Nominations for Marae representative positions to the

Raukawa Settlement Trust are now open

One (1) Marae representative is required for each of the following RST Marae:

  • Ngātira;
  • Whakaaratamaiti;
  • Tāpapa;
  • Paparaamu;
  • Aotearoa; and
  • Parawera


To be eligible for nomination as a Marae representative, a candidate must:

  • Be an Adult Registered Member (18 years old and over) of the Raukawa Settlement Trust
  • Stand in the election held on behalf of the Raukawa marae to which the candidate primarily affiliates to


The Tribal Register held by the Raukawa Settlement Trust will be the official database for the nomination and election process.  Please note:

  • The term for these positions is 3 years.
  • Incumbent trustees are eligible for re-nomination
  • Nominations close on Friday 6 November 2020


For a nomination form and more information contact Kim Blomfield on 0800 RAUKAWA (0800 728 5292) or email





Saturday 7 December 2019

South Waikato Event Centre

Mossop Road


Venue opens at 9am

Meeting will start at 9.30am


  1. Welcome
  2. Apologies
  3. Minutes from 2018 Raukawa Settlement Trust Group AGM
  4. Kaunihera Kaumātua report
  5. Raukawa Settlement Trust report
  6. Annual accounts for the year ended 30 June 2019
  7. Raukawa Iwi Development Ltd report and presentation
  8. Raukawa Charitable Trust report
  9. General business

 General Business Items

Registered tribal members of the Raukawa Settlement Trust are invited to notify the Board in writing of any general business items they wish to raise at the RST Annual General Meeting. General business items can be sent to Raukawa Settlement Trust, AGM General Business Private Bag 8, TOKOROA 3444 or email to General business items must be received no later than 5pm Friday 29 November 2019

For any enquiries please contact Kim Blomfield at

An electronic copy of the 2019 Annual Report can be found here.





This call for Expressions of Interest (EOI) is for a Raukawa intern to participate in a summer placement with key ministers and departments based in Wellington.  The programme provides the opportunity for one Raukawa intern to be placed at a central government agency for approximately ten (10) weeks over the summer period.  This EOI sets out background to the scholarship and criteria for selection.



This opportunity is provided on an annual basis as part of the Raukawa Settlement Trust Ministerial Accords.   This opportunity is also being made available to the other Waikato River iwi – Tūwharetoa, Maniapoto, Waikato-Tainui and Te Arawa River Iwi Trust.



The programme will be focussed at giving the selected intern a flavour of how the public service works, and hands on experience working on policy projects.  The internship is largely policy focussed with the intern working on policy development and would ideally suit someone looking to advance their studies or gain work experience within their chosen field.


Depending on preferences, the intern will have the possibility of working with the following agencies:

  • Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment
  • Department of Internal Affairs
  • Land Information New Zealand
  • Department of Conservation
  • Ministry for Primary Industries
  • Ministry for the Environment


The internship runs for ten weeks from the 25 November 2019 to 14 February 2020 with two weeks off over the Christmas and New Year period (23 December 2019 – 3 January 2020).  The internship will be paid $20.59 per hour, excluding the Christmas New Year close down and public holidays.


The programme starts with the other Waikato River interns spending time together followed by a week of induction and presentations on the machinery of government works.   The remainder of the programme will involve the intern being assigned to individual teams within the respective ministries.


Prior to commencement of the programme, interns will be provided with a full description of the programme and broad details of what each intern will be working on.


The Raukawa intern will receive guidance and support from both the placement department and the Raukawa Charitable Trust.



Accommodation in Wellington will be at the interns cost.  The Raukawa Charitable Trust will provide a koha of up to $1000 towards travel and miscellaneous costs.  All cost will need to be approved prior to expenditure.



We are seeking expressions of interest from potential candidates.  Potential candidates will:

  • be registered to at least one Raukawa Settlement Trust mandated marae
  • be able to commit and complete the full ten (10) week placement;
  • have completed at least one year of study at a tertiary intuition from a broad range of disciplines;
  • present back their experiences and learnings to the Raukawa Charitable Trust at the conclusion of the placement.


