Te KootuingaSenior Leadership Team
Te Kootuinga are collectively responsible for providing leadership to all kaimahi (employees) of Waikato-Tainui. Their leadership strives to work towards achieving the strategic objectives of Whakatupuranga 2050.
We currently have 112 kaimahi working for Waikato-Tainui, of which 79% are tribal members and 95% are Maaori (as of April 2022).
Tahuna Kaitoto Marae | Tuurangawaewae Marae
A known face throughout the tribe, Chief Executive is a role that she returned to after being on secondment with Te Ruunanga o Ngaai Tahu as the General Manager, Strategy and Influence and has been an integral part of the Three Waters initiative.
Donna holds key responsibilities for providing leadership to all employees of Waikato-Tainui and works closely with the Chair of Te Arataura and the Senior Leadership Team on a wide range of complex issues that confront Waikato-Tainui.
Prior to this, Donna led the Waikato-Tainui team that provided technical and administrative support to the co-negotiators for the Waikato River Claim, and subsequent settlement with the Crown. To see the realisation of the Waikato River Settlement in 2008 (and subsequent review in 2009) was a personal achievement for Donna.
Chief Operating Officer
Waikato (Ngaati Maahuta)
Responsible for the efficient operation of Waikato-Tainui and leadership for management and staff.
Chief Financial Officer
The key responsibility of this team is corporate governance and information technology.
Teams: Finance, Audit, Risk, ICT and Data
GM Engagement & Communications
Also Acting Deputy CEO
Marketing services, tribal events, social media, digital strategy, website development, and engagement, all sit within this team.
Teams: Communications & Events, Tainui Live, Aukaha News
GM Governance & Legal
The Governance & Legal team is responsible for servicing Te Arataura, Te Whakakitenga and subcommittees and providing legal services to the organisation.
Teams: Policy, Governance Administration, Legal
GM Rights & Interests
Waikato (Ngaati Whaawhaakia)
The protection of historic and current settlements sits within Rights & Interests who also manage Crown partnerships, our Accords and advocate for our whaanau and organisations.
Teams: Strategy & Relationships, Settlement Protection
GM Heritage and Identity
Waikato-Maniapoto (Ngaati Kinohaku), Ngaati Raahiri, Ngaati Kuiaa