June 07, 2013
New vision for Māori Trust Office
Māori Trustee Jamie Tuuta says an organisational overhaul and a name change is part of a strategy to inspire Māori owners to do more with their land.
In future, the Maori Trust Office will be known as Te Tumu Paeroa, and its 66 staff around the country will target not just the 100,000 hectares it administers but the 80 percent of the 1.5 million hectares of Māori land that is considered underdeveloped.
Mr Tuuta says the name captures the vision that it’s time for this generation to confront the challenges and create a future of growth and prosperity.
"There’s general recognition of the specific challenges around development of Māori assets and Māori land. For example fragmentation of ownership interests, disengagement of many owners, and the need for greater collaboration. There are those over-arching challenges but for our organisation it's one of ensuring people know who we are and what we do," he says.
Mr Tuuta says he hopes owners will turn out to the meetings he is holding at 12 centres around the country in the next few weeks to explain the new look Māori Trustee.
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