The Taupō Waters Trust holds the Board’s core assets, including:
- Taupō Moana (Lake Taupō)
- Ngā Awa o Taupō Moana (the main tributaries flowing into Lake Taupō)
- Te Awa o Waikato ki te Toka o Tia (the Waikato River from the outlet of Lake Taupō to the Rock of Tia)
These titles are collectively known as the Taupō Waters and have been vested in the Taupō Waters Trust by the Māori Land Court as Māori Freehold Land.
The Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board is the Trustee of the Taupō Waters Trust. The primary responsibility of the Taupō Waters Trust is to administer these assets with specific regard to best practice asset management, the licensing of commercial activities, commercial events, new structures and extension of old structures.
Overall key functions include:
- Environmental and asset management;
- Financial prudence;
- Commercial development of assets.
Topia Rameka is the Principal Advisor of the Taupō Waters Trust and also leads and provides strategic direction to the Board on the duties and responsibilities arising from the:
- Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Raukawa, and Te Arawa River Iwi Waikato River Act 2010;
- Waikato-Tainui Raupatu Claims Settlement Act 2010; and
- The Deed in relation to co-governance and co-management arrangements for the Waikato River.
Principal Advisor of Taupō Waters Trust - Topia Rameka
PO Box 87
T: (07) 386-8832