Tēnā koutou whānau
Firstly thank you to the trust board members and whānau who have welcomed me home with warmth and support. It has been a busy time and we have covered allot of ground, made easier by their support and willingness to offer help when needed.
Our focus has been to ensure your organisation has a solid foundation by which we can move forward. We have undertaken a full audit of systems and processes to assess where we are at and what improvements are needed to ensure the goals and aspirations of our iwi will be achieved.
We have connected and reconnected with a number of crown agencies and organisations to build and rebuild valuable relationships that will either benefit Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō or enable us to utilize the aspects of our settlement and recognise our statutory rights.
It has been heartening that the community across the Tau Ihu has welcomed our more active approach with councils, regional organisations, companies, schools and various agencies who are all wanting to meet with us to discuss how we can work together.
We have very much focused on ‘Te Tirohanga Whakamua a Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō’, the Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō Trust Five-year Plan, having reviewed progress to date and created operational steps to achieve the outcomes listed in it.
As you will read in this Pānui a number of those tasks are well underway and many of your goals have either been achieved or are close to completion as we work on other equally important projects on your behalf;
Re-establishment of Kaitiaki
Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō now has a registered Kaitiaka who will facilitate the opportunity for members to access their customary rights.
Establishment of a Cultural Committee
Te Puna Ahurei, the Cultural Committee supports the Pouahurei (Cultural Advisor) and the organisation across various cultural initiatives and will help to strengthen the understanding of our Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tōtanga.
We have developed ‘Te Whare Mātauranga a Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō’ an education and development strategy with opportunities for training and development in cultural revitalisation, computer literacy, literacy & numeracy and financial literacy.
Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō Archives
We have commenced with a major project in partnership with Archives NZ, Turnball Library, Te Papa and the National Library of NZ to work on our archives, assess the contents and then, catalogue and reference everything contained in it.
This will include digital scanning, preservation and safe storage of documents and of course identifying the taonga within the archive. Once the project is completed it will enable us to share more easily the Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō story and our journey so far with iwi members and others.
We have also refocused our commercial thinking too, so as to get better returns from your assets to enable us to grow the asset base and provide the funding for the many initiatives we wish to undertake.
We have renegotiated the leasing of our Fisheries quota, inshore and deep sea to gain improved returns and recently we joined a collective with Maori owned Port Nicholson Fisheries Ltd to lease our crayfish quota. This will bring much better returns and sees us now being part of the second largest crayfish exporter in New Zealand.
It has been a busy time but we have managed to achieve a lot on your behalf and there is still plenty to do.
In the July Pānui we will update you on a new Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō Benefits Package we have been developing plus there will be more information on;
- 2015 AGM
- Whānau Days around the country
- Education & Development
- Wānanga Programme
Please remember this is your Pānui so send us your thoughts and information about your whānau so we can share them with your iwi.
Ngā mihi Butch