October 30, 2014
New way to resolve disputes
Waikato Tainui is to get a new dispute process members hope will end the court battles that have dogged the iwi over the past decade.
The Hohou Te Rongo process is part of a new governance model chosen by more than 70 percent of voters in a referendum that closed yesterday.
The model includes a smaller parliament with two rather than three representatives from each of the 68 marae, a smaller executive with its own secretariat, and new rules aimed at creating more transparency and accountability back to marae.
Governance review co-chair Rahui Papa says Hohou Te Rongo is a work in progress, but the aim is a tikanga-based dispute resolution process
"Those types of things like kanohi ki te kanohi korero, like going back and seeking the support of your marae before disputes are raised. It's about trying to get some processes that allows our tikanga to be able to be the first cull I suppose for disputes, and then talking through those disputes in a whanaungatanga way," he says.
Rahui Papa says Tainui fighting Tainui is not a good look.
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