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About Ngai Tai Iwi Authority

Our Vision

Whakapumautia te Mana Motuhake o Ngai Tai

'To inbue the essence of Ngai Tai into all our hearts'

Our Mission

Pou tu pou hinga, Pou hinga pou tu, tu tonu

'Our Ngaitai strength and independence will grow future generations'


Torere was once a thriving farming community with dairy farms being the most prominent form of employment. The young sought employment in the cities during the years of urban draw.

They left Torere in the hands of our Elders, who nurtured the Mana of Ngai Tai, preserving something for their children to come home to. This has been the strength of Ngai Tai as an Iwi, the backbone on which future visions could be attained. Unfortunately the regions economic strengths deteriorated.

Our Elders recognised this position and set about rebuilding the future of Torere for the benefit of its Uri and those that reside within the tribal boundaries of Ngai Tai.

As a result of a Hui at the Torere Marae on the 26 November 1987, the Iwi of Ngai Tai agreed to establish a body to operate under the Mana of the tribe to further the well being of the Iwi socially, economically and culturally.

The Ngai Tai Iwi Authority was incorporated under the Charitable Trust Act 1957 and registered on 3 October 1988.

 

Our Whakapapa

Trust Deed

At the Ngai Tai Iwi Authority Annual General Meeting held in October 2011 the Iwi were informed of the need to make changes to the Trust Deed.

Aligning changes to the Annual General Meeting to the end of financial year, allows the Board sufficient time to meet Annual reporting requirements in a timely manner.

Click on the link to read or download a copy of the Trust Deed.

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TRUST DEED AMENDMENT (2012)

At the NIA Annual General Meeting held in October 2011 the Iwi were informed of the need to make changes to the Trust deed in order to align the Annual General Meeting to the end of financial year, thereby allowing the Board sufficient time to meet annual reporting requirements in a timely manner.

Amendment Notification

In accordance with the Trust Deed, notification of the deed amendment voting process and Special General Meeting were advertised in national and local newspapers, the New Zealand Herald, and the Opotiki News. In addition to this, the advertisement and an information sheet was distributed locally via our Kura, and Ngai Tai Iwi Authority staff, and to our wider Ngaitai whanau via whanau email networks.

Ratification Process

A formal voting process was undertaken in accordance with the requirements set out in the Trust Deed, and included postal and in person voting to approve the deed amendment.

Extract: Amendment as worded on the ballot paper

“14.2 Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Board shall be held no later than the last day of January in each year or such other month and at such place as the Board may from time to time determine and at such meeting the following business shall be transacted:..."

An information sheet was issued with all voting papers, and included the rationale for the change, information on how voters could obtain a copy of the full Trust Deed, as well as information about the voting process and the Special General Meeting.

Official Results

On the 20th May 2012, NIA held a Special General Meeting at Torere Marae to receive the official results of these votes which was 91% in favour of the deed amendment.

In accordance with the Trust Deed a minimum 75% in favour is required to approve deed amendments. As such an outstanding result was achieved.

This result confirmed approval for the deed amendment to be effective from 20th May 2012. In all other respects the deed including NIA’s status as the mandated Iwi organisation to act on behalf of Ngai Tai Iwi remain unaffected. The deed dated 26 August 2006, being the current deed of Trust for NIA with the addition of the deed amendment dated 20th May 2012.

TRUST DEED REVIEW (2006)

At the NIA Annual General Meeting held in August 2004 the Iwi were informed of the need to make changes to the Trust deed in order to comply with the Te Ohu Kaimoana (TOKM) allocation requirements to receive the fisheries settlement.

As the deed had not been reviewed since it was ratified in 1988, NIA saw this as an opportune time to review the original Trust Deed to both reaffirm NIA as the mandated Iwi organisation to act on behalf of all matters pertaining to Ngai Tai Iwi and to meet allocation requirements to receive the Ngai Tai Iwi fisheries settlement from Te Ohu Kaimoana (TOKM).

The two extracts above from the original Trust Deed were maintained with one minor change to a)

“To promote and apply the maximum possible efficiency and independence in the tino rangatiratanga of Ngaitai.”

To this end NIA facilitated a series of Hui from 2004 through to 2006 to complete the review and reaffirm NIA as the mandated Iwi organization

Ratification Process

The consultation hui were followed by a formal voting process. Postal and in person voting processes were undertaken to approve the deed changes utilising an independent Returning Officer.

