Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Ngai Tahu Elections - Arowhenua Update

Arowhenua update from this original post
From Stuff
"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.

"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."
Yes, let's get people back to the marae and strengthen the ties that bind.
"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?


Anonymous said...

Kia ora Marty

the old saying that we should never let truth get in the way of a good story applies here. Uncle Joe Waaka was not the TRONT representative therefore Quentin could not have replaced him as such

the previous TRONT representative was Gary Waaka with Joe as the alternate. when Gary resigned, Joe began attending meetings as the alternate awaiting the outcome of the election process

as it happened in the election process there were at least three nominations for representative (including Joe) and the appointment committee selected Quentin Hix.

Joe did not like the outcome and using his authority as Upoko he called a meeting to try to get the decision reversed. there were allegations of flawed processes etc

the question which should have been asked is would Joe have called the meeting to complain if he had been appointed by that committee using that process?

Marty Mars said...

kia ora anon

thanks for clearing that up,

calling a special general meeting is quite a big thing in my book

Anonymous said...

just found this website, and anon is not right, Joe Waaka was the alternate if Gary couldnt attend the meetings Joe Waaka did, but he attended them anyway becos he was expected to. The reason he called the special meeting was becos due process was not followed, if you put out an agenda you follow that agenda and the selection committee did not. The committee said it will hold interviews of all applicants, they didnt do that, they selectioned a person on his CV only. How clever is that???