July 18, 2022
Contest for rangatahi roles on Arawa board
Four wahine have put their names forward for the two rangatahi positions on Te Tatau o Te Arawa, representing the iwi in a partnership with Rotorua Lakes Council.
The 12 other board positions have been elected unopposed as candidate numbers did not exceed the number of available vacancies.
In the race are Maringa James and Tara Sears from Ngāti Whakaue, Te Waiarangi Merito from Ngāti Pikao me Ngāti Whakaue; and Kahutapeka Ututaonga from Te Arawa whanui.
Te Tatau executive director Jude Pani says rangatahi bring something different to the table than the representatives for iwi and hapu, land trusts and other iwi entities.
“They look at the world through a different lens, the lens of the future. They communicate in a different way, they look at issues differently, they don’t look at what we can’t do but what’s possible, and innovation, they just bring whole different energy into the governance space,” she says.
Registered tribal members can vote through post or online by August 5.