Governance

Te Whakakitenga and Te Arataura

Te Whakakitenga is the governance body that serves to protect and advance the collective interests of our iwi. Following the 1995 Waikato Raupatu Settlement, a governance model was implemented that incorporates a democratic structure.

The role of Te Whakakitenga

Uphold, support, strengthen and protect the Kiingitanga

Protect, advance, develop and unify the interests of Waikato-Tainui.

Foster the principles of whakaiti, rangimaarie, kia tuupato and other tikanga of Waikato-Tainui among members.

Achieve and support the existing and future settlements of the Treaty of Waitangi/Te Tiriti o Waitangi and/or Raupatu claims of Waikato-Tainui.

Act as trustee of the Waikato Raupatu Lands Trust established by the Lands Trust Deed.

Act as trustee of the Waikato Raupatu River Trust established by the River Trust Deed.

Maintain the spirit and intent of the 1995 Deed of Settlement between Waikato-Tainui and the Crown, and the Trust Deeds.

Governance Representatives

TE WHAKAKITENGA (Tribal Parliament)
Chair:                            Tipa Mahuta (Waahi Paa)
Deputy Chair:               Ngatitahinga Wilson (Makaurau Marae)

TE ARATAURA (tribal executive)
Members:                   Tukoroirangi Morgan (Te Hoe o Tainui Marae)
                                     Hinerangi Raumati Tu’ua (Turangawaewae Marae)
                                     Huirama Matatahi (Waahi Paa)
                                     Jackie Collier (Taniwha Marae)
                                     Linda Te Aho (Poohara Paa)
                                     Maxine Graham (Te Puea Marae)
                                     Parekawhia McLean (Te Papa-o-Rotu Marae)
                                     Tori Ngataki (Whaataapaka Marae)
                                     Vince Hapi (Maurea Marae)
                                     Craig Barrett (Mangatoatoa Marae)
                                     Ngira Simmonds (Kaahui Ariki Representative)

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Te Arataura members
From Left to Right: Huirama Matatahi (Waahi Paa),  Vince Hapi (Maurea Marae), Craig Barrett (Mangatoatoa Marae), Maxine Graham (Te Puea Memorial Marae), Parekawhia Mclean (Te Papa-o-Rotu Marae), Tukoroirangi Morgan (Te Arataura Chair, Te Hoe o Tainui Marae), Tori Ngataki (Whaataapaka Marae), Linda Te Aho (Poohara Paa),  Jackie Colliar (Taniwha Marae, Te Arataura Deputy Chair), Ngira Simmonds (Kaahui Ariki Representative, TAT Deputy Chair), Hinerangi Raumati-Tu’ua (Tuurangawaewae Marae)

Te Whakakitenga Elections

Every three years our 68 Te Whakakitenga o Waikato Marae (TWoW Marae) have the opportunity to elect two people they want to represent their collective marae voice on the overarching governance body for Waikato-Tainui. This is how Te Whakakitenga o Waikato (TWoW) is made up.

If you are interested in putting your name forward, please contact your marae committee or marae trustees to find out more.

How do marae elect their TWoW reps?

The way in which marae conduct their TWoW elections is up to individual marae. Waikato-Tainui does not administer marae elections, however we will publish marae election dates once we been formally notified by the marae. All marae must however provide their membership at least 2 weeks notice of the elections date, and they must do so in a way that will reach as many of their membership as possible.

Here are a list of pre-requisites to consider if you are wanting to represent your marae on TWoW:

  • Uphold, support, strengthen and protect the Kiingitanga (which incorporates the principles of unity, the retention of the tribal base in collective ownership, and co-operation among peoples).
  • Protect, advance, develop and unify the interests of Waikato-Tainui.
  • Foster among the members of Waikato-Tainui the principles of whakaiti, rangimaarie and kia tuupato and other tikanga of Waikato-Tainui.
  • Achieve and support the existing and future settlements of the Treaty of Waitangi/Te Tiriti o Waitangi and/or raupatu claims of Waikato-Tainui.
  • Act as trustee of the Waikato Raupatu Lands Trust established by the Lands Trust Deed.
  • Act as trustee of the Waikato Raupatu River Trust established by the River Trust Deed.
  • Maintain the spirit and intent of the 1995 Deed of Settlement between Waikato-Tainui and the Crown, and the Trust Deeds

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Waikato River Authority

Moo maatou | About us

The Waikato River Authority is an independent Crown-Iwi authority formed under the Waikato-Tainui Raupatu Claims (Waikato River) Settlement Act 2010, the Ngati Tuwharetoa, Raukawa and Te Arawa River Iwi Waikato River Act 2010 and with additional responsibilities arising from the Nga Wai o Maniapoto (Waipa River) Act 2010.

