August 07, 2019
Marae unity foundation of Te Rarawa progress
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Te Rarawa chief executive Kevin Robinson has retired after 30 years of service to the far north iwi.
He says the iwi is in a sound financial position, and it's time for fresh hands and eyes for the next phase of its development.
Figures released at last week's annual meeting showed Te Rarawa's asset based has grown from $40 million to $70 million since it completed its settlement in 2015.
Mr Robinson says he started getting involved in tribal affairs in the late 1980s driving his kaumātua to hui, and he was then asked to represent his marae at Mōtītī.
"The hui used to move from one marae to the next each month. With 23 marae in Te Rarawa it was an opportunity to go to every single one of those marae, meet all the kaumātua, kuia and the people involved in each of those marae. I found that pretty invigorating and saw the opportunity of all of our marae being able to work together under one organisation. It was fantastic at that time," he says.
Mr Robinson says it has been a privilege to have met and worked with kaumātua and leaders over the years, including Dame Whina Cooper, the rūnanga's first chair John Campbell, Gloria Herbert and current incumbent Haami Piripi.
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