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Charter and Strategic Plan Review

Te Kāhui o Taranaki Trust will be hosting a series of hui over the months of July and August to talk with ngā uri about the review of the Trust’s Charter and to discuss the Trust’s Strategic Plan.


From July – September 2019 uri will be able to attend hui throughout the country regarding the Charter review and to provide input into the Te Kāhui strategy review.  Uri are also able to provide feedback by way of submission to enable the review group to gather key themes. A further series of presentations and consultation hui will be conducted during November 2019  in Taranaki and across the country where we have large numbers of uri to gather feedback on the proposed draft report on suggested changes and views on the Charter review and its operation. 

A final report with proposed amendments to the  Charter will be developed to be approved by the Te Kāhui board, before being tabled at the Te Kāhui o Taranaki AGM in December 2019.

If amendments are required, Adult members on the Taranaki Iwi register will be asked to vote for or against them in a Special Resolution of Members Postal Ballot in December 2019. To pass this Special Resolution, 75% of those who take part in the voting, must approve the amendments. The results from the postal ballot will be announced at the Annual General Meeting in December 2019, and changes to the Trust Deed can then be made.


Charter and Strategy Review Hui

Sunday 28 July 2019, 10am – Hui ā-iwi – Sandfords Centre, Opunake
Saturday 10 August 2019, 10am – Dunedin Airport, Dunedin
Sunday 11 August 2019,  10am – Te Tatau o te Pō, Lower Hutt
Sunday 25 August 2019, 10am – Novotel Ellerslie, Auckland
Sunday 29 September  2019, 10am – Hui ā-iwi – Novotel, New Plymouth 

Saturday 7 December 2019 – Annual General Meeting

Submission Process

Uri are able to provide submissions.  A submission form is available online at 

What is the Te Kāhui o Taranaki Charter?

It is the legal document that established Te Kāhui o Taranaki and empowered it to govern and manage the pre and post-settlement assets on behalf of Taranaki Iwi. The Te Kāhui o Taranaki Charter also sets the mandatory rules for how Te Kāhui o Taranaki goes about its business, including:

  • Administering the assets held collectively for Taranaki Iwi. 
  • The Te Kāhui Group structure. 
  • Registration as an Uri of Taranaki Iwi and beneficial member of the Trust.
  • How beneficial members are represented on the Trust.
  • How the representatives are chosen.
  • What the representatives roles and duties are.
  • How Te Kāhui is held accountable for carrying out its roles and duties.


Is Te Kāhui o Taranaki making a difference in the lives of Taranaki Iwi? Or can we do a better job? 

Te Kāhui o Taranaki Iwi (Te Kāhui) is reviewing its Charter and invites you to contribute your whakaaro to this important kōrero. By sharing your thoughts in the Charter review discussion, you have the opportunity to have your say about the future of Te Kāhui.

Te Kāhui was established by Charter in 24 June 2013 after Taranaki Iwi members mandated the creation of the post-settlement governance entity as part of the Taranaki Iwi Treaty Claims process. The organisation held its inaugural election in 2014, and after five years of ‘test driving,’ the newly established entity, the review provides the opportunity for Taranaki Iwi whānui to consider whether the Charter and the Te Kāhui structure is working as intended.  

As the ultimate shareholder of Te Kāhui, uri have the opportunity to change the way things are being done or ensure those aspects that are operating effectively are kept.

What is the Te Kāhui Charter?

It is the legal document that established Te Kāhui and empowered it to govern and manage the pre and post-settlement assets on behalf of Taranaki Iwi. The Te Kāhui Charter also sets the mandatory rules for how Te Kāhui goes about its business. 

Click here to view the Te Kāhui Charter

Why is the Charter being reviewed? 

A five year review was built into the Charter. It is common practice for governance entities to review the effectiveness of arrangements set out in their Charter or Trust Deed and to recommend any alterations. In other words, five years gives reasonable time and experience to see if the Charter and Te Kāhui structure were working as intended.


What could you consider for your submission?

There are a number of different ways to approach your submission.

For example you could comment about: the legal/technical matters within the Charter; the way the Charter has been operationalised by the Te Kāhui Group; or big picture issues. 

Here are a list of things you could consider (but not necessarily be limited to): 

  • Representation model, including the number of directors and the requirement for representation 
  • Election procedures and policies 
  • Day to day running of Te Kāhui o Taranaki Iwi 
  • Organisational structure including the relationship between Te Kāhui and its subsidiary entities*
  • Provisions relating to members living outside of the rohe
  • Membership criteria and procedures 
  • Running of general meetings 
  • Provisions and policies in place to manage conflicts of interest 
  • The current tax structure of Te Kāhui and group entities
  • Accountability and transparency
  • Communication and engagement with Taranaki Iwi
  • Distribution of resources 
  • The value and place of Taranakitanga within the Te Kāhui Group 

f your submission includes views on the structure of the Group, we encourage you to think about ‘function’ (ie. what you want the Group to achieve), rather than just ‘form’ (ie. what it would look like).

Click here to view the Te Kāhui Organisational Structure


Your whakaaro and feedback is crucial in helping to create the future shape and direction of Te Kāhui o Taranaki. As some Charter Review conversation starters, we encourage you to think about: 

  • What do you think about the current structure and representation model? 
  • What is it you want to see, that you are not seeing at the moment? 
  • Are there some better or alternative things we could be doing with our time and resources?
  • Is it satisfactory the way that Te Kāhui are governing and managing your assets and resources? Or are there improvements that can be made?

If you have any ideas or suggestions that you think would help improve Te Kāhui or solve any challenges that you believe the organisation faces, please let us know. However if you don’t have a solution in mind, kei te pai. You can let us know the result or outcome you want from Te Kāhui, and then tell us to figure out how to make this that happen.

Join the kōrero by making a submission by 25 October, 2019

Your participation as an uri of Taranaki Iwi is crucial to the success of the Te Kāhui Charter review process. Your whakaaro, and feedback are important in helping Te Kāhui to move forward into the future. The close off for the submission process has been extended to 25 October, 2019

For more information about the Te Kāhui Charter Review:

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