United For Mutual Prosperity
Te Rūnanga Ō Kirikiriroa
KUPU WHAKAARA // Mission Statement
To improve the holistic well-being of every Māori and Pacific person domiciled within the environs of Kirikiriroa.
TE TAUMATA TIROHANGA // Vision Statement
Kotahi ano te kohao o te ngira
E kuhuna ai te miro mā te miro pango me te miro whero
I muri i au, kia mau ki te ture, ki te aroha me te whakapono
There is but one eye of the needle
Through which the white, black and red threads must all pass
After i am gone, holdfast to divine lore, unconditional love and resolute faith
A proverb by Pōtatau Te Wherowhero, 1858.
POU TIKANGA // Values
The core values of the Rūnanga are:
> Mana Rangatira
These values underpin the corporate values of the Rūnanga which are:
> Tikanga as being fundamental to the organisation as the
foundation for all its practices
> Te Tiriti ō Waitangi (the Treaty) and the principles of
Partnership (where partners have equal status and are
treated with respect)
> Participation (active contribution within forums that make
decisions affecting the Māori and Pacific Islands communities)
and Protection as a kaitiaki in the protection of traditional and
> Gender balance in all its operations
> Mana Māori motuhake reflected in its interactions and
Membership to the Rūnanga
Every Māori and Pacific Islands man, woman and child living within the boundaries of Kirikiriroa and its environs is a member of the Rūnanga as of right.
Members of the Rūnanga are entitled to the following constitutional rights:
> Every member of the Rūnanga has the right to have input
into the appointment of Trustees and strategic plan.
> Every member can expect that the Rūnanga will adhere to
the values that the Rūnanga aspires to.
United for Mutual Prosperity
Established in the mid 1980’s under the guidance of the late Maori Queen Te Arikinui Te Atairangikaahu and Mayor Sir Ross Jansen, Te Rūnanga ō Kirikiriroa Charitable Trust was established as the Urban Māori Authority for Kirikiriroa (Hamilton).
The Constitution and Trust Deed for the Rūnanga were formalised in May 1988.
With the establishment of this urban authority was an express acknowledgement of the sovereign rights of the mana whenua and tangata whenua of this area.
The Rūnanga was mandated to focus on issues relating to Article III of the Treaty of Waitangi, and, represent the needs of Maataa waka and Pacific peoples who live within the city boundaries.
The Rūnanga is today recognised as a significant voice for Māori and Pacific Island peoples and has a current and relevant response to many social, health, political and wellbeing needs of their people.
He mihi tenei ki Te Arikinui Te Atairangikaahu mō tōna wawata kia whakaturea Te Rūnanga ō Kirikiriroa he ringaringa mōna i waenganui i te iwi.
We Acknowledge our late Queen Te Arikinui Te Atairangikaahu for her vision in establishing Te Rūnanga ō Kirikiriroa as her hands amongst the people
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AROHA // Aroha tētehi ki tētehi
We work with respect and from our hearts:
Tikanga is the basis of our practice
By our actions we will show that we care about you, our community and our environment
We will strive to ensure our mahi is appropriate and relevant
TE WHANAUNGATANGA // Ko te pae tawhiti whaia kia tata, ko te Pae tata whakamaua kia tina
We work to unite the people by:
Acting with honesty, respect and integrity at all times
Working towards prosperity to benefit all our members
Creating pathways for mutual development and rewards
TE MAHI WHAKANGUNGU // He Taonga te Mātauranga
We will work towards financial independence by:
Growing and developing our commercial arm and core services
Being recognised nationally and Internationally as leaders in our field; leaders in indigenous research and development
TE MANA RANGATIRA // Mahia te mahi mēnā he painga mō te Iwi
We will be the voice for our people by:
Being an advocate on issues that affect their quality of life
Putting ideas forward to government about issues that affect our people
Supporting people to speak up for themselves
Established in the mid 1980’s under the direction and guidance of the late Maori Queen Te Atairangikaahu and Mayor Sir Ross Jansen Te Rūnanga o Kirikiriroa Charitable Trust is an Urban Authority acknowledging the sovereign rights of mana whenua and tangata whenua of the Hamilton City area.
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