Our issues of recognition:

Since the Tainui Trust Board was wound up and Te Kauhanganui took over the governance role in 1999, certain individuals have expressed dissatisfaction with the structure, rules, and processes. These individuals consider that the current structure and rules inhibit their desires to manipulate the tribal system towards their own aspirations and self-interests.

These individuals desire stability, in their words, they would like to install themselves into permanent positions of leadership roles within the tribal governance and commercial interests.

The tribal governance can be correctly described as polarized and at times, dysfunctional. This division between members of Te Kauhanganui (the majority) and self-serving individuals reached an all time low point when the executive chairman Tuku Morgan (2009 – 2012) and his supporters were responsible for a campaign of dirty tricks and costly lawsuits, which were launched in an effort to quell dissent among vocal tribal members who were seeking transparency and accountability which was noticeably absent. High court litigation consumed tribal resources and at least $3 million dollars of this waste can be directly attributable to the actions of Tuku Morgan. Millions more remain unaccounted for. The reputation of the tribe as a whole has suffered because of a few individuals but more disturbing is the fact that the grass-roots Tainui tribal families have missed out on development opportunities.

Some individuals blame the current structure for its inability to deliver on promises of social and economic advancement for tribal members. On the other hand a select few individuals have profited handsomely, namely:

  • Tuku Morgan and his Te Arataura acolytes were in the habit of rorting funds to themselves by way of committee meeting scams (the more committee meetings they decide to hold, the more money they take in addition to regular Arataura payments). In this manner they paid themselves and expenses went through the roof.
  • Morgan and his Te Arataura supporters would charge appearance fees for attending Poukai, Koroneihana etc (we think that Tom Roa put a stop to this practice).
  • Morgan took overseas trips where he would charge the tribe a minimum of $600 per day on the trip for the privilege of having him go overseas (Dubai, New York, Canada etc and yes, that included weekends!)
  • The Maori king continues to take huge slices from the tribal purse. He takes, and loses millions of tribal development dollars through his “charitable trust”. Spending that is clearly not in the interests of the greater tribal good in any manner of description.

The structure cannot be blamed for for  its inability to deliver results to the ordinary tribal members.  If the finger is to be pointed anywhere it should be aimed squarely in the direction of individuals who would rather serve their own self-interests instead of serving the greater good of the tribe as a whole.

We are suffering from a case of rotten and corrupt leadership. We suffer from a terrible case of the economics of narcissism. Like a cancer it should be cut out and thrown away before it infects the entire body. It comes as no surprise that the Maori king, Tuku Morgan, and their supporters are the ones behind the push to get rid of the current structure and replace it with one that they can manipulate even further for their own personal gain.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Rangi Marie aka Lady Justice
    Jul 29, 2013 @ 14:48:20

    So when is Eraka going for a position on Tainui governance. It is confirming that Crown controlled Maori governance is coming to a point where a step down of iwi dominating is depserate with a NEW GOVERNANCE MODEL or re-introduction of a past governance model that worked for ALL is foundationally laid. We definitely need the raising up of YOUNG Chiefs tane & wahine for a balance of governance LAEDERSHIP.

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  2. As above
    Jul 29, 2013 @ 17:20:23

    Kiaora ma bro!

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  3. Charlie B
    Jul 29, 2013 @ 22:50:37

    “We definitely need the raising up of YOUNG Chiefs tane & wahine for a balance of governance LAEDERSHIP.” Yep could not agree more. There appears to be no succession arrangements or at least any that are transparent and without nepotism?

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  4. Makerealbany
    Jul 30, 2013 @ 17:39:23

    You are so right Charlie B. Nepotism appears to me to be a big problem. How the hell do they get away with it. We need some strong intelligent thick skinned people to lead us in the right direction. Lets rebel. What would happen if we all protested ?

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