December 12, 2012
King appoints Tuku Morgan as Kahui Ariki to Te Arataura
Kiingi Tuheitia has appointed Tukoroirangi Morgan as his Kahui Ariki (“KA”) Representative to Te Arataura, the tribe’s executive board, effective immediately.
In appointing Tukoroirangi Morgan, the King has made it clear that he wants to see an end to the infighting and factionalism that has virtually paralysed the tribal Parliament.
The King’s greatest wish is: ‘kia tau te rangimarie' – let there be peace.
“The King expects Mr Morgan to work collaboratively and cooperatively with Te Arataura and Te Kauhanganui and to steer the tribe back towards stability and unity of purpose.
“The King feels that Tuku has a track record of success, extensive networks within the Maaori and Paakeha worlds, and a strong commitment to the kaupapa and values of te Kiingitanga,” said [spokesman]
“Put simply, Mr Morgan gets things done – whether it was ensuring this tribe was part of Whaanau Ora, overseeing the tribe’s response to the Otautahi earthquakes, implementing the River Settlement and Joint Management Agreements, or ensuring this tribe’s continued access to the corridors of power, to name just a few of the things achieved on his ‘watch’.
“There is no denying that Mr Morgan is one of the most effective and respected leaders in Maaoridom, and there is no denying that the Waikato-Tainui waka has been drifting since his departure nine months ago.
“If anything has been demonstrated over the past year, it is that Mr Morgan has not been the cause of the raruraru. It has continued in his absence, and with this appointment it must end.
“Constitutional reform and negotiations around the relativity payment are just two areas where the King expects Mr Morgan to help manage outcomes that will deliver broader benefits to tribal members.”
Mr Morgan will replace Greg Miller, who has held the position for the past three years. At this critical time in the tribe’s history the King sees a need for his representative to provide a clear vision and strong leadership.
Kiingi Tuheitia paid tribute to the work of Mr Miller, a close friend who combined his KA duties with a fulltime role as General Manager for Toll NZ Ltd along with a number of external directorships.
“Greg carried out his responsibilities as KA Representative with integrity and dignity. His governance and business skills are exceptional and were a source of great comfort to the King. He came into the role at a time of great turmoil and was a calming influence on those around him.
“Kiingi Tuheitia will forever be grateful to him for accepting what was, and is, always going to be a very difficult role.”
As the Kahui Ariki representative, Mr Morgan follows in some hallowed footsteps, including those of Gordon Horace Forbes, Sir Robert Mahuta and Lady Raiha Mahuta.