29 Apr 2010

Way cleared for new Tainui manager

9:46 pm on 29 April 2010

Tainui is on the hunt for a new chief executive, after the Employment Relations Authority dismissed a claim by the former job-holder, Hemi Rau, that the tribe's executive was wrong to sack him for allegedly leaking information to the media.

Tainui chairman Tukoroirangi Morgan says it's important everyone in leadership positions in the tribe knows their role.

He told Waatea News that politics is the domain of the chair, while getting on and running the business of the tribe at an operational level is led by the chief executive.

"I am looking forward to canvassing throughout this country and finding the right person who can be the chief executive for Waikato-Tainui," Mr Morgan says.

He also says Tainui is looking forward to the third reading of the Waikato River settlement bill, which will give the iwi a formal role in management of the awa.

Mr Morgan is elated the bill got through its committee stages this week without major change.

He says attacks from the ACT Party on the bill's promise to protect the tribe's spiritual relationship with the Waikato River only highlights the need for the tribes to have a role in managing the river.

More than 200 members of Waikato-Tainui will head to Wellington next week to see the Waikato River Settlement bill signed into law.