What is the PSGE and why is it important?

May 20, 2020 | latest

Kia ora whānau

We are currently in discussions with whānau about the structure of the PSGE, its name and responsibilities. A survey has been developed to get feedback from whānau to support key decisions The Trust needs to make on your behalf. If you have not received this survey follow the link here

Following we have broken down exactly what these terms are and why they are important.

What is the PSGE?

The PSGE (Post Settlement Governance Entity) is the organisation/body that will receive and look after our Whakatōhea Settlement once it is received from the Crown.

Once Settlement has been ratified, the Whakatōhea Pre Settlement Claims Trust will no longer exist and the newly established PSGE will take over the management of assets from the Crown.

What are the potential names of the PSGE?

Through the mahi of the Te Roopu Awhina working groups, they have come up with some potential names for the PSGE. Our Taumata Kaumatua have selected the following two options for consideration:

    1 Te Runanganui o Whakatōhea
  • A Rūnanga is an assembly, holding counsel, a decision-making body of leaders. Rūnanga is a commonly used term for tribal authorities and therefore could be appropriate in the Whakatōhea context.
  • 2 Te Akeake o Whakatōhea
  • Te Akeake is a name that was used for the pā site Tawhitirahi or Tawhitinui. Akeake means indefinite or without end. It means in perpetuity, longstanding and indefinite. This name and its meaning relates to all contexts in the affirmative corporate success, economic success, cultural success, human success, social success. Te Akeake is a traditional Whakatōhea name.

There is also an opportunity through the survey to see if there is an appetite for another name for the PSGE.

What do we mean by a representative structure?

The representatives to the PSGE, are those individuals who will be responsible for the governance of assets and the development of strategies for and on behalf of Whakatōhea. They will be elected by Whakatōhea whānau once Settlement has been approved.

How the PSGE is structured relates to how and where the representatives will come from. There are 3 different representative models being put forward:

    1 Hapū model with 2 x reps from each hapū (12 members)
  • Hapū representatives are voted on by members of that hapū only. E.g. Ngāti Rua members vote for the Ngāti Rua representative, Upokorehe members vote for Upokorehe representatives.
    • Possible Benefits
    • Ensures the voice of the ‘’ahi ka”’ (home people) is strong in decision making
    • Encourages uri connection to marae/hapū if they want to be considered for appointment
      Possible Limitations
    • Limits eligibility of large portion of the 90% who live outside Whakatōhea boundaries to stand
    • Limits access to the professional skills and expertise, many of which live away from home
    2 Mixed model with 2 x reps from each hapū + four x Iwi reps (16 members)
  • Iwi representatives are voted on by all members of Whakatōhea. Each member could vote for four representatives
    • Possible Benefits
    • Ensures the voice of the ‘’ahi ka”’ (home people) is preserved while allowing access to wider pool of talent.
    • Popular model as it allows for a greater mix of skills and expertise = good governance
      Possible Limitations
    • Higher member numbers can make effective management difficult
    3 Mixed model with 1x rep from each hapū + four x Iwi reps (10 members)
  • For representation models with both hapū and Iwi representatives, Whakatōhea members would have two types of votes, one for their hapū representative, and four others for the Iwi representatives.
    • Possible Benefits
    • Ensures the voice of the ‘’ahi ka”’ (home people) is preserved while allowing access to wider pool of talent.
    • Popular model as it allows for a greater mix of skills and expertise = good governance
      Possible Limitations
    • Big responsibility for a single person to represent the view of each hapū
What are the responsibilities of the PSGE?

The PSGE is responsible for how these assets are governed and how any benefits will flow back to our people in a way that is economically sustainable. In other words, some of the Settlement pūtea may be used for initiatives such as educational or kaumatua grants, or investment into Marae or Hapū projects, but the PSGE must also ensure that it is investing in opportunities which provide good economic returns to ensure a long, intergenerational and sustainable business model for Whakatōhea whānau now and in the future.

Now is the opportunity to have a say on the PSGE and what it will look like. If you have not received the PSGE survey, please contact Gina on gina.smith@whakatohea.co.nz She will also add you to our database to ensure you are up to date with all the latest in Settlement communications.

Have your say, kōrero mai whānau.

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