The Tapuika Iwi Authority is the post settlement governance entity (PSGE) for the Tapuika settlement achieved in June 2014 under the Tapuika Claims Settlement Act 2014. The role of the Tapuika Iwi Authority is to:
- receive, hold and manage the settlement assets on behalf of the descendants of Tapuika
- report to Tapuika tribal members at the Annual General meeting on developments in relation to the management of Tapuika settlements assets and future plans
- form strategic relationships and initiatives with the Crown its agencies and the private sector to meet the needs of Tapuika tribal members
- representation on the Statutory Te Maru o Kaituna River Authority as set out in the Tapuika Claims Settlement Act 2014.
Our Strategic Direction
Mo ngā uri o Tapuika hei puawai
Building a healthy, vibrant & prosperous people
- Tiaki Tangata
- Tiaki Taonga
- Tiaki Rauemi
- Tiaki Taiao
The Trustees comprise 2 elected representatives from each hapu and 3 elected Tapuika representative taurahere from the northern and central north island and south island. Each trustee serves a term of 3 years before retiring or seeking re-election. Trustee elections are held by postal ballot of the relevant hapu or tribal members.
The current trustees are:
Ngati Tuheke: Kramer Ronaki, Jo'el Komene
Ngati Moko: Hori Ahomiro, Ashley Biel
Ngati Marukukere: Raiha Biel, Vance Skudder
Ngati Kuri: Tamaku Pau'u, Rawiri Biel (Chair)
Northern Taurahere Trustee: Witeri Williams
Central North Island Taurahere Trustee: Aroha Beck
South Island Taurahere Trustee: Katie Le Roux
Operations / Management
The Operations Unit are responsible for the provision of secretarial, administrative, financial, natural/ environmental resource management, reporting, developing & delivering projects and maintaining key relationships for the Tapuika Iwi Authority, Tapuika Development Trust, Tapuika Fisheries Trust & Tapuika Holdings Ltd.
The operational arm of Tapuika is headed by our Pou Ārahi - Chief Executive, Andy Gowland-Douglas. She has recruited Pou Āwhina, Sapphire, Kaitātari Taiao, Helen Biel and Pouhono Taiao, Hiria Te Amo.
The Tapuika Kaunihera Koeke are the experts in Tapuika reo, whakapapa, history, customs and traditional practice. Representatives of the Tapuika Kaunihera Koeke meet with the Tapuika Iwi Authority at least once a year to discuss cultural matters pertaining to Tapuika and to clarify Tapuika customary practice.