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These negotiations covered the four kainga of Ngāti Pūkenga; being Pakikaikutu, Manaia, Tauranga and Maketu, and culminated on April 7th, 2013 when Ngāti Pūkenga signed a Deed of Settlement with the Crown.
Te Tāwharau o Ngāti Pūkenga (Te Tāwharau) was mandated by Ngāti Pūkenga and then established on March 24th 2013 to:
Receive and hold settlement assets
Manage and protect the settlement assets
Distribute the benefits derived from settlement
Te Tāwharau is governed by a deed that was approved by Ngāti Pūkenga. The deed provides for five establishment trustees. Their task is to establish Te Tāwharau as not only an entity to manage settlement assets but as an entity that focusses on those matters that are deemed to be important for the spiritual, cultural, social, environmental and economic future of Ngāti Pūkenga.
In 2015 the first elections for trustees of Te Tāwharau will be conducted, which will reduce the number of trustees from five to four (one from each kāinga), and they will continue the work started by the establishment trustees.
May the people of Ngāti Pūkenga Flourish
Using skills to find ways to flourish
Ngāti Pūkengatanga (having strong foundations in the knowledge and experience that come from being Ngāti Pūkenga)
Whanaungatanga (connecting positively with each other)
Manaakitanga (treating people with dignity)
Kotahitanga (collaborating together to achieve shared goals)
Rangatiratanga (exercising leadership that respects both iwi-wide and kainga-focused aspirations)
Te Taiao (staying connected to our natural environment)
Pūkenga auaha (being creative and innovative)
Open, honest and accountable
Financially robust and stable
A model of strong and position leadership