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In December 2010 Ngati Porou signed a Deed of Settlement with the Crown.  Later this year we expect the Ngati Porou Treaty Settlement Bill to be passed in Parliament and shortly after that the Settlement Assets will be transferred to the new governance entity Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou.  Te Runanganui will own, on behalf of all Ngati Porou, the Settlement Assets as set out in the Deed of Settlement, and all the assets currently held by Te Runanga o Ngati Porou including the fisheries assets, which the Runanga currently holds as the Trustee of Porou Ariki Trust.


Roles of the Establishment Trustees.


The Establishment Representatives of Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou are Rei Kohere, Apirana Mahuika, Ned Ihaka, Linda Smith, Selwyn Parata, Kody Pewhairangi and Jock Walker.  They are the directors of Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou Trustee Limited and are assisted by three advisors; Matanuku Mahuika, Teepa Wawatai and Whaimutu Dewes.  Rob McLeod provides his expertise to the Group as and when required. 


The Representatives key functions are:


1.      To run the first election of Representatives for Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou


      2.      To co-ordinate, with the Crown, the Airing of Grievances process


      3.      To usher the passage of the Ngati Porou Settlement Bill


4.      To receive Settlement assets from the Crown and assets transferred to Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou from the Runanga, Porou Ariki Trust or from

        any other source, in the event that the first Elected Representatives have not been appointed by Settlement Date;


Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou:


Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou will be governed and administered by and in accordance with the Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou Trust Deed.  Te Runanganui will be the representative entity for Ngati Porou in all relevant matters relating to Ngati Porou.

Ngati Porou are entitled to effective governance that incorporates Tikanga Ngati Porou and delivers sustainable benefits to Ngati Porou now, and in the future.



Purposes of Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou


The purpose of Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou is to receive, administer, manage, protect and govern the Trust’s assets on trust for and on behalf of and for the benefit of the Beneficial Members


Inaugural Election process - by Rohenga Tipuna (Hapu Cluster)


Rohenga Tipuna


Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou has seven Rohenga Tipuna (Wards) compared to four Rohe used by the Runanga in previous elections.  Although a member of Ngati Porou may belong by Whakapapa to more than one Rohenga Tipuna, each registered member must nominate one Rohenga Tipuna in which they will be registered for the purpose of Representative elections and this information shall be enteredin the Register.


Representation by Rohenga Tipuna


The Trust invites nominations for Fourteen (14) Representatives.  Seven Rohenga Tipuna have been established for election purposes with two representatives required for each Rohenga Tipuna, at least one of which must be Noho Kaenga (resident within the Ngati Porou Rohe – Mai i Potikirua ki te Toka a Taiau).


Nga Marae o nga Rohenga Tipuna 





Eligibility for Nomination and Voting


To be eligible for nomination and eligible to vote, a person must have nominated a Rohenga Tipuna in which he or she is standing for election or voting.  You cannot vote or be nominated for election unless you have nominated a Rohenga Tipuna. Nominations for the 14 Representative positions open on Thursday 23rd June 2011, and close at 12 noon on Wednesday 20th July 2011. 


Term of Office


4 years


Voting Methods


There will be two methods available for casting votes;

1.    Postal Voting and

2.    Electronic Online Voting


Ballot boxes and text voting will not be available but “manned” polling stations will be utilised at major Ngati Porou events that coincide with the voting period to provide guidance and assistance in online voting or to receive completed voting forms for mailing.


Eligibility to Participate


You must be:


·         18 years or older

·         Uri o nga whanau me nga hapu o Ngati Porou mai Potikirua ki te Toka a Taiau (of Ngati Porou descent) and

·         Registered on the Ngati Porou Beneficiary Database with your nominated Rohenga Tipuna


You cannot vote or be nominated for election unless you have nominated a Rohenga Tipuna. Nominations for the 14 Representative positions open on Thursday 23rd June, and close at 12 noon on Wednesday 20th July 2011. Nominations must be made on the official nomination form.

Enrolments must also be completed by 12 noon on Wednesday 20th July to be able to cast an ordinary vote in the elections. If you do not enroll by that time, you may apply to enroll by 28 September 2011 to be able to cast a provisional vote.

Nomination forms and registration forms are available from the Chief Returning Officer by phoning the Election Helpline 0508 666 886.

Chief Returning Officer

Anthony Morton from Electionz has been appointed as the Chief Returning Officer.


Electionz – a company who specialises in running elections were appointed to run the election


Election Timelines


v  Invitation for nomination of candidates:

 23 June 2011

v  Nomination for candidates close:


20 July 2011

v  Ngati Porou Electoral Roll closes:

20 July 2011

v  Postal voting forms sent:

                        29 August 2011


v  Voting ends:

12 Noon 28 September 2011


v  Election Results announced:

12 Noon 30 September 2011


Preparing for the Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou Inaugural Election

To ensure that you receive the relevant election information, please check your registration information on the Ngati Porou register to ensure that your personal information is correct and nominate your Rohenga Tipuna.  If it is incorrect, please contact Hiria Shaw on 0800 676768 or email . Remember, please register your Rohenga Tipuna.


Alternatively, if you wish to make the changes yourself on line, please go to the Te Runanga o Ngati Porou website, where you can view and update your information.  Remember, you will need to ensure that you have identified the Rohenga Tipuna that you wish to register with.


If you have friends or whanau that are of Ngati Porou descent, who will be turning 18 years or age before the Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou Board Inaugural Election, AND/OR are not registered and would like to register to be eligible to vote, please ask them to contact us on 0800 67 67 68,  and we will send them an enrolment form.  Alternatively, they can register online at 


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