Trustees

 

KATHLEEN KIREKA

TRUSTEE/CHAIR

PORTFOLIO - GENERAL

OLIVIA THOMPSON

TRUSTEE

PORTFOLIO - WAI CLAIMS

RUTH WONG

TRUSTEE/SECRETARY/TREASURER

PORTFOLIO - COMMUNICATIONS

TIMOTI GEMMELL

TRUSTEE

PORTFOLIO - LAND DEVELOPMENT

Introduction

Tenā koutou katoa,

 

Welcome to the Ngatarawa and Ohiti Ahu Whenua Trusts website. We are constantly looking for ways to improve our communications with the owners and beneficiaries of this beautiful land in which we are entrusted to govern the affairs with integrity. This website was recommended at the 2014 Annual General Meeting to help us achieve our communication goals and more recently at the 2018 Annual General Meeting it was requested that we gather information about this beautiful whenua and post it up on this website to help us all learn more about our history.

 

Ngatarawa A13A, Ngatarawa 1A3B, Ngatarawa 1A3C, Ngatarawa 2A3B1B2, Ngatarawa and Ohiti Waitio 1E3A are Māori freehold land blocks that are administered by the Ngatarawa Lands Trust. The Ngatarawa blocks are located along State Highway 50 in the Hastings region.  The lands have a combined area of approximately 300 ha. The Ohiti Waitio 1E No 3A is located on Ohiti Road, Crownthorpe and is 105.6382 ha. 

 

The Ngatarawa Lands Trust has elected trustees manage the land blocks on behalf of the owners. There are currently 173 registered trust owners listed with Ngatarawa and Ohiti Ahu Whenua Trusts. This list is ever changing when beneficiaries pass on and whānau succeed to the land. There is difficulty in receiving this updated information in a timely manner and sometimes we don’t receive this updated information for months or even years. We are working on ways to improve this communication between the Maori Land Court and the Trustees to be able keep our records updated. We have also committed to finding contact information for beneficiaries whose details remain unknown. These are mainly families who are disconnected from the whānau and perhaps have moved away from New Zealand. Nonetheless, these whānau members have unclaimed monies waiting for them to claim.

 

To claim monies, there are a number of things that need to be done. 1. You need to set up a whānau trust, 2. You need to register with Inland Revenue. 3. You need to have a Trust Bank Account. These things are relatively attainable and we are looking at putting an information paper together to assist whānau with this information.   

 

The trust also administers tertiary grants to recognise the pursuit of academic excellence, knowledge and qualifications of our land owners and their descendants. The landowners contribute to the criteria of this scholarship at the Annual General Meeting. The current criteria can be viewed on this website.  

History

We are looking to update this website with the wealth of information that sits in people’s homes, in their minds, on their walls in pictures and in glory boxes. We believe that everyone has a story that can contribute to a landscape of information sharing that is part of the history of the land and the trust. Watch this space!.

 

On the 8th December 2018 Boy Kemp who has been a trustee for over 20 years, resigned as a trustee which vacated the Chair position on the Trust Board. The Trustees will miss Boy and his great leadership skills. Boy is very passionate about the Ngatarawa / Ohiti Ahu Whenua and during his tenure he made sound decisions which has helped the trust to stay afloat and strengthen the investment stability and increased the dividend to the beneficiaries. The other trustees who Boy has worked alongside are Olivia Thompson, Kathleen Kireka, Timoti Karaitiana and Sandra Matenga, the late Christine Teariki & Maurice Kemp.

 

Boy resigned at 70 years of age to be able to spend more time with his wife and their ever growing whānau.  

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