Waikato-Tainui governance serves to realise the aspirations set out in Whakatupuranga 2050 – the tribe’s long-term blueprint for cultural, social and economic achievement for our people.

Whakatupuranga 2050 is our 50 year-long development approach to building the capacity of our iwi, hapuu and marae. This approach is one that embraces change and focuses on developing our people.

Whakatupuranga 2050

Kiingitanga
Kiingitanga was established in 1858 to unite all tribes under the leadership of Pootatau Te Wherowhero. Its primary goals were to cease the sale of land to Paakehaa, stop inter-tribal warfare, and provide a springboard for the preservation of Maaori culture in the face of Paakehaa colonisation. As it has done for the past 150 years, the role of Kiingitanga will still be the unifying thread of all Iwi, under the seventh monarch, Kiingi Tuheitia.

  • To retain our historical role as Kaitiaki o te Kiingitanga
  • To ensure Kiingitanga remains an eternal symbol of unity

Tribal Success
Priorities in this context are focused on building capacity in all our endeavours at all levels. Coupled with research as a key priority to keep the tribe abreast of all local and global shifts and developments, generations hereafter will be well equipped to enjoy success in all sectors of society. There is recognition however, that success is short term without succession, so growing leaders through succession planning and mentoring programmes are key priorities.

  • To succeed in all forms of education and training
  • To be global leaders in research excellence
  • To grow leaders

Tribal Identity and Integrity
Our strategic direction charts a course of significant developments to protect our tribal identity and integrity. The development of a core strategy designed to provide maximum support for our kaumaatua, the caretakers of our maatauranga, and experts of our reo and tikanga, is a key priority. Our whenua, rivers, lakes and other waterways are living embodiments of our tribal identity. The necessity to forge a partnership with the Crown is vital to the preservation and protection of ’te taiao’, our environment.

  • To preserve our tribal heritage, reo and tikanga
  • To grow our tribal estate and manage our natural resources

Tribal Social and Economic Well-being
Priorities in this context are focused on building capacity in all our endeavours at all levels. Coupled with research as a key priority to keep the tribe abreast of all local and global shifts and developments, generations hereafter will be well equipped to enjoy success in all sectors of society. There is recognition however, that success is short term without succession, so growing leaders through succession planning and mentoring programmes are key priorities.

  • To develop self-sufficient marae
  • To advance the social development of our people
  • To develop and sustain our economic capacity