Our Role

Our Role

The Waikato Raupatu River Trust is an entity of the tribe Waikato-Tainui.

The Waikato Raupatu River Trust was created on 29 August 2008 to ensure that provisions in Waikato-Tainui’s historic 2008 Waikato River Settlement are progressed.

The overarching purpose of the Waikato River Settlement is to restore and protect the health and wellbeing of the Waikato River for future generations.

The trust works to support initiatives that:

  • Recognise and sustain the special relationship that Waikato-Tainui have with the river;
  • Provide opportunities to grow a prosperous, healthy, vibrant, innovative and culturally strong Waikato-Tainui iwi;
  • Enhance the relationship between the Crown and Waikato-Tainui; and
  • Reflect a unity of commitment to respect and care for the Waikato River.

New relationships with numerous organisations have led to greater understanding and a strong commitment to work together under the korowai of co-management. Working in partnership with the Crown has been a critical component of the settlement. The various elements agreed and river initiatives undertaken, guide the most comprehensive environmental restoration programme in New Zealand.