Waikato-Tainui are welcoming a decision by the Waikato District Council to appoint Maangai Maaori to three of its major committees.
The Maangai Maaori will be appointed to the Strategy and Finance; Infrastructure and Policy and Regulatory committees in the coming weeks to provide a Maaori voice to the decision-making process.
Waikato-Tainui Executive Chair Rukumoana Schaafhausen said these are significant positions because they provide an opportunity for a Maaori world view to be heard in the engine room of council business.
“I want to congratulate the council for making this move to ensure council decision making is better informed and therefore reflective of Maaori and the wider community,” said Rukumoana.
Mayor Allan Sanson ought to be recognised for his outstanding leadership in advocating for this move said Rukumoana, “it shows a tangible maturing of the relationship between the Council and Waikato-Tainui and we look forward to working with them on the appointments process.”
“Our Joint Management Agreement with Waikato District Council ensures a relationship where we are able to put forward priorities of tribal members and this is something they have emphasised as significant to progress our Five-Year Plan goals.”
“There is much to be done in the coming term including the Hamilton to Auckland corridor and the many environmental issues just to name a couple of them,” said Rukumoana.