Panui on Some Cultural Aspects

Panui on some cultural aspects with regard to Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tūāhuriri and the Council and their relationship Tēnā koutou katoa

The Council has a signed Memorandum of Understanding with Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri Rūnanga.It was signed in 2003 and sets out the relationship, understanding and respective responsibilities between the Council and Ngāi Tūāhuriri.

Each month Council senior management and staff meet with members of the Rūnanga Executive to discuss matters of mutual interest. If you have matters which you feel should be discussed at these meetings, in other words projects which may impact on the Rūnanga, you should bring these to the attention of your Manager, so that they may be placed on the agenda. You will then be invited to present your project for discussion at one of these meetings.

There is also an annual Hui (Hui a Tau) at which matters discussed and agreed on at this meeting, form part of the Rūnanga submission to the Council’s Annual Plan.

At the start of each of these Hui, held alternate years at the Council or Tuahiwi, a formal welcome is given to the visitors (Council if at Tuahiwi and Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri Rūnanga, if at Rangiora). For further explanation on protocol please refer to page 18.

The Council has its own waiata of welcome which was written by the late Ruahine Crofts and this is usually sung to support the Mayor.

The Council also has a Kaumātua or elder from Tuahiwi who is appointed to help and advise the Council on matters to do with the local iwi.

The Mayor, Councillors, Management and staff, attended the tangi of the late John Crofts and at which the Waiata Group sang in support of the Council speakers.

There have also been other occasions when the Council and the Rūnanga have come together, one being the opening of the Ashley River Bridge, at Cones Road, when the bridge was blessed before the start of the official opening. Another occasion was the opening Ruataniwha Kaiapoi Civic Centre.

The Council’s two Waiata Groups (Rangiora and Kaiapoi) consist (2016) of Council staff with some Councillors and Community Board members. They have performed on many occasions at various events. Councillors, Community Board members and staff are welcome to join this group. Currently the Rangiora Group perform two waiata or songs at each Citizenship Ceremony held every two months. One of these waiata is the National Anthem sung in both Māori and English.