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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

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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.

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.

TRIBAL REGISTRY

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.

MY WAIKATO-TAINUI

Scholarships

Aoraki Bound Scholarship

Summer Student Programme 2017/18

Waikato-Tainui and Waikato District Council Waikato River Scholarship

The objectives of the Waikato-Tainui & Waikato District Council Waikato River Scholarship are:

  • To raise awareness of the Vision and Strategy for the Waikato River;
  • To support Waikato-Tainui rangatahi undertaking studies that may contribute to restoring the health & wellbeing of the Waikato River, specifically in the areas of Planning, Resource Management, Environmental Science, Ecology Studies or Engineering.

The scholarship will be awarded bi-annually. Preference will be given to registered tribal members who affiliate to one of the 39 Marae within the Waikato District Council area and/ or who reside within the Waikato District Council area.

Applicants must be undertaking undergraduate (NZQA levels 6 or 7) or postgraduate (NZQA levels 8 or 9) study

Applications will open 1 December 2017 and close 31 March 2018. Request an application form from Grants Processing jackiehaggie@tainui.co.nz

Selection criteria for the scholarship will include:

  1. Confirmation of 2018 enrolment
  2. Official name of qualification
  3. List of course subjects
  4. Certified invoice of your course costs
  5. Start and finish date of course
  6. Study type (full or part time)
  7. Year of study (2nd year or more)
  8. NZQA level of course (6, 7, 8 or 9)
  9. Previous year academic results transcript (only applicable if you have previously received a tertiary ed grant) Note: Applicants must have passed a minimum of 75% of the previous year’s courses to be eligible for further Scholarships
  10. Current CV
  11. Verified bank account details

Items 1-8 need to be on tertiary institution letterhead.
The maximum number of Waikato-Tainui Tertiary Grants a tribal member can be awarded is three (3) at NZQA levels 2-7.

2018 Waikato-Tainui Tertiary Education Grants and Tumate Mahuta Memorial Scholarships

Applicant must be a registered tribal member.

Courses must be NZQA recognised and must start during the 2018 calendar year.

Online applications will open 1 December 2017 and close 28 February 2018.

Click on MY WAIKATO-TAINUI and follow the Tertiary Education Grant application instructions.

The application process will prompt applicants to upload these specific documents:

  1. Confirmation of 2018 enrolment
  2. Official name of qualification
  3. List of course subjects
  4. Certified invoice of your course costs
  5. Start and finish date of course
  6. Study type (full or part time)
  7. Year of study
  8. NZQA level of course
  9. Previous year academic results transcript (only applicable if you have previously received a tertiary ed grant) Note: Applicants must have passed a minimum of 75% of the previous year’s courses to be eligible for furthergrants/scholarships
  10. Current CV
  11. Verified bank account details

Items 1-8 need to be on tertiary institution letterhead.

The maximum number of Tumate Mahuta Memorial Scholarships a tribal member can be awarded is three (3) -at NZQA levels 8 and 9
The maximum number of Waikato-Tainui Tertiary Grants a tribal member can be awarded is three (3) at NZQA levels 2-7

2018 Waikato-Tainui and NZTA Heritage Protection Scholarship

Applicants must be undertaking undergraduate (NZQA levels 5,6 or 7) or postgraduate (NZQA levels 8 or 9) Archaeology study at either the University of Auckland or the University of Otago

Online applications will open 1 December 2017 and close 31 March 2018 and 31 July 2018 for study commencing in the 2nd semester.

Click on MY WAIKATO-TAINUI and follow the Tertiary Education Grant application instructions.

The application process will prompt applicants to upload these specific documents:

  1. Confirmation of 2018 enrolment
  2. Official name of qualification
  3. List of course subjects
  4. Certified invoice of your course costs
  5. Start and finish date of course
  6. Study type (full or part time)
  7. Year of study
  8. NZQA level of course
  9. Previous year academic results transcript (only applicable if you have previously received a tertiary ed grant/scholarship) Note: Applicants must have passed a minimum of 75% of the previous year’s courses to be eligible for further Scholarships
  10. Current CV
  11. Verified bank account details

Items 1-8 need to be on tertiary institution letterhead.

2018 NZTA and Waikato-Tainui Kaapui Ngaa Kaakaho Scholarship

The NZ Transport Agency Waikato-Tainui Kapuia Ngaa Kaakaho Scholarship has been established to facilitate education and training that can occur which would be complimentary with the design and construction of the Hamilton Section of the Waikato Expressway. It is envisaged that this scholarship will fulfil aspirations of Waikato-Tainui tupuna to enhance the maatauranga of tribal members and to further develop their skills and understanding of new processes

The scholarship is aimed at students studying in the disciplines that benefit both Waikato-Tainui and the NZ Transport Agency. Examples include, but are not limited to: planning, engineering, surveying, environmental sciences, ecology and archaeology.

Four annual scholarships of $4,000.00 each are available to registered tribal members of Waikato-Tainui.

