by Apihaka Mack

How many times has KCDC donated to and much money has it spent on trying to overcome the Meth a.k.a. “P” problem on the Kapiti Coast¹, which has not resolved it?    Every year KCDC donates to its Whakameinga ‘Fish-Mandated’² Te Atiawa who have “no beneficiaries” according to the Ombudsman. 

Why hasn’t the same amount been spent on the house of the people being booted out of their home by the KCDC, Mr Mayor?  What about houses that need repairs by KCDC? 

I attended a meeting facilitated by Kathy Spiers of the Paraparaumu-Raumati Community Board on the Mayor’s “Social Housing Research Project.” So what happened to the supposed DoC-KCDC land that could be available for Social Housing?  The money on that research project could have been used to repair houses KCDC decided not to fix over the years. 

A lot of KCDC’s decisions are knee-jerk reactions — like “let’s borrow millions before the controversial Otaraua Park development is on the Crown’s table”: quick before the Treaty claims negotiations with the Crown regarding land confiscated under the Public Works Act, like all of the area surrounding Paraparaumu Hospital and Airport.  If the whanau given the boot are mokopuna (descendants) of the original owners of land by the hospital or the airport, then what?

Thanks, KCDC, for highlighting discrimination against Tangata Whenua who do not participate, trust or have anyhing to do with your KCDC — Whakameinga. 

Ngatiawa will use this as an example of KCDC in 2019 creating homelessness and displacing w’anau from their turangawaewae/homelands of their Tipuna (ancestors).

In the words of the first Maori Prophet on the west coast of North Island, one of our Tipuna allies “TE UA HAU” — Ngatiawa Hauhau rebel.

Pai Maariire / Have a good day

For general information: Ngatiawa WAI 1018 and Ngarara Airport W’anau Claimants Hearing dates are not yet confirmed by the judge but will be in April 2019 at Southward’s Car Museum in Otaihanga.  Nau mai haere mai — all welcome. 🙂

  1. This has to be in KCDC financial records somewhere. I don’t know how much KCDC spent on the meetings I and others attended, at council offices. An academic researcher was hired to write a report: topics covered, “P” usage, Youth Prostitution Mental Health, Homelessness.  Kathy Spiers was a facilitator of this group also. I have no idea of the outcome of that report.  Once I questioned researchers and KCDC representatives on their intentions, that was the end of my invitations to the meetings.

    Meetings with “NZ P Pull” from Porirua did occur with KCDC.  Kathy was supporting a woman called Emma, running “P” meetings at Raumati and Paraparaumu. I don’t know how much KCDC contributed to this individual, who “NZ P Pull” did not support.  Retired Policeman Mike Tahere was involved, but pulled out.

    An article on the stuff website is here.  Who paid to remove the “P” tape? 

    It costs money to hire academics and hold meetings.  Maybe they have a hidden budget for these events.


  2. Te Atiawa ki Whakarongotai Charitable Trust was given the Mandate for the 2004 Waitangi Tribunal Fisheries Settlement.  Whakameinga is the KCDC Ngati Toa, Raukawa and Atiawa Advisory group.  On the KCDC website it states they meet every month. We call them the “Fish Mandate” as they do not have the mandate to represent Ngatiawa Iwi Hapu on the Kapiti Coast or in Treaty Claim settlements.  It’s another story on its own; we are presenting this at our Treaty Claims Hearing in April.

Te Atiawa have “no beneficiaries” according to the Ombudsman.

Ngatiawa WAI 1018 instigated an Ombudsman investigation into the Te Atiawa Charitable Trust’s Trust Deed in 2012

The Ombudsman’s Office Report Reference:  Ref: PVTI22/362 :  QuoteSolicitor General: “the previous trustees did not have a sufficient understanding of the role of trustees of a charitable trust where there are no direct beneficiaries.”

“A charitable trust is different to a private trust in that a charitable trust has no beneficiaries. While Iwi members will likely receive the benefit of the trust’s charitable purposes, they do not have the same rights and entitlements as private beneficiaries, nor can expect the Trust Board to administer the trust in the same way that private trustees might.”

We as registered members were naïve to believe we were beneficiaries. We received two reports from different Solicitor Generals.  Both issues clearly defined.

“RUNANGA MINUTES: 13 July 2002 Hui a Marama Te Runanga Atiawa ki Whakarongotai Present: Damian Parata, Hemi Sundgren, Tutere Parata,  Ani Parata, Rawhiti Higgott, Jack Rikihana, Bill Carter. Jack Rikihana: “Thanks go to Damian, Bill Carter and Denise Parata for the work they have done in regards to the new constitution and Incorporated Society documents that we hope to have ratified early next year.”

It was ratified that members do not have to be informed on anything this trust does, there is no accountability or transparency.  Note that all of the people at this 2002 Runanga Hui are the same people — presenting to the Tribunal for the Charitable Trust next week at the Marae.  The Marae Trustees have done theirs.  That new Constitution stripped us of all our rights in 2002.

KCDC approves and funds the disenfranchising and displacement of all registered members of the Te Atiawa ki Whakarongotai Charitable Trust.