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Te Tiriti/Treaty Relationship Governance Model

In September 2015 OTNZ-WNA implemented the Te Tiriti o Waitangi/The 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.

Here are some resources to understand the treaty and our 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/