Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua is constituted as a corporate body by the Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua Act 1988 and is a Māori Trust Board under the Māori Trust Boards Act 1955.
It is the sole representative body and authorised voice to deal with issues affecting the whole of Ngāti Whātua. This authority was given by the tribe at a hui-ā-iwi held at the Ōtamatea marae on Saturday 20th February 1993.
It is also a Mandated Iwi Organisation and Iwi Aquaculture Organisation for the purpose of the Māori Fisheries Act 2004.
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Reo is a language revitalisation strategy that has been designed to start a process that will rediscover, recover and protect Te reo as a spoken language. The focus will be given to quality, correctness and promotion of the distinct language of Ngāti Whātua – te reo o Ngāti Whātua-ake. Promotion through te reo used in homes of the Ngāti Whātua Iwi will determine the success of this strategy. The strategy is currently under review.
Mua is a cultural heritage strategy that has been designed to rediscover, recover and protect the cultural heritage information that is unique to Ngāti Whātua. The purpose is to reconnect the Iwi with their heritage and encourage them to expand on this applying it in new ways while looking after the integrity of our tupuna’s valuable legacy.
The arts have always provided a variety of ways to express identity and reflect and interpret the environment around people. Important information can be embellished, issues can be brought to the fore and beauty can be appreciated. This strategy looks to begin a process of fostering creative talent and raising the status of the unique arts of Ngāti Whātua.
Toi is the arts and creative strategy that believes that the arts have always provided a variety of ways to express identity and reflect and interpret the environment around people. Vital information can be embellished, issues can be brought to the fore and beauty can be appreciated. The strategy of Toi looks to begin a process of fostering creative talent and raising the status of the unique arts of Ngāti Whātua.
Ihi is a strategy to motivate intrinsic wellness in Ngāti Whātua people.
Ako is a strategy to improve educational opportunities for Ngāti Whātua. The Rūnanga is currently evolving relationships with the Ministry of Education, Otago University and other education providers. Marae and tikanga based learning is a focus for the Rūnanga.
Ora is a strategy to achieve total wellbeing for the Iwi. The Rūnanga undertakes a number of activities under Ora, both in direct service via Te Hā Oranga, and in policy development, advice and partnership with health service providers in Northland and Auckland.
Hau is a strategy that relates to air quality and airwaves.
Tai is a strategy to improve marine-based activities.
Ngāti Whātua has interests in five harbours throughout its rohe: Whangārei, Mangawhai, Kaipara, Waitematā and Manukau.
The Kaipara Harbour is the largest harbour in the southern hemisphere and is the largest enclosed harbour in Aotearoa.
Research has recently confirmed what Ngāti Whātua people have long known that the Kaipara is a critical breeding ground for a number of species in both the West and East Coasts of the North Island and of course a kōhanga for the iconic tamure.
This proximity to the abundance of Tangaroa dictated that Ngāti Whātua placed exceptionally high importance on kaimoana for hospitality, sustenance and trade.
We are currently working closely with the government as the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011 is implemented. The Rūnanga also provides advice to local and central government agencies regarding Mana Whenua issues across the rohe relating to both marine and land-based resource management.
Hua is a strategy related to land-based activities.
The ‘heru’ symbolizes the significance derived from our unique heritage; the importance of our unique environments (whalebone); and the collective cultural pride and aspirations of our people. The associated term ‘Heru Hapāinga’ reflects the work and efforts needed to hold the heru aloft. Hei Heru Hapāinga.The Heru symbolizes the uplifted symbol of Ngāti Whātua tribal authority and esteem or mana. The ‘Heru” Tohu and Brand
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