Ngā mahi kua whakatutukihia
After the interim trustees received the fisheries settlement assets the main task was to conduct a postal election. The trustees next established an asset holding company (AHC), registered with the Charities Commission and opened bank accounts.
The AHC directors are appointed by the trust and they are currently Toarangatira Pomare (Chair), Tom Jamison, Gabrielle Rikihana and Shelley MacRae.
The trust has established policies to ensure strong governance, sub-committees with strong terms of references.
Each year the trustees prepare an annual plan and work to achieve the goals as identified in the plan. The results are reported on in the annual report and at the AGM. This is made available in February or March each year.
One of the most significant challenges has been to increase the number of registered members. We were fortunate to inherit a register from Te Rūnanga o Raukawa. The trust has worked to increase the numbers and liaises with marae and hapū committees to help facilitate. We now have over 10,000 registered members and we are keen to continue towards registering 20,000 in the next few years. We need the help of Ngāti Raukawa to achieve this.
The trust has attempted to develop relationships with the neighbouring MIO (Mandated Iwi Organisations). It has been in discussions with these groups on various issues relating to in-shore quota, fish plans and ongoing issues of mutual interest.
We have distributed financial grants for a number of rounds. We also supply fresh fish to marae for hapū hui, at an annual cost of around $15,000.