Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Arawa Lakes Trust and what is its role?
The Trust is the settlement entity that has been established to receive, manage and administer the trust funds on behalf of and for the benefit of present and future members of Te Arawa as prescribed within the Te Arawa Lakes Settlement Act 2006
How will this benefit our people of Te Arawa?
- The Trust will be answerable to Te Arawa – not the Minister of Māori Affairs
- The ability to manage Te Arawa assets and gain benefits from them
- Formal protocols with Crown agencies that have a legislative and/or regulatory role over the lakes
- As owners of the lake beds the proprietary rights in the management role of the Te Arawa Lakes and any activities – plans, etc
- 200 Fishing licenses
- Te Arawa Fresh Water Fisheries Regulations
What will become of the Te Arawa Māori Trust Board?
Once settlement legislation was enacted on September 26 2006 the Te Arawa Māori Trust Board was formally dissolved. The Trust Board no longer exists.
In regards to the new Trust, what are their roles and responsibilities?
Their roles and responsibilities are set out quite clearly in the Trust Deed but in brief they will be required to receive, manage and administer the trust funds on behalf of and for the benefit of present and future members of Te Arawa by:
- The establishment and bedding down of the new Trust
- The establishment of Te Arawa Management Limited
- Draft a distribution policy within twelve months
- Establish freshwater fisheries management committees within twelve months
- Negotiate and sign off protocols within twelve months
- Carry out a formal review of the Trust representation model within two years
- Negotiate with RDC the return of Lake Okaro
How will they be accountable to their constituents?
Through a comprehensive communication strategy that will include such things as reporting and holding regular hui in their tūpuna rohe; newsletters, mail outs, annual general meetings.
How long is the trustees term of office?
There is a wide diversity of people on the trust, how do you think their various talents will help the trust kaupapa?
- They know the key objectives and priorities of the Settlement
- Putting in place clear policies on how they will work together to achieve them
- By identifying and utilizing their respective strengths and growing their capabilities
Are there any grants or scholarships available for Te Arawa descendants?
Unfortunately, the Trust has no funding available at this time for education, sporting or fundraising events.