The journey to decide who will represent the interests of whanau and hapu around the board table has begun, with the release of confirmed dates for the upcoming Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou Elections.
Nominations for the fourteen elected representative positions open on the 15th of July and close a month later on the 12th of August. The official voting period will run over a four week period from the 14th of September to the 14th of October.
To be eligible to stand as a candidate in the Elections or to cast their votes, participants must be registered as an adult member (18 years or older) on the Ngati Porou Iwi Register. For the purposes of the Elections they must also nominate the Rohenga Tipuna (hapu and marae clusters based on shared whakapapa) they will vote or stand in.
Iwi members have the opportunity to become active participants in the 2015 election process by using online or postal voting systems. The last elections were held in September 2011, when the Inaugural board of Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou were voted in by the people.
Over the past four years the organisation has evolved and experienced many changes in the Ngati Porou post-treaty settlement era. Although still in its infancy, TRONPnui has grown its asset base to just over $200 million, established new commercial and cultural entities, and become a major player on the national and regional political landscape. During this time the Runanganui felt the deep loss of its former Chairman Dr Apirana Mahuika , who had also led the organisation’s predecessor Te Runanga o Ngati Porou for almost three decades.
The forthcoming elections represent an opportunity for Ngati Porou whanau to have their say about who they believe will best advocate on behalf of their collective interests, as well as govern over their collective assets. When the fourteen successful candidates are announced in October, their responsibilities will also encompass continuing the legacy of those who paved the way before them, while creating new pathways for those who are yet to come.
SIGN UP OR UPDATE YOUR DETAILS ON THE NGATI POROU REGISTER
To participate ( by voting or standing) in the upcoming elections, please ensure you and your whanau are registered on the Ngati Porou Register by the 12th of August. If you register after this date, you will not be eligible to vote in this year’s elections.
To register, update or check your details please go online to www.ngatiporou.iwi.nz
Or contact Hiria Shaw, Iwi Database Administrator, Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou, 1 Barry Avenue, Ruatoria. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: 0800 833 502
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE TRIBAL DEMOCRATIC PROCESS
To find out further information about the roles and responsibilities of elected representatives , or the nomination and election process download the Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou Trust Deed from the publications section of www.ngatiporou.com
Candidate Nomination papers and Candidate handbooks will be available from July 15th.
KEEP UP TO DATE WITH TRONPnui ELECTIONS 2015
Regular updates and further details about the elections will be posted on our website www.ngatiporou.com, our TRONPnui facebook and twitter pages, and on Radio Ngati Porou. If you are registered on the Iwi Database you will also receive regular email updates. If you have a patai about the elections please email email@example.com
DOWNLOAD ELECTIONS 2015 INFO SHEET