AWHI AGM packed

Whanganui Chronicle - - News - Liz Wylie [email protected]­i­cle.co.nz

There was stand­ing room only at the Wan­ganui Race­course Eu­logy Lounge for the A¯ ti­hau Whanganui In­cor­po­ra­tion an­nual gen­eral meet­ing yesterday.

Can­di­dates stand­ing for elec­tion to the A¯ ti­hau board this year are Bren­don Te Ti­wha Puke­tapu and Ke­ria Ponga, who are stand­ing for re-elec­tion, and new can­di­dates Steph Os­borne, Hay­den Po­taka and Chris Kumeroa.

Share­hold­ers were able to reg­is­ter and vote at the meet­ing or by postal vot­ing.

Formed in 1969, the in­cor­po­ra­tion, known as AWHI, came to­gether af­ter a Ma¯ori Land Court or­der to re­turn the gov­er­nance and man­age­ment of 42,000ha of land to the orig­i­nal in­hab­i­tants of the area, the Whanganui Iwi.

The land runs from Whanganui through the back­coun­try to Ohakune and there are more than 9000 share­hold­ers or wha¯ nau. A¯ ti­hau Whanganui re­ported a net sur­plus of $3.1m for the year end­ing June 30, 2018, and chief ex­ec­u­tive An­drew Bei­je­man re­ported $21.6m to­tal revenue.

AWHI over­sees the care of about 75,000 breed­ing sheep, 4000 beef cows, 700 dairy cows, 2400 bee­hives and 728ha of es­tab­lished wood­lots.

Sus­tain­abil­ity and en­vi­ron­men­tal care are cen­tral to AWHI’s phi­los­o­phy, in­cor­po­rat­ing care for del­i­cate ecosys­tems and na­tive flora and fauna.

Chair­woman Mavis Mul­lens ex­pressed a sense of sat­is­fac­tion that AWHI had been able to em­brace new ideas and prac­tices while stay­ing true to the con­cept of mo­ri­mori or care.

“Work­ing as a wha¯nau for the greater ben­e­fit of all brings me real plea­sure on a per­sonal level and I look for­ward to the year to come,” she said.

Mullins said she looked for­ward to AWHI’s 50th year in 2020 and cel­e­brat­ing how far the busi­ness had come.

PHOTO / STU­ART MUNRO

Hun­dreds of peo­ple gath­ered for the A¯ ti­hau Whanganui In­cor­po­ra­tion an­nual gen­eral meet­ing at Wan­ganui Race­course.

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