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In the last 12 months so much has happened

across Waikato and the entire Waka however

profound or even memorable these events were,

one of significance for me has been the name

change from Waikato-Tainui Te Kauhanganui Inc to

Te Whakakitenga o Waikato Inc.

As explained by those kaumaatua who had the

responsibility of ushering in the new name, it has been

momentous for me in one sense, but in another sense,

I do feel that time will reveal just how profound this

name change will be in the future.

This last year for the tribe has been a roller coaster of

opportunities, both won and lost, from the acquisition

of properties and businesses to the partial sale of

the leases at The Base. We have all made numerous

comments and have just as many opinions. I did

however agree that the decision made by the marae

representatives in Te Whakakitenga will have a profound

impact on those marae both positive and negative.

Again another impact that time will reveal to us.

I am now waiting for the outcome of the Governance &

Representation Review work that took so long and cost

so much that I would hope this annual report contains a

sense of intention around this matter and how or even

when this issue may be fully realised and implemented.

In closing, if there is one particular comment that I

can make in this annual report and how this should

in my view be reported on or at the very least, feature

in every one of our annual reports in the future, it is

about how long the tribe takes to transact its business.

I believe we need to show a practical demonstration of

how business efficiency by our entities is linked to the

priorities that we as a tribe have relative to our needs

and our people and how time is not always our friend.


does not take time off,


knows no time,

Poverty grows

with time,

Joblessness & Idleness

steal time,


of the people ignores time,


and time together, create hopelessness,

I am pleased to provide this foreword. It forms part

of my new and invigorated commitment to the

prosperity of this tribe and how the Kiingitanga is the

first objective and commitment that Te Whakakitenga

o Waikato Inc was founded and operates on.



Ki a koutou ngaa rangatira o

Te Whakakitenga o Waikato,

E pupuru ana ki ngaa mana,

ki ngaa reo,

Teenaa koutou, teenaa koutou

teenaa koutou katoa.

Noo reira i tau te whakaaro o

Kiingi Tuheitia kia tirohia ki ngaa

moemoea, ki ngaa wawata moo te

iwi moo aapoopoo. Koiraa i puta te

mai tana kupu araa te ingoa o Te

Whakakitenga o Waikato.

Hei huarahi ki te ao hurihuri, kia

puawai, kia tupu, kia hua, ngaa

moemoea, kia kore ai e ngaro

ngaa painga whaanui moo te iwi.

Hei oranga tangata, hei oranga


“Kia hora te marino

Kia whakapapa pounamu

te moana

Kia tere te kaarohirohi”