May 10, 2021

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New Maori Trustee appointed

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New Maori Trustee appointed

Jamie Tuuta will be appointed as the new Maori Trustee, the Minister of M?ori Affairs, Hon Dr Pita Sharples announced today.

The appointment will be for a five year term starting on 19 August 2011.

Jamie Tuuta is an outstanding example of a new generation of Maori leaders. I am delighted to be able to appoint him as Maori Trustee, says Dr Sharples.

I am confident that Jamie Tuuta will ensure that the Maori Trustee plays a key role in the growing M?ori economy.

Jamie Tuuta has had significant governance roles in Maori organisations, including being Chair of Parininihi ki Waitotara since 2005. He will be resigning from most of his current roles prior to taking up his appointment as Maori Trustee.

Dr Sharples thanked the current Maori Trustee, John Paki, for his contribution in the role over many years. John Paki has demonstrated a real commitment to advancing Maori interests during his years as Maori Trustee, Dr Sharples says. I want to thank him for that service, and in particular for managing the transition of the Maori Trustee to become a stand alone organisation.

Biographical details Jamie Tuuta

Jamie Tuuta, of Ngati Mutunga, Ngati Tama, Te Ati Awa, and Taranaki Tuturu, has been a self employed consultant, advisor and company director, since 2004.

He has held a range of governance roles, currently including Chair of Ngati Mutunga o Wharekauri Iwi Asset Holding Company; Chair of Parininihi ki Waitotara; and Trustee of Te Reo o Taranaki Trust.

Maori Trustee: Background Information

What is the role of the Maori Trustee?

The role of the Maori Trustee is to protect and build the assets of Maori.

Specific responsibilities include:

a. investing and managing funds held in trust;
b. looking after Maori land (and in some cases other assets) where the owners are not known; or where the owners or Maori Land Court have asked the Maori Trustee to take on this role;
c. acting as an agent for Maori land owners, for example managing leases; and
d. looking after certain reserves created in the nineteenth century.

History of the Maori Trustee

  • The Maori Trustee has existed since the 1920s the role was originally the called Native Trustee.
  • The Maori Trustee is a corporation sole with perpetual succession established under the Maori Trustee Act 1953.
  • Since 1 July 2009 the Maori Trustee has been a stand alone entity, separate from Te Puni Kokiri, included on Schedule 4 of the Public Finance Act 1989.
  • The Maori Trustee is now appointed by the Minister of M?ori Affairs, for a period of up to five years. Previously the role was conferred on an employee of Te Puni Kokiri.
  • The Maori Trustee now receives funding directly, rather than as part of Te Puni Kokiri.
  • The Maori Trustee must produce an Annual Report and a Statement of Service Performance.

The following is a snapshot of Maori Trustee business (Source: Maori Trustee Annual Report to 31 March 2010):

Hectares under management: 105,000 (est)
Properties under management: 2,046
Ownership interests in properties: 194,086
Client accounts: 128,456
Client funds under management:
(Common Fund & Special Investments)
$66.0 million
Corporate funds under management:
(General Purposes Fund)
$70.0 million
Staff: 70
Maori Trustee offices located in: Whangarei Hamilton Gisborne Rotorua Whanganui Wellington

2 thoughts on “New Maori Trustee appointed

  1. E pai, haere ra Mr Paki – should've happened years ago. Your leaving is in itself a significant advance for Maori (thank you Maori Party). Hmmm lets see what this Taranaki consultant dude can do on a $400k pa salary,,, no wonder he's smiling

    1. You've done well John Paki…I for one am sorry to see you go. Now Leith Comer, that's another story…when will he be moved on – that event will definitely advance Maori potentials. Te Puni Kokiri – why doesn't someone sound the death knell for this monstrously inept Agency.

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