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Ngāti Koata Trust Board

Our mandated representative voice

Our Organisations


Ngāti Koata Group

There are three organisations within the Ngāti Koata Group:

  1. Ngāti Koata Trust
  2. Te Pātaka a Ngāti Koata Trust
  3. Koata Ltd

From the Trust offices in Whakatū (Nelson) our Ngāti Koata operations team develop programmes and initiatives that aim to support the strategic goals and aspirations of the iwi.

A particular focus is cultural revitalisation, which includes initiatives to reconnect members with their sense of identity and whakapapa, primarily through te reo.

Our activities are funded from revenue generated from assets that span fisheries and aquaculture, commercial property, financial investments and rents from Crown entities.

There is also a focused effort to seek funding from external entities to support these activities.

By preparing today for a bountiful tomorrow we will ensure our people are connected, united and culturally dynamic. That our places are healthy and sustainable for future generations and our taonga are safe and available for the advancement and sustenance of it’s people.

Trust Deed

The Ngāti Koata Trust Deed sets out the functions and purposes, and provides for the control, governance and operation of Ngati Koata Trust

Click here to access the Deed.



Te Aronga –  “Tiaki tāngata, tiaki taiao, tiaki taonga”

The purpose of the Ngāti Koata Trust is to protect our people, our places, our taonga.


Our Vision


Te Moemoeā – “Kia hoki mai te manu hakapakapa”

Ngāti Koata are flourishing.


Mission Statement


Te Kaupapa – The mission of the Ngāti Koata Trust is to support the cultural, social, political and economic wellbeing of our people, our places and our treasures.


Our values include…

Kaitiakitanga, Whanaungatanga, Whakatupuranga,  Āhuatanga, Mātauranga, Rangatiratanga, Kōtahitanga, Manākitanga and Wairuatanga.

Te Poari | Governance

The Ngāti Koata Trust Board typically meets once a month in Whakatū (Nelson), as well as occasional committee meetings or special Trust meetings when deemed necessary.

Our Charter requires that seven (7) members normally serve on the Trust Board. All members are elected to three year terms. Shorter terms may occur when sitting members cannot complete their terms. In these cases, the successor member serves only for the remainder of the term, before having to seek a further mandate through election.

Ngā Herenga Poari | Trustee Qualifications & Criteria

Nominees for trustee positions must be at least 18 years of age. At least four of the successful nominees must be adult members of Ngāti Koata Trust (i.e. registered).

We require that they also have:

  • A passion and vision for the development of the Ngāti Koata Iwi
  • Good communication skills and the ability to work well within a team
  • Skills in strategic planning and financial reporting
  • Knowledge in at least one of the following: Te Ao Māori, Treaty of Waitangi processes, accounting, business, education or community development

Frank Hippolite

Terms: 1
Elected: 2014
Reelected: 2017
Term ends: 2020

Joanie Wilson

Deputy Chair
Terms: 1
Elected: 2015
Term ends: 2018

Rāhui Kātene

Terms: 2
Elected: 2012
Reelected: 2015
Term ends: 2018

Tahua Solomon

Terms: 2
Elected: 2012
Reelected: 2015
Term ends: 2018

Anthony Pātete

Terms: 2
Elected: 2013
Reelected: 2016
Term ends: 2019

George Elkington

Terms: 1
Elected: 2016
Term ends: 2019

Tom Speers

Terms: 1
Elected: 2017
Term ends: 2020

Ngāti Koata Trust Strategic Plan

Below is a ‘poster brief’ of the 2016 Strategic Plan…



This is the ten page strategic plan document. Just scroll through to read it all. It can also expand to full screen…

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To the right are the pdf versions so you can print them off…

2016 Annual Report