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Our Vision

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 maahoe, patatee. The ridgepole of hinau. The inhabitants shall be raised on rengarenga and nurtured on kawariki.

Kiingi Taawhiao


Ko Waikato te Iwi

Ko Mookau ki runga
Ko Taamaki ki raro
Ko Mangatoatoa ki waenganui.
Pare Hauraki, Pare Waikato
Te Kaokaoroa-o-Paatetere.

Mookau is above
Taamaki is below
Mangatoatoa is between.
The boundaries of Hauraki, the boundaries of Waikato
To the place called ‘the long armpit of Paatetere’.

When you look out across Kaawhia harbour, those waters are where more than 700 years ago our great Tainui waka carried our voyaging ancestors. These ancestors would go on to lead the tribes of Waikato, Hauraki, Maniapoto and Raukawa.

Today we have more than 70,000 Waikato-Tainui iwi members connected to 68 marae and 33 hapuu. Our rohe is vast and stretches from Auckland in the north, Te Rohe Potae in the south and extends from Kaawhia in the west coast to the mountain ranges of Hapuakohe and Kaimai in the east.

Our Waikato-Tainui history has been shaped by what has been done to us and what has been done by us.

Kiingitanga was established, under Pootatau Te Wherowhero, to unite and strengthen iwi. What followed was a brutal period for our people, where our tribal estate was confiscated. And for 125 years, we battled the Crown for justice for that confiscation. Our tribal leaders went on to negotiate the Waikato Raupatu Lands Settlement in 1995, followed by the Waikato River Settlement in 2008.

With a portion of our tribal resources now back in our hands, we began the journey of re-envisioning our future. To see what could be achieved for our iwi, by our iwi. We set our vision for the future, Whakatupuranga 2050

We knew we wanted to be an iwi that holds 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.

We wanted an iwi that is strong in its culture and language, aspires to lofty heights of excellence and leadership and is educated and trained to the level that they needed to be. 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. The Kiingitanga that began under Pootatau Te Wherowhero continues and thrives today with Kiingi Tuheitia.

Just like our ancestors who were voyagers and pioneers, we too are on a journey that requires the best of ourselves to create a better future for this and the next generation of Waikato-Tainui. Kia tupu, kia hua, kia puaawai. To grow, prosper, and sustain.

Your Governors

Te Whakakitenga o Waikato (formerly known as Te Kauhanganui) is the tribal authority that represents the people of Waikato-Tainui. The current governance structure was established following the 1995 Waikato Raupatu Claims Settlement and incorporates a democratic structure where marae hold a vital role.

Tribal members elect two members from their marae to represent them for three years on Te Whakakitenga o Waikato. Officers of Te Whakakitenga o Waikato include a Chairman and Deputy Chairman who are elected to their positions by the members of Te Whakakitenga.

The current chairman is Maxine Moana-Tuwhangai and the deputy chairman is Te Whakahawea Rapana.

The role of Te Whakakitenga is to:

  • 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 body that is made up of representatives from elected members of Te Whakakitenga o Waikato and the Kaahui Ariki representative. The Kaahui Ariki representative is appointed by the Head of the Kaahui Ariki and serves at their discretion. The remaining members are elected by Te Whakakitenga o Waikato for each three-year term.

The current members are Chair Rukumoana Schaafhausen (Rukumoana Marae), Deputy Chair Marae Tukere (Tuurangawaewae Marae),  Kaahui Ariki representative Tukoroirangi Morgan, Tom Roa (Puurekireki Marae), Tipa Mahuta (Waahi Paa), Tahi-o-Hurae Rangiawha (Mootakotako Marae), Patience Orangi Te Ao (Tauranganui Marae), Hoki-Mai Chong (Rereteewhioi Marae), Hemi Rau (Te Kotahitanga Marae), and Paki Rawiri (Te Awamaarahi Marae).

Your Waikato-Tainui

Your tribal organisation is made up of four entities that are committed to building the capacity of our iwi, hapuu, marae and tribal members.

Waikato Raupatu Lands Trust manages tribal affairs; implements the tribe’s development strategy; and, makes distributions for education, health and wellbeing, marae, social and cultural development. Your CEO is Donna Flavell.

