- Bland Bay Campground: - Had a busy September and is tracking on budget.
- Charter School Facility: - The Board has agreed to submit a training facility proposal to the Trustees of the Charter school.
- Consolidated Group Financials 30th September 2017: - It was reported that 6 months into the year, we are on track to meet forecast.
- Draft Policies: - A series of governance draft policies and procedures were approved in principal by the Board.
- Finance and Executive: - Is investigating an investment opportunity on behalf of the Trust Board, further information will be made available pending progress.
- Land Navigation Programme: - Joeann Waata gave a brief presentation regarding a programme designed to help our people engage and navigate Maori Land Court processes.
- Marae Funding and Grants: - The Operations Team will look into the possibility of increasing the current marae grants for the 2018 financial year.
- Marquee purchase: - A Marquee has been purchased to be used at Ngātiwai Trust Board events and lent to Ngātiwai marae when required.
- NTB Parking: - Staff have been asked to park on the roadside whilst there are large hui and gatherings being held at the Trust Board.
- Oceans Resort Hotel Tutukaka: - Concern was raised regarding the losses which have occurred at the resort since it was purchased. It was reported that the right people are in place to move things forward in the right direction and that the financials are expected to show a break even for the first time in the 2018 financial year.
- Sponsorships: - Were approved for Whangaruru School Festival and tā moko artist Paitangi Ostik.
- Tuparehuia marae: - The License to Occupy agreement will be signed off by the Board shortly.
- Waitangi Tribunal Report: - Is due for release on Monday 30th October embargoed until 4.00pm Tuesday 31st October.
The Oceans Resort Hotel is often referred to as the “Jewel in the Crown” of the Ngātiwai Trust Board. However, the Hotel has operated through tough financial times and understandably, there have been calls for the Board to sell.
The Oceans Resort is a strategic investment where the Board is committed to turning around its performance and for the first time since owning the hotel, the Board is forecasting a break even position for the 2017/18 financial year.
NGĀTIWAI TRUST BOARD
Annual General Meeting
Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Board
will be held in the Level 2 Lounge, Toll Stadium, 51 Okara Drive, Whangarei
on Saturday 25 November 2017 commencing at 10.00am.
Karakia and Mihi
Note: Morning tea will be available at the commencement of the Meeting. A light lunch will be served at 12.30pm
Phone: (09) 430 0939
Fax: (09) 438 0182
The Kāhui Kaumātua Hui are held every 3rd Tuesday of the month at the Ngātiwai Trust Board. These hui are an opportunity to have updates and discussion regarding the kaupapa of Ngātiwai.
The Kāhui Kaumātua are pleased to announce that they will now meet every 3rd Tuesday of the month from 10 am – 12 noon (followed by a light lunch). All future meetings will be held at the Ngātiwai Trust Board. Although this is a forum for all kuia and kaumātua, younger ones are welcome to attend, listen and learn.
The Ngātiwai Trust Board has asked the Mōkau Marae to work with Helena Bay Lodge who sought a consent to take up to 60,000 litres of water a day from a local stream which passes through the property, to irrigate the Lodge grounds.
The consent application put forward by Helena Bay Lodge was withdrawn in early July so that more studies and monitoring can be done by Mōkau Marae. Both parties agree the health of the river is paramount.
Ngātiwai Trust Board Chairman Haydn Edmonds says “This is why we are working with our local marae, that are potentially most affected, the Regional Council and the Helena Bay Lodge to find a satisfactory outcome.”
“The mana for this sort of decision making clearly sits with Mōkau Marae and the hapū of Te Uri O Hikihiki of Ngātiwai. They have the mana whenua over this area so whatever they decide, we as the Trust Board will come in behind them and support their position.”
Mr. Edmonds said, “I know there has been a lot of media attention on this issue aimed at Russian lodge owner, Alexander Abramov.”
“The media has been ill informed and unfair in there reporting of this issue. Mr. Abramov is not involved in the management and maintenance of his tourist Lodge. The media hasn’t bothered to check whether the consent was withdrawn by Lodge management before publishing their ‘beat up’ articles and news streams.”
“The initial request made by Helena Bay Lodge to take water from a local river is not on the same scale as some of the water take requests around the area. This water was not going to be taken to be bottled up and sold off shore."
“60,000 litres a day is a lot of water, however critics need to be consistent as there are locals in the area taking 10 times more water from local rivers for their farming needs.”
“What we have tried to balance here is a businessman that has come into the area and made positive economic benefits available for our local people in terms of jobs, and is someone who is committed to contributing to the local community and whenua in a positive way. Some on Social Media have asked who are getting the "kickbacks" from this businessman. Well let me say the only kickbacks are to the local community and the economic benefits of jobs being created that were once never there.”
“Once the water monitoring project is completed, Helena Bay Lodge may well come forward through the process again requesting to take water, at which time we will work with all parties involved to work towards a satisfactory outcome.”