The Rangitāne Tū Mai Rā Trust is the post settlement governance entity, or PSGE, for Rangitāne o Wairarapa and Rangitāne o Tamaki nui-ā-Rua. The Trust was ratified by the iwi in late 2013 and established in March 2014. It was established prior to the comprehensive iwi settlement and currently holds assets obtained during the negotiations by way of on account settlements.

The Trust will receive all Treaty settlement assets from the Crown and will be responsible for the overall management of those assets. It may do so with the assistance of subsidiaries established by the Trust or related entities through contractual arrangements.

Further details of the proposed governance structure are available in the Our Structure section.

The four key principles which have guided the Trust through its establishment and the initial phase so far:

  • Kotahitanga – to develop a post settlement governance model that embraces kotahitanga, so that over time, the people of Rangitāne o Wairarapa and Rangitāne o Tamaki nui-ā-Rua work as one;
  • Mana Motuhake – although kotahitanga is sought, it is acknowledged that there are situations when it is appropriate to respect the ongoing mana and autonomy of Rangitāne o Wairarapa and Rangitāne o Tamaki nui-ā-Rua and their beneficiaries. This may include social, cultural and commercial matters.
  • Te Mana Tika – to ensure that the post settlement governance model promotes getting the best governors and managers to achieve iwi aspirations; and
  • Rangitāne Rangatiratanga – to develop a PSGE model that enhances the identity of Rangitāne as an iwi in Wairarapa and Tamaki nui-ā-Rua.

As is usual with post settlement governance entities, the governance structure will include a commercial arm which will be 100% controlled and owned by the PSGE. At this stage, it is not proposed that any new cultural arms be established and instead the Rangitāne Rūnanga are expected to play that key role in the post settlement phase.

The two existing Rūnanga are not able to be formally included as subsidiaries of the Trust in the post settlement governance structure but the Trust Deed specifically allows for an Existing Rūnanga Agreement to be entered into between the Trust and the Rūnanga. This would be a contractual arrangement outside of the Trust Deed provisions. Any contractual arrangement will need to be discussed between the parties and in line with the provisions of the Trust Deed.