April 13, 2022
Sir Toby Curtis passes on baton at Te Arawa Lakes
The acting chair of Te Arawa Lakes Trust says it’s a daunting prospect taking over from Sir Toby Curtis, who has led the entity since the tribe’s historic treat settlement 16 years ago.
Geoff Rolleston says it has since grown into a major organisation looking after not just settlement assets and those of the former Te Arawa Maori Trust Board but having a wide environmental and social remit.
His priority is to sit alongside Sir Toby to learn the ropes.
“Tā (Toby) is not going away. He is just going to take the passenger seat as he says to me: ‘boy, you take the reins, I am going to be the passenger from here on so I can get a better view and a more relaxed view,’ so I am so fortunate Tā is going to remain alongside to guide me,” Mr Rolleston says.
The trust has a major programme of environment and resource management, and it also needs to keep up with how the Government’s reform programme will affect the iwi.