Our governance serves to protect and advance the collective interests of our Iwi. Following the 1995 Waikato Raupatu Claims Settlement, a governance model was implemented that incorporates a democratic structure where our Marae play a vital role.
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. 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.
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 grows for the future generations.
Two elected representatives from each of our 68 marae, totalling 136 elected representatives, make up Te Whakakitenga o Waikato – the tribal parliament and formerly known as Te Kauhaunganui. Representatives are elected every three years.
Te Arataura is the executive committee of Te Whakakitenga, which oversees the tribe's day to day activities. Te Whakakitenga o Waikato is accountable to our tribal members.
Your Te Whakakitenga o Waikato chair is Parekawhia McLean (Te Papa-o-rotu), deputy-chair is Tipa Mahuta (Waahi Marae).
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).
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.