The Ngāti Mutunga o Wharekauri Iwi Trust (“Iwi Trust”) represents the collective interests of Ngāti Mutunga o Wharekauri (NMOW) and is a mandated iwi authority for the purposes of the Resource Management Act 1991 and the Māori Fisheries Act 2004. It is the successor to the old Ngāti Mutunga o Wharekauri Trust and Te Runanga o Wharekauri.
The Trust manages over $33.9m in tribal assets.
These assets are used to generate the income the Trust uses to (amongst other things):
Our board is made up of 7 people: 5 from Wharekauri, 1 from Te Waipounamu, 1 from Te Ika a Maui
Two of our trustees are also on our 5-member asset holding company
Te Ika a Maui
Ngāti Mutunga o Wharekauri has longstanding claims against the Crown. Claims against the Crown have been expressed through protests made by Ngāti Mutunga o Wharekauri. In particular, those protests have related to the allocation of lands during the sitting of the Native Land Court in 1870 and the subsequent loss in relation to:
The Deed of Mandate between Ngāti Mutunga o Wharekauri and the Crown was signed mid-2014.
Ngāti Mutunga o Wharekauri claims include (and are not limited to):
Since then the settlement process has been un-necessarily drawn out, complicated, and difficult. At times Ngāti Mutunga has been set up in competition with ourselves and our Moriori Whanaunga on Wharekauri. This is a continuation of the ‘divide and conquer’ strategy so favoured by the Crown since 1840.
That said, we are finally approaching a stage where we believe a settlement based on principals of honouring our tupuna and providing for our mokopuna can be achieved. The final steps to completion are: