Te Tiriti/Treaty Relationship Governance Model
In September 2015 OTNZ-WNA implemented the Te Tiriti O Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi relationship government 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 8 with 4 Māori councillors nominated by their roopu and four tangata tiriti representatives.
- Two Presidents preside – one from each house
- Two councillors hold the portfolio of World federation of Occupational Therapy delegate – one from each house
- Presidents co-chair council meetings
- Council subcommittees are represented by an equal number of tangata tiriti and tangata whenua members.
- Equity of responsibilities spread or jointly undertaken apply as deemed practicable.
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/New Zealand.
Tangata Tiriti: A generic term to describe people whose rights to live in Aotearoa/New Zealand derive from Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the arrangements that the Crown has established under a common rule of law and the equity provisions of Article 3 of Te Tiriti.