May 15, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Waikato Tainui brings together MBA students

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Kiingi Tuheitia, Patron of the Waikato-Tainui College for Research & Development, together with tribal leaders, College and University of Waikato staff, welcomed the Colleges first cohort of students who have enrolled on the University of Waikato MBA programme.

The opportunity for the College to deliver of the Waikato Management School MBA is a direct outcome of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the College and the University of Waikato on 1 February this year, bringing to fruition Sir Robert Mahutas dream of a world class educational facility producing the next generation of leaders.

Dr. Sarah-Jane Tiakiwai, College Academic Director, said it was a significant occasion and one that puts the College firmly on the path of engaging in academic and research activity that has tangible benefit for the tribe and the wider community.

Twenty two participants, including 13 from Waikato-Tainui and an almost even mix of males and females will form the inaugural intake of the MBA at the College.

The MBA delivered by the Centre for Corporate and Executive Education at the Waikato Management School has international triple accreditation status to the UK Association of MBAs (AMBA), EQUIS the European Quality Improvement System, and AACSB – the US-based Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, which is the worlds oldest-established quality assurance body in management education.

The MBA programme aligns well with the College vision, built for people from Waikato-Tainui, New Zealand and the world to come together to support and advance local, national and international aspirations, said Dr Tiakiwai.

The students will have, alongside the academic staff teaching on the programme, guest lectures and presentations from a diverse range of Maaori and business leaders from around the country and internationally. The students will also be supported by Maaori mentors who, as MBA graduates themselves, will understand the rigour and demands of the residential programme. Dr Tiakiwai said these aspects of the programme provided the living and learning environment which is reflective of how the College wants to operate.


In 1863, Governor Grey signed the New Zealand Settlements Act that led to the confiscation of 1.2 million acres of Waikato land. This was followed by colonial forces crossing the Mangataawhiri River to invade Waikato.

In 1995, Waikato-Tainui reached a settlement with the Crown for the injustices inflicted as a result of the raupatu. Provision was made in this settlement for the building of the endowed college. In 2008 the Waikato River Deed of Settlement was signed, with enhanced co-management arrangements finalised in 2009. Provision was made in this settlement for the endowed college to deliver research pertinent to the restoration of the health and wellbeing of the Waikato River. The completion of the Waikato River Claim will see the tribe having a co-governance role over New Zealands largest river. Negotiations over the tribes remaining outstanding claims (as part of its 1995 settlement) including the West Coast harbours are expected to commence over the next year.

In 2010 Waikato-Tainui reported a net profit of $18.6 million and revenue growth of 11.5 per cent. Total assets were $644 million. Grants totalling $4.4 million were paid to 1766 individuals and groups.

Waikato Tainui comprises 33 hapuu, 68 marae and 58,000 tribal members.

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