(1) For the purposes of this Act there is hereby established a committee to be called the Maori Soldiers Trust Committee.
(2) The Trust Committee shall consist of—
(c) such number of members of the Maori race, to be appointed from time to time by the Minister, as is necessary to give each Maori Land Court District for the time being defined by an Order in Council, made pursuant to section 23 of the Maori Affairs Act 1953 on 8 August 1962, and published in the Gazette of 16 August 1962 1 representative on the Committee:
provided that, for the purposes of this paragraph, the South Island and the Ikaroa Maori Land Court Districts may be treated as 1 district only.
(3) The members appointed pursuant to paragraph (c) of subsection (2) shall, as far as practicable, be Maori veterans or, in the alternative, persons who have at any time served overseas as members of the armed forces of the Crown, and the Minister, in appointing any such members, shall give effect to any nominations made in that behalf by a general meeting of Maori veterans.
(4) Subject to the provisions of this section, every member of the Committee appointed under paragraph (c) of subsection (2) shall be appointed for a term of 2 years but any member retiring from office may from time to time be reappointed.
(4A) At the expiration of 3 years after the date of the initial appointment of any such members in office at the commencement of this subsection, 3 of those members, who shall be selected by the Committee by unanimous vote of the Committee or, failing any such vote, by lot, shall retire from office. At the end of the next succeeding year the remaining 3 members shall retire and thereafter the members shall retire at the expiration of 2 years after the date of their appointment.
(4B) Any such member may be removed from office by the Minister for inability to perform the functions of the office, bankruptcy, neglect of duty, or misconduct proved to the satisfaction of the Minister, or may at any time resign his office by writing addressed to the Minister. In the case of a vacancy in the membership of the Committee, the Minister may appoint some qualified person to fill the vacancy. Any such appointment shall be made in the same manner as the appointment of the vacating member. Every person so appointed shall hold office for the residue of the term for which his predecessor was appointed.
(5) For the purpose of advising the Trust Committee with respect to the expenditure of money from the Scholarship Fund, the Trust Committee may invite to any of its meetings the Director of Education and the chairman of the University Grants Committee or any person nominated by either of them for the purpose.
(6) The powers of the Trust Committee shall not be affected by any vacancy in the membership thereof.
Section 8(2)(c): replaced, on 14 December 1962, by section 10 of the Maori Purposes Act 1962 (1962 No 119).
Section 8(2)(c): amended (with effect on 14 December 1962), on 27 November 1970, by section 15(1) of the Maori Purposes Act 1970 (1970 No 120).
Section 8(4): replaced, on 22 October 1959, by section 35 of the Maori Purposes Act 1959 (1959 No 90).
Section 8(4A): inserted, on 22 October 1959, by section 35 of the Maori Purposes Act 1959 (1959 No 90).
Section 8(4B): inserted, on 22 October 1959, by section 35 of the Maori Purposes Act 1959 (1959 No 90).
Section 8(4B): amended, on 1 January 2002, by section 70(1) of the Human Rights Amendment Act 2001 (2001 No 96).
Section 8(5): amended, on 1 January 1962, by section 59(1) of the Universities Act 1961 (1961 No 54).