Today, Ngāti Awa faces many challenges, some of which have remained with us for some time. But with these challenges come opportunities – and the potential to move forward together as one.
In 2008, Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa engaged with Ngāti Awa whānui to identify iwi aspirations looking ahead towards the year 2050. Without exception, Ngāti Awa of all ages share the view that the survival and revitalisation of our identity and culture into the future is paramount. This shared vision is very powerful and unifying, but we also need to recognise that the deterioration of our language and cultural practices has been swift and the sustainability of our unique identity is not guaranteed. The challenge has been laid down, kia rite – we must be ready.
Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa presents this strategic vision for the next five years and beyond. This is our journey together.
Effectively supporting the achievements of iwi aspirations and the long term iwi vision is a key role of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa (the rūnanga).
The responsibilities of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa are underpinned by Articles Two and Three of the Treaty of Waitangi:
The Rūnanga is recognised by the Crown as a representative of Ngāti Awa. We are responsible for representing the collective interests of Ngāti Awa, which includes managing our collective taonga and resources.
1. Provide effective governance and leadership for our members
2. Work with Government and other institutions to ensure the interests of Ngāti Awa are being met, and
3. Support the wellbeing of whānau, marae and hapū and uphold our cultural values.
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