TEU is pleased to announce Hūhana Wātene (Ngāti Porou), was re-elected unopposed to continue in the role of TEU Te Tumu Araki, Māori Vice-President. Here Hūhana shares her kōrero on how she will continue mahi to build on the foundations already laid.

Hūhana is a Lecturer at Te Whare Wānanga o Wairaka | Unitec Institute of Technology where she is Academic Leader for embedding Mātauranga Māori into Unitec programmes and is outgoing TEU Unitec co-branch president. Hūhana is a member of TEU’s Te Toi Ahurangi, which she also chairs. Her father was a watersider and her grandfather a “staunch unionist”, a whānau tradition Hūhana has continued over 25 years at Unitec. You can read Hūhana Wātene’s candidate profile here.

In her second term as Te Tumu Arataki, Hūhana says she will continue to build upon the strong foundations set by TEU, Te Toi Ahurangi, Te Uepū, and the broader membership, while supporting strong and open collaboration,

“In continuing to improve on my practice as Te Tumu Arataki, I will work to continue the whanaungatanga practices between Te Tumu Arataki, Tumu Āwhina, Te Pou Tuarā, and Te Kāhui Kaumātua of TEU. To me, collectively, we make a very effective dynamic whānau unit working to advance and benefit of our Te Uepū Māori, as well as all TEU members. I want to harness our skills and experience”, Hūhana continued,

“Active collaboration and engagement is important to me, and that comes from maintaining clear and open lines of communication. My intention is to share positive and practical solutions to grow the confidence of Te Uepū members. Our TEU waiata expresses tautoko, awhi, manaaki, kupu with meaning that have not only become normalised in our union, but that are being put into practice and are guiding whāinga. I see these words guiding union members, as well as strengthening me in my role as Te Tumu Arataki”.

Hūhana says she has learnt a great deal and has developed skills and experience during her first term as Te Tumu Arataki, but there is definitely more mahi to do,

“Te Koeke Tiriti and the kupu of our union waiata are embedded in TEU documentation and practices, but the journey is ongoing and I’m excited that it is one I will continue on as Te Tumu Arataki. With the awhi and tautoko of those around me, I will be an effective contributer to and conduit amongst the TEU leadership, Māori members and wider membership”.

Hūhana finished by thanking TEU, Te Toi Ahurangi and Te Uepū Māori for their continued support,

“I want to wholeheartedly acknowledge and thank our members for allowing me the privilege to represent them and confirming their support and confidence in me. This mahi and whakamānawa is something I take seriously, and I look forward to continuing in my role as Te Tumu Arataki, and reciprocating the awhi, tautoko and manaaki showed to me”.