Governance

Te Whakakitenga

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.

Te Whakakitenga o Waikato (formerly known as Te Kauhanganui) is the tribal authority that represents tribal members of the 68 Marae of Te Whakakitenga o Waikato. Tribal members elect two members from their Marae to represent them for three years on Te Whakakitenga o Waikato.

Te Whakakitenga o Waikato Inc. is the incorporated society that represents the statutory rights and interests of Waikato-Tainui and ensures that the benefits of the settlement grow for future generations.

The role of Te Whakakitenga

• 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.

Te Arataura

Te Arataura is the executive committee of Te Whakakitenga and their responsibility is to oversees the tribe’s day to day activities. Te Arataura is made up of 11 members (including a Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson). Ten of the members derive from TWoW and are voted on to serve as executive members, while the 11th member is the Kaahui Ariki representative appointed by the Head of the Kaahui Ariki and serves at their discretion. One term (Te Whakakitenga and Te Arataura) lasts 3 years. 

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. We are currently in the 2021-2024 term, with marae elections scheduled to take place again in the later part of 2023.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

FULL LIST OF GOVERNANCE REPRESENTATIVES

TE WHAKAKITENGA (Tribal Parliament)

Chair: Parekawhia McLean (Te Papa-oo-Rotu Marae)

Deputy Chair: Ikimoke Tamaki-Takarei (Tuurangawaewae Marae)

TE ARATAURA MEMBERS (Tribal Executive)

Chair: Linda Te Aho (Poohara Paa)

Deputy ChairNgira Simmonds (Kaahui Ariki Representative)

Rangitamoana Wilson (Te Awamaarahi Marae)

Tukoroirangi Morgan (Te Hoe o Tainui Marae)

Vanessa Clark (Te Kotahitanga Marae)

Jackie Colliar (Taniwha Marae)

Hinerangi Raumati-Tu’ua (Tuurangawaewae Marae)

Tori Ngataki (Whaataapaka Marae)

Huirama Matatahi (Waahi Paa)

Maxine Graham (Te Puea Memorial Marae)

Donald Turner (Taupiri Marae)

APPOINTMENTS COMMITTEE

Huirama Matatahi (Waahi Paa)

Ikimoke Tamaki-Takarei (Tuurangawaewae Marae)

Justine Berryman (Te Kauri Marae)

Sheryl Matenga (Waingaro Marae)

Tori Ngataki (Whaataapaka Marae)

 

WHENUA COMMITTEE

Hori Awa (Kaitumutumu Marae)

Karen Wilson (Puukaki Marae)

Nanaia Rawiri (Tikirahi Marae)

Robyn Roa (Kai a te Mata Marae)

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Te Whakakitenga leadership & Te Arataura members

From Left to Right: Tukoroirangi Morgan (Te Hoe o Tainui Marae, TAT member), Vanessa Clark (Te Kotahitanga Marae, TAT member), Maxine Graham (Te Puea Memorial Marae, TAT member), Donald Turner (Taupiri Marae, TAT member), Ngira Simmonds (Kaahui Ariki Representative, TAT Deputy Chair), Parekawhia Mclean (Te Papa-oo-Rotu Marae, TWoW Chairperson), Linda Te Aho (Poohara Paa, TAT Chair), Ikimoke Tamaki-Takarei (Tuurangawaewae Marae, TWoW Deputy Chair), Hinerangi Raumati-Tu’ua (Tuurangawaewae Marae, TAT member), Jackie Colliar (Taniwha Marae, TAT member), Huirama Matatahi (Waahi Paa, TAT member), Rangitamoana Wilson (Te Awamaarahi Marae, TAT member), Tori Ngataki (Whaataapaka Marae, TAT member)

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call the secretariat team on 0800 TAINUI or email us on secretariat@tainui.co.nz