The Trust is responsible for the developing and implementing of a range of interventions and initiatives on behalf of the Rongowhakaata iwi, hapu and whanau (Trust members) including
- Maintaining Rongowhakaata’s traditional history, culture and language.
- Building a stronger Rongowhakaata economic base.
- Improving and maintaining the social health of Trust members.
- The sustainability of all natural/biological resources within its rohe and the protection and enhancement of its cultural heritage.
- To enable Trust members to have access to quality education and/or training, to allow them to make choices and enhance their ability to create, manage and control their future.
The Trust’s key role is to provide the capability, capacity and support to achieve and fulfil the needs and aspirations of the Trust members. In fulfilling these obligations the Trust provides management and administrative services to oversee, provide, or support as follows:
Education/Matauranga: Promote or assist the education of Rongowhakaata.
Cultural: To ensure that the Trust appropriately reflects and integrates tikanga Rongowhakaata in its operations
Economic: Sustainable and Economic Growth and Prosperity for Rongowhakaata.
Environment: To ensure the Natural Resources and Taonga species of Rongowhakaata are sustainably managed acknowledging Matauranga Maori for the benefit of the Iwi and New Zealanders from and for the natural environment.
People/Trust Members: Healthy Whanau, Healthy Hapu, Healthy Iwi
Community: To network with the Communities of Manutuke, Turanganui a Kiwa and other centres in New Zealand and Globally.
Communications: To use effective communication tools to keep Rongowhakaata informed.
Treaty of Waitangi: Turanganui a Kiwa Treaty Settlements
Government Legislation: The Trust has no responsibility for specific legislation. However it has a role to play in the oversight of legislation that impact on Rongowhakaata and on the Trust’s role.
Relationships/Networks: The Trust has limited finances and resources to deliver the diverse range of services to its Trust members. Some of these services are accessed through its networks and strategic alliances with different organisations such as Turanga Health, Te Runanga o Turanganui a Kiwa and the different Government Agencies. This allows for the collaboration and/or integration of services such as for Health, Housing, social services, employment, education and training, customary fishing etc.