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Frequently Asked Questions


A fundamental purpose of the Trust is to benefit its Members, how does the Trust do this?

The Trust currently does the following to benefit its members:

    • Register of Members: Holds and is tasked with growing a register of Iwi members. This allows the Trust to better understand its people, help whānau connect with their Marae, and allows the Trust to communicate effectively with its members.
    • Provision of kaimoana: Provision of kaimoana to Marae and hui held by a Raukawa ki te Tonga entity.
    • Funding to Marae and Iwi/hapū entities: The trust also makes charitable funding to marae and iwi/hapū entities.

There is flexibility under the Trust Deed to do a broader range of mahi to benefit Iwi members - this will be explored over the coming years as our pūtea and number of registered members increase and as our strategic direction evolves.


Why has the Trust set up a company to undertake its commercial activities? 

The establishment of the Asset Holding Company (AHC) is a requirement under the Act.  There are strong commercial reasons to establish such a vehicle to undertake business activity including isolation of risk, business focus of the AHC and more scope to diversify investments. 


Does the Raukawa ki te Tonga Trust have oversight of the Asset Holding Company?

Given the Raukawa ki te Tonga Trust has ultimate accountability to Iwi membership it has certain powers and oversight functions including:

    • Appointing and removing Directors of Asset Holding Company.
    • Approval of Asset Holding Company Constitution, major transactions, statement of intent and annual plans.
    • The Asset Holding Company provides written reports to the Trust on its activities and financials at each Trustee hui. Some Asset Holding Company Directors attend the Raukawa ki te Tonga Trust's Trustee hui to talk through the report giving the Trust the ability to be updated and ask questions.
    • Without affecting the Asset Holding Company's day to day management decisions the Trust and Asset Holding Company have working arrangements in place to ensure effective oversight.


I want to know more about what the Trust does, what should I do?

Looking at this website is a good start.  The Annual Reports also are a good way to get a handle on Trust business.

Attending the Annual General Meeting or send us an email or Facebook message and ask us a question.


Why should I register?

To connect with Iwi/hapū/marae/whānau, access Iwi benefits which currently include Marae and Iwi entity funding and fish distributions, stay updated on Iwi business including activities and hui and have a direct say in decisions that affect you and your whanau.


Should I register my kids?

Yes. When you register you can register your children on the same form. Children (under 18 years of age) will be registered but not for voting purposes.


Can Whāngai Register?

Yes.  Subject to verification.


Can my partner/spouse register?

Only those who whakapapa to Raukawa ki te Tonga directly or as Whāngai can register. 

If your partner/spouse does not whakapapa in this way then he/she cannot be registered.


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