THE TRUST ESTABLISHED
The Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board was established pursuant to the Māori Land Amendment Act 1924 and Māori Land Claims Adjustment Act 1926. The Trust Board later became a Māori Trust Board established by legislation to administer the Trust Board’s assets for the benefit of present and future generations of Ngāti Tūwharetoa.
FIRST MEMBERS APPOINTED
The first members of the Trust Board were appointed on the 15th November 1926. These members were:
Hoani Te Heuheu (Tukino VI)
Kahu Te Kuru
Taite Te Tomo
Takinga Arthur Grace
Werihe Te Tuiri
FIRST TRUST MEETING
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.
The Trust Board became a statutory entity in 1931 pursuant to the Māori Purposes Act 1931 and is currently constituted by the Māori Trust Boards Act 1955.
Constituted to the Māori Trust Boards Act.
Return of Lake Bed
By deed dated 28 August 1992 (1992 Deed), the Crown agreed that the ownership of the bed of Lake Taupo, the bed of the Waikato River extending from Lake Taupo to Te Toka a Tia (inclusive of Huka Falls, but excluding the site of the Taupo Control Gates) and the beds of certain rivers and streams flowing into Lake Taupo should be vested in the Board to be held in Trust in accordance with the 1992 Deed.
Rivers Revested In Tuwharetoa Maori Trust Board
Title to the beds of several rivers and streams flowing into Lake Taupō has now transferred from the Crown to Ngāti Tūwharetoa through the Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board.
The order vesting the riverbeds, known as the Taupo Waters, in the Trust Board was made in the Maori Land Court at Turangi on December 14 1999. It follows months of work by Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) and the Trust Board to define the areas of land affected.
The significance of the vesting is that the ownership of the beds of the rivers and streams will now be by the Trust Board rather than the Crown. Public access to the tributaries for recreational use and enjoyment of the waters remains intact.
The rivers and streams involved include the Tongariro river, and major parts of the Waihora, Waihaha, Whanganui, Whareroa, Kuratau, Poutu, Waimarino, Tauranga- Taupo, Waipehi, Waiotaka, Hinemaiaia and Waitahanui
In 2007 a new deed was signed that replaced the 1992 deed. This reaffirmed that the Trust Board has full ownership rights of Taupō Waters.
In accordance with the 1992 Deed, 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 nga Hapu o Ngāti Tūwharetoa Block were vested in the Board by the Māori Land Court and declared to be Māori freehold land.
Taupo District Council - Joint Management Agreement
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
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.
Chris Jolly Outdoors partnership
In 2019 Taupō Moana Group negotiated and subsequently acquired a majority shareholding in the largest operator on Lake Taupō – Chris Jolly Outdoors.