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Governance Board Election 2022


Picture taken at Waipatu Marae at the first Board meeting held after the 2019 Board Election. 
From top left: JB Smith (Tamatea), Michael Paku (TTOH alternate) Mere and Ngahiwi Tomoana (Chair) Brian Ruawai-Hamilton (Southern Taurahere), Nigel How (Wairoa), Owen Purcell (Northern Taurahere) Chrissie Hape (Chief Executive) Front row from left: Melissa Ihaka (Wairarapa), Waiora Rogers (Heretaunga), Haami Hilton (Kaumatua), Nelson Rangi (former Wairarapa), Edina Hilton (Koro Haami's hoa wahine) Naomi Wilson (Wairoa Alternate) 


The Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated Board Elections take place every three years.  Nine (9) elections take place simultaneously for ten (10) positions on the Board as follows; The election of six (6) Taiwhenua/Rohe representatives, two (2) Taurahere representatives (from the new Northern and Southern Districts), one (1) Kaumātua representative and (1) Chairman position.


All members currently on the NKII Board were participants of the 2019 NKII Board election process. All participants whether candidate, nominator or voter, must be registered to participate in this election. All registered participants must be Nga Uri a Kahungunu – descendants of Kahungunu, 18 years of age or over at the time of the election (26 April 2022).


Marae/Taiwhenua elections are held and run in accordance to their own constitutions. It is important that Marae/Taiwhenua elections are completed by the 1st February 2022 in order for newly elected board members to participate in the iwi elections if they so desire. 

  • The Taiwhenua/Rohe Boards are made up of registered Marae representatives who have been appointed or elected by their respective marae and/or they have been elected in accordance to their respective constitutions.

  • The Taurahere Boards are made up of registered Kahungunu representatives who reside outside the Kahungunu rohe.

  • Candidates for the Taiwhenua/Rohe/Taurahere representative positions on the Board will come from the current pool of active Taiwhenua/Rohe/Taurahere Board members at the time nominations open for the iwi election which is 4 February 2022.


Kaumātua nominees come from an open pool. Candidates must be able to tick yes to all of the questions below to be eligible.


  • Be a registered tangata whenua member of Kahungunu descent?

  • Be 60 years or older?

  • Be interested in the future of Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi?

  • Be registered to participate in the 2022 election?

  • Be proficient in Kahungunu tikanga, kawa and reo?

  • Reside in the Kahungunu rohe?



Nominations for the Iwi Chair position will come from the pool of Taiwhenua Board members who meet the criteria requirement at the time nominations open for the iwi election which is 4 February 2022. The incumbent Chair becomes an eligible candidate to the position of Chairperson without going through a marae/Taiwhenua election process as stated in 9.2.1 in the Constitution.


The Independent Returning Officer for the NKII Board Election is, Dale Ofsoske of Election Services, 


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