Trust Deed Review2022-02-08T14:12:11+13:00


The Rangitāne o Wairau Trustees have agreed to conduct a review of our Trust Deeds (for Te Rūnanga a Rangitāne o Wairau Trust and the Rangitāne o Wairau Settlement Trust).


The Trust has approved a review of the Trust Deeds because it is a good thing to review how we are working and to ensure we’re working efficiently, complying with new legislation and, most importantly, working in the best interests of our whānau. It is common practice for governance entities to review the effectiveness of arrangements set out in their Trust Deeds and to recommend any alterations. The review provides the opportunity for changes and improvements to the Deed to be considered. Providing there is strong support from Rangitāne o Wairau, amendments to the Deed will be implemented.

Our Organisations

Te Rūnanga a Rangitāne o Wairau Trust was established in 2006, pursuant to the Māori Fisheries Act (2004), as a Mandated Iwi Organisation, and Iwi Aquaculture Organisation. The Trust has charitable status and is responsible for establishing cultural and social benefits for iwi members. The Trust Deed has a provision for up to seven Trustees, who are elected in accordance with the Deed.

Rangitāne o Wairau Settlement Trust was established in 2010 for the purpose of receiving the proceeds of the Rangitāne o Wairau settlement from the Crown. The Settlement Trust is the Rangitāne o Wairau PSGE (post settlement governance entity). The Trust Deed states that the Trustees of the Te Rūnanga a Rangitāne o Wairau Trust shall be the Trustees of the Settlement Trust.

Review Objectives

As part of the review process, we want to achieve the following objectives:

  • Ensure that the governance arrangements for the Trust are effective and meet the expectations of members and stakeholders;
  • Ensure that the governance arrangements for the Trust are efficient, including that there are clear responsibilities, roles and accountabilities;
  • Include best practice, good governance principles and practices; and
  • Ensure compliance with any requirements of government, other regulatory bodies and applicable laws.

Tukua mai ō whakaaro – have your say

Hearing from our whānau is critical to ensuring that the review meets its objectives – we encourage whānau to share their whakaaro as part of the review process.  To ensure we’re capturing the voice of whānau through this process, we’ll be engaging through a number of ways.  These include:

  • Kanohi ki te kanohi: We will be coming to a rohe near you for a hui and to kōrero.
  • Zui: We will be holding online hui for those who can’t attend any in person.
  • Survey Monkey: We will distribute an online survey for whānau to share their whakaaro.
  • Events: We will be discussing the Trust Deed Review directly with whānau at our events.
  • Phone: There will be an option to share your views with us via phone.

There is no right or wrong way to express your whakaaro. Your view and perspectives are valid and valued. You don’t have to be registered to have your say, however, in order to receive regular email updates or to participate in voting for or against any proposed amendments to the Deed, you must be registered.

Your whakaaro can be about the legal/technical matters within the Trust Deed, the way the Trust Deed is used, or big picture issues. You might like to think about the following:

  • Representation model, including the number of Trustees and how they are chosen
  • provisions relating to members living outside of the rohe
  • election procedures and policies
  • membership criteria and procedures
  • running of general meetings
  • provisions and policies in place to manage the interests and conduct of Trustees
  • alterations to the Trust Deed
  • accountability and transparency
  • communication and engagement with Rangitāne members

Hui Schedule

The following dates and times have been scheduled for the Trust Deed Review hui:

Wairau Hui
Saturday 20 November 2021
Ūkaipō, 1 Fell St, Grovetown
Register here: Wairau Hui

Whakatū Hui
Saturday 20 November 2021
Saxton Oval
Sport Tasman, 142 Saxton Rd East, Stoke
Register here: Whakatū Hui

Ōtautahi Hui
Saturday 27 November 2021
Te Pūtahitanga Office
Level 1, DMC Building, 2 Dundas St, Christchurch
Register here: Ōtautahi Hui

Zui #1
Thursday 2 December 2021
Register here: Zui #1

Horowhenua Hui
Saturday 22 January 2022
Kereru Marae
484-486 Koputaroa Rd, Koputaroa
Register here: Horowhenua Hui

Zui #2
Saturday 22 January 2022
Register here: Zui #2

Te Whanganui-a-Tara Hui
Sunday 23 January 2022
Miramar Links Conference Centre (Miramar Golf Club)
1 Stewart Duff Drive, Miramar, Wellington
Register here: Te Whanganui-ā-Tara Hui

Saturday 29 January 2022
Napier Conference Centre (Napier War Memorial Centre)
48 Marine Parade, Private Bag 6010, Napier
Register here: Heretaunga Hui

Zui #3
Thursday 17 February 2022
Register here: Zui #3

Wairau Hui #2
Saturday 19 February 2022
Tuamātene, Grovetown
Register here: Wairau Hui

Online Survey

If you would like to share your whakaaro via our online survey please click here.


The Trust has approved the following indicative timetable for the review:

November 2021 – February 2022:

  • Member Consultation and Feedback

March 2022 – May 2022:

  • Report to Trust for consideration

June 2022:

  • Announce next steps (if changes are proposed, we’ll consult on what these changes might be)

This timetable is indicative and subject to change. In particular, we acknowledge that COVID-19 may impact on our ability to kōrero kanohi ki te kanohi – however, we believe that having this kōrero kanohi ki te kanohi is important, so the timetable may shift as a result.

Any changes to our Trust Deeds will be subject to the provisions of the respective Deeds, to be voted on at a General Meeting.


If you have any pātai about any aspect of the Trust Deeds Review, or wish to give feedback, please email