Selection criteria for the scholarship will include:

  1. Academic achievement
  2. Contribution or intended contribution to your Waikato-Tainui Marae
  3. Community Spirit
  4. Cultural Awareness and connection to the Hamilton Section area; and
  5. Motivation to study

Expressions of Interest (2 pages max) for the 2018 Scholarship are due on 31 July 2018. Expressions of Interest should outline why you would be a suitable candidate for the scholarship and how you satisfy the above criteria. Please submit your Expression of Interest by email jackiehaggie@tainui.co.nz

All Expressions of Interest will be evaluated by NZTA staff and interviews may be required. Decision of the scholarship awards is expected by late September 2018.

Waikato-Tainui and Department of Conservation Scholarship

Applicants must be undertaking undergraduate (NZQA levels 6 or 7) or postgraduate (NZQA levels 8 or 9) study in the areas of conservation, environment, marine, heritage planning and archaeology, to build the skills of Waikato-Tainui in these fields.

Applications will open 1 December 2017 and close 31 March 2018 (and 31 July 2018 for study commencing in the 2nd semester). Request an application form from Grants Processing jackiehaggie@tainui.co.nz

Selection criteria for the scholarship will include:

  1. Confirmation of 2018 enrolment
  2. Official name of qualification
  3. List of course subjects
  4. Certified invoice of your course costs
  5. Start and finish date of course
  6. Study type (full or part time)
  7. Year of study (2nd year or more)
  8. NZQA level of course (6, 7, 8 or 9)
  9. Previous year academic results transcript (only applicable if you have previously received a tertiary ed grant) Note: Applicants must have passed a minimum of 75% of the previous year’s courses to be eligible for further Scholarships
  10. Current CV
  11. Verified bank account details

Items 1-8 need to be on tertiary institution letterhead.

Harbour Asset Management Scholarship

Applicants must be undertaking undergraduate (NZQA level 7) or postgraduate (NZQA levels 8 or 9) study in the areas of finance, economics or accounting

Applications will open 1 December 2017 and close 31 March 2018 (and 31 July 2018 for study commencing in the 2nd semester). Request an application form from Grants Processing jackiehaggie@tainui.co.nz

Selection criteria for the scholarship will include:

  1. Confirmation of 2018 enrolment
  2. Official name of qualification
  3. List of course subjects
  4. Certified invoice of your course costs
  5. Start and finish date of course
  6. Study type (full or part time)
  7. Year of study (3rd year or more)
  8. NZQA level of course ( 7, 8 or 9)
  9. Academic Record (previous years academic results transcripts)
  10. Current CV
  11. Contribution to community and Iwi
  12. Quality of references (one community/Iwi and one academic)
  13. 500 word essay on the topic “Striking the right balance between harvesting income now and investing in future growth”

Waikato-Tainui Doctoral Scholarships

Due all year round and applications close on the last day of the month.

Applicants must be residing in NZ and enrolled at a NZ tertiary education institution.

Online applications are currently open or request an application form from Grants Processing jackiehaggie@tainui.co.nz

Click on MY WAIKATO-TAINUI and follow the Doctoral Scholarship application instructions.

Your Te Hookioi

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Your Employment Opportunities

With our Partners

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

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 housing@tainui.co.nz 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 .

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.

Your new Te Whakakitenga o Waikato chair is Parekawhia McLean (Te Papa-o-Rotu), deputy-chair is Tipa Mahuta (Waahi Marae).

Your Appointments Committee is: Huirama Matatahi (Waahi Marae), Ratauhinga Turner (Tauhei Marae), Robert Clark (Te Kotahitanga Marae), John Namana Kopa (Aotearoa Marae), Nanaia Rawiri (Te Awamaarahi Marae).

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.

Your Te Arataura Board is: Chair and Kaahui Ariki Representative (Appointed by Kiingi Tuheitia): Rukumoana Schaafhausen (Rukumoana Marae), Deputy Chair Patience Te Ao (Tauranganui Marae), Linda Naumai Te Aho (Poohara Marae), Jackie Colliar (Taniwha Marae), Aubrey Te Kanawa (Poihaakena Marae), Hinerangi Raumati-Tu'ua (Tuurangawaewae Marae), Hoki-mai Chong (Rereteewhioi Marae), Karen Akamiria Takanini Wilson (Puukaki Marae), Donald Turner (Taupiri Marae), Hemi Rau (Te Kotahitanga Marae), Tahi-o-Hurae Te Aomarama Rangiawha (Mootakotako Marae)

Your Waikato-Tainui

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

Waikato Raupatu Lands Trust and Waikato Raupatu River Trust manage tribal affairs; implement the tribe’s development strategy; and, make distributions for education, health and wellbeing, marae, social and cultural development. They also oversee and implement the 2008 Waikato River Settlement and related statutory and regulatory reform. They lead and monitor 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.

TAINUI GROUP HOLDINGS

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.

WAIKATO-TAINUI COLLEGE FOR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

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