The Hauraki Māori Trust Board was born out of a desire of the Hauraki people to use their collective strength as whānau, hapu, Iwi to effectively influence decisions being made about their future and environment. In the absence of legislation, which properly recognised the status of Iwi and their collective aspirations, the Board was legislated under the Māori Trust Boards Act 1955. The Hauraki Māori Trust Board was established under its own Act Of Parliament, the Hauraki Māori Trust Board Act 1988.
The Hauraki Māori Trust Board is the Corporate Trustee of the Pare Hauraki Fishing Trust.
Board Of Trustees
Ngāti Maru, Chairman
Ngāti Tamaterā, Deputy Chairman
Sonny Te Karu
Ngāti Tara Tokanui
Ngāti Pukenga ki Waiau
The Board of Trustees were appointed in May 2021 for a three-year term.
The kaupapa of the Hauraki Māori Trust Board is:
“Building the Hauraki Nation, together”
The Board is committed to strengthening, enhancing, protecting and promoting the cultural, social, economic and political integrity of its people.
The Iwi of Hauraki represented on the Board are Ngāti Hako, Ngāti Hei, Ngāti Maru, Ngāti Paoa, Patukirikiri, Ngāti Porou ki Harataunga ki Mataora, Ngāti Pukenga ki Waiau, Ngāti Rahiri-Tumutumu, Ngāi Tai, Ngāti Tamaterā, Ngāti Tara Tokanui, and Ngaati Whanaunga.
These Iwi trace their origins to Tohora (the whale) and the fleet canoes of Tainui, Te Arawa, Mataatua and Matawhaorua.
The Board operates in Te Ika-A-Māui (North Island of Aotearoa/New Zealand) in a tribal region known as Hauraki. Our region is described by tribal elders as:
Mai Matakana ki Matakana
From Matakana in the south to Matakana in the north
The Hauraki Māori Trust Board comprises twelve members who together represent the twelve Hauraki Iwi and form the governing body. Elections are held every three years. David Taipari is the Kaiwhakahaere or Chairperson of the Board.
The Board, has subsidiaries to manage the commercial interests of the Board and through a service level agreement manages the Pare Hauraki Fishing Trust. The Board runs core Iwi member services and social services programmes as whānau support through the management team and staff based at is Paeroa and Whitianga offices.
Other affiliates of the Board Group include Pare Hauraki Kaimoana, Nga Iwi FM, and Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki. There is also a close association with the Hauraki Primary Health Organisation.