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The Appointment Committee invite applications for Te Rūnanga o Waihao Representative and Alternate to Te Rūnanga Ngāi Tahu.


This appointment is at the highest level of governance for Te Rūnanga Ngāi Tahu and as such the committee invites applicants with relevant skills to apply and must meet the criteria detailed below.


Appointment of Te Runanga O Ngai Tahu Representative and Alternate

Nominees for the positions of Rūnanga Representative and Alternate Rūnanga Representative:

i)     may be required to demonstrate an understanding of the TRoNT structure, TRoNT decision-making processes and the cultural, political, social and economic issues facing the tribe;

ii)    must be registered members of TRoNT;

iii)    must be Registered Voting Members and have demonstrated active participation in the Rūnanga in the last three (3) years;

iv)   must have attended the AGM preceding the consideration and appointment of the TRoNT Rūnanga Representative and Alternate Rūnanga Representative by the Appointment Committee;

v)    must have signified in writing his or her willingness to accept nomination; and

vi)   must have shown long and continuous service in the interests of the Rūnanga.


Skills desired for the position:

  • A high level of understanding of Māori Governance
  • A high level of understanding of the relationship and structures of Te Rūnanga o Waihao and Te Rūnanga Ngāi Tahu
  • Understanding of the current issues facing the iwi and papatipu rūnanga
  • Active participation in rūnanga business
  • Ability to communicate clearly to a diverse group of whānau members
  • Ability to analyse information
  • High level of critical thinking and problem solving


Functions of Te Runanga O Ngai Tahu Representative

In accordance with the Charter, the TRONT Rūnanga Representative or Alternative Rūnanga Representative will represent the Rūnanga at all meetings of TRoNT.  They have a responsibility to the Rūnanga to:

  1. Facilitate a pre-TRoNT meeting with Rūnanga members in writing prior to the General Meeting;

  2. Report outcomes post-TRoNT meeting to Rūnanga members in writing prior to the General Meeting;

  3. Adhere to any protocols in the job description as deemed appropriate by the Rūnanga Executive; and

  4. Attend Rūnanga Executive meetings when requested by the Rūnanga Executive.


The committee invite applicants to attach a current curriculum vitae and cover letter detailing skills and attributes for the role to their application.


For information and application forms please contact the Te Rūnanga O Waihao Office, on behalf of the Appointment Committee Chair:

Email:  waihao.manager@ngaitahu.iwi.nz

Ph:  03-689-4726


Applications close 5pm, Friday 23rd August, no late applications will be received.


The committee intends on interviewing successful shortlisted applicants the weekend of 7th September, at Waihao Marae.  Applicants must be available for this date.

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Enrol to vote in the local elections

The local elections are being held in October this year when we choose who will be on our local councils and health boards.

It’s an important choice because councils and health boards make decisions about services we use every day in our local communities, like hospitals, buses, rubbish collection, parks and pools.

You need to be on the electoral roll to be able to vote in the local elections. It’s easy to enrol or update your details. Take a few minutes to do it now, so you’re ready to vote.  Go online at vote.nz, or call 0800 36 76 56 to ask for an enrolment form to be sent to you.

You can enrol and vote if you’re 18 or older, a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, and have lived in New Zealand for more than one year continuously at some time in your life. You can also enrol when you turn 17, then when you turn 18, you’ll be ready to vote.

The local elections are held by a postal vote so you need to be enrolled at the right address to get your voting papers from the council in the mail. Anyone who was enrolled before 16 August will be sent voting papers.  Anyone enrolling or updating their details after 16 August will need to contact their local council to arrange a special vote.

Local councils start sending out voting papers on 20 September and voting closes at midday on Saturday 12 October.

For more information on enrolling to vote, go to vote.nz

For information on voting in the local elections, visit vote2019.co.nz

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Resulting from the elections held at the Special General Meeting on 7th July 2019, the Executive Committee members for Te Runanga o Waihao are now:

Jo McLean (Chairperson)

Wendy Varcoe (Secretary)

Lesley Te Maiharoa-Sykes (Treasurer)

Graeme Lane

Ian Brunton

Jennifer Thomas

Sara Eddington

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Te Runanga o Waihao Inc

Wishes to notify All Registered Members that a

Special General Meeting

will be held on the Sunday 7th July 2019 at 10.30am at Waihao Marae.

The purpose of the meeting is to stand down the whole of the Executive Committee and have early elections for a new Committee.

A copy of the requisition is available to Registered Rūnanga Members by contacting the Rūnanga Office

Phone 03-689-4726 or Email waihao.manager@ngaitahu.iwi.nz

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 Te Rūnanga o Waihao Postal Vote

Te Rūnanga o Waihao Inc has extended its nomination period to call for nominations for the Appointment Committee. These nominations must be in writing and addressed to the Te Rūnanga o Waihao Office, to 26 Māori Road, RD 10, Waimate 7980 or by email: Waihao.manager@ngaitahu.iwi.nz. Nomination forms are available from the Rūnanga Office and must be received by the Rūnanga Office by Friday, 5.00pm, 21 June 2019.

For the avoidance of doubt, previous nominations submitted remain valid.

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The Executive have endorsed a 2019 ‘Back To School’ Grant for registered whanau members, to assist in schooling costs.

Please contact the office for further information on the grant process, and application forms.

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Te Rūnanga o Waihao

Notice of Directors Election Meeting


This meeting will be held following the AGM at

26 Māori Road, Morven, Waimate

Sunday 7th October 2018 at 1.00pm



  1. Appointment of Directors to Waihao Holdings Company


Note: Nominations for Directors to Waihao Holdings Company close 4.00pm 1st October 2018.
Nomination forms available from the Waihao Marae Office.


For further information, please contact

Waihao Marae Office 03 689 4726


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Te Rūnanga o Waihao

Notice of Annual General Meeting (AGM)

As per Section 8 of The Rules


This meeting will be held

26 Māori Road, Morven, Waimate

Sunday 7th October 2018 at 1.00pm


Lunch will be provided prior to the meeting.



  1. Welcome
  2. Minutes of Previous AGM
  3. Receive and consider the Annual Report of the Rūnanga Executive/s
  4. Receive and consider the Annual Financial Statements from the Treasurer
  5. To Appoint an Auditor for the ensuing year
  6. The election of such Runanga Executive positions including any Officers positions that are vacant
  7. Consider, and if agreed make changes to ‘The Rules’ of Te Rūnanga o Waihao

For further information please contact

Waihao Marae Office 03 689 4726

For further information please contact


Please RSVP by 4.00pm 1st October 2018