It has been nearly three years since the election of the current Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Kaiwhakahaere and Kaiwhakahaere Tuarua (Deputy) and with the terms of office of these positions coming to an end, it’s time to get ready for the election of these representatives for the next three years.

The Kaiwhakahaere is chair of our Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu board, which is made up of 18 Papatipu Rūnanga representatives. The role is very important within Ngāi Tahu and includes as core functions: being the ‘principal upholder of the values of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu’ and being the ‘principal spokesperson for Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu’.

A major role of the Kaiwhakahaere Tuarua is to assist and support the Kaiwhakahaere. More detail about each of the roles is available in the ‘Role Descriptions’ posted on the Te Rūnanga intranet, and available on request to the Te Rūnanga Secretary. All Papatipu Rūnanga will shortly be sent a formal Request for Nomination by the Secretary of Te Rūnanga. This commences the process for the election of Kaiwhakahaere and Kaiwhakahaere Tuarua and gives Papatipu Rūnanga the opportunity to nominate their Rūnanga Representative (or the Representative from another Rūnanga) for either of the positions. [Read more…]