Te Hau Tikanga o Te Tiriti (TPG)

Te Hau Tikanga o Te Tiriti – Tiriti Partnership Group (TPG) on behalf of the TEU Council assist with, and monitors the effectiveness of, TEU’s responsiveness to its Te Tiriti o Waitangi partnership responsibilities.

Terms of Reference

Te Hau Tikanga o Te Tiriti:

  1. meets at least two times annually in the first and second half of the year;
  2. is comprised of eight members elected on an annual or biannual basis; four representing tāngata Māori members (appointed at Hui-ā-motu) and four representing Pākehā members (appointed from within Council);
  3. appoints co-chairs, one Māori and one Pākehā, at its first hui of the year to facilitate and carry out work between hui;
  4. receives administrative support from relevant staff members;
  5. reports on an annual basis to Council regarding the effectiveness of the union’s responsiveness to its Te Tiriti o Waitangi responsibilities as stated in object 3.8 of the TEU rules;
  6. presents at Annual Conference on aspects of Te Tiriti o Waitangi partnership relationship;
  7. ensures the structures of TEU Te Hautū Kahurangi o Aotearoa reflect the rules, related policies, and processes relating to a Te Tiriti o Waitangi partnership relationship;
  8. assists the union in fostering debate and discussion at a national and branch level about bi-cultural relationships and partnerships;
  9. supports TEU nationally in considering issues related to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, contributes to submissions on related policies and developments nationally and locally, and makes recommendations to council; and
  10. prepares and distributes resources that assist TEU members in understanding the Tiriti.

TEU Rules

The sections of the TEU rules relevant to a Tiriti o Waitangi partnership relationship are:

3. Objects

3.8 the safeguarding of the rights of Māori members, te uepū, and the meeting of the union’s responsibilities to wider Māori communities through the promotion of and adherence to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, in particular by supporting Māori staff in achieving their objectives within the union, tertiary- and further-education and training institutions, the union movement, and the wider community.

4. Te Tiriti o Waitangi

4.1 Te Tiriti o Waitangi shall be implemented in the policies and practices of the union and a copy of Te Tiriti o Waitangi shall be appended to these rules in schedule C.

4.2 The council shall monitor the implementation of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and ensure that the union is fulfilling its obligations to honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

4.3 Conflict in policies, priorities, and/or processes shall be resolved by negotiation between an equal number of representatives of tāngata Māori and Pākehā.

12. Council

12.6 The council shall constitute annually a Tiriti o Waitangi partnership group, te hau tikanga o te Tiriti, comprising one Kaumātua, an experienced Pākehā council member; three Māori members chosen by hui-ā-motu, three Pākehā members chosen by council from within the pool of Pākehā members sitting on national committees and council, Te Pou Tuarā (advisory), and one Pākehā staff member (advisory). The co-chairs of Te Tiriti partnership group are elected by the members of the group at the first meeting of the two year term.

17. Te toi ahurangi

17.1 Te toi ahurangi shall represent the interests of tāngata Māori in te Tiriti o Waitangi partnership, provide advice to the council and/or annual conference on issues of concern to Māori, organise Māori members at local level, ensure that the union is representing the interests of Māori members in governance, policy and industrial spheres, and conduct national and local hui of Māori members of the union.

Schedule C: Te Tiriti o Waitangi

Profiles of current members

Cheryl Jackson

Cheryl JacksonCheryl Jackson

For me, it begins with the fundamental fact – ‘a treaty is an agreement between two or more peoples’ in our case; Tangata Whenua and ‘others’ – our treaty is special.  It’s unique to NZ, it was world-beating in its own day and it still features today throughout our Government priorities.  It’s usually the last note of compliance on a contract ‘and with recognition and respect to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi’.  But what that actually means differs depending on who is making the interpretation.

For a major state owned (soon to be sold off) enterprise in my community, it meant sending a letter to the two Runanga in Te Tai o Poutini, telling them about their expansion plans and the economic benefits of that to the community – sort of, including Tangata Whenua.  I watched one of our Kuia get up and go straight to court to fight the resource consent on the grounds that a letter sent after the plan has been made isn’t consultation under the terms of the Treaty as she understands it.  The battle went on for more than a year – and she won.  She didn’t win money, if that had been her intention the battle would have been over immediately, it was the first thing they offered.  She asked for a percentage of the resource to be given freely to Kaumatua and to young whanau who were struggling.  She taught me the difference between living our Treaty and articulating it.

I think of her and how hard she worked, it’s what has me putting my hand up every time an opportunity comes up for me to get involved and be prepared to do the mahi or stop talking about it.

Phil Edwards

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My name is Phil Edwards and I am currently working as an Associate Head of School at the school of Sport and Adventure at Otago Polytechnic. I have been involved with TEU for the past 8 years and have held the role of branch president and more recently I have been elected to the IPC committee. My interest in the Tiriti Partnership group stems from my school having a proportionately large number of Maori students and my desire to see this group succeeding in their educational endeavours. Otago polytechnic also has a memorandum of understanding with Kai Tahu and it is important to me to ensure that we continue to contribute positively in this relationship. I am therefore excited to be able to work with this group for 2013.

Kind regards


Bill Rogers

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Bill Rogers

Ko Wiremu tōku ingoa                                           My name is William (Bill) Rogers

Ko Hikurangi te maunga                                       My mountain is Hikurangi

Ko Te Raparapa te awa                                         My river is Te Raparapa

Ko Matawaia te marae                                           My marae is Matawaia

Ko Ngāti Hine te hapū                                           My hapū is Ngāti Hine

Ko Ngāpuhi te iwi                                                   My tribe is Ngāpuhi

I am an Academic member of TEU, registered Architect and tutor on the National Diploma in Architectural Technology, at North Tec in Whāngārei, Northland.

I am the North Tec TEU Te Uepu representative and co-vice president

I look forward to future interactions.

Lesley Francey

Lesley-FranceyLesley Francey

As National President Te Tumu Whakarae it is part of my role to be a member of Tiriti Partnership Group. However, I was a member of TPG before I became President.

I wanted to be a part of the group because unlike many organisations, the TEU doesn’t just pay ‘lip service’ to Te Tiriti it truly functions as a partnership.

As a new immigrant 20 years ago, the more I learned about Te Tiriti the more amazed I was by its existance especially when I looked across the Tasman and the lack of respect and acknowlegment shown to the indigenous people of Australia.

Te Tiriti is something that all New Zealanders should be proud of.

Ekara Lewis

Ekara Lewis

Ekara LewisKo Momokai te maunga

Ko Nūhaka te awa

Ko Takitimu te waka

Ko Rakaipaaka te iwi

Ko Manutai te hapū

Ko Nūhaka te kāinga tūturu

Ko Ōtautahi te kāinga ināianei

I am the Māori Outreach Coordinator for Lincoln University and have an honours degree in Māori planning and development.  I am the te uepū representative on the Lincoln University branch committee and sit on the Industrial and Professional committee and the Tiriti partnership group, te hau tikanga o te Tiriti.

Rikki Betts

Rikki Betts

Rikki BettsTēnā koutou katoa

Ko te pepeha o tēnei takiwā

Ko Takitimu te waka

Ko Aoraki te mauka

Ko Waitaki te awa

Ko Kai Tahu Whanui te iwi

Ko Rikke Betts ahau

No Denmark ahau.

No reira ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou, tēnā tātou katoa.

I am the REAP/OTEP/PTE/Other representative on the Industrial and Professional Committee (IPC) and a member of the Tiriti partnership group te hau tikanga o te Tiriti.