The earliest people of this area, formerly known as Waikouaiti, were Rapuwai, Hâwea, and Waitaha, followed by Kati Mâmoe and more recently, Kai Tahu. They had many settlements along the eastern Otago Coast, some of which endure to today as the kaika or villages of this area. On a seasonal basis our tupuna traversed Otago and Murihiku, gathering food and other resources. Our shared interest in those inland areas continues to this day.
The takiwa of Kati Huirapa ki Puketeraki centres on Karitane and extends from Waihemo to Purehurehu and includes an interest in Otepoti and the greater harbour of Ôtâkou. The takiwa extends inland to the Main Divide sharing an interest in the lakes and mountains to Whakatipu-Waitai with Rûnanga in the South.
Kâti Huirapa Runaka ki Puketeraki Incorporated Society
The Incorporated Society was formed in 1990 to provide the Rûnaka with a legal form. The need for a legal structure was becoming increasingly important to our community as we participated in the negotiations around the settlement of the Ngai Tâhu Claim and started to prepare ourselves for the post-settlement environment. Since that time the Incorporated Society has been the main means by which we have operated. However, the Incorporated Society has also formed a Trust that holds some land assets and an investment company called Pûketeraki Ltd.
The Annual General Meetings of all these entities are usually held on the first Sunday in November. The audited financial accounts are presented at that time. Triennial elections of the Incorporated Society take place every three years. The next AGM is on 5 November 2017.
Our guiding principles are manaakitaka, whanaukataka, kaitiakitaka, wairuataka, rakatirataka and kaikokiritaka.
The Rûnaka Executive is elected at the Triennial General Meeting or a Special Meeting of the Rûnaka . The Executive also have the power to co-opt to fill any causal vacancy. The maximum membership of the Executive is ten members including a Chairperson, a Deputy Chairperson and a Treasurer. The current Rûnaka Executive comprises: Matapura Ellison (Chairperson), Philip Broughton (Treasurer), Katharina Ruckstuhl, Lynette Carter, Hinerangi Ferrall-Heath, Marewa Preddy, Jeffrey Broughton, Fiona Curd, Stacey Honeywill and Peter Ellison. For individual profiles of the Executive click here
Te Rûnanga o Ngai Tahu representative and alternate representative
The TRoNT representative and alternate representative are appointed by an Appointment Committee who themselves are elected by a Rûnaka Postal Voting process.
At the triennial meeting held 2015, Matapura Ellison and Katharina Ruckstuhl were re-appointed respectively and unopposed as the Representative and Alternate Representative.
Since 1987 the Rûnaka has employed people to carry out the work of the Rûnaka. The first employees were funded through government initiatives such as the skills Maori Access Scheme, known as MACCESS. Then in 1992 the Rûnaka took up one of the first initiatives of Ngai Tahu Development Corporation who offered funding for Rûnaka to build their administration capacity. Joy Smith was the sole administrator from 1992 until around 2000 when the Rûnaka started to grow its paid administrative capacity.
The Runaka's manager, Suzanne Ellison is contracted to provide management services to the Rûnaka. Justine Marshall is the Office Manager and Jo SIlich is the Accounts Officer. Brendan Flack and George Meikle job share the grounds maintenance and have responsibility for the upkeep of buildings and grounds, urupa and reserves that the Rûnaka is associated with. Aroha Ellison is employed as Kaiawhina for the Rûnaka. Most of Aroha's time is take up with marae related mahi, but she also supports elders and kaumatua as well as initiating tamariki activities.
Other people are contracted for specific tasks as required and as funding allows.
In April 2001 at a Rûnaka General Meeting, the Rûnaka agreed to establish a charitable company to administer the Rûnaka investments and advance their charitable objectives. It was agreed the company would be 100% owned by the Incorporated Society.
In 2003 a Steering Group of five members were mandated to advance the formation of the charitable company.
Pûketeraki Ltd was incorporated on 2 December 2004. The current directors of the company are Jeffrey Broughton (Chair), Katharina Ruckstuhl, Roger Wyeth, Jeffrey Broughton, Sam Inglis, Richie Smith and Graham Strong (Independent Director). Gerard Devereux is the Company Secretary.
Kâti Huirapa Rûnaka ki Puketeraki Strategic Plan 2013-2018
Ka whati te tai, ka pao te torea. When the tide recedes the torea strikes.
The Rûnaka has developed a challenging strategic plan - Te tapu o te takata - for the wellbeing of our people.
Click here for the plan summary
Click here for the full plan
Click this link http://tahufm.com/prag-2016-refresh-live-stream/ for the Papatipu Rūnanga Aspirations Group (PRAG) 2016 Refresh Part II, which was held on Sunday 18th September at Te Whare o Te Waipounamu. Kati Huirapa's presentation, by Matapura Ellison and Katharina Ruckstuhl, starts at 2:38:27