The Price of Democracy

Hypocritical elements from within the tribe are criticizing the costs of all the extra Te Kauhanganui meetings held this year.

And as we all know, this is due to one womans campaign to have the tribal books opened, therefore bringing greater transparency and eventual accountability to the tribe.

SO far this year the extra Te Kauhanganui meetings held have come at a cost of $75,000 each. Add to that a massive legal bill for each meeting incurred by Tuku Morgan and Te Arataura as they worm their way from one disaster to the next in their attempts to bury the financial review, and halting all efforts to bring transparency. Well that’s what crooks do isn’t it?

Each hui costs money, yeah it costs money, but thats the price of democracy isn’t it.

Te Kauhanganui are sick and tired of being used as a rubber-stamp parliament that meets four times a year to be dictated to by a executive committee full of gasseous sycophants and a fool for a king trying to pull the strings from behind the scenes.

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. whanau observer
    Sep 04, 2011 @ 09:30:41

    Good governance requires that the Chair of our Parliament is able to report on the effectiveness of our board, as well as appraisal of its executives. In her capacity as the director of our Parliament it was timely to evaluate the performance of Te Kauhanganui and its sub-committee Te Aataura at least once a year. The evaluation process is a constructive mechanism for improving our Parliaments’ effectiveness, maximising strengths and tackling weaknesses. At times of such challenge, it is even more critical that the Chair – and members can plan effectively and takes tough and strategic decisions –

    “The Chair of Waikato Tainui Te Kauhanganui Inc, Mrs Tania Martin, has today confirmed the disqualification and removal of Mr Tukoroirangi Morgan.
    At a meeting of Te Kauhanganui held 6 August 2011, 30 marae voted to disqualify Mr Morgan from Te Kauhanganui and in doing so met the threshold of more than 50 per cent. Mrs Martin said ‘the decision to disqualify Mr Morgan is conclusive and it’s time to move on’. A report to address the issues surrounding Mr Morgan’s removal will be distributed to all Members of Te Kauhanganui. Mrs Martin said ‘the report is essential to clarifying the issues and bringing closure to this matter”.

    The resulting audit ‘speaks volumes’ for our Chair – the discipline to confront the most brutal facts laid bare before Waikato Tainui – in our current reality was initiated in order to radically improve our systems. The mediation approach to help clarify issues through a process of discovery, engagement and dialogue was an expensive but necessary exercise.

    Well done to Mrs. Martin our top performing Chair and our top performing Parliamentarians who voted for Mr Morgan’s removal.

    In my opinion it’s time now to initiate the (lock-out oops!) exit strategy to seek the return of Waikato-Tainui property: office keys, car keys – and all other personals that were paid for by our tribe from those underperforming executives to complete the process.


  2. unhappy Tainui beneficiary
    Sep 05, 2011 @ 13:48:30

    Ae Tautoko, I continues to amaze me how everyone (those in particular that are in Tuku’s camp) are complaining about the cost of these hui at $75,000 a pop and yet there has been very little complaint of the the extravagance and over indulgence that has been done by the executive, TE ARATAURA re: legal fees, (there have now been numerous ones, perks, back pays, bonuses, grants etc. Where were all the complaints then? and we still have not commenced the review because of the stone walling by Te Arataura,

    I too support the aforementioned (lock-outs) exit strategy suggested by whanau observer and look forward to finally seeing the end of this ridiculousness. Kia kaha Tania,


  3. Ezekiel
    Sep 05, 2011 @ 18:36:13

    Tautoko, tautoko Whanau Observer, ka mau te wehi!!


    • whanau observer
      Sep 06, 2011 @ 06:50:18

      In my opinion our Chair must now act decisively because (A) Te Kauhanganui Parliament its members and Te Arataura the sub-committee executives are so intrinsically linked with the business and affairs of Waikato-Tainui Incorp and (B) the annual financial report for the purpose of preserving the interests of Waikato-Tainui beneficiaries has not been declared/made available – enabling the affairs of Te Kauhanganui Incorp to be dealt with in a orderly manner. I therefore, propose the following recommendations to deal with our current situation commensurate with the exit strategy discussed previously! Both options before us are designed to operate with minimal involvement from the High Court (final option).
      (1) Statutory management – appointment of an external manager (interim) to oversee the affairs of its executive arm Te Arataura A statutory manager will exercise wide powers to resolve the difficulties currently faced by our Incorporation well into the future by applying a wide reaching moratorium – without the need for a members vote.
      (2) Voluntary administrator (interim) – appointed privately by Te Kauhanganui to maintain control over the affairs of Te Arataura ensuring a better return to its beneficiaries. Voluntary administrators play dual roles to facilitate a meeting of all parties and to investigate the business. (A) The administrator will facilitate the best way forward for the future course of Waikato-Tainui and (B) hold a watershed meeting so Te Kauhanganui can resolve whether it’s in their best interests to enter into a deed arrangement.


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