Manurewa supports future leaders

Publish Date : 09 Aug 2023
Responding to Māori needs and continuing to build relationships remains critical to Manurewa Local Board.

Potential leaders of the future will be again able to take part in the nationwide Tuia mentoring scheme.

Manurewa Local Board has committed $3,000 to Tuia from its Governance work programme budget to help it achieve its Māori outcomes objectives.

Board chair Glenn Murphy says Tuia brings rangatahi from across the country together to be monitored by local government members from their own areas.

“It’s a scheme we have long been part of, and one that delivers benefits to our young people. These are rangatahi wo are already showing a commitment to serving their communities.”

The other allocation under the work programme was $6,000 for for Ara Kōtui.

The board works with the Franklin, Māngere-Ōtāhuhu, Ōtara-Papatoetoe and Papakura boards in Ara Kōtui, alongside mana whenua, to build relationships with iwi.

Murphy says the boards co-fund Ara Kōtui, with the money generally applied to mana whenua attendance costs and other actions to support building relationships, such as hui, or cultural inductions led by mana whenua.

“Both the projects respond to the outcomes in our 2020 Local Board Plan that seek to ensure we remain proud of our strong Māori identify and thriving Māori community, and that Māori participation is effective and meaningful.”

Local boards play a role in representing the interests of all Aucklanders and have statutory Te Tiriti o Waitangi obligations.

“We recognise the importance of building meaningful relationships with mana whenua, mataawaka and whānau, and understanding Māori aspirations,” Murphy says.

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