoa that we always aspired to be. Our future is bright and we are so glad to have you with us on this next phase of our journey. 

We thank you for your continued support and we wish you all a safe and festive holiday. We look forward to connecting with you in the new year and working with you achieve great things for our Whānau, Hapū, Kāhui, and Iwi of Te Roge o Te Wairoa.

Nākū noa, nā
Your Tātau Tātau Representatives 

General Manager and Commercial Advisor appointments

It is our pleasure to announce the appointment of Mr Lewis Ratapu to the position of General Manager for Tātau Tātau o Te Wairoa Trust. Lewis has strong whakapapa connection to Mahia and Te Wairoa and is currently employed as the General Manager for Business Growth and Design at Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga. We wish him all the best in this role in leading our operational team.

We wish to also announce the appointment of Deloitte as our Commercial Advisor. After advertising and unsuccessfully attracting a suitable candidate for this role, a Request for Proposals (RFP) process was undertaken, through which the selection was made. Our relationship with Deloitte builds upon previous work the organisation has undertaken for Tātau Tātau and will be led by Mr Lee Gray from Deloitte who has whakapapa connections to Whakakī. Whānau, now is our time to be the successful Hapū and Iwi of Te Rohe o Te Wairoa that we always aspired to be. Our future is bright and we are so glad to have you with us on this next phase of our journey.

Final Five-Year Strategic Plan and Annual Plan

Ahead of our Annual General Meeting on Saturday 14 December, Tātau Tātau o Te Wairoa Corporate Trustee is pleased to make available the final Five-Year Strategic Plan and Annual Plan for your perusal ahead of, and approval at, the AGM.

Click here to access this document. Hard copies are available at the Trust office (34 Marine Parade West, Wairoa) and will also be available at the AGM.

The Five-Year Strategic Plan and Annual Plan, which was originally presented to members in the November 2019 Engagement Hui Information Booklet and at the Engagement Hui across Aotearoa, has been amended following feedback received at these hui and via our feedback form on our website. 

Annual Report 2019

The 2019 Annual Report, including the Financial Statements, can be downloaded from the Trust’s website here.  

It includes the Chairperson’s Report on the Trust’s activities over the past year, and the full set of Financial Statements for the twelve months up until 30 June 2019.

Notice of Annual General Meeting 2019

Tātau Tātau o Te Wairoa Corporate Trustee hereby gives notice to the members of the Whānau, Hapū, and Iwi of Te Rohe o Te Wairoa of our Annual General Meeting on Saturday 14 December 2019 at the War Memorial Hall in Wairoa.

You’re very welcome to attend and get all the updates on our mahi over the last year.

Agenda

  • Pōwhiri
  • Karakia
  • Trust Annual Report
  • Audited Financial Statements
  • Appointment of the Independent Auditor
  • Approval of the Directors’ Remuneration
  • General Business
  • Kai o te Pō

Where
War Memorial Hall, Wairoa
 
When
1pm to 3pm
Saturday 14 December 2019

The following resolutions will be voted on at the AGM: 

1.   That the reports on the operations of Tātau Tātau o Te Wairoa Trust by the elected Tātau Tātau Kāhui Representatives during the preceding Income Year be received.

2.   That the Tātau Tātau o Te Wairoa Trust Annual Report 2019 and the duly audited Consolidated Financial Statements for the period ending 30 June 2019 be adopted.

3.   That the appointment of BDO Gisborne Limited as the Independent Auditor for the 2019/2020 Income Year be approved.

4.   That the Tātau Tātau o Te Wairoa Trustee Limited Director Remuneration Levels for the 2019/2020 Income Year be approved.

5.   That the Five-Year Strategic Plan 2019/2024 and Annual Plan 2019/2020 for Tātau Tātau o Te Wairoa Trust be approved.

Voting will be by show of hands of those Adult Registered Members present at the AGM.


We look forward to seeing you there. 

Nākū noa, nā
Tātau Tātau o Te Wairoa Trustee Limited


Note: The 2019 Annual Report, including the Audited Financial Statements will be available on the Trust’s website and will be emailed to members. Hard copies can be obtained from our Office and at the meeting.

