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Our Te Tiriti o Waitangi Commitment


Ko Te Tiriti o Waitangi te tūāpapa o ngā mahi katoa

We have a commitment to the four articles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Kāwanatanga (Honourable Governance), Tino Rangatiratanga (Agency), Oritetanga (Equity and Equality) and Wairuatanga (Cultural and Religious Freedom).

Our approach will be based on our Trust values and the following:

  • Partnership – We will work in partnership together with Iwi, hapū, whānau, and Māori communities to ensure Māori individual and collective rights are respected and protected.
  • Participation – We will ensure participation by Iwi and Māori by involving them on our journey, as we consider Te Tiriti o Waitangi across strategy, governance, investments, policy and granting. This will include celebrating achievements together.
  • Protection – We will work to actively protect Iwi and Māori individual rights, intellectual property, Māori data, Māori culture, cultural concepts, values, norms, practices and language in the grant making process.


Trustees and staff of the Trust have respectful, trusted, enduring and mutually beneficial relationships with Iwi and Māori individuals and organisations across our rohe. We will continue to grow our understanding and partnerships so that we can reflect the Te Tiriti o Waitangi principals in all that we do.

Trustees and staff understand Te Tiriti o Waitangi principals and demonstrate a commitment to these in their mahi.

The Trust is recognised for its understanding of and commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi across the community and especially by Iwi and Māori.


Ngā Mātāpono - Our Values based approach


We will keep an open mind in our engagement with Iwi and Māori and look forward to the future and how we can provide support to Iwi and Māori to take advantage of opportunities to achieve aspirations. We recognise that the intergenerational nature of the Trust aligns with the intergenerational nature of Iwi and Māori communities.


We will ensure we are tika by being impartial, transparent, honest, authentic, fair and having sound ethics. We will operate in a manner that values and respects kawa (protocols) and tikanga (customs) when engaging with Iwi and Māori individuals and communities.


We will be connected to Iwi and Māori communities, looking, listening and observing to understand their aspirations. We are committed to collaborating and working together in partnership with the Iwi and Māori community.


We will work together with Iwi and Māori and build trusted, mana enhancing, enduring and mutually beneficial relationships through shared experiences. We will endeavour to meet kanohi ki te kanohi (face to face) wherever possible and on terms which respect and honour Iwi and Māori.


We will demonstrate our respect for Iwi and Māori by understanding their aspirations. We will strive to grow our cultural awareness and apply this in our mahi. We will form a trusted relationship with Iwi and Māori which supports reciprocal communication.


We will demonstrate our responsibility by using our combined wisdom to be prudent, conscientious, diligent and socially responsible in our decision making to ensure appropriate guardianship of the Trust resources. We will be accountable to our Iwi and Māori communities and report back on our mahi to share information and seek feedback. We will acknowledge and support Iwi and Māori guardianship of the whenua.