Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu

Mō tātou, ā, mō kā uri ā muri ake nei – for us and our children after us.

The design of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu embraces our cultural traditions. It incorporates the best corporate governance models we could find in the world and draws from the democratic structures of local government and Western best practice. Te Rūnanga board members are appointed following a democratic process and are responsible for the governance of tribal assets and investments in tribal development.

The initial asset base of Te Rūnanga was largely derived from the assets of the Ngāi Tahu Māori Trust Board and from the settlement of Te Kerēme – The Ngāi Tahu Claim (claims against the Crown for various breaches of  Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Since the time of settlement the asset base has grown and  Te Rūnanga has made distributions and invested over $254m in  iwi development, much of that being direct to our Papatipu Rūnanga and iwi members through Whai Rawa - matched savings programme as well as through education scholarships and grants. 
Ultimately, Ngāi Tahu invest to create the future we want for our tamariki (children) and mokopuna (grandchildren).




Ngāi Tahu Iwi Members


Whai Rawa Members


Ngāi Tahu Whānau Employed


Our Values



We will respect, foster and maintain important relationships within the organisation, our iwi and  the community.


Looking after our people


We will pay respect to each other, to iwi members and to all others. 




We will pursue knowledge and ideas that will strengthen and grow Ngāi Tahu and our community.



We will work  to protect the people, environment, knowledge, culture, language and resources important to Ngāi Tahu for future generations.


Appropriate Action


We will strive to ensure that the tikanga of Ngāi Tahu is actioned and acknowledged in all of our outcomes.




We will strive to maintain a high degree of personal integrity and ethical behaviour in all actions and decisions we make.

Our People

Governance is about having systems and processes in place to safeguard and grow our assets and enable the aspirations of future generations of whānau. The Senior Executive Leadership Team creates and implements strategies to achieve these goals.

Learn more about our Governance and Senior Executive Leadership Team and the roles they play within Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.


Our Guiding Principles



Te Whakaāhurutanga

Respond to Ngāi Tahu whānui who are at