Selection of candidates will be based on the above criteria.   Previous interns are encouraged to apply for a further placement.   Decision to approve an additional placement will be based on feedback from MfE and Pūtake Taiao.  Any decision to approve an additional year(s) will be balanced against providing other Raukawa uri with opportunities and the suitability of other Raukawa applicants.


If you are interested in this opportunity please send your CV and a 200 word statement of intent to Anaru Begbie by 5pm Monday 11th November 2019.


If you have any questions or queries regarding the opportunity, please feel free to contact Anaru Begbie either via email or mobile 027 403 6942.


Download and view official EOI here




At the close date of 25 October 2019, the following number of nominations were received for the marae representative positions:


Marae Forms Received Valid Forms Invalid Forms
Tangata 1 1 0
Rengarenga 2 1 1
Mōkai 1 1 1
Whakamārama 2 2 0
Ūkaipō 2 2 0


Congratulations to the successful nominees below who will start their 3-year terms from 10 December 2019


Marae Nominees
Tangata Te Ao o te Rangi Apaapa
Rengarenga Stephen Oxenham
Mōkai Vanessa Eparaima


As more than the required number of valid nominations were received for the following marae representative positions a postal vote will open from Sunday 3rd November 2019.


Marae Nominees
Whakamārama Kataraina Hodge and Marion Hohepa
Ūkaipō Cheryl Pakuru and Stirling Henare


Those adult members, 18 years and over, that affiliate to the marae in the election process are eligible to vote.


The RST Tribal Register is the official data base for the voting process. Voting papers will be issued to the last known address of those adult members on the Tribal Register. If you do not receive a voting pack please contact our office to check your address details.


If you are not registered, you may register and vote by requesting a registration form and special voting form. Votes will count if your registration details are verified.


Completed voting forms must be received at our Tokoroa office by 5.00pm Friday 29 November 2019. An external Returning Officer will be appointed to manage this process.


For voting enquiries, please contact Kim Blomfield, or for tribal registration enquiries please contact Thelma Reti, on or 0800 RAUKAWA (0800 728 5292)


Notice Ends


Nominations for Marae representative positions to the

Raukawa Settlement Trust are now open


One (1) Marae representative is required for each of the following RST Marae:

  • Mōkai (Pakaketaiari);
  • Whakamārama;
  • Ūkaipō;
  • Rengarenga; and
  • Tangata


To be eligible for nomination as a Marae representative, a candidate must:

  • Be an Adult Registered Member (18 years old and over) of the Raukawa Settlement Trust
  • Stand in the election held on behalf of the Raukawa marae to which the candidate primarily affiliates to


The Tribal Register held by the Raukawa Settlement Trust will be the official database for the nomination and election process.  Please note:

  • The term for these positions is 3 years.
  • Incumbent trustees are eligible for re-nomination
  • Nominations close on Friday 25 October 2019


For more information and a nomination form contact Kim Blomfield on 0800 RAUKAWA (0800 728 5292) or email



Strong Financial Performance

The 2017-18 Financial Year once again saw Raukawa report a strong financial performance. The asset base of the iwi continues to grow, increasing from $132 million to $146m, capping off another year of solid performance and the sixth year of surplus since Raukawa Iwi Development Ltd was launched in 2012.


This strong performance has been noted by TDB Advisory in their Iwi Investment Report for 2018, which was reported on by the New Zealand Herald in early February. You can read the New Zealand Herald article below.


The $9 billion iwi empire: Māori groups’ assets grow, despite slowdown

By: Liam Dann

NZ Herald Business Editor at Large

The combined wealth of the nation’s 75 iwi groups rose by $1.2 billion in the past year to almost $9b, says a new report on iwi holdings.

The TDB Advisory Iwi Investment Report 2018 focuses on the financial performance of eight of the largest iwi, which among them represent about $5.5b of the total asset base.

All the eight iwi groups delivered positive returns for the year, although as the property sector has slowed, so has total growth.

