Trustees get talking at regional hui

Published 30th Nov 2012
Encouraging rangatahi to be involved with their land, and how to fulfil the role of trustee were hot topics at November’s Trustee Regional Roadshow.
Pairama Ranapia took the opportunity for more discussion with with Maori Trustee Jamie Tuuta after the presentation.

Hundreds of trustees from blocks administered by the Māori Trustee came along to hui in Whangarei, Hamilton, Rotorua, Gisborne and Whanganui to hear direct from Māori Trustee Jamie Tuuta about where the organisation is headed, and how the Māori Trustee team will work with trustees and owners in future.

“I have been in the role of Māori Trustee for over a year now. This was a great opportunity to meet many of the people who have taken on the important role of advisory trustee or responsible trustee, talk to them about our strategy, and have some really good discussion about the issues on trustees’ minds.

“It was pleasing to hear that trustees felt our new strategy was headed in the right direction.  In particular we got a lot of positive feedback on our determination to put owners’ aspirations at the centre of all planning and decision-making for every block,” he says.

Key topics

Discussion time gave trustees at the hui a chance to raise their top issues, and involving rangatahi was a major concern in all the regions.  “One of the things we are looking at is making it easier for our rangatahi who are spread all over the globe to stay in touch with what’s happening on their land,” says Jamie. 

“We plan to use channels like Youtube, Facebook and secure sites to connect with the next generation, but it’s also up to trustees and owners to make sure that they encourage their rangatahi to learn about their land and stay connected.

“At the hui trustees also talked about their desire to upskill in their trustee role,” says Jamie, “and we are looking at what we can do to make it easier for trustees to increase their skills.”

Jamie says that following very positive feedback from those who attended the hui, planning has already started for meeting owners and trustees in other parts of the country next year.

You can see the information sheet from the Trustee Regional Roadshow and the presentations from Jamie Tuuta, Māori Trustee and Tiaki Hunia, General Manager Trusts on the new Māori Trustee Youtube channel.