December 01, 2015
Electoral college purges TOKM chair Rei
Chairing Te Ohu Kaimoana is proving one of the toughest jobs in Maoridom to hang on to, with Matiu Rei the second chair in a row to be dumped from the Maori fisheries settlement trust.
Despite being newly-appointed in 2011, the Ngati Toa leader was immediately put in the chair by fellow board members to replace Ngahiwi Tomoana from Ngati Kahungunu, who was not reappointed by Te Kawai Taumatua, the Maori fisheries electoral college.
Now he has met the same fate as his predecessor.
Also out after serving two four-year terms were troubled Ngapuhi leader Sonny Tau and Rikirangi Gage from Te Whanau a Apanui.
In their place are Rangimarie Hunia from Ngati Whatua, Te Runanga o Ngati Porou chair Selwyn Parata and Paki Rawiri from Waikato.
Jamie Tuuta, Hinerangi Raumati and Ken Mair were reappointed for a second term.
Te Kawai Taumata chair Mark Ngata, from Ngati Porou, says the three new members bring a mix of commercial and cultural knowledge.
He says the times ahead will be challenging for the board, who are the protectors of the Maori Fisheries Settlement, but their leadership coupled with the experience and talent of staff will ensure the fisheries settlement endures for generations to come.
The board is currently working through the fall-out from a statutory 11-year review which resulted in iwi voting to grab most of the assets held collectively for Maori and moving to a more limited central trust.
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