June 03, 2013
Mood for change in Tainui
Waikato-Tainui is giving its people two months to comment on a review that could totally overhaul the tribe’s governance and representation structures.
A hui-ā-tau at Ngāruawāhia on Saturday voiced support for the review, which is being done by a team including the chairs and chief executives of the tribal bodies.
Tukoroirangi Morgan, the acting chair of the tribal parliament Te Kauhanganui, says the structure adopted by the tribe in the late 1990s after its raupatu settlement is no longer working effectively.
"We must change because the world is changing, the financial landscape and the social and cultural landscape of this country is changing, so we've got to change to meet the challenges of tomorrow. That is at the core of what the tribe wants," he says.
The hui emphasised that any new structure must take into account Tainui’s commitment to the Kīngitanga.
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