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Developing a business plan

Assigning roles and tasks

Trusts and Māori incorporations can assign roles or tasks to trustees, owners or other stakeholders or hire employees to do the management work.

Who does the management work

When you're ready to get work underway on the whenua, you need to decide who will be responsible for managing it.

Ideally, it shouldn't be trustees — their focus should be on the strategy and outcomes, not doing the day-to-day stuff. That's not always possible, but there are ways to separate the governance work from the management work:

  • hire people to do mahi that requires specific skills, like accountants, builders or farm managers
  • if you lease the land, include responsibility for management tasks in the lease agreement
  • assign roles or tasks to trustees, owners or other stakeholders.

Finding employees

If you're hiring contractors or employees, make sure they:

  • have the experience and skills to meet the trust's requirements
  • demonstrate they can achieve results
  • are in tune with the values and purpose of the trust.

Some trusts use a recruitment agency to help them find the right person.

Assigning jobs to whānau

If you can't, or don't need to hire employees to do the management work, you can give tasks or roles to trustees, owners and other whānau.

Consider who has:

  • time to do the mahi
  • knowledge for specific jobs
  • an interest in a particular area.

They might need extra training or resources to help them do some tasks. Our regional advisors can give you advice about what might be available in your rohe.

Contact a regional advisor through your local Te Puni Kōkiri office