The impact of COVID-19
The lockdown has reduced our ability to send private notices (letters) to all adult registered members of the election. These notices provide members with valuable information about the election and how you can participate to the fullest extent.
The purpose of Te Korowai
Te Korowai o Ngāruahine Trust (Te Korowai) is the Post Settlement Governance Entity for Ngāruahine iwi, established in 2013 as part of the Ngāruahine treaty settlement process. As the mandated entity for Ngāruahine, Te Korowai manages the settlement assets and carries out the objectives of the Trust as listed in the Trust Deed. Once elected to the Board, Trustees must act in the interests of the entire iwi.
The objects of Te Korowai that are led by the Board are:
- to give effect to the Ngāruahine settlement legislation;
- to hold and apply the treaty settlement in accordance with the provisions of the Trust Deed;
- to perform the functions of a Mandated Iwi Organisation and Iwi Aquaculture Organisation in accordance with the Māori Fisheries Act and the Māori Aquaculture Act respectively;
- to exercise strategic governance over the Trust entities and manage prudently the affairs, business activities, assets and liabilities of Te Korowai;
- to be the voice and representative body for Ngāruahine iwi;
- to foster and promote amongst members of Ngāruahine spiritual values, unity, support and cooperation, recognition of traditional customs and values and physical, social and economic wellbeing and advancement; and
- to carry on any other objectives which may be carried on in connection with the above objects or which may directly or indirectly achieve those objects.
b. Board Member Accountability
Te Korowai values trustees who have strong and active relationships with their hapū and marae. Therefore, Te Korowai encourages and supports all trustees to report to their hapū electorate.
However, once elected, trustees are required to act in the interests of the entire iwi, not just the hapū electorate from which they were elected.
c. Term of Office
d. Board Quorum and Voting
A quorum at a board meeting will be a majority of trustees. Voting is usually by way of consensus however, where due consideration is required, voting is by a simple majority.
e. Remuneration and Allowances
Trustees receive $12,000 per annum to perform their duties as a Board member. This includes attending the Annual General Meeting and any other meeting called by the Pouwhakarae (Chair) of Te Korowai.
Additional fees are paid to the Pouwhakarae and the Chairs of Te Ohu Arotake (Audit and Risk) and Te Arohaehae Hautū (Performance Review) sub-committees. Remuneration is considered sufficient to compensate for any leave Trustees may be required to take to attend Te Korowai Board meetings.
f. Travel Expenses
Trustees’ actual travel costs are reimbursed for travel within New Zealand. If any trustee resides outside of New Zealand they will be eligible for any domestic expenses incurred e.g. travel from Auckland to Hāwera, but not for any international travel components e.g. Brisbane to Auckland.
Te Korowai’s board continues to develop their governance skills and trustees are expected to develop their governance capability themselves by attending programmes like those offered by the Institute of Directors, organised and paid for by Te Korowai.
Trustees must uphold the Trust Deed, Board. Charter, Code of Conduct and organisational policies. Trustees must also read the meeting packs and participate in discussions of the Board. While trustees are elected through a hapū electorate, when they attend board meetings, trustees must make decisions for the benefit of all Ngāruahine uri.
Te Korowai’s Board has delegated specific functions to sub-committees or subsidiaries. This includes separating governance and management and allowing the different parts within the Te Korowai group to perform the role delegated to them.
Voting by Hapū Electorate
All adult registered members must select one hapū from the hapū they whakapapa to, as their hapū electorate to vote in. There are 12 trustees appointed to the Board from the six hapū electorates, and members elect up to two for the primary hapū electorate they selected. Only during Phase1 of the election can members change their primary hapū electorate.
The six hapū electorates are:
- Kānihi-Umutahi Hapū Electorate
- Ōkahu-Inuāwai Hapū Electorate
- Ngāti Manuhiakai Hapū Electorate
- Ngāti Tū Hapū Electorate
- Ngāti Hāua Hapū Electorate
- Ngāti Tamaahuroa me Titahi Hapū Electorate
Appointment to the Board
Any candidate may request a formal review of the election within 10 days after the election results have been published on 20 August 2020. If there is no review, then all trustees are appointed at this date.
If a request is received, Te Korowai will follow clause 6 – Review of Election Results of the Trust Deed. This includes appointing a three person Election Review Committee to independently manage the request. For more information about this process please go to the Trust Deed .
Electionz, independent returning officer
Te Korowai has appointed electionz.com, a Christchurch-based company which has run all previous Ngāruahine elections, as the Returning Officer. They have considerable experience conducting elections throughout New Zealand.
The role of Electionz is to conduct the election in accordance with Te Korowai’s Trust Deed, Board Charter any presiding acts and regulations, as well as in accordance with standard election management practices.
Te Korowai will manage phase 1 – changing electorates, then Electionz has complete control over the rest of the election process. Electionz is engaged by Te Korowai and is responsible to the Pouhautū. Electionz does not take direction from any existing trustee or potential candidate.
Electionz are responsible for ensuring that they have the staff, systems, resources, policies, procedures and actions to ensure that the democratic process is carried out with the utmost integrity, security and fairness for all parties.
Queries regarding the actions or performance of Electionz should be directed to the Pouhautū, Allie Hemara-Wahanui.