Ngāti Mākino Heritage Trust

Ruapotango I - Demolition Day 10 March 1988

Ruapotango II - Closing ceremony 17 September 2013

Ruapotango III - Opened 30 August 2014


The Ngāti Mākino Heritage Trust is 100% owned by the Ngāti Mākino Iwi Authority (NMIA). The operations of the Trust are governed by its Deed of Trust, a Statement of Corporate Intent agreed to with its shareholder, the Charities Act and its amendments, the Trustees Act 1957 and its amendments and general Trust Law.

Under its Deed of Trust the Authority retains significant powers to monitor and control activities of the Ngāti Mākino Heritage Trust (NMHT), including the appointment of Trustees.

Full responsibility for the governance and management of Ngāti Mākino’s health, social, education, cultural and environmental priorities was transferred from the NMIA to the NMHT on 1 July 2013.


The Trust was established to plan and deliver health, social, educational, environmental and cultural benefits to ngā uri on behalf of the NMIA as the Post-Settlement Governance Entity.


The purpose of the NMHT is to plan, identify needs, set priorities, identify providers and negotiate and manage contracts to build capability and deliver benefits to members of Ngāti Mākino wherever they may live.


“To plan and manage effective programmes to improve the social, cultural, educational, environmental and health status of Ngāti Mākino in a manner that is consistent with the NMIA’s kaupapa and mandate”


The NMHT is governed by a Board of Trustees that must act in accordance with the best interests of the Ngāti Mākino Group and its beneficiaries. Trustees have a fiduciary relationship with the organisation which is founded on trust and confidence.

Operating Principles for the Trust

  • Developing and maintaining working relationships with educational, health and social agencies (both government and non-government and including other iwi organisations) to ensure Ngāti Mākino receives the maximum practicable benefit of publicly available resources, knowledge and expertise in planning, developing and delivering programmes;

  • Aiming wherever possible to fund planning and delivery of programmes through contracts with government and other social development agencies, to avoid using Ngāti Mākino Group funding for resources to which ngā uri are already entitled as New Zealand citizens.

  • In developing and delivering programmes, the Trust will use the best resources available, while aiming to also develop capability within Ngāti Mākino to take control over the future planning and delivery of programmes.

  • Planning will focus initially on identifying the areas of greatest need, opportunities for early action to deliver visible benefits at affordable cost, and medium-term programmes to develop a more integrated approach to addressing the areas of greatest need.

Ngāti Mākino Heritage Trust Trustees