Ngāti Ruapani Society Co-op Ltd is a Māori Community Society that:
Is based on the whakapapa of its members to the lands, lakes and waterways, marine and coastal areas of Waikaremoana, Te Reinga, Wairoa, Pūtere and Gisborne regions that affiliate to Ngāti Ruapani.
Represents Ngāti Ruapani ki Uta, ki Tai in sector engagement with government and non-government departments, Funders, The Crown and other iwi.
Progresses the goals and aspirations of Ngāti Ruapani ki Uta, ki Tai.
Restricted to the ‘rohe’ of Ngāti Ruapani ki Uta, ki Tai.
Build a strong cultural, social, economic and community base for Ngāti Ruapani ki Uta ki Tai
Maintain the ‘mana motuhake’ and ‘tino rangatiratanga’ of the lands, forests, Maintain lakes and waterways, whānau and hapū of Ngāti Ruapani ki Uta ki Tai
Unify all the whānau, hapū, land trusts, governance entities within Ngāti Ruapani ki Uta ki Tai, under a community co-operative society structure
Provide governance, education and advice to the people of the region in order that they be able to fund and build new homes and engage successfully in other economic opportunities
Actively maintain and have involvement in protecting the water rights under the
proposed Water Rights Bills
Whānaubased–representatives from respective whānau, owners, beneficiaries, and those who whakapapa to the whenua and moana of Waikaremoana are Ngāti Ruapaniki Uta, ki Tai.
Wharenui model–each whānau symbolises a ‘pou’ or pillar of the house and they are the tūāpapa of the house. Hui are conducted in an open and transparent way.
Tikanga Māori based–“me kōrerotewh are”. Collective decision making by consensus –“let the house/iwi speak”. This model gives power to the people as they have control over their Board of Directors by majority vote and having the right to speak in hui.
Based on Mātāponoor Guiding Principles-of tika (truth), pono(honesty), transparency, accountability and tataupounamu (peace-making, reconciliation), whanaungatanga, matemate-ā-one (unconditional love).
Voluntary and open membership–anyone who can whakapapa to the lands and lakes of Waikaremoana and who wants to become a member can do so by registering with NgātiRuapaniCo-op Ltd.
Democratic member control–The whānau who make up its members control the co-operative by electing its Board of Directors and by taking an active part in unifying the whānau, hapūand iwi of Waikaremoana and who participate and promote the co-op’s meetings and activities.
Ngāti Ruapani Society Co-op has been formed to unite our people from the Forest to the Coast.
The Directors are devoted to fostering the following:
How to Register:
When you register with the Co-op you will receive up to date news, developments and offerings as we move forward with the Ngati Ruapani ki Uta ki Tai strategy.