1926

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THE TRUST ESTABLISHED

1926

The Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board was established in 1926 pursuant to the Māori Land Amendment Act 1924 and Māori Land Claims Adjustment Act 1926.

FIRST MEMBERS APPOINTED

1926

The first members of the Trust Board were appointed on the 15th November 1926. These members were:

Hoani Te Heuheu (Tukino VI)
Pau Mariu
Kahu Te Kuru
Paora Rokino
Pitiroi Mohi
Taite Te Tomo
Takinga Arthur Grace
Werihe Te Tuiri

FIRST TRUST MEETING

1926

The first Trust Board meeting was held at Tokaanu on the 24th November 1926. Hoani Te Heuheu was elected as the first Chairman and Puataata Alfred Grace as the first Secretary.

Statutory Entity

1931

The Trust Board became a statutory entity in 1931 pursuant to the Māori Purposes Act 1931.

1931

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1955

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Maori Trust Boards Act

1955

The Trust Board is currently constituted by the Māori Trust Boards Act 1955.

Return of Lake Bed

1992

In 1992, under the leadership of Ariki Sir Hepi Te Heuheu, the Crown returned Taupō Waters to the Trust Board on behalf of and for the benefit of present and future generations of Ngāti Tūwharetoa.

1992

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1999

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Rivers Returned

1999

In December 1999 the title to the beds of several rivers and streams flowing into Lake Taupō  were transferred from the Crown to Ngāti Tūwharetoa through the Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board.

The rivers and streams transferred include the Tongariro River, and major parts of the Waihora, Waihaha, Whanganui, Whareroa, Kuratau, Poutu, Waimarino, Tauranga- Taupo, Waipehi, Waiotaka, Hinemaiaia and Waitahanui rivers.

Trust Deed

2007

In 2007, under the leadership of Ariki Sir Tumu Te Heuheu, the terms of the 1992 arrangement with the Crown were enhanced with the 2007 Deed. This reaffirmed that the Trust Board has full ownership rights of Taupō Waters.

In accordance with the 1992 Deed the Taupo Nui A Tia Block, Te Awa O Waikato Ki Te Toka O Tia Block and Te Hokinga Mai o Te Papa o Nga Awa Ki Te Poari Hei Kaitiaki o Ngā Hapū o Ngāti Tūwharetoa Block were vested in the Turst Board by the Māori Land Court and declared to be Māori freehold land.

2007

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2009

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Taupo District Council - Joint Management Agreement

2009

On the 17 January 2009 Council granted Ngāti Tūwharetoa decision-making powers in resource consent decisions – the first time a New Zealand local government has transferred powers to an iwi.

The Joint Management Agreement was finalised at Tapeka Marae in Waihi Village, the principal home of Ngāti Tūwharetoa Paramount Chief Tumu te Heuheu. Mayor Rick Cooper signed alongside Dr te Heuheu, while New Zealand Governor-General Anand Satyanand witnessed the proceedings with other invited guests.

Waikato Regional Council - Joint Management Agreement

2018

On the 22 May 2018 a ceremony was held to celebrate the landmark addition to the join management agreement (JMA) between Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board and Waikato Regional Council, which will see the parties working closely together over Taupō Waters.

Taupō Waters includes Lake Taupō and the tributaries flowing into and out of the lake. Previously the JMA solely addressed the upper Waikato River catchment.

2018

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