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Te Tiriti o Waitangi Relationship Governance Model (TRGM)

In September 2015 OTNZ-WNA implemented the Te Tiriti o Waitangi relationship governance model. This model reflects a true partnership between tangata whenua and tangata tiriti sharing the leadership and responsibility with co-presidencies and 50/50 membership of the Council. The association is the first allied professional body to do so.

Under the treaty relationship governance model:

  • Council consists of eight councillors: four tangata whenua councillors nominated by their Rōpu and four tangata tiriti councillors elected at AGM.
  • Two Presidents – one from each house. Together they represent the council and co-chair meetings with an equal voice in decision-making
  • Two councillors – one from each house – are our delegates to the World Federation of Occupational Therapy
  • Council endeavours to ensure all subcommittees comprise equal number of tangata tiriti and tangata whenua members
  • Equitable and joint responsibilities for decision-making are undertaken

Tangata Whenua: A generic term for Māori comprising those with mana whenua responsibilities – Māori who are tied culturally to an area by whakapapa and whose ancestors lived and died there; together with taura here – Māori who are resident in an area but who belong to waka and tribes from other parts of Aotearoa.

Tangata Tiriti: A generic term to describe people whose rights to live in Aotearoa derive from Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the arrangements that the Crown established under a common rule of law and the provisions of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

OTNZ-WNA governance and operations are expected to have a good understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and be prepared to embrace a journey of learning and contribution to weave in tikanga and foster Māori worldview into all operations.

Here are resources to understand our Te Tiriti o Waitangi Relationship Governance model:

PDF: Treaty Education Resource: Nga-Rerenga-o-Te-Tiriti

Webinar: Treaty voyage as an organisation – http://www.communityresearch.org.nz/webinar-treaty-voyages-hows-organisation-faring/