Extract: Resolution as worded on the ballot paper

“That the amendments to the Trust Deed of the Ngai Tai Iwi Authority be approved and the Ngai Tai Iwi Authority be ratified as the Mandated Iwi Organisation for Ngai Tai for the purposes of the Maori Fisheries Act 2004.”

On the 26th August 2006, NIA held a Special General Iwi Meeting at Torere Marae to receive the official results of these votes which was 96% in favour of the deed changes. Based on Te Puni Kokiri statistics derived from other Iwi results, and the fisheries settlement requirement of a minimum 75% in favour, Ngai Tai achieved an outstanding result. It was reiterated throughout the Trust Deed review process that the Iwi were reaffirming NIA to act on all matters pertaining to Ngai Tai as well as the reaffirmation as the MIO for the fisheries settlement.

This result reconfirmed NIA’s status as the mandated Iwi organisation to act on behalf of Ngai Tai Iwi, and reconfirmed NIA as the mandated Iwi organisation to receive the Ngai Tai Iwi fisheries settlement. This deed dated 26 August 2006, being the current deed of Trust for NIA.

ORIGINAL TRUST DEED (1988)

The first record on file referring to the mandate process for NIA, are the minutes of the Ngai Tai Iwi Meeting held at Torere Marae on Saturday 30th January 1988. The purpose of the meeting was set out as the “Establishment of the Ngai Tai Tribal Authority” and appropriate resolutions passed. At that time Ngai Tai appointed representatives of the Iwi who went on to become the inaugural Trustees of the Ngai Tai Iwi Authority. The original Trust Deed was approved at this meeting and was implemented from inception with no recorded amendments for the next eighteen years until it was reviewed and amended on August 26, 2006.

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Treaty Claim

In September 2013, Ngai Tai Iwi Authority submitted a Deed of Mandate to the Crown to represent Ngai Tai.

The mandate of Ngai Tai Iwi Authority is to negotiate settlement only and any final settlement will require ratification by Ngai Tai before a Deed of Settlement is signed with the Crown.

Click on the link to read or download a copy of the Treaty Claim.

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Ngai Tai Treaty of Waitangi Claim

Progressing the Ngai Tai Deed of Mandate

In September 2013, Ngai Tai Iwi Authority submitted a Deed of Mandate to the Crown to represent Ngai Tai, Torere in negotiations with the Crown for the comprehensive settlement of all the historical Te Tiriti o Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi claims of Ngai Tai. The mandate of Ngai Tai Iwi Authority is to negotiate settlement only and any final settlement will require ratification by Ngai Tai before a Deed of Settlement is signed with the Crown. The Deed of Mandate and its appendices can be viewed here.

The Crown invites submissions, views or inquiries about Deed of Mandate. Submissions must reach Te Puni Kokiri by no later than 5pm 28th October 2013. Submissions should be sent to the Manager, Treaty Settlement Unit, Te Puni Kokiri, PO Box 3943, Wellington 6140 or by email to mandatesubs@tpk.govt.nz

Ngai Tai Mandate Process (2013)

NIA sought mandate from Ngai Tai iwi members to enter into direct negotiations with the Crown on their behalf for the comprehensive settlement of the historical Treaty of Waitangi claims of Ngai Tai.

To this end, a series of Ngai Tai Mandate hui were held in Wellington, Hamilton, Auckland and Torere from 25th January 2013 to 2nd February 2013. The purpose of these hui was to provide information about NIA, the mandating process, and the voting process to mandate NIA.

Mandate Hui and Voting Notification

In accordance with the NIA Trust Deed, notification of the mandate hui and voting process were advertised in national and local newspapers, the New Zealand Herald, and the Opotiki News; and locally via our Kuraq newsletter. In addition to this, an information sheet and invitation was distributed to all Ngai Tai registered on the Ngaitai Uri Register.

Ratification Process

A formal voting process was undertaken in accordance with the requirements set out in the NIA Trust Deed, and included postal and in person voting to mandate NIA to represent Ngai Tai for the Treaty Claim.

Extract: Resolution as worded on the ballot paper

“That the Ngai Tai Iwi Authority has the mandate to represent Ngaitai in negotiations with the Crown for the comprehensive settlement of all the historical Treaty claims of Ngai Tai."

Official Results

Voting closed on the 11th February 2013. The official results showed that 99% of the participants were in favour of Ngai Tai Iwi Authority being mandated to represent Ngai Tai in respect of the Treaty Claim.

