February 04, 2021
Ngapuhi rewrites rules for runanga
The Ngāpuhi Rūnanga has agreed to all the recommendations of a governance review, including making significant changes to its constitution and electoral model.
The review was launched by previous chair Mere Mangu after the resignation of long-serving leader Sonny Tau, and its new chair Wane Wharerau says he will follow through.
He says there is a need to restore trust and confidence in the rūnanga.
The review included a survey by PwC New Zealand of around 650 Ngāpuhi members and a report by governance expert David Gray on stakeholder perceptions and experiences.
"Adopting all those recommendations, we can't pick and choose which recommendations we are going to do because our whānau have spoken so we must ensure we deliver what they want," Mr Wharerau says.
He says the rūnanga needs to attract people with the skills to oversee its major entities, including its health and social services subsidiaries and its asset holding company.
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