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Formalising management over the 4 acres At a resolution of council in May the Trust’s management of the 4 acres was formalised through the granting of a lease at a peppercorn rental. This is a huge milestone and has taken a number of years to achieve. This takes us one step closer to realising our development.
We acknowledge the assistance of the OTS and the vision of the new Mayor and councillors to enable this to happen.
The return of the 4 acres is the ultimate aim of the Trust, however this will be addressed in the context of the Ngapuhi settlement negotiations. However in the interests of progressing the Trust’s plans it was agreed in the interim to formalise the Trust’s management of the 4 acres, recognising that the Trust had been informally managing the area since 1996 .
Enhancement and redevelopment project
The Trust has been steadily progressing the redevelopment and enhancement project through its project manager, Morris Pita. The following phases have been completed:
The Trust is currently working through the next two phases:
The Trust has three main phases of work ahead of it:
Once the funding has been secured the Trust will begin the consent process
A full update on where we are at and decisions that need to taken will be on the agenda at the next AGM.
At the waiariki
The pools continue to be popular and patronage is well up on this time last year.
Diane and Moe along with our pool workers have the pools running like clock work. They ensure that necessary repairs and maintenance are undertaken to keep the pools operational and to meet health and safety requirements.
The Trust continues to extend its thanks and appreciation to our pool workers who largely operate the pools on a voluntary basis.
The next AGM will be held on 22 November at Kohewhata Marae. It will commence at 9.30am. The agenda is as follows:
9.30am Powhiri Mihimihi
10.00am Kapu ti
It is up to the whanau to determine how they elect their representatives to represent their tupuna line. However it is important to use a transparent process that is supported by evidence, ie public notice, minutes of whanau hui, register of whanau endorsement, whakapapa, whanau support at the AGM.
The AGM will confirm a nomination that is supported with appropriate evidence. Where there is a valid dispute by whanau of that line to the process, or competing nominations supported by evidence the AGM cannot make a decision as to who the trustee will be. Whanau need to either sort it and agree a single nomination at that hui or the nomination/s will be referred back to the whanau to resolve.
Please whanau it is also important that you choose representatives that are committed and are able to fulfil the duties required to progress the Trust’s functions. This includes attending all meetings and undertaking work for the Trust on a regular basis. Particular skills that the Trust would benefit from at this time include operational management, resource or geothermal management or business expertise.
Restructure of the Trust’s legal structure
In the last newsletter we reported that beneficiaries at the AGM on 10 November 2012 , by resolution, approved the cancellation of the Maori Reservation status of the Trust, and reconstitution of the Trust as an ahu whenua trust under Te Ture Whenua Maori.
The restructure of the Trust’s legal affairs goes hand in hand with the planned physical redevelopment of the Ngawha Pools.
At the November 2013 AGM beneficiaries approved the new Trust Order. The application to make the change is being submitted to the Maori Land Court.
The Trust’s name will change from Parahirahi C1 Trust to Parahirahi Ngawha Waiariki Trust
The Trust’s thanks are extended to Chapman Tripp for the completion of this work pro bono (for free).
We are currently in discussions with Top Energy regarding their proposed expansion.
The Trust’s approach to this is to gather information that will inform our decision making. To do this the Trust is undertaking a cultural impact assessment of the proposed expansion. Morris Pita has agreed to complete this cultural impact assessment and it is due to be completed by the end of the month. Morris is well placed to complete this piece of work given his experience in the geothermal power area.
We look forward to discussing the Trust’s approach further at the AGM.