Written by: Selwyn Parata
6 Jul 2015

Mauriora ki te rangi ko Io matua kore anake,

Mauriora ki te whenua ko tatau nga uri a ratau ma.

Tangihia o tatau mate e hika ma, te pukahu o nga uri o te maunga tapu nei a Hikurangi kua ngaro i te tirohanga kanohi engari ka mau tonu i nga whakaaro,

Kaore ha to tatau upoko ariki, te morehu tipuna nei i a Apirana Mahuika. Koia tena.

Te tiamana tuatahi o to tatau Runanganui, ki tona tuahine, taku koka i a Hawea Mackey tetahi o nga poutokomanawa o te taonga a te iwi, ki tana tamahine a Maria Paiherhere Whitehead taku tuahine. Moe mai ra koutou ki te hawaiki kei te po.

Kia ora tatau rau rangatira ma, te hunga whaipaanga ki te Runanganui; koutou nga uri no nga whanau me nga hapu o NgatiPorou mai i Potikirua ki Te Toka a Taiau, atu i te rarangi maunga o te Raukumara i te uru ki te hikumutu kei te rawhiti, ko tona tuanui ko Rangi e tu nei, ko tona papa ko Papatuanuku e tau nei.

Hanake nei he ata hou!

The 15 year apprenticeship I served as Deputy Chair of Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou and its predecessors enabled me to move seamlessly into the role of Chair, and with our Board quickly focus on key priorities, including the recruitment of a new Chief Executive, reviewing and enhancing our Strategic Plan and with Toitu Ngati Porou approve an integrated, intergenerational Ngati Porou Reo Strategy. These have been major achievements at a time when the board and staff were still coming to terms with the loss of Uncle Api, who was such a prominent figure and feature of the Ngati Porou landscape for the past 30 years.

In taking on the role of Chair I knew that I would bring to that role my own brand of leadership which is, to live, work and move amongst Nati’s as they go about their everyday lives, to understand what motivates, excites and troubles them, to gain an insight into what their dreams and aspirations are and not to presume to know what they are. To understand and clearly define what our collective goals and aspirations are and clarify how the Runanganui, hapu, marae and taurahere contribute to these as well as how whanau contribute to their own aspirations.

The two mantra that I hold to are, “Our land and our people are our greatest assets and we need to harness them” and, “that we must always keep the Porou in the Nati “a proud, energetic, independent and resourceful people. Over the past four months of my Chairmanship, Rei Kohere the Deputy Chairman, and I have nurtured a culture at the Runanganui board that encourages robust debate informed by good information and places a premium on trust, confidence and respect. Although it is still early days, I can see changes in terms of the active engagement and participation of all Board members and increased levels of accountability and transparency in board decision-making. Board members are better at recognising their own strengths and limitations and acting on that analysis to determine what activities they should be involved in and what activities they should leave to other board members.

I also want to acknowledge the contribution of the Runanganui board, subsidiary board members and the senior management team for their contribution to the joint strategic planning session that was expertly co-facilitated by Kylee Potae and Herewini Te Koha. This strategy session was also attended by our new CE Dean Moana and the main outcome from this session was the development of KPI’s, results, that would enable Boards, management and Ngati Porou to monitor the performance of the Runanganui in achieving its stated outcomes, goals and objectives.

I have already started to recruit some of the talent that we have in the areas of WaiMaori/Freshwater, Education and in Te Reo ake o Ngati Porou. This I believe is contributing to engaging a broader cross section of Ngati Porou people in the work of the Runanganui and the engagement of their whanau and hapu. The utilisation of these resource people is also assisting the Runanganui improve its communications with Ngati Porou by becoming more externally focussed. I am pleased with the increased momentum and activity that has occurred across a number of the Runanganui’s key priorities in such a short period of time, including ;

1. Development of an integrated, intergenerational Ngati Porou Reo strategy, which the Runanganui along with Toitu Ngati Porou, will convene a special Hui-a-iwi on, in the next couple of months to seek Ngati Porou’s endorsement.

2. Review and refresh of the Matauranga Ngati Porou and Ngati Porou Education Strategies to ensure that Ngati Porou wherever they may be are able to access quality education that equips them with the necessary skills, knowledge and confidence to be successful, contributing Ngati Porou, New Zealand and global citizens. To this end we are also about to pilot an education outcomes project with the MoE, as one of a number of initiatives to revise and enact the Ngati Porou Outcomes Measurement Framework that the Runanga designed in 2007-8. It will be another first in the country and the Auditor General has already publicly commended Ngati Porou on the framework.

3. We have begun discussions with GDC management and staff to work on a programme that will enable the TRONPnui and the GDC to implement a co-governance and co management freshwater regime within the Ngati Porou rohe under Section 36b of the RMA and then move to full delegated authority to Ngati Porou under Section 33 of the RMA. This is in direct response to the outcome of the 12 hapu cluster consultation hui held between October 2014 and January 2015.

4. I am pleased to see our entrepreneurial spirit rebooted with the Business and Financial literacy courses that the Runanganui has been running with the Maori Women’s Development Inc. I think it is also worth noting that the Runanganui and all its subsidiaries employ over 350 staff, which makes the Runanganui one of the largest employers in the district and the largest employer of Nati’s anywhere in the world.

“Ngati Porou has much to be proud of, however we cannot afford to live off the deeds of our elders and ancestors we must all make our own mark and contribution to Ngāti Porou growth and development. I want to be part of a leadership team that builds a pathway for the next generation that is aspirational, inspirational and achievable, a pathway founded on the principles contained in ‘E tipu e Rea’, each generation expressing in their own unique way what it is to be Ngati Porou – “he iwi moke he whanoke”. Finally I want to restate that I consider it a privilege and an honour to be chairman of Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou and in closing wish to acknowledge my deputy chairman, Rei Kohere, fellow board members, the management and staff of the Runanganui and our subsidiaries for their support and encouragement.

Nga mihi nui ki a koutou.

Ki taku tuakana kia Teepa Wawatai nga mihi nui e te hoa mohou i whakapau werawera kia tu rangatira nga kaupapa a NgatiPorou hei painga mona hei oranga mo te iwi.

Hei kona, ma te Wahi Ngaro koe e manaaki i roto I ohou nekeneke, i ohou takahitanga I runga i te mata o te whenua, ahakoa ka wehe atu koe i te turanga kaihautu kei te mohio tonu au ka mau tonu koe ki wa tatau kaupapa. Ngā mihi nui kia tatau katoa. Heoi ano kei roto i nga kupu a te waiata a Tuini Ngawai,

‘Mihi mai aku rangatira e, mihi mai aku rangatira e

Mihi mai ra aku rangatira e,

mihi mai ki runga ra I te harakoa o te kaupapa nei he taonga natatau katoa

Meinga tenei hei tuhonohono ra he tikanga pai na te aroha e aue ka poua te manawa whiti rere tonu ake na te rangimarie’

Kua ara a matariki ! Hape nuia !

Tipu matoro ki te ao.

Kia tau te ia o te mauri kia tatau

 

Selwyn Tanetoa Parata

Chairman

Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou

Tukuna mai o whakaaro