25 Mar 2015

Te Arawa begins search for new leadership

8:51 am on 25 March 2015

Twenty Te Arawa descendants have been selected to take up its tribal leadership succession programme.

Aneta Morgan

Aneta Morgan Photo: Supplied

The first wananga, due to happen this weekend, has been cancelled because a number of participants could not attend. Instead, the first of the five remaining wananga will take place from next month.

Aneta Morgan of the charitable arm of post settlement entity Te Pumautanga o Te Arawa said it received just under 30 applications to join up to the programme.

She said the group had been picked based on their iwi involvement, their commitment to Te Reo, and the leadership qualities they possessed and offered to the wananga.

Ms Morgan said an introduction workshop would be held in April for the selected group, which is made up of about a dozen men and eight women between 29 and 49 years old.

She said the wananga would be grounded in cultural leadership and looking at the vision for Te Arawa.

Ms Morgan said there would be a heavy discussion on protocols and values, with the intention of bringing in tribal elders to talk about cultural values and protocols, as well as their roles on their Marae.

She said a large group of the people selected for the programme came from both Ngati Whakaue and Ngati Pikiao.

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