Effectively supporting the achievements of iwi aspirations and the long term iwi vision is a key role of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa.
The responsibilities of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa are underpinned by Articles Two and Three of the Treaty of Waitangi:
- Article Two established a partnership with the Crown, and
- Article Three established our rights as tangata whenua and citizens of Aotearoa, New Zealand.
Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa is the
mandated entity that manages the
collective affairs of the members of Ngāti Awa in accordance with the Charter. Broadly speaking, the role of the Rūnanga is to work for and on behalf of Ngāti Awa members to:
- Provide services to empower and strengthen Ngāti Awa whanau, hapū and iwi and,
- Ensure the sustainable
management of collectively held assets to meet the needs of current and future generations.
The Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa Act 2005 and the Charter describes the structure of the Rūnanga and various entities including:
- The Office of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa
- Te Kāhui Kaumātua o Ngāti Awa
- Ngāti Awa Community Development Trust
- Ngāti Awa Research and Archives Trust
- Ngāti Awa Group Holdings Limited
- Ngāti Awa Asset Holdings Limited