Te Tino o Kaipara


As a pre-condition of settlement, the Crown requires iwi to put in place a post-settlement governance entity (“PSGE”). The PSGE will receive the settlement assets and certain cultural redress assets.

A PSGE must be:

  • Representative of the claimant group  
  • Transparent in its decision-making and dispute resolution procedures
  • Accountable to the claimant group or the benefit of the members of the claimant group
  • Ratified by the claimant group

Consultation and then voting on the proposed post-settlement governance entity was completed in 2010.

A double trust structure was ratified with the incorporation of the following;

Ngā Maunga Whakahii o Kaipara Development Trust                                                                                             Responsible for the administration of the settlement and, through its subsidiaries, the commercial and social development of Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara. 
Ngā Maunga Whakahii o Kaipara Tari Pupuritaonga Trust Responsible for holding culturally important lands (e.g. wahi tapu) to ensure they are never again at risk of alienation from Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara, regardless of the outcome of any commercial ventures undertaken by the iwi.


On 4 April 2011 the trustees of this initial post settlement governance entity held their inaugural meeting and signed the deeds of trust.

Trustees Takutaimoana Wikiriwhi, Waata Richards, Gloria Timoti, Haahi Walker, and Naida Glavish remained from the claims committee as kaumātua representatives from each of the hapū of the five marae in south Kaipara for an initial term of two years. General trustees Te Kahui-iti Morehu, Rhys Freeman and Margaret Kawharu were elected by postal ballot for a term of four years.

Ngā Maunga Whakahii o Kaipara Development Trust is mandated the responsiblity for protecting, growing and managing the assets returned within the Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara Claims Settlement Act 2013.

The key accountabilities specified in the Deed of Trust are to;

·         Receive, manage and administer the Trust Assets on behalf of and for the benefit of the members of Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara in accordance with our Deed of Trust;

·         Reconnect Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara with their lands and to;

·         Promote educational, spiritual, economic, social and cultural advancement or well-being of Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara

This is achieved through Ngā Maunga Whakahii o Kaipara Development Trust oversight of subsidiary boards governing different parts of the organisational structure.

The matua board Ngā Maunga Whakahii o Kaipara Development Trust are elected positions. This is the current board. NGA MAUNGA WHAKAHII 


All subsidiary board positions are appointed by processes set by the matua board.  You can view the current Trustees or Directors here:










Go to this link to review the organisational rautaki (strategy) and the latest annual report. THE ORGANISATIONAL RAUTAKI

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