Te Tāwharau o Ngāti Pūkenga

Since 2009, Ngāti Pūkenga have been involved in Treaty settlement negotiations with the Crown through Te Au Maaro o Ngāti Pūkenga.

These negotiations covered the four kainga of Ngāti Pūkenga; being Pakikaikutu, Manaia, Tauranga and Maketu, and culminated on April 7th, 2013 when Ngāti Pūkenga signed a Deed of Settlement with the Crown.

Te Tāwharau o Ngāti Pūkenga (Te Tāwharau) was mandated by Ngāti Pūkenga and then established on March 24th 2013 to:

  • Receive and hold settlement assets

  • Manage and protect the settlement assets

  • Distribute the benefits derived from settlement

Te Tāwharau is governed by a deed that was approved by Ngāti Pūkenga. The deed provides for five establishment trustees. Their task is to establish Te Tāwharau as not only an entity to manage settlement assets but as an entity that focusses on those matters that are deemed to be important for the spiritual, cultural, social, environmental and economic future of Ngāti Pūkenga.

In 2015 the first elections for trustees of Te Tāwharau will be conducted, which will reduce the number of trustees from five to four (one from each kāinga), and they will continue the work started by the establishment trustees.


Kia puawai ai nga uri o Ngāti Pūkenga

May the people of Ngāti Pūkenga Flourish


Ma te Pūkenga ka whiwhi ai nga huarahi kia puawai

Using skills to find ways to flourish


In seeking to fulfil its mission, the values that drive Te Tāwharau o Ngāti Pūkenga are:

  • Ngāti Pūkengatanga (having strong foundations in the knowledge and experience that come from being Ngāti Pūkenga)

  • Whanaungatanga (connecting positively with each other)

  • Manaakitanga (treating people with dignity)

  • Kotahitanga (collaborating together to achieve shared goals)

  • Rangatiratanga (exercising leadership that respects both iwi-wide and kainga-focused aspirations)

  • Te Taiao (staying connected to our natural environment)

  • Pūkenga auaha (being creative and innovative)

At the same time Te Tāwharau must be:

  • Strategically sound

  • Open, honest and accountable

  • Financially robust and stable

  • A model of strong and position leadership