The Waikato River Authority is charged with undertaking one of New Zealand’s biggest
environmental projects to help restore and protect New Zealand’s longest river. Over the next 25 years the Authority will administer more than $250m to help achieve a healthier Waikato River.

Moo te tuunga | About the role

The Board of the Authority consists of five appointees within each of the five Waikato River Iwi and Five Crown appointees.
The Board is seeking to appoint a Waikato-Tainui Iwi member for a term of 3 years. The following skills and knowledge are required for the role:

  • Knowledge or understanding of tikanga and maatauranga maaori of Waikato River iwi.
  • Knowledge of the Waikato River, its communities and an understanding of the issues involved in restoring and protecting the Waikato River
  • Previous governance experience and knowledge of central government processes is highly desirable
  • Strategic thinking, maturity and wisdom and the ability to act and think independently
  • The ability to develop and maintain effective relationships
  • The ability to represent the Authority in public forums

Board member fees are set by The State Services Commission and Board meetings are held bi-monthly.

Me peehea te tuku tono | How to Apply

Please apply in writing outlining your interest in the position, attach your CV and send to [email protected]

Applications close 5pm 10 June 2024. Interviews of selected candidates will be conducted by a panel of members of the Waikato-Tainui Appointments Committee.

 
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Waikato-Tainui is a leading tribal organisation in Aotearoa. It develops and implements initiatives to achieve outcomes for its iwi. The activities of Waikato-Tainui are informed by Whakatupuranga 2050 - a blueprint for the long-term cultural, social, and economic advancement of the iwi.

The Distributions Committee (DC) is responsible for reviewing and recommending distributions to Te Arataura in accordance with Whakatupuranga 2050 and providing social impact advice and direction.
These distributions include all tribal grants, scholarships and contestable funding that supports marae and tribal aspirations.

A vacancy has arisen on DC. The Committee has commenced a process to recommend an outstanding candidate for appointment to the DC in 2024.
To be effective the DC requires diversity of thought, skills, knowledge and experience relevant to oversight of tribal strategy, investing for social impact and grant/distribution administration.
Members should have an intimate understanding of the realities of marae operations, tribal initiatives and have an ear to the ground on the aspirations of tribal members.

For this appointment, the Distributions Committee is particularly interested in candidates who offer the following:

  • Independence of thought, open-mindedness, mokopuna decision maker
  • Iwi, hapuu, marae and/or Ahu Whenua Trust investment experience;
  • Innovative thought increasing trajectory shifts for marae and tribal whaanau;
  • Experience with impact investing, social investment, theory of change and distribution methodology
  • Meets the Waikato-Tainui Independent Members Policy’s definition of independent, meaning not;
    o    Having a material financial interest in Te Whakakitenga
    o    Being a governor or employee of Te Whakakitenga, including Te Arataura, and
    o    Having a close personal or family relationship with any member of Te Arataura,            the Tumu Whakarae or the delegate of the Tumu Whakarae

To apply, please send your cover letter and CV to [email protected].

Applications close at 5pm, Thursday 20 June.


Please direct any queries to the above email address in the first instance.
 
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Annual Report 2022

It is with pleasure that I receive the 2021-22 Annual Report on behalf of Te Whakakitenga o Waikato and present it to our people for their consideration.

– Parekawhia McLean, Chair of Te Whakakitenga o Waikato
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Our Marae

Across 33 Hapuu we have 68 Marae. 

It is our responsibility to ensure we are taking full advantage of our strengths and resources to realise our Whakatupuranga 2050 vision

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If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call the secretariat team on 0800 TAINUI or email us on [email protected]