Tai-ranga-whenua means “ To weave the land and the sea”.
Tai-ranga-whenua is also the name of Waikato Regional Council's iwi relationships team. We strive for outcomes that support partnership and collaboration with Māori, and we engage with iwi primarily through this team.
Our Tai-ranga-whenua staff all have experience in tikanga and matauranga Māori, and are dedicated to maintaining and strengthening a shared relationship with Waikato iwi. They carry out a number of important functions:
Tai-ranga-whenua's activities include:
“Pupurutia te hononga roa ā iwi, mā te kōrero ngātahi, te whakaaro kotahi, e pūmau ai te kotahitanga”
Preserve long term relationships with iwi through effective engagement and enduring partnerships.
The critical role of this team across the organisation is recognised by its representation on the Executive Leadership Team through the Pou Tūhono (Programme Manager). The Vision emphasises inclusivity thereby ensuring that all the council responsibilities to iwi are not only successfully met but support council’s strategic intent and assure long term effectiveness.
The Mission statement for the team is about the need for unity, expressed in the belief that all parties are on this journey together and that none shall be left behind.
The team’s mission is:
“Ko te waka o te kotahitanga, he waka ngāwari te rere”
A canoe of collaboration and mutual beneficial partnerships for all.
For enquiries with regard to matters of iwi/hapū interest in resource management please use our online form(external link).
|Rangi Hetet||Kaiāwhina - Administrative support|
|Nevada Huaki-Foote||Kaiāwhina – Tauira|
|Michael Carey||Kaiwhakarite – Co-management, Learning and Development|
|Tutahanga Douglas||Kaiwhakarite – Policy and Strategy|
|Roger Lewis||Kaiwhakarite – Policy and Strategy|
For after hours enquires and/or emergency response please call 0800 800 401.