Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Code of Conduct Investigation

E ngā uri o Tahu Pōtiki, nei noa ake ngā mihi o Houanga ki a koutou katoa.

Greetings to you all for the new year, an important year for Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, as we reflect on 20 years since the signing of Deed of Settlement.

You will all be aware that in 2016, there were a number of leaks of confidential Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu information, including leaks to the media.

Over the last 9 months Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu has conducted a thorough and detailed investigation into the leaks. As the investigation considered whether any Rūnanga Representatives or Alternates had breached confidentiality rules, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu engaged external, independent expertise to carry out the investigation on our behalf.

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu endeavoured to ensure that as much of the investigation as possible has been carried out in an open manner, including reports on the investigation being at general meetings of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu (not In Committee), where appropriate. Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu took this approach to show to the iwi that action was being taken in response to the leaks and to demonstrate that we will use every endeavour to hold Rūnanga Representatives and Alternates to account for their behaviour.

On 27 January 2017 Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu convened a special meeting to consider the final report from the team who carried out the investigation for Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. Although we have not been able to establish who leaked information to the media, the investigation has found that 4 Rūnanga Representatives have been found to have breached the Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu confidentiality rules. This was also a breach of the Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Code of Conduct. The relevant Rūnanga Representatives have received sanctions from Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and their Papatipu Rūnanga have been advised of the decision of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. This now brings this matter to a close.

This has not been a proud chapter for Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. A range of reviews have now been implemented to consider how we can improve our processes. We are confident that lessons have been, and will be, learnt from this situation. We remain committed to good governance practices and to holding ourselves and each other to account as Ngāi Tahu Whānui would expect.

Nō reira, e ngā tini whanaunga e noho matara mai rā, e noho tata mai nei, waiho mā ngā tauwhirotanga o te wā hei tāwharau i a tātou i tēnei tau whawhati kō, i tēnei tau koroī.

Nā Te Rūnanga.