Across the past six years Ngāi Tahu and Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei stood out with reported average returns of 12 per cent a year and 15 per cent respectively.


But last year they delivered lower – though still solid – returns of 8.4 per cent and 7.9 per cent.

Ngāti Whātuā, in particular, is almost completely invested in property in and around Auckland, so it is seeing investment returns slowing with the market.

The Raukawa iwi delivered the best return on assets in 2018, with close to 10 per cent.

Raukawa is based in south Waikato and its investment mix is dominated by managed funds and forestry.

In 2018, a strong performance from its Kakano forestry investment helped push its return on assets above its six-year average of 8.4 per cent.

The report – authored by Phil Barry and Zachary George-Neich – concludes there has been “a reasonably positive financial performance by the sector as a whole”.


However, over the past six years, only two iwi – Ngāi Tahu and Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei – had recorded an average return on assets above the returns of a benchmark portfolio (8.5 per cent), they said.

Raukawa had generated returns broadly in line with that benchmark portfolio and Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Porou, Tūhoe and Waikato-Tainui had seen returns below the benchmark.

“Generally, the more active iwi have made better returns over the 2013-2018 period,” Barry said. “But a more active approach involves greater risk.”

In the report he notes some considerations which may account for the slower growth than other commercial funds.

Several of the iwi have relatively undiversified investment portfolios with few assets outside their rohe (traditional region).

“They are therefore heavily exposed to a single asset class in a narrowly defined geographic area.

“While there are often strong cultural and historical reasons for such a concentration in their portfolios, it is risky from a financial perspective.”

In other areas iwi are relatively risk-averse.

“A common feature of all the iwi is a low level of debt. Three of the iwi have zero debt and the remaining five iwi have a debt-to-capital ratio that is no higher than 17 per cent.”

The iwi also typically had limited access to new capital and had constraints on their ability to sell certain assets.

On the other hand, the report notes, “many iwi have negotiated first rights of refusal on certain Crown assets as part of their Treaty settlements and face the Māori authority tax rate of 17.5 per cent.

“It should be noted that iwi trusts (as opposed to their commercial arms) have objectives that go beyond maximising financial returns. In order to achieve these wider social and cultural objectives, it is important that the investments held by their commercial arms perform to their maximum potential.”

The report presents returns for each iwi group as a whole and calculates them after deducting the respective trust’s operating expenditure.

The returns for the commercial entities of the iwi would be higher as they would include the distributions to the parent entity (the trust), the report notes.

“However, most iwi do not publish separate financial statements for their commercial arms. The returns may also be understated for some iwi who do not revalue upwards some assets – for example, Ngāi Tahu holds significant amounts of seafood quota but does not include upward revaluations of the quota in its reported returns.”

TDB has worked closely with many of the larger iwi, advising them on their investment strategies, Barry said.

“These iwi are playing a more and more important role in the New Zealand economy, but their successes and strategies are not reported on often enough.”

The iwi

Ngāi Tahu

New Zealand’s wealthiest iwi, South Island-based Ngāi Tahu maintained a steady 8 per cent return on assets in 2018.

It holds a diverse portfolio including private equity investments, property, tourism, farming, forestry and seafood.

Ngāi Tahu’s Capital division had a mixed year, with an operating deficit of $18.6m. While shares in Ryman Healthcare and Go Bus produced strong returns, honey-makers Watson & Son (of which Ngāi Tahu is now the sole owner) had another year of poor performance. The Property division remained strong and is now pursuing new opportunities, including the Karamū subdivision in Christchurch and affordable housing programmes in its Hobsonville developments. The Tourism division also had a strong year with new developments like the Earth & Sky project in Tekapō and the All Blacks Experience at SkyCity.

While it had a $4.6m net operating surplus, the Farming division has yet to optimise its land assets and plans to focus on increasing the operating performance of existing farms. The Seafood division posted its best result ever, a $24m surplus, largely through an increase in the value of its kōura (crayfish) market in China.


The Northland iwi’s final treaty settlement with the Crown is still under negotiation.

Ngāpuhi currently has 73 per cent of its assets in a combination of cash and term deposits, fisheries settlement quota and Moana NZ income shares.

