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



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.




Raukawa Settlement Bill Parliamentary Readings Now Online



Today we are pleased to be able to make available online video of the three readings in parliament of the Raukawa Settlement Bill. The videos can be found here:


These videos form an important part of the historical record of our modern Raukawa iwi.


Giving effect to the Deed of Settlement signed between Raukawa and the Crown at Aotearoa Marae in June 2012, the Raukawa Settlement Act passed into law in March 2014.  The Act finalised the redress package that was negotiated between Raukawa and the Crown to settle the historical claims of our people.


In the 5 years since the signing, the Raukawa Settlement Trust has grown into an organisation with more than 60 kaimahi, an asset base of more than $120 million, and has distributed more than $3.2 million in Marae, Education and Wellbeing Grants to uri.


We hope you will take this opportunity to watch some of the videos, and reflect on where Raukawa has come from, and join with us in anticipating the exciting future that lays before us.

Ake Ake Kia Kaha E – The history of B Company 28 (Māori) Battalion


Kneeling in a haka: Māori troops in North Africa (July 1941) by unidentified New Zealand official photographer; Restoration by Adam Cuerden – Imperial War Museum # E 003261, National Library of NZ id: DA-01229-F, Public Domain


The B Company 28 (NZ) Māori Battalion History Trust is producing a book of the stories and history of B Company and its’ soldiers from Te Arawa, Mataātua and Tainui. Entitled Forever Brave – Ake Ake Kia Kaha E – The history of B Company 28 (Māori) Battalion, the book is being written by Sir Wira Gardiner.


With the publication date approaching the History Trust is searching for photos of 370 of the 990 B company members.


Eleven of the remaining 370 B company members come from Raukawa. Are any of them your whānau?




If you have a photo of any of these B company members in uniform or tidy dress as a young man, please contact WT (Tani) Wharewera by email.




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Saturday 9 December 2017

South Waikato Event Centre

Mossop Road





Raukawa Settlement Trust Group Agenda

  1. Welcome
  2. Apologies
  3. Minutes from 2016 Raukawa Settlement Trust Group AGM
  4. Kaunihera Kaumātua report
  5. Raukawa Settlement Trust report
  6. Annual accounts for the year ended 30 June 2017
  7. Raukawa Iwi Development Ltd report
  8. Raukawa Charitable Trust report and Executive Management Team presentations
  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 and must be received no later than Friday 1 December 2017


For any enquiries please contact Kim Blomfield, 0800 Raukawa (0800 728 5292) or email.


An electronic copy of the 2017 Annual Report is now available at and hard copies are available upon request.