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Tēnā tātou, ngā mihi o te tau hou mahi ki a tātou katoa!

2022 has started with a hiss and roar for Te Hāpai ō as our mahi continues to grow.

Some of the mahi on the agenda for this year includes the following:

  • Developing a 130-year Strategic Plan, this expected to be completed by July;
  • A review of the Trust Deed has been commissioned to be completed alongside the 130-year Strategic Plan.
  • Our Iwi Management Plan is expected to be completed by August;
  • We will sign off the Ngaumu Forest agreement. Currently we are working through the agreement with all respective parties. This is likely to be completed by the end of May;
  • The Takutai Moana Claim is underway; And
  • Te Rohe o Rongokako Joint Redress Bill will pass through Parliament. The first reading for this is 30 March.

Other mahi includes:

  • The establishment of the Wairarapa Iwi Māori Partnership Board with Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa and Iwi Māori providers;
  • Establishing the Māori Covid Database;
  • We are a member of Ko Wairarapa Tēnei, a Māori covid Community response group;
  • We are a member of the Regional and Local Training and Skills Group for Wellington, Manawatū, and Rangitīkei as part of the Tertiary Education reforms;
  • We are a member of the Regional Leadership Group for Wairarapa and Wellington Region focused on Regional and District Planning; And
  • We are working with Horizons Regional Council on mahi with Rangitāne Tamaki nui-ā-Rua this includes Te Apiti, Oranga Wai etc.

We also have Trust Board elections this year. Closer to the time of our AGM, we will be in contact regarding the process for this.

Te Hāpai ō is staffed by two FTE and two part-time staff, so you can see we are quite busy. The two cultural advisors now work for the respective rūnanga and can be contacted there.

Finally, investments continue to seek out the best investment opportunities to grow our assets. Most recently, you would have received a pānui regarding the free removal of a house. More information about this can be found on our website or by contacting the office directly.

That is all for now. We will be in touch soon regarding upcoming hui and other mahi.

Te Hāpai ō