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Grants Workshop Helps Iwi Members



Each year the Raukawa Settlement Trust (RST) provides more than $600,000 in marae, wellbeing and education grants to registered members.




Last month the Raukawa Charitable Trust (RCT) held an iwi grants workshop, as part of the marae development workshops, to help iwi members and marae with fund applications.




The workshop, hosted at Paparaamu Marae, was well attended by iwi members and RST representatives.





The workshop was led by Aka Tauwhiro Group Manager, Maria Te Kanawa.




The workshop also offered a chance for iwi members to learn more about the process of registering with the RST, including the new online registration tool.



The workshop covered the process of applying for each of the three grants, and included what the pūtea can and cannot be used for.




Insuring the future of our marae


A dozen marae representatives met on Sunday November 6 at the South Waikato Sport and Events Centre for a workshop to explore insurance options for Raukawa Settlement Trust marae.


Organised by Aka Tauwhiro, Raukawa Corporate Services, the workshop was an opportunity for marae trustees, officers and uri to learn more about the individual and collective insurance options for marae.


The workshop started with presentations from two insurance brokers, both of whom have extensive experience and expertise in the unique challenges involved in insuring marae.


Both presentations covered a range of topics and issues, including being uninsured or under-insured, as well as changes to health and safety legislation that may impact on marae. There are many concerns that arise for our haukāinga such as what items or structures to assess, how to reduce overall insurance costs and best practice when supplying information to the underwriter.


Aka Tauwhiro Group Manager Maria Te Kanawa says it is always great to meet RST uri.


“Feedback from participants was very positive with iwi members commenting on how useful and beneficial the workshop had been.”


Marae representatives will now take what they learnt back to their marae and whānau.



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Short Courses, Certificates and Diploma Grants – Now Open!


Short Courses, Certificates and Diploma Grants – Now Open!

Applications are now open for Short Course Study completed between January-June 2016.  Applications close 31 July 2016.  Click the following link to learn more about our Education Grants and how to apply.


For all enquiries, please contact Thelma Reti on 0800 RAUKAWA (0800 728  5292) or email to


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Making Sound Decisions

Making Sound Decisions

The Raukawa Charitable Trust recently held its last workshop for the 2016 financial year which centred on marae development at Mangakaretu Marae on 15th May 2016.


With 16 marae throughout the Raukawa takiwā affiliated to the Raukawa Settlement Trust and with an annual charitable distribution of approximately $500,000 per year, the iwi organisation sought to provide a series of workshops to provide support and training to marae officers, trustees and uri members to equip them with the knowledge required to make sound decisions around the governance and financial management of their respective marae.


The workshops, which have been delivered over the last two years, also focussed on tribal registrations and grants. To ensure that we delivered the best information possible, the workshops were developed and delivered in collaboration with industry professionals including GHA Chartered Accountants, Westpac and Community Waikato.


Over 30 participants attended the final workshop led by our Aka Tauwhiro Group Manager, Maria Te Kanawa. Gary Thompson from Community Waikato presented and this particular workshop focused on charter review, and trustee roles and responsibilities.


Tangata Marae whānau member and RST trustee, Waimātao Smith, attended the hui and found it to provide an excellent forum in which whānau from all the marae could share kōrero that benefits all of our hapū and marae.


“It was really enjoyable and very interesting… especially for those who are unfamiliar with charters”, she said.


“I loved how we were able to collectively share our experiences so we could all walk away more knowledgeable than when we first came. For me it’s about our iwi helping our people to help ourselves, … he huarahi pai tēnā”


Further workshops will be held in 2017 financial year and will be posted in our events calendar, for more information please contact 0800 728 5292


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Te Ako Tautoko – Marae Strategic Planning Workshop 2016


Maria Te Kanawa | Aka Tauwhiro Group Manager and Key Presenter


Te Ako Tautoko – Marae Strategic Planning Workshop 2016

On the 28th February, from 10am to 2pm, the Raukawa Charitable Trust will be holding a Raukawa Settlement Trust (RST) Marae Strategic Planning Workshop at the South Waikato Sports & Events Centre in Tokoroa.


This is workshop two (2) in a series of four (4) workshops designed to empower our iwi members in key areas of marae development.  Recently, we held an RST Uri Grants and Tribal Register Workshop on January 24th in Tokoroa.


Raukawa makes a strong commitment to give back to our marae and iwi members as we prudently administer our settlement funds.


This year we are honoured and privileged to be able to support the development and future of our iwi with over $500,000 of funding which is available for marae, education, and kuia/koroua wellbeing grants.


Strategic planning is often an integral process in the wider funding and development goals for each of our marae as they seek to utilise their annual funding wisely.


In 2015, the Raukawa Charitable Trust ran three financial literacy workshops throughout the rohe, feedback provided showed just how valuable the workshops were, as well as building confidence and knowledge.


To learn more about our workshops and how to join, click on the following calendar entries


For more information please contact us on 0800 RAUKAWA (0800 728 5292).


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