May 12, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Te Arawa Standing Committee holds inaugural hui

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The Te Arawa Standing Committee (TASC) met yesterday for the first time since Te Arawa whanui elected six members of their iwi to represent them on the Rotorua District Council.

The meeting was opened by Mauriora Kingi, Director of Kaupapa Maori at RDC, with a mihi whakatau in which he welcomed the newly elected representatives. In his korero he pointed out how auspicious it was that this inaugural meeting was being held as our new year is dawning with Matariki rising in our Eastern skies. Matua Mauriora closed with a karakia.

Both the Daily Post and Te Karere were there as were many whanau and friends.

We were pleased to see that Kingi Biddle rose in response to Matua Mauriora’s mihi thereby acknowledging tikanga by accepting the mihi on behalf of the new trustees and returning the mana to the Council. Wahine from the Biddle whanau closed his korero with a waiata.

Rotorua’s Mayor, Kevin Winters, who chairs TASC in turn welcomed those present and stressed how important TASC is to providing advice in terms of policies and protocols as they relate to the Rotorua District Couincil and its Maori constituants.

The Te Arawa Standing Committee was formed in 1993 . There are nine members which serve three year terms.

Rotorua District Council and Te Arawa iwi formed the Te Arawa Standing Committee in 1993, it was then and is now still considered an innovative decision. The committee reviews council matters which affect the resources of Te Arawa tribes, sub-tribes, hapu and whanau. It does not, however, assume the tino rangitiratanga of any Te Arawa Iwi or Hapu.

Three of these seats are appointed (Mayor, Deputy Mayor, and CEO). There are six iwi reps and until 2010 three of these reps were appointed by Te Arawa organisations and three were democratically appointed by Te Arawa tribal members. However, in 2009, the decision to change the electoral process to make it more accountable was made, this saw all six representatives seek mandate via the electoral process.

Te Arawa Standing Committee (2010-2013)

  • Roku Mihinui (Tuhourangi, Ngati Wahiao)
  • Rene Mitchell (Ngati Whakaue, Te Arawa)
  • Kingi Biddle (Te Arawa, Mataatua)
  • Arapeta Tahana (Ngati Pikiao)
  • Eraia Kiel (Te Arawa, Tainui, Rongomaiwahine)
  • Potaua Biasiny-Tule (Ngati Pikiao, Ngati Whakaue, Ngai Tuhoe)

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