One of the most significant initiatives for Waikato-Tainui in recent years will reach a new milestone next week when voting opens to identify a new governance and representation structure.
The review was initiated nearly two years ago by King Tūheitia and is aimed at updating the tribe's internal structure to foster and promote increased performance and improved outcomes across its commercial, economic, social, cultural and environmental aspirations.
There are two new options on the table for Waikato-Tainui registered members to choose between, which will give the tribe's governance and management structures varying degrees of change.
According to one of the two people tasked with the process of identifying the re-alignment options, Nanaia Mahuta, both options in varying degrees will bring the tribe closer to fulfilling the tribes long term strategy, 'Whakatupuranga 2050'.
The Marae Model is an enhanced improved version of the current system and has been developed specifically to address key recurring feedback themes.
The Status Quo Plus model is the current model but with minimum fundamental changes to aid functionality and accountability. It's an option if you consider that the current model works well and greater change isn't necessary.
Voting opened today and is open to all members aged 18 years plus, you can vote up until the 29 of this month. Information about the review and the vote can be found at www.waikatotainui.com.