June 07, 2020
Wealth creation on Aupouri agenda
The new chair of Te Aupouri hopes to get the five far north iwi working more closely together.
Technology entrepreneur Rhonda Kite takes over the Te Kao-based rūnanga at a time it is still struggling to recover from the collapse of the Aupouri Māori Trust Board and build up its settlement assets.
It’s also hampered by size, a legacy of the crown’s strategy of breaking up the coalition that brought the Muriwhenua Claims so it could settle with individual iwi.
Ms Kite says the COVID-19 pandemic has given Te Hiku o Te Ika a different perspective on its needs.
"You know there’s five of us up there and we have all been battling for many years on our own and I see the opportunity for us to in many ways come together and be stronger as a united front instead of being out there in our own corners," Ms Kite says.
Rhonda Kite says at the end of her three-year term she wants to see a system for economic development and intergenerational wealth for Aupouri.
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