PĀNUI UPDATE AND NOVEMBER ENGAGEMENT ROADSHOW

We hope this pānui finds you, the Iwi and Hapū of Te Rohe o Te Wairoa, well.

We ended 2018 on a very positive note, with a 91.78% YES vote from those Adult Registered Members who voted on our final representation and asset arrangement model, and required Trust Deed updates. This positive outcome meant we could move forward with the Unit Trust Model, and the Kāhui representation it is supported by. Ngā mihi to all who helped make this possible.

It has been a busy year to date for the Trust and the Kāhui, and we are pleased to be able to provide you with a full update today.

We appreciate it has been a while since the Trust has been in touch with you via pānui, and we thank you for your patience as we sorted out matters relating to implementing the structure of the Unit Trust Model you voted on last year.

November 2019 Engagement Roadshow

We are holding a round of Engagement Hui across Aotearoa in November, so that we can get your feedback on our Long Term Strategic Plan, which sets out our strategic direction for the years ahead. This has been an important item on our workplan for 2019, and is currently in draft form.

Your feedback is important to us, so we encourage you to attend one of the hui if you can and have your say on our future values and aspirations, strategic pou, and vision for the future.

Hui details are as follows:

WAIROA
Friday 1 November, 6pm – Wairoa College Hall

GISBORNE
Saturday 2 November, 11am – Emerald Hotel, 13 Gladstone Road

HASTINGS
Sunday 3 November, 11am – Ellwood Function Centre, 15 Otene Road

ROTORUA
Friday 8 November, 6pm – Novotel Lakeside, Lake End Tutanekai St

HAMILTON
Saturday 9 November, 11am – Novotel Tainui, 7 Alma St

AUCKLAND
Sunday 10 November, 11am –  Sudima Hotel, 18 Airpark Drive, Mangere

PALMERSTON NORTH
Friday 15 November, 6pm – Distinction Coachman Hotel, 140 Fitzherbert Ave

WELLINGTON
Saturday 16 November, 12pm – Rydges Wellington Airport, 28 Stewart Duff Drive, Rongotai

CHRISTCHURCH
Sunday 17 November, 10am – Sudima Hotel, 550 Memorial Avenue

We are looking forward to this opportunity to kōrero with you on the strategic direction for Tātau Tātau and how you can be involved. Our goal is to ensure a prosperous, healthy and aspirational future for all the whānau, hapū and iwi of Te Rohe o Te Wairoa.

Note, these hui will be livestreamed on our Facebook page and uploaded to our website so you can all see and hear what’s happening, even if you can’t make it in person.

More information, including a draft copy of the Strategic Plan, will be sent to you via e-pānui and will also be available on our website in the coming weeks.

Kāhui update

Over the course of 2019, our Kāhui finalised their structures, Trust Deeds and held their Kāhui representative elections. Many Kāhui are progressing forward with their strategic planning and annual work programme.

Each Kāhui had an option to receive their 1st distribution – an equal 1/7th share of $2.477 million. A further two distributions per Kāhui are optioned over the next two years, with future distributions dependent on investment performance and returns. We encourage you to approach your respective Kāhui for any questions and updates on your trust structure, elective representatives and work programmes.

You can access the Kāhui Trust Deeds and any documents relating to your Kāhui here.

Contact us at register@ttotw.iwi.nz so we can update your details.

If you have whānau who haven’t yet registered with us, we encourage you to direct them to our website to register now.

Tātau Tātau o Te Wairoa Kāhui Representatives

Tātau Tātau o Te Wairoa Trust Kāhui elections were held between December 2018 and August 2019. Ngāti Rakaipaaka election results are due at the end of November 2019.

