(Radio NZ) Te Arawa has launched a campaign to help tribal descendants who want to stand in next month’s council elections.
It aims to support candidates running for a three-year term on organisations such as Bay of Plenty Regional Council or Rotorua District Council.
It also aims to back uri (descendants) wanting to stand for mayor of Rotorua – or a member of the Rotorua Council’s advisory body – Te Arawa Standing Committee.
Te Arawa kaumatua, Toby Curtis, who’s involved in the campaign, said several tribal members have put their names forward.
Dr Curtis said the idea is to help candidates with their pamphlets, as well as the wording, and help them design their billboards.
He said the campaign also intends to encourage Te Arawa whanau to vote for their tribal kin standing for the elections.