We know that many of you are concerned about what has been happening with the Tasman and Nelson fires, and we thank everyone for their messages of aroha and support.
According to the latest update, weather conditions for the next few days remain benign with warm temperatures and light winds, ideal for fire fighters. However, the fire is not yet contained, and the situation could change very quickly.
Renee Thomas and Matt Kelly have been appointed as the new kaitiaki for the Marahau whenua.
We caught up with Renee to ask her about what the new role means to her and Matt.
Wakatū Incorporation is providing up to two academic scholarships of $10,000 each to go towards the total cost of the Te Tau Ihu based Masters of Māori and Indigenous Leadership programme.
The Masters of Māori and Indigenous Leadership (MMIL) is an applied professional programme that aims to equip the next generation of leaders across a wide variety of sectors with the skills, knowledge, and attributes necessary to advance the aspirations of Iwi Māori and other indigenous peoples, whether it be in a social, cultural, environmental, political, or commercial context. The programme is run by Aotahi - School of Māori and Indigenous Studies, at the University of Canterbury.
Launched in 1998 by Wakatū Incorporation in partnership with two Māori organisations, Tohu Wines is recognised as He mātāmua taketake - the original as the first Māori-owned and operated wine label in New Zealand and the world.
Our Board of Directors sets the strategic direction of Wakatū. The Board is made up of seven Directors plus one Associate Director, drawn from the Owners of the Incorporation. Appointment on the Board is for a term of three years and is made via an election process by the Owners.
Kono, a Māori-owned food and beverage business based in Te Tau Ihu, the top of the South Island, was awarded Te Tupu-ā-Nuku Award for Business and Innovation at Ngā Whetū ō Matariki Awards. The award recognises a Māori business for their contribution to Aotearoa New Zealand’s economy and future.
Applications are now open for our Associate Director and Associate Manager programme. This programme provides our Owners with the opportunity to gain experience in the governance and management of Wakatū.
The community of people connected through Wakatū education programmes and scholarships has a new name - Te Hunga Pānuku. The new name, which was developed in consultation with kaumatua Rore Stafford, has a broad meaning of a group of people moving up and forward.
Rachel Taulelei was named Māori Woman Business Leader for 2018 at the prestigious University of Auckland Aotearoa Māori Business Leaders Awards. The award recognises a Māori woman who has achieved significant success in her career to date.
As spring turns to summer I’m sure many of you are planning your summer holidays, so it’s timely to give a reminder about the process for Owners to apply to camp at Mārahau. It is a popular spot, so if you want to stay over Christmas/New Year, please make sure you apply for your permit by 10 December. This means that we can issue the permits by 20 December – just in time for Christmas!
Following the recent announcement of the aquistion by Kono of new greenshell mussel assets, Kono CEO Rachel Taulelei talked with Dale Husband of Radio Waatea. Rachel gave an overview of Kono, talked about what the aquistion means for Kono. Listen to the interview.
Kono, one of the associated businesses of Wakatū Incorporation, has acquired Ngāi Tahu Seafood’s greenshell mussel assets. The assets include two purpose-built marine farming vessels and associated aquaculture equipment, the right to lease 15 marine farms in Marlborough Sounds, Tasman Bay, Golden Bay and Collingwood, as well as access to spat-catching areas.
Rachel Taulelei (Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Rarua, Ngāti Koata), CEO of Kono, the food and drinks business of Wakatu, joins 13 other senior New Zealand executives and business owners as a recipient of a 2017 Prime Minister’s Business Scholarship.
Wakatū Incorporation has sold the Ocean Lodge site in Tahunanui, Nelson.
“We have had a number of plans for the development of this site over the years, most recently the Ocean View Apartments,” Wakatū Incorporation Whenua general manager Iain Sheves says. “However, the Wakatū Board made the decision to exit the project in order to concentrate on other property projects.”
Tohu Single Vineyard Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016, produced by our food and drinks company Kono, has been rated as ‘outstanding’ and given 96 points out of 100, in the August edition of specialist wine magazine Decanter.
Kono, the food and drinks businessof Wakatu, has launched a new look.
“We’re really proud of the new face of Kono which encapsulates the power of four - four corners of beautifully woven harakeke (flax) kono from which we take our name, four iwi to whom our owners whakapapa, and ngā wāhanga e whā o te tau, giving us our four seasons,” Rachel Taulelei, Chief Executive, Kono said.
The outcome of our appeal to the Supreme Court has been successful. We are delighted with the result. We want to acknowledge all of the work and support of our owners and tupuna which has led to the result. We will keep you posted about the next steps. In the meantime, you can read the full decision of the Supreme Court and the summary decision here. Ngā mihi aroha ki a koutou katoa.
Complete Supreme Court Judgement, Proprietors of Wakatū - CLICK HERE
Nau mai, haere mai!
The Supreme Court is releasing its decision on our case, Proprietors of Wakatu & Others v Attorney-General, on Tuesday 28 February 2017, at the Supreme Court, Lambton Quay, Wellington at 9.30am. Please come along to support our whanau and hear the result of the decision.
It is with great pleasure that we bring you the announcement of the appointed Wakatū Incorporation CEO - Kerensa Johnston.
An update to all our owners regarding the Kaikoura Earthquake.
Click here >> Letter from the Board