"Arowhenua upoko Joe Waaka has been voted off as the Arowhenua Te Runanga O Ngai Tahu (Tront) representative after a special general meeting on Sunday.
Up to 60 people attended the meeting at the Arowhenua Marae and voted against Mr Waaka 26-25, Te Runanga O Arowhenua registered member Pierre Manning-Waaka said.
Mr Waaka was replaced by Timaru barrister Quentin Hix. Mr Manning-Waaka said he hoped the new appointment would bring the people back to the marae, as hundreds had left since 1970. Of the 9000 members of Te Runanga O Arowhenua, only about 40 would turn up to monthly meetings, he said.Yes, let's get people back to the marae and strengthen the ties that bind.
"We want a strong marae base. I'm calling for people to return to the marae and support the process and the runanga. The more people we have the better."
"The role of a runanga representative is to administer the assets and liabilities of Te Runanga as kaitiaki for Ngai Tahu Whanui and not discriminate against any particular Papatipu Runanga."Is that the description of the rep role that you would use? Are some Papatipu Runaka being 'discriminated' against?