Resuming WAI 78 (2009)

NIA met with the Ngai Tai Kahui Kaumatua on the 16th August 2009 to discuss their intent to pursue mandate to advance the Ngai Tai WAI 78 Treaty Claim, at which time Kaumatua confirmed their support of this. This was further reaffirmed when NIA presented the proposed mandate strategy to Ngai Tai Kahui Kaumatua at a subsequent meeting held on 13th September 2009.

A Hui a Iwi was held on the 27th September 2009 at which time NIA presented the proposed mandate strategy for consultation. At that hui, the Board informed the Iwi that NIA would be seeking reconfirmation as the Mandated Iwi Organisation for the purpose of negotiating all Treaty claims on behalf of Ngai Tai. A resolution to this effect was put to the Annual General Meeting of Ngai Tai Iwi Authority on the 31st October 2009.

Waitangi (1990)

Our respected Ngai Tai Kaumatua, the late Arch Bishop Whakahuihui Vercoe set down the challenge in 1990 at Waitangi;

“You have not met your obligations of the Treaty of Waitangi to my people, you have marginalized my people, the waters of Waitangi weep”.

For Ngai Tai this challenge will continue to reverberate until we achieve resolution of our Claim, and true partnership with the Crown in the spirit with which the Treaty was intended.

WAI 78 (1989)

The WAI 78 treaty claim was submitted by Mr Hone Meihana Maxwell and 32 other Ngai Tai whanau members on the 10 May 1989 concerning several land blocks known at that time as Torere Section 63, and is now more commonly known as Kapuarangi West. This parcel of land was vested in the Crown by the Maori Land Court on 27 October, 1931 in satisfaction of survey liens and rates on all land blocks included in the Ngaitai Consolidation scheme" (Wai 78, 1989)

Treaty Claim (1988)

At a hui held at Torere Marae on 30th January 1988, reference is made to “the claim to the Waitangi Tribunal for the return of the land known as Torere Section 63 block from the Crown”, and subsequent minutes of the Ngaitai Tribal Authority/Ngai Tai Iwi Authority (NIA) Committee meetings often reference the need to advance the Waitangi Tribunal Claim.

Treaty of Waitangi (1840)

Sovereignty, customary rights, responsibilities, kaitiakitanga and the intimate relationship of Ngai Tai with its taonga and resources have been developed over several centuries. These were confirmed and guaranteed by the crown under the Māori version of Te Tiriti o Waitangi signed by Rangatira of Ngai Tai, Putiki; Rangihuatake, te pāpā o Wiremu Kingi and Taku, te pāpā o Wetini Taku in Torere on June 11, 1840.

The Treaty of Waitangi and the Declaration of Independence are the founding documents of our nation and provides a framework for the way in which we as Ngaitai interact with the Crown and its representatives.

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Strategic Plan

Our Vision is:

"Whakapumautia te mana motuhake o Ngaitai"

To imbue the essence of Ngai Tai into all our hearts.


Our Mission:

"Pou tu pou hinga pou hinga pou tu, Tu Tonu""Our Ngai Tai strength and independence will grow future generations

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Strategic Plan

Our Prosperity

Ngai Tai will become an economically independent nation and people

Our Culture

Ngai Tai will stand strong and knowledgeable in all aspects of Ngai Tai-tanga

Our Well-being

We will provide for the holistic well-being of Ngai Tai whānau


Take a look at the Strategic Plan 2025

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NIA Documentation

Board of Trustees
* Info Sheet (PDF)
* Nomination Form (PDF)

Strategic Plan
* Strategic Plan 2025 (PDF)

Research
* Celebrating Ngai Tai Research (eBook)
* Jodie Porter's Thesis (eBook)

Deed of Mandate
* Deed of Mandate (eBook)
* Deed of Mandate Appendices (eBook)Read More

Ngai Tai Documentation

We have conveniently imported all the important documents in one easy to access location. You will find that some of the documents can be viewed as either a .pdf or as an eBook for convenience.

Board of Trustees

Info Sheet (.pdf)

Nomination Form (.pdf)

Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan 2025 (.pdf)

Ngai Tai Research

Celebrating Ngai Tai Research (.pdf) (eBook)

Jodie Porter's Thesis (.pdf) (eBook)

Deed of Mandate

Deed of Mandate (.pdf) (eBook)

Deed of Mandate Appendices (.pdf) (eBook)

Please feel free to download and share these documents with the rest of the whānau.

