Our Vision

We continue to use the wisdom of Kiingi Tawhiao in determining our future. Just like our tuupuna before us we were, and continue to be voyagers and pioneers. We too are on a journey that requires the best of ourselves to create the best future possible for our generations to come.

Maaku anoo e hanga tooku nei whare 
Ko ngaa pou oo roto he maahoe, he patatee
Ko te taahuhu, he hiinau
Me whakatupu ki te hua o te rengarenga 
Me whakapakari ki te hua o te kawariki.

I shall fashion my own house
The support posts shall be of maahoepatatee
The ridgepole of hiinau
The inhabitants shall be raised on rengarenga 
Nurtured on kawariki.

We want to be an iwi that is strong in te reo Maaori and tikanga, and an iwi that aspires to the heights of excellence and leadership, and are educated and trained to the enable their true potential. An iwi that grows its hard-won estate and cares for its natural resources. An iwi with marae that are self-sufficient and people who are socially and economically successful.

Our Mission

Te Whakakitenga o Waikato Inc manages the collective assets of the iwi, Waikato-Tainui.

Our aim is to grow a prosperous, healthy, vibrant, innovative and culturally strong iwi to enable mana motuhake. This is achieved through a range of initiatives directed to improving tribal outcomes in the following areas: commitment to the Kiingitanga, tikanga and te reo; education and training; employment; tribal preservation; marae development; health and well-being; and environmental and resource management. Building the capacity of our people and growing the prosperity of our whaanau remains the driving force behind our efforts.

Kia tupu, kia hua, kia puaawai – To grow, prosper and sustain.

Ngaa Tikanga o te kiingitanga

We hold fast to the principles of the Kiingitanga. These principles being Whakaiti – Humility, Whakapono – Trust and Faith, Aroha – Love and Respect, Rangimaarie – Peace and Calm, Manaakitanga – Caring, Kotahitanga – Unity, and Mahi tahi – Collaboration.
Ngaa Tikanga Pou is an illustration of the Kiingitanga principles. It was designed by Korotangi Paki, son of Kiingi Tuheitia Paki.

whakatupuranga 2050

Whakatupuranga Waikato-Tainui 2050 is the blueprint for cultural, social and economic advancement for Waikato-Tainui people. It is a long-term development approach to building the capacity of Waikato-Tainui Marae, hapuu, and Iwi. Whakatupuranga 2050 will be our legacy for those who come after us. To see the goals and objectives that have been set out for tribal members of Waikato-Tainui, check out the pages below:

  • Hapori
  • Kaupapa
  • Mahi Tonu
  • Taiao
  • Whai Rawa

To download a copy of Whakatupuranga 2050, click here.