March 15, 2013
Te Arawa considers governance model
The chair of Te Arawa Lakes Trust believes a new governance structure for the iwi confederation will benefit all of its constituents.
At its annual meeting on Sunday, the trust will vote on a proposal to create a parliament with three representatives from each active mārae, similar to the Waitako-Tainui Te Kauhanganui.
Toby Curtis says the plan was developed in collaboration with other Te Arawa settlement groups.
He says people looking at what is good for all of Te Arawa rather than pushing the interests of their individual iwi.
‘Everyone is more concerned about how can we do things for the good of Te Arawa, whether they are wealthy or not. We do have some hapū here who are very wealthy. We’re not concerned about them but we won’t them to contribute to the overall wellbeing of Te Arawa and I think everybody is following that line at this moment,” he says.
Toby Curtis says the new structure will create space for more people to become active, including younger people and women.
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