Your Tātau Tātau o Te Wairoa Trust Representatives are:

  • Rongomaiwahine Iwi: Leon Symes (Chair)
  • Te Whakakī Nui-ā-Rua: Pieri Munro (Deputy Chair)
  • Te Hononga o Ngā Awa: Apiata Tapine
  • Ngā Tokorima a Hinemanuhiri: Alexander Maehe
  • Ngāti Rakaipaaka: Graeme Symes* (Current TToTW Representative and a nominee leading into the 2019 election for this role.)
  • Te Wairoa Tāpokorau Mai Tāwhiti: Oha Manuel
  • Te Wairoa Tāpokorau Whānui: Phillip Beattie                                                        

Commercial Board update

Earlier this year, we advertised for directors on the Commercial Board, through the Seek website and via newspaper.

The appointed Commercial Board Directors are:

  • Tony Gray (Chair)
  • Jason Rogers
  • Michael Crawford
  • Rangi Manuel
  • Tina Porou

Appointments for these roles have been made on a ‘best person for the role’ basis, i.e., they had to show they had the ability and expertise to maximise returns that will either be re-invested or distributed to Kāhui. Candidate selection was done in consultation with qualified independent agency, Deloitte.

The Commercial Board directors will stand for an initial period of two years. The Commercial Board is a separate board from the Tātau Tātau Board. The commercial company board have just finished preparing a Statement of Investment Policy and Objectives (SIPO) which includes the parameters under which the commercial company board will operate. The SIPO has been approved by the directors of the Corporate Trustee of Tātau Tātau o Te Wairoa Trust. You can access the SIPO here.

Other updates

  • Our Forestry Companies looking after our Patunamu Forest and Wharerata Forest interests are now in place and operating with appointed directors.
  • We recently advertised for a General Manager for Tātau Tātau o Te Wairoa Trust. This role will be responsible for the day-to-day operations and management of the Trust. We also recently advertising for a Commercial Advisor for the Trust. This role will be responsible for implementing the decisions of the Board of Tātau Tātau o Te Wairoa Commercial Limited, Tātau Tātau’s commercial entity. Applications for these roles are currently being reviewed. 
  • Tātau  Tātau o Te Wairoa Trust has leased part of the ground floor space at the Wairoa Waikaremoana Māori Trust Board, 34 Marine Parade West, Wairoa. The lease commenced last month and will eventually become the operating base for our General Manager and any administrative staff.

The remainder of 2019, and 2020, is shaping up to be big years for our whānau, hapū and iwi. We’ve spent the last 30 years working hard to get to this point. We’re proud to now have set a solid foundation to allow us to move forward.

Ka mihi ki a koutou i tautoko mai. Together we are Tātau Tātau!

Nākū noa, nā

Your Trustees
Tātau Tātau o Te Wairoa Trust 

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Seeking a General Manager

Tātau Tātau o Te Wairoa (TToTW) Trust is searching for individuals to fill the role of General Manager.

We are now entering an exciting new era and are moving forward with seeing the benefits for the iwi, hapū and whānau of Wairoa with a specific focus on achieving cultural, social, and economical benefits.

The primary purpose of this role will be to represent the interests of TToTW by leading and managing the organisational team to achieve the individual and organisational goals. The General Manager is also responsible for advising the Board as to the best use of TToTWT resources to support strategic outcomes. Their secondary purpose will be to manage relationships with identified stakeholders, to ensure appropriate support, communication and relationships are developed as required.

Further information on the role is available from www.ttotw.iwi.nz or by contacting Emily Johnstone at Deloitte on 07 920 7196 or emjohnstone@deloitte.co.nz.

To apply in strict confidence email your CV to emjohnstone@deloitte.co.nz or by mail to Attention: Tātau Tātau o Te Wairoa, Deloitte, PO Box 12003, Rotorua 3045.  Applications close on Friday 20th September 2019.

Seeking a Commercial Advisor

Tātau Tātau o Te Wairoa (TToTW) Trust is searching for individuals to fill the role of Commercial Advisor.

TToTW was established to manage the Settlement redress on behalf of the Iwi and Hapū of Te Rohe o Te Wairoa, which was received on 12 September 2018, as part of the settlement with the Crown for all the historical Treaty of Waitangi claims within the Wairoa District.

