In 2013 Kiingi Tuheitia initiated a review of our tribal governance structure to look at how we could improve our existing structure to enable increased efficiencies and ongoing prosperity.

The review, which was completed in November 2015, included hui aa iwi, extensive consultation and workshopping with tribal members and governors, and a tribal referendum.

The outcome is a new governance model, redrafted Rules, and a new name for the tribal Parliamentary body.

Key outcomes of the review:

– Adoption of the Marae Model, key features of which are:

  • Reduction of Te Kauhanganui membership from 3 representatives per Marae to 2
  • Inclusion of one alternate member per Marae to cover absences
  • Retention of Te Arataura membership status quo of 11 members
  • Rejection of the proposal to introduce two At-Large independent members to Te Arataura
  • Establishment of an Office of the CEO, reporting to Te Arataura

– Substantive rule changes to clarify the role of Te Kauhanganui and the role of Te Arataura, including delegation of authority and key responsibility areas

– Establishment of Hohou Te Rongo, a tikanga-based process for responding to internal governance issues and disputes

– Introduction of job descriptions for all Te Kauhanganui officers and members, and for all Te Arataura positions, based on a skills matrix

– Recommendation to hold elections to fill vacant Custodial Trustee positions

– Recommendation to conduct a fit-for-purpose management review of all tribal entities

Click here to view the new model.

Click here to view the new Rules.

Click here to view the User’s Guide to the Rules.

Click here to view Frequently Asked Questions.

Click here to view tribal referendum results.

Click here to view media release about the new name.

Click here to view the February 2016 hui aa iwi presentation

Timeline of the Review:

February 2013 Hui aa iwi at Waahi Paa.
June 2013 Hui aa iwi at Turangawaewae Marae. Review Sponsor Group and Working Party membership confirmed. Appointment of Nanaia Mahuta and Sir Henry van der Heyden as co-Chairs announced.
July – October 2013 Marae-based pre-consultation hui, workshop with Te Kauhanganui, presentations, research & feedback analysis.
November 2013 Core model structural elements identified:

  • Kiingitanga
  • Representation
  • Governance (Executive Committee)
  • Management
February 2014 3 draft models developed.
May 2014 Te Kauhanganui endorses Status Quo and Marae models for further consultation; Regional model rejected.
July – August 2014 Consultation workshops held.
October 2014 Tribal referendum held.
November 2014 Te Kauhanganui confirms Marae Model.
December 2014 Consultation hui held on proposed Rule changes.
April 2015 Te Kauhanganui workshops held.
November 2015 Te Kauhanganui approves new Rules.
December 2015 Rules filed with Registrar of Incorporated Societies.
February 2016 Hui aa Iwi held to close the Review, New name for Te Kauhanganui (Te Whakakitenga o Waikato) announced by Kiingi Tuheitia.
June 2016 House reduces to two members per marae Hohou Te Rongo disputes resolution process in effect.

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