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The Deed

Te Kotahitanga o Ngāti Tūwharetoa is the mandated post-settlement representative of Ngāti Tūwharetoa.

Te Kotahitanga was endorsed by the people of Ngāti Tūwharetoa in 2016 and 2017. It was formally established on 11 April 2017 by the Tūwharetoa Hapū Forum (THF had been responsible for negotiating our Treaty settlement).

Our vision is that Tūwharetoa people are secure in our cultural identity.We speak our reo, we live our tikanga and kawa, and our marae are warm.

Ngāti Tūwharetoa are united within the protection of the Arikitanga. Our whakapapa brings us together.Through our unity we are strong, and we are able to protect our people and our taonga.

Strong hapū, strong whanau
Our hapū and whānau are strong and healthy. This is the foundation of our tribal strength and unity. It enables Tūwharetoa people to come together to support each other.


E kore te ringa tangata e tineia te ahi o tōku tupuna i runga i te whenua.
The hand of man will never extinguish my ancestors’ flame from these lands.
- Mananui te Heuheu\


The purpose for which the Trust is established is to receive, manage, hold and administer the Trust’s Assets on behalf of and for the benefit of the present and future Members of Ngāti Tūwharetoa in accordance with this Deed