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Runanga History

In 1987 Ngai Tai Iwi decided to establish a body to represent the Iwi of Ngai Tai.

A series of Hui were held at Torere Marae on the 26 November 1987, where Ngai Tai Iwi agreed to the appointment of a steering committee as Interim Trustees, to establish an appropriate Tribal Authority.

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History of the Runanga

In 1987 Ngai Tai Iwi decided to establish a body to represent the Iwi of Ngai Tai. A series of Hui were held culminating with a Hui a Iwi at Torere Marae on the 26 November 1987, where Ngai Tai Iwi agreed to the appointment of a steering committee as Interim Trustees, to take the necessary steps to establish an appropriate Tribal Authority. It was this Hui that established the Ngai Tai Iwi Authority (NIA) as the ‘ears, eyes and voice of Ngai Tai’. NIA was duly constituted under a Deed of Trust signed on the 3rd October 1988, and was incorporated under the Charitable Trust Act 1957 on the 10th October 1988. With the blessings of the kaumatua, the affairs of Ngai Tai were placed in the hands of NIA to operate under the mana of the tribe to further the well being of Ngai Tai socially, economically and culturally.

Since its’ establishment, NIA has represented Ngai Tai locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. NIA provides whanau development services to the community of Torere and though based in Torere, Ngai Tai Iwi Authority services Ngai Tai descendants “irrespective of where Iwi Members reside.”

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Board of Trustees

Ngai Tai Iwi Authority is governed by a Board of seven Trustees. The Board exercises strategic Governance over NIA and its asset holding companies or subsidiaries.

Trustees are elected through election processes generally held at the same time as the Annual General Meeting.

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Board of Trustees

Ngai Tai Iwi Authority is governed by a Board of seven Trustees. The Board exercises strategic Governance over NIA and its asset holding companies or subsidiaries. Trustees are elected through election processes generally held at the same time as the Annual General Meeting. The term of office is a maximum of three years with retiring Board members being eligible for re-election.

The Board must maintain the Iwi Register, which currently maintained by the Secretary. At present there are approximately 1800 Iwi members registered, inclusive of tamariki.

The Board encourages Ngai Tai Uri to register by completing the registration form or through Tuhono as we can access those registrations.


Click here to view BOT Profiles


Board of Trustees Candidate Guide

Board of Trustees Nomination Form

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Operations

The operational arm of Ngai Tai Iwi Authority is based in its offices located at Torere Marae. Prior to the present location, NIA had its’ first office at the Sea View building on State Highway 35 in Torere.

After several hui were held within the community of Torere, it was agreed to relocate a building onto the Marae Reserve.

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Operations

The operational arm of Ngai Tai Iwi Authority is based in its offices located at Torere Marae in Torere. Prior to the present location, NIA had its’ first office at the Sea View building on State Highway 35 in Torere. After several hui were held within the community of Torere, it was agreed to relocate a building onto the Marae Reserve, to serve as the official office of NIA. In 1999 a new office building was built after the old one was relocated to the back of the Marae. Over the years, discussion and debate has abounded over moving the NIA office from the front of the Marae to another location. Pakeke have yet to agree to this move.

There are currently two operational sectors of NIA:

Corporate Services

is the administration arm that maintains all the administrative requirements of the Runanga. With a current staff of two, we have a very busy team that carry a varied workload, that ranges from answering phones to assisting staff with program implementation.

Whanau Development

focuses on providing programs and services that provide for the protection and enhancement of our rohe and its environs; along with.

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Matauranga

It is important and necessary to acknowledge the academic ahievements of our iwi members.

There are so many positive role-models in our rohe.

It is important for our rangatahi to be inspired by their cousins, Aunty's, Uncles, Nanny's & Koro's who have so much knowledge to share.

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Ngai Tai Research

This conference is a direct result of the Health Research Council funded project that explored the conceptualisation and measurement of iwi wellbeing. The dissemination of this research alongside both expert and emerging Ngai Tai researchers provides a platform for our iwi to positively plan for the future. This booklet profiles a number of Ngai Tai researchers and celebrates their achievements.

However, it must be acknowledged that these Ngai Tai researchers are the tip of a very large iceberg. There are so many more Ngai Tai iti kōpara that are achieving in a variety of fields and realising their potential.

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