FIVE years ago on April 6th, 2012, following the passing of the Ngati Porou Claims Settlement Act, the newly created post-settlement governance entity, Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou (TRONPnui), replaced Te Runanga o Ngati Porou, as the sole governance entity for the iwi. The mandate of Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou was the same as its predecessor Te Runanga o Ngati Porou, an organisation which had been established almost thirty years earlier — to represent and advocate on behalf of the collective political, cultural, economic and social interests of nga whanau me nga hapu o Ngati Porou.
Five years later the time has come for Ngati Porou, living within and outside the Ngati Porou rohe, to review the constitutional document upon which the Runanganui was founded. The Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou Trust Deed is the document that sets the standard of what Ngati Porou iwi members can expect from the tribe’s governance and management body.
The Trust Deed Review process, which recently got underway, provides iwi members with the opportunity to consider what is working or not working well in relation to the Trust Deed and its operation.
Since January, representatives from the Runanganui’s Trust Deed Review working party have been on the road visiting Ngati Porou Taurahere groups based in Aotearoa and Australia. The purpose of the consultation hui are to provide an introductory overview about what the review is about and how iwi members can contribute. So far hui have been held in Auckland, Hamilton, Hastings, Gisborne, Christchurch, Wellington, Melbourne and Brisbane. A series of hui for Ngati Porou living at home on the Coast will start later this month, with hui for Dunedin and Invercargill based Ngati Porou scheduled for April.
The submission process for the Trust Deed Review opens next month, with the close off date for accepting written submissions confirmed for the end of May. A draft report containing a summarised account of submissions is scheduled to be released in July/August.
The TRONPnui Trust Deed review process represents a significant and exciting opportunity for all of Ngati Porou to reflect upon how Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou and its subsidiaries, are governing and managing their assets (currently worth an estimated $223 million).
As the ultimate shareholder of the Runanganui, Ngati Porou whanau and hapu have the opportunity to change the way things are being done or ensure those aspects that are operating effectively are kept.
To find out more about the TRONPnui Trust Deed Review process go to: www.ngatiporou.com/trustdeedreview or telephone: 0800 NPOROU ( 0800 67 67 68).