We are now entering an exciting new era and are moving forward with seeing the benefits for the iwi, hapū and whānau of Wairoa with a specific focus on achieving cultural, social, and economical benefits.

The Commercial Adviser through functional reporting will be responsible for implementing the decisions of the Board of Tātau Tātau o Te Wairoa Commercial Limited, TToTW’s commercial entity.

The primary purpose is the management of the asset portfolio, held in the commercial entity, within the specified risk and growth of funds available for distribution to carry out the Trust’s cultural and social objectives and Kāhui outcomes, while ensuring the protection of our taiao and to achieve growth of Tātau Tātau o Te Wairoa Trust’s assets.

Further information on the role is available from www.ttotw.iwi.nz or by contacting Emily Johnstone at Deloitte on 07 920 7196 or emjohnstone@deloitte.co.nz.

To apply in strict confidence email your CV to emjohnstone@deloitte.co.nz or by mail to Attention: Tātau Tātau o Te Wairoa, Deloitte, PO Box 12003, Rotorua 3045.  Applications close Friday 20 September 2019.

Expressions of Interest: Commercial Board Directors

Are you looking for the next step in your career? Do you have strong entrepreneurial skills combined with a passion for the development of the economic, social and cultural wellbeing of New Zealand?

Tātau Tātau o Te Wairoa (TToTW) Trust is searching for individuals to fill the role of Directors on its Commercial Board.

TToTW was established to manage the Settlement redress on behalf of the Iwi and Hapū of Te Rohe o Te Wairoa, which was received on 12 September 2018, as part of the settlement with the Crown for all the historical Treaty of Waitangi Claims within the Wairoa District.

We are now entering an exciting new era and are moving forward with seeing the benefits for the iwi, hapū and whānau of Wairoa with a specific focus on achieving cultural, social, and economical benefits.

Expressions of interest are invited for Directors on the Board. Candidates will demonstrate strong investment advisor experience, financial, legal or business background gained in any sector with preferable experience in commercial property assets, investments, primary sector, and a strong appreciation of the significant role that TToTW plays in the region.

The term of appointment is for two years, with Directors eligible for reappointment.

Further information on the Directors’ role is by contacting Emily Johnstone at Deloitte on 07 920 7196 or emjohnstone@deloitte.co.nz.

To apply in strict confidence, email your CV to emjohnstone@deloitte.co.nz or by mail to:

Attention: Tātau Tātau o Te Wairoa, Deloitte, PO Box 12003, Rotorua 3045.

Applications close on Friday 8 March 2019.

Results of voting: final representation and asset arrangements

The results of the Special Resolution Vote on our final representation and asset arrangements and required Trust Deed updates are in. We received a 91.78%% YES vote from those Adult Registered Members who voted.

Click here to view the final full results from Independent Returning Officer, Electionz.

This positive outcome means we can move forward with the Unit Trust Model, and the Kāhui representation it is underpinned by.

On behalf of the Trustees of Tātau Tātau o Te Wairoa, we wish to acknowledge all whānau who voted in support. Tēnā koutou!

This is a very exciting time for our whānau, hapū and iwi. It is the start of a new era – and it has been more than 30 years in the making. We can finally move forward, and start seeing the benefits for our iwi, hapū and whānau!

The Trust and your Kāhui will be in touch with you over the coming months on next steps, and with more information on how you can be involved.

The result of this vote means that your Kāhui can start working to benefit you, our people. This is our time to start achieving culturally, socially, and economically. This is our time to make things happen for our future.

What happens now?

  • The Trust will make the required changes to the Trust Deed
  • New Kāhui Tātau Tātau Representatives will be elected by the end of March 2019. The Tātau Tātau representatives will be the directors of the Corporate Trustee of Tātau Tātau o Te Wairoa Trust.
  • Our new Tātau Tātau Representatives will focus on finalising Tātau Tātau o Te Wairoa’s Five-Year Strategic plan which is currently in draft form.
  • A consultation process will be run next year amongst our members so that we can get your feedback on this important document.

Ka mihi ki a koutou i tautoko mai. Together we are Tātau Tātau!

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