Waikato Raupatu River Trust was established to oversee and implement the 2008 Waikato River Settlement and related statutory and regulatory reform. It also leads and monitors our outstanding treaty claims. Your CEO is Donna Flavell.


Tainui Group Holdings is the commercial arm of Waikato-Tainui. A property investment and development company, TGH operates a diversified investment portfolio including retail, residential, commercial, industrial and rural properties. TGH also manages Waikato-Tainui Fisheries Ltd, which owns and leases fishing quota and holds shares in Aotearoa Fisheries Ltd. Your CEO is Chris Joblin.


Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development has been established as a place for higher learning. It is an international centre of excellence that aims to provide quality postgraduate study and research to strengthen iwi development, produce future leaders and support indigenous development. Your Acting CEO is Tuti Cooper.


My Waikato-Tainui

Are you from Waikato but have not registered as an iwi member? You can now do this online through our new service by clicking on Tribal Registry and going through the steps.


Already a member? Ka pai, then check into My Waikato-Tainui – there you can apply for grants and update your details. Soon you will also be able to enrol in wananga and tribal events so watch this space.


Your News and Publications

We’ve got lots of news to share with you about the people of Waikato-Tainui, our progress and learnings, our journey. Here you will find Te Hookioi, our Annual Reports and our news releases.

Your Website, Your Say

As you can see we are also building a new website so let us know what you would like to see on your website. We’d love to hear from you.


Your Employment Opportunities

We work with our partners to support growing industries and the sectors that we have invested into. We want Waikato-Tainui whaanau to share in the opportunities that arise out of our partnerships and investments. Just click here for any opportunities on offer.

Starting a new business or taking steps to grow?

Talk to us about our start up programme.
Connect to a full range of services available in the business eco-system.

Click here to Register

Tourism Symposium

Un-Packing Tourism - Trends, Opportunities and Challenges

If you are thinking about or developing a tourism business this symposium is for you.
Waikato-Tainui have brought together tourism operators and agencies to provide a packed evening of insights into tourism growth, product development, opportunities for whanau tourism and harnessing technology to tell our stories.

Join us

Thursday 14 September, 4 pm - 8 pm
Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development
451 Old Taupiri Road, Hopuhopu, Ngaaruawaahia

Click here to Register

Your Driver Licence Subsidy

Kia Haere Tuu is our own initiative to help people get their driver licences. Kia Haere Tuu translates to “Be Alert” and derives from a well-known kiwaha of Princess Te Puea – “kia maaori ai te haere atu, kia maaori ai te hokinga mai” which refers to ensuring that our people who travel, return home safely. The Driver Licence Grant is a collaborative initiative supported by Waikato-Tainui, Te Puni Kokiri, Mercury Energy and New Zealand Transport Agency.

The Grant offers registered Waikato-Tainui tribal members a 50% discount off the FULL cost of a Class 1 Car learners, restricted or full licence.  It also offers at least a 60% discount off the cost to attend a Street Talk Defensive Driving Course (normally $180-$215). Give us a call on 0800824684 and we’ll help with the full details.

Your Housing Opportunities

Warm, safe homes for iwi members is a priority for Waikato-Tainui. If you are looking to buy a home, contact to discuss your options.

You can also register for a Home Ownership Workshop by clicking here

Your Education

Waikato-Tainui tribal members are lifelong learners and leaders who determine their own futures. Our education plan, Ko Te Mana Maatauranga is directly informed by and aligned to Whakatupuranga 2050. Our priorities are:

  • All Waikato-Tainui tribal members are fluent in Waikato-Tainui reo me oona tikanga.
  • All Waikato-Tainui tribal members transition into meaningful pathways.
  • All Waikato-Tainui tribal members know their whakapapa and are connected to their marae.

We have different Te Reo Maaori waananga available for iwi members. For all enquiries about Te Reo Kaakaho, Te Reo Kaapuia, Te Reo Aratau, and other education matters please email or call 0800 TAINUI – 0800 824 684.

Your Mokopuna Ora

Sixty per cent of children in state care are Maaori. Our own Waikato-Tainui whaanau are being cared for by others but now we have a programme to bring our mokopuna back into their whakapapa lines and make a positive difference. If you would like to know more about Mokopuna Ora, then contact us through 0800 TAINUI - 0800 824 684 or .