Trustees make decisions about the land
A trustee's job is to ensure the provisions of the trust order are complied with and that they act in the interests of all beneficial owners to protect and enhance the land and assets. Trustees determine how to handle new business, make important decisions with a long-term strategy in mind, and generally ensure the land is well looked after.
Guidelines for being a trustee
There are guidelines that trustees have to follow. They should:
know what the trust is responsible for, including what's in the trust order
follow the rules about what a trustee can and can't do (according to the trust order and the law)
represent the land owners and treat all land owners fairly and impartially
protect the assets of the trust
take care not to spend trust funds unnecessarily or without authority – trustees are entitled to payments of expenses if it's in the trust order, but aren't allowed to personally benefit.
Further details about the roles and responsibilities of Trustees, can be found at the Maori Land Court here.