Fresh Water Monitoring Skills Developed



The Raukawa Kaitiaki Rōpū (RKR) held its first wānanga of the new year on Saturday 13 January at Mangakaretu Marae. This was the first in a series of wānanga funded by the Waikato River Authority to support and grow the confidence, knowledge and skill of Raukawa iwi members in their role as freshwater kaitiaki.




The wānanga focused on environmental monitoring using the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) Stream Health Monitoring Assessment Kits to establish a baseline that will allow iwi members to undertake ongoing water monitoring for themselves. NIWA staff provided hands-on training with the kits including a practical session at the Pōkaiwhenua Stream.




The wānanga was attended by over 30 iwi members representing 11 of the 16 Raukawa Settlement Trust marae.




The day was a great success with neighbouring marae looking to collaborate with each other to monitor and protect shared streams that run past their marae.

Happy New Year from The Raukawa Charitable Trust



From all of us here at the Raukawa Charitable Trust we would like to wish you a happy, safe, and prosperous 2018.


Our offices reopen on Monday 8 January. Emergency contact details can be found here.


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Merry Christmas from Raukawa


The Raukawa Charitable Trust would like to wish all of our uri, staff, stakeholders, and their whānau a happy and merry Christmas.

We hope that everyone has the chance to spend time with their whānau, and the opportunity to relax and reflect on the past year, and focus on the new year about to start.

We would love for everyone to stay safe over the break, so here are ten tips to help you stay safe:

  1. Remember the flags are there to keep you safe, so let’s stay between them.
  2. Be careful on the road and drive to the conditions.
  3. Slow down, breathe, and move more slowly.
  4. Make sure your vehicle or boat are fit for purpose before heading out.
  5. Make sure you Slip, Slop, Slap and Wrap.
  6. Have fun but don’t party too hard.
  7. It’s hotter this time of year so drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
  8. Remind yourself of some first aid skills.
  9. Everything in moderation.
  10. Enjoy whānau time!

Merry Christmas!



Raukawa Charitable Trust Office Closure Notice 2017-18

All of the Raukawa Charitable Trust’s offices will be closed over the Christmas and New Year period. Full details are below.

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For more information about our office holiday closure before the period commences, please contact us on 0800 RAUKAWA (0800 728 5292).


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AGM Celebrates Another Successful Year


Applause and warm acknowledgement was the key theme from Raukawa uri who gathered at the South Waikato Sport and Events Centre on Saturday 9 December for the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Raukawa Settlement Trust (RST).


The AGM was an opportunity for uri to hear about the mahi of the RST, Raukawa Iwi Development Limited (RIDL) and the Raukawa Charitable Trust (RCT), which together make up the Raukawa Group.


RST Chairperson Vanessa Eparaima said she was humbled to be able to present such strong results to whānau.


“It was once again a privilege to be able to report on another year of strong results for the whole group and a healthy outlook going forward.”


A highlight for many was hearing of the progress on the redevelopment of Raukawa House, and the chance to take a tour of the new iwi headquarters, and presentations from the RCT business groups.


RCT Tumu Whakarae Bobby Bryan said he was pleased with the response and feedback to the presentations from those in attendance.


“The feedback from whānau was very positive, with many impressed at the quality and range of mahi carried out by our kaimahi throughout the year”.


Vanessa said whānau were also grateful for the presentation from RIDL Chairperson John Spencer and RIDL manager Andrew Harrison.


“The message was clear from our commercial arm that results for the last five years have been consistently strong and that we have had some excellent results and growth. However, they rightly cautioned that this won’t always be the case, because of the volatility of national and international markets. However, the company takes a long-term pragmatic approach to managing the assets and wealth of the iwi.”


For the last financial year RCT revenue increased to $5.9million, from $5.86 million the year before, with costs remaining the same as 2016 at $5.73 million resulting in a surplus of $167,000 for the year.


The RST group achieved revenue of $12.2 million for the last financial year, with costs and distributions of almost $8.8 million resulting in a surplus for the year of $4.2 million.


RIDL continued its strong performance achieving its seventh year of surplus, with a surplus of $6.9 million before distributions. The asset base of our iwi has grown to $132 million, capping off another year of strong results and the continued economic growth of our iwi.


You can find more detail about the reported results in our annual report.





Trustee Election Results



The Raukawa Settlement Trust (RST) would like to thank all nominees for agreeing to stand in this year’s election process.

As the Returning Officer I can confirm the following information:


Marae Voting papers sent Voting papers received Special Voting papers received Valid Votes Invalid
Whakaaratamaiti 403 95 4 99 0
Paparaamu 257 58 0 58 0

As the Returning Officer I declare the following results:


Marae Nominees Votes Received Successful Nominee
Whakaaratamaiti Juanita Temarama 55  

Juanita Temarama

Elthea Pakaru 44
Paparaamu Gail Hamilton 40  

Gail Hamilton

Rawiri Koperu 18

Congratulations to Juanita Temarama and Gail Hamilton.  Their three year term as an RST Marae representative will commence from 10 December 2017.



Brian Nicholas

Returning Officer