Media Release – 6 March 2017
Te Putea Whakatupu Trustee Limited is excited to announce the appointment of Willie Te Aho as Chairman. Willie is looking forward to applying his expertise and leadership to the organisation and will be presenting a new strategy for consideration at the up and coming Te Ohu Kaimoana Annual Meeting on the 30th of March in Auckland.
The new strategy will outline some key objectives to support Maori living in the urban regions. The strategy, if accepted, will propose changes to the structure of the trust as well.
“At our inaugural meeting last week the 3 directors – Willie Jackson, Norm Dewes and I – unanimously agreed that we would like this $28m trust fund governed by Maori in urban environments, and led by them. We have set ourselves an ambitious target of 4 years to achieve this. The next 12 months will be focussed on engagement and consultation with our Maori people in urban environments” said Te Aho. Te Aho said that the directors take an inclusive view of Maori people in urban environments and this includes those people who identify with Iwi or iwi organisations as well as those who do not.
Te Aho is known for his extensive networks and experience within urban Māori settings. He is the Chief Executive of Indigenous Corporate Solutions Limited and the former Chief Executive of Te Rūnanga o Turanganui a Kiwa. He worked at Waipareira Trust in Auckland, reshaping their healthcare centre and in 1998 Willie was instrumental in conducting a review of the structure of Te Runanga O Kirikiriroa in Hamilton. Willie has also worked with Norm Dewes and other whanau based at Ngā Hau e Wha urban marae in Ōtautahi.
Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust was established in 2004 under the Māori Fisheries Act to administer a $20 million fund to promote education, training and research in fisheries, fishing and fisheries-related activities for Māori. In distributing benefits, the Trustees are to have regard for the interests of Māori who do not associate with their iwi or do not receive benefits from a Mandated Iwi Organisation under the Māori Fisheries Act.
Contact: Willie Te Aho (Mobile: 021768462)