November 16, 2020
New leadership for Ngapuhi
The new chief executive of Te Rūnanga o Ngāpuhi is optimistic progress can be made towards the tribe’s historic treaty settlements.
Sam Napia has been confirmed in the role after acting on an interim basis for the past few months.
The rūnanga also has a new chair, Wane Wharerau, after Mere Mangu was not nominated to contest the role.
Mr Napia says the mood at the annual meeting on Saturday was positive, as was Treaty Negotiations Minister Andrew Little’s new-found willingness to work with hapū.
While the rūnanga has no mandate for settlement talks, many in Ngāpuhi look to it for leadership.
"Leadership does not mean driving. Certainly leadership should never have meant dictating. Leadership means the ability to work with our networks and to enable and support they who should be leading the settlement and they who should be leading the settlement are the rangatira of the hapū of Ngāpuhi," Mr Napia says.
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