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Rangitāne chose to establish a new, single purpose entity to hold the mandate on behalf of the Rangitāne people. The Rangitāne Rūnanga, who collectively represent our Iwi on all Iwi matters, agreed to the establishment of the Trust for the specific purpose of negotiating the settlement of Rangitāne historical claims.
The Trust is a registered Charitable Trust. It is an express provision of the Trust Deed that the Trust will not be the final recipient of any settlement redress that results from the successful completion of these negotiations. The Rangitāne Tū Mai Rā Trust has been ratified as the post settlement governance entity.
The Trust was mandated to negotiate the settlement of all historical claims for Rangitāne interests. The Rangitāne Rūnanga advise the Trust on various cultural and political matters as appropriate.
The Trustees were selected by the Rangitāne Rūnanga on behalf of Rangitāne, whom they represent. There are five Trustees in total, two from each of Rangitāne o Wairarapa and Rangitāne o Tamaki nui-ā-Rua and an Independent Trustee. The current Trustees are:
- Mavis Mullins (ROTNAR);
- Richard Jones (ROTNAR);
- Tipene Chrisp (ROW);
- Jason Kerehi (ROW); and
- John Sproat (Independent Trustee).
The ROTNAR Trustees were selected by the ROTNAR Rūnanga and then ratified at a hui-a-iwi on 25 June 2010.
The ROW Trustees were selected at the ROW Rūnanga Executive hui on 22 May 2010.
The relationship between the Trust, the Rangitāne Rūnanga and the Iwi is depicted in the diagram below. The diagram also shows lines of accountability between the entities.