21 Dec 2011

Tuhoe seeks inaugural chief executive

6:35 am on 21 December 2011

The Ngai Tuhoe Tribal Authority is to recruit its first chief executive and wants the successful candidate to set up essential infrastructure services in remote communities within 10 years.

Te Uru Taumatua was ratified in August after two years of iwi engagement and development.

As part of its growth plan, it wants to appoint someone to direct and build the authority.

Chair Tamati Kruger says that person will be responsible for many areas, including post-treaty settlement and bringing the tribal group into the modern world.

He says he would like services such as reticulated water supplies, roads and sewerage systems set up for remote communities such as Maungapoohatu and Ruataahuna.

Mr Kruger says the tribe needs to take care of itself because it's unlikely anyone else will.