At the November 2019 hui of Te Runanga o Ngāi Tahu, the Investments Charter – a pou within the Haea Te Awa programme- was approved.
The Investments Charter sets out an overarching framework that governs the management of Te Rūnanga pūtea (investment assets) held by Ngāi Tahu Holdings and a new investment entity focused on regional development.
At its core, the Investments Charter:
The three investment goals approved by Te Rūnanga are:
The Investments Charter recognises investment managers (e.g. Ngāi Tahu Holdings) should ensure their respective portfolios are adequately diversified so that the failure of any one venture or combination of ventures is unlikely to permanently impair or put at risk the viability of the funds.
The Investments Charter no longer holds Te Rūnanga responsible for setting strategic asset allocation bands or weightings required by the Investment Policy Framework. Instead the onus and responsibility for portfolio diversification (at the level of the investment managers), or indeed investment styles, now rests with investment managers. This governance practice and structural arrangement is like that in place at the Yale Investment Corporation since 1975.