Te Rōpū Whakahau Incorporated, number: 804300 was established as an Incorporated Society on 27 August 1996.


The Association has a National Council, Ngā Kaiwhakahau, comprising three officers (Tumuaki, Kaiāwhina, and Kaitiaki Pūtea) plus up to 4-8 other representatives from within the financial membership of the Association.

Ngā Kaiwhakahau manages the affairs of Te Rōpū Whakahau, and collectively they have the authority to exercise all the powers of the Association on behalf of its members.

Ngā Kaiwhakahau, including officers, is elected by a majority vote of the members at the Annual General Meeting. A special general meeting and/or postal vote can also elect committee members where there is a quorum.


The standard term of members of Ngā Kaiwhakahau is a minimum of two years. The standard term of office holders (Tumuaki, Kaiāwhina, Kaitiaki Pūtea) is a minimum of two years, not including one year mentoring and training the next office holder to aid in the smooth transition from one office holder to the next.


Ngā Kaiwhakahau meet regularly, at least six times a year from July through June of the following year.  Additional “Special” meetings of Ngā Kaiwhakahau may be arranged as required.

For all reports or updates to Ngā Kaiwhakahau, please email a copy to kaiawhina@trw.org.nz at least two weeks before the meeting date to ensure it is included in the agenda and recorded in the minutes.

Meeting Dates for 2021 – 2022

  1. Rāapa Wednesday, 28 Hōngongoi July – Rāhoroi 31 Hōngongoi 2021 (Strategic Planning)
  2. Rātū Tuesday, 10 August Hereturikoka 2021
  3. Rātū Tuesday, 12 October Whiringa ā-nuku 2021
  4. Te Rōpū Whakahau Professional Development wānanga 18 – 20 Whiringa ā-rangi (Kanohi ki te kanohi)
  5. Rātū Tuesday, 14 December Hakihea 2021
  6. Rātū Tuesday, 18 February Hui Tangaru 2022
  7. Rātū Tuesday, 12 April Paengawhawha 2022
  8. Rāapa Wednesday, 4 May Haratua 2022 (Tentative AGM date)

Nominations to Ngā Kaiwhakahau

The minimum term for a Ngā Kaiwhakahau Councillor is two years.  The term may be extended if the Councillor also holds an officer role, such as Tumuaki, Kaitiaki Pūtea or Kaiāwhina.

If you would like to participate in the organisation and management of Te Rōpū Whakahau at a national level, then this could be the opportunity for you.  Being part of Ngā Kaiwhakahau has many rewards – if you:

  • Enjoy manaakitanga and advocating for others;
  • Have an interest in the strategic direction of the association;
  • Have been a financial member of Te Rōpū Whakahau for a minimum of one year;
  • Have a keen interest in Mātauranga Māori or information issues;
  • Would like to expand your talents and work at a national level;
  • Need experience in leadership or managing teams;
  • Would like to strengthen whanaungatanga for yourself and others;
  • Need a challenge and want to develop other transferable skills;
  • Enjoy networking;
  • Just want to do more!

All you need to is have someone nominate you by filling out the nomination form and email this though to Ngā Kaiwhakahau or this can be handed in person to a member of Ngā Kaiwhakahau at the beginning of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) held at Hui-ā-Tau.  Ngā Kaiwhakahau are confirmed at the AGM and take up office in the following financial year, beginning 1 July.

You will also need agreement from your employer who is also required to sign the form.  We encourage you to seek agreement from your manager as soon as practicable.  This is an exciting opportunity and we look forward to receiving your expression of interest.