Our Team

Our Team

There are three Waikato Raupatu River Trust teams and two Waikato Raupatu Lands Trust teams managed by the WRRT General Manager. All five teams operate from tribal offices at Alma Street, Hamilton and they each have different portfolios they are responsible for.


Role of Implementation Team

  • Develop cultural and environmental enhancement projects related to the Waikato River;
  • Investigate business initiatives that are culturally acceptable, environmentally sustainable and that derive economic benefit;
  • Enhance the restoration and protection of the relationship of Waikato-Tainui with the Waikato River; and
  • Protect and enhance sites of significance, fisheries, flora and fauna relating to the Waikato River.

Role of Strategy Team

  • Assist Waikato-Tainui to effectively participate in the new co-management arrangements under the Waikato River Deed of Settlement;
  • Crown Relationships – to date: 11 Ministerial Accords, 4 Joint Management Agreements and an Annual Relationship Forum
  • Strategic Partnerships – Community and Industry Sectors including DOC and Ministry of Primary Industries initiatives, regulations, collaborations and strategies.
  • Strategic Projects including Wetland Research and Restoration projects, Integrated Projects like Whitebait, and the stabilisation of Taupiri Maunga project.

Role of Operations Team

  • Business Performance and reporting
  • Compliance with operational policies and financial standards
  • Project and budget monitoring; and
  • Administrative support and operational oversight.

Role of Environment Team

  • Promotion and utilisation of the Waikato-Tainui Environmental Plan;
  • Environmental regulatory and policy development at regional and national levels;
  • Partner, community and corporate engagement on environmental matters;
  • Provision of environmental and land advice to WRRT and WRLT Teams;
  • Monitoring the Protection of the Environment, including involvement in significant resource consents.
  • Manage the delegation and exercise of powers to and by the Trustee under the Resource Management Act 1991 and other legislation, including powers of decision and joint management arrangements as a result of the Waikato River settlement; and
  • Manage the Right of First Refusal Mechanism in the tribe’s 1995 Raupatu Settlement.

Role of Claims Team

  • To protect the integrity of Waikato-Tainui’s settled claims;
  • To resolve the tribe’s outstanding claims;
    • To provide legal support, research and advice to the Negotiator(s);
    • To develop negotiation strategies to achieve maximum outcomes for Waikato-Tainui.
    • To work collaboratively and collectively with our Marae and hapuu in resolving the outstanding settlements of Waikato-Tainui.