August 04, 2017
Taranaki ponders trust board replacement
Taranaki iwi are contemplating what to do with the Taranaki Maori Trust Board.
The board was set up in the 1920s and for many years drove a lot of the political and cultural activity for the eight tribes.
But Wharehoka Wano, the chief executive of Taranaki Iwi, says it has been under review for the past five years.
What has become clear is, it’s no longer appropriate to have the umbrella body for the region answerable to the Minister for Maori Development.
"We have become quite strong in terms of post-settlement iwi and once Ngati Maru, the last of those eight iwi come through, we need something more agile and fleet of foot as we move into the next 20, 30 years of our development as Taranaki iwi and as a regional body," Mr Wano says.
Hui will be held tomorrow at Hawera for south Taranaki iwi and at Owae Marae in Waitara for north taranaki.
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