June 04, 2013
Tainui considers new waka
A spokesperson from Waikato-Tainui says the iwi needs a structure not just to fulfil its political aims but its social and economic ones as well.
About 500 people attended a hui-ā-tau in Ngāruawāhia on the weekend to endorse a review of the system of parliament and executive set up after the tribe’s 1995 Raupatu claim settlement.
Rahui Papa says the next two months will be spent consulting the people on how they want to be represented.
"It's about how we effectively cater for the social, cultural and economic needs of the people as well as the political needs.
With those spheres of consideration, what would a waka look like? Would it have two or three ama so it can successfully negotiate the turbulent waters of today so we can get to the paradise at the end," he says.
Mr Papa says the review team may look for ideas in how other indigenous peoples around the world govern themselves.
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