October 29, 2014
Marae help steer Tainui
The 68 marae of Waikato Tainui will be back in the driver’s seat after a referendum on the iwi governance.
More than 70 percent of voters opted for the so called marae model, which would shrink the unwieldy Te Kauhanganui parliament by a third and also trim the executive Te Arataura.
Governance review co-chair Rahui Papa says people should have a clearer idea of the relative roles of the various bodies and how they fit together.
"It’s the marae that will be taking charge of the korero that comes back and through Te Kauhanganui because it is the marae that are the beneficiary of the settlement. The essence of it is that people thought that 200 people was too much and they wanted to streamline that process a little bit more," he says.
Rahui Papa says the vote needs to be endorsed by Te Kauhanganui and new rules developed before the triennial election next February.
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