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Trust Deed Review 

During August and September 2022, we will be carrying out Phase 2 Engagement Hui around the motu


We have initiated a review of the Ngā Tāngata o Whanganui Trust Deed, which sets out the terms and operations of Ngā Tāngata Tiaki o Whanganui Trust.

Over the months of August and September 2022, an Independent Review Team lead by Sam Bishara will be engaging and seeking the views of Whanganui uri at home and around the motu.

We encourage all uri of Whanganui to share your views through this process and participate in this Trust Deed review.

At the end of the process, the Review Team will make recommendations to the Trustees as to any amendments that should be made to the Deed.

Dates and venues for Phase 2 Hui are being confirmed.  Follow our facebook page or check out our website for up-to-date information. 

Locations Date       Time Venue
Taumarunui   August 13 1pm Ngapuwaiwaha Marae, Taumarunui St
Raetihi August 13 4.30pm Uenuku Trust office, 28 Queen St, Raetihi
Pipiriki August 14 TBC Paraweka Marae, 2527 Pipiriki Raetihi Road, Pipiriki
Parikino (TBC) August 14 TBC TBC
Online August 17 6pm TBC
Auckland August 20 TBC TBC
Auckland August 20 TBC TBC
Wellington August 21 TBC TBC
Wellington  August 21 TBC TBC
Online August 24 TBC TBC
Christchurch August 27 TBC TBC
Invercargill August 27 TBC TBC
Online August 31 6pm TBC
Online  September 7  6pm TBC
New Plymouth September 8 TBC TBC
Hastings  September 10 TBC TBC
Whanganui  September 11 TBC TBC



Ngā Tāngata Tiaki Trust was established on the 4th of August 2014 to receive the assets and responsibilities arising from Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui River Claims Settlement) Act 2017. 

When Ngā Tāngata Tiaki Trust was established, the Trust Deed included a review clause that states that within five years of the Settlement, the Trustees shall initiate a review of the terms and operation of this Deed and, in particular, shall review the arrangements relating to the election of Trustees and all other aspects of the representation of Whanganui Iwi by the Trust.

The review should help us to identify pathways for greater connection and contribution, as well as enabling Te Awa Tupua and the role of Ngā Tāngata Tiaki to be more widely understood.



To ensure the process was built with the Iwi, the review process is being undertaken in two phases.

Phase One took place in June and July and involved our Trustees holding a roadshow around the motu and online focused on celebrating our Iwi journey and gathering input into how the Trust Deed Review should occur.

Thank you to everyone who attended our hui during Phase One. We look forward to seeing you again during Phase Two hui, due to be held in August.


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It is important that the review captures and reflects the voices and aspirations of our people.

There are several ways that you can connect and contribute to this kaupapa:

  • Kānohi ki te kānohi through a series of hui around the motu. See details in table above.

  • Online via virtual Zoom hui. See details in table above.

  • Written feedback can returned to:

  • Over the phone by calling 0800 AWA TUPUA


Helpful Resources


Further queries

If you have any further questions about the Trust Deed Review, please email us at or phone us at 0800 AWA TUPUA.


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