Ngāpuhi’s fisheries assets are recorded at cost and are not subject to revaluations. As a result, fisheries assets have not recorded any increase in value, aside from a minor addition to the value of the quota.

Ngāti Awa

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa, located near Whakatāne in the eastern Bay of Plenty, had its best return on assets in seven years – 7 per cent.

Its financial investments include listed shares, unit trusts and unlisted shares, as well as farming and forestry.

Ngāti Awa has also diversified into tourism, buying White Island Tours, which enjoyed a significant revenue increase from $0.5m to $4m between 2017 and 2018, with 2018 being the first full year of ownership of the venture.

Ngāti Porou

Located in the East Cape region of the North Island, Ngāti Porou sold its carbon credits and saw the value of its biological assets rise in 2018, with additions in bees, livestock and forestry assets. A significant portion of its assets (including its fisheries quota and Moana NZ shares) are held at cost and are not subject to revaluations.

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei

The Auckland-based iwi has plans for significant increases in residential development, including construction at Bayswater on the North Shore. A joint venture with Fletcher in Massey is also underway.

With 100 per cent of its assets in Auckland property, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei’s portfolio is relatively undiversified, the report says.

While its investment approach has yielded strong returns in recent years, the strategy exposes the iwi to fluctuations in the property market – as apparent in this year’s performance. Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei is looking at investing in tourism to diversify its portfolio in the near future.


Raukawa, based in the south Waikato area, holds about 30 per cent of its assets in managed funds across six providers, although it has been reducing its holdings in favour of investing in direct asset ownership.

In the forestry sector, Raukawa and five other iwi entities together hold a direct investment in Kākano Investments, a minority share of Kaingaroa Timberlands. Now worth $37m, it provided a dividend of $2.85m in 2018. Raukawa also owns 45 per cent of Ranginui station, a 3300 cow dairy and pastoral operation


Managed funds account for 49 per cent of the central North Island iwi’s assets – made up largely of investments in global shares, term deposits, NZ bonds, global bonds and Australian shares.

The main gains in 2018 came from these managed portfolios. Work in progress at the new “central hub” Te Tii in Ruatāhuna is one of Tūhoe’s key current projects, with a payment of $11m on its construction.


Waikato-Tainui is primarily invested in property, as has been the case over the past 15 years. The group has taken steps to diversify its portfolio with the 2016 sale of a 50 per cent share of its largest property investment, The Base shopping centre. Proceeds from the sale were directed into listed equities and repaying debt. It also has investments in primary industries and a pool of direct equity investments, including shares in Waikato Milking Systems, Go Bus and various Auckland and Hamilton based hotels.

Iwi financial success is a story worth celebrating

Inevitably, there was some scepticism about Crown settlements to iwi when the process began in the 1990s and early 2000s.

Talkback callers and newspaper letter writers weren’t shy of voicing fears that the money would be wasted through financial mismanagement.

Some initial mis-steps by Tainui (buying the Warriors, for example) looked like confirming these biases for a while.

But history has proven the cynics wrong.

None of the eight of the largest iwi groups, including Tainui, has lost money. In the last six years all have done better than they would have by sticking the money in the bank.

The lowest rate of return on assets since 2013 was 4 per cent, the highest was 15 per cent and the average was 7.6 per cent.

The sharemarket and property booms aided those returns, which with a more clinical investment approach could have been even higher.

But iwi have mostly opted for low levels of risk, with little to no leverage and a preference for concentrating their investments in their local tribal area (rohe).

Iwi groups are open to criticism from both sides of course.

Financial purists can argue that they don’t fully maximise returns. But the reinvestment in their local communities – where they can create jobs for their own people – is fundamental to the settlement process.

Social activists can, and have, made the case that given the sizeable value of iwi assets – now in excess of $9 billion – more should now be done to assist with the welfare of their people.

What the TDB report shows is most iwi treading a careful middle path, investing long-term to guarantee their people a solid financial base in the coming decades.

It’s a success story that should be celebrated.