As noted in the last Te Pānui Rūnaka, we are currently working to update our database in preparation for the completion of our electoral ballot process. This process will select the Makaawhio appointment committee made up of seven members who will be responsible for the recruitment and recommendation for appointment of our Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu representative for next three years.

Once nominees have been called for the appointment committee, we have a three month window to complete the process confirming committee membership. Within this timeframe, if we attract more than seven nominees for the committee, members will be asked to participate in a postal ballot process to select the seven members of the appointment committee.

Ensuring our database is as accurate and as up-to-date as possible will ensure that our members and potential members are able to participate.

To assist with this we would request that if you have moved or want to check if we have your correct contact details please contact us on 0800 955 007 as soon as possible.

Over the next few weeks we will be sending out a form for members to complete and send back. This will help us to add extra information and to check that the address we hold is correct. We will also be posting out membership forms to potential members identified as meeting our membership criteria and inviting them to register with us.

If you think you should have received a letter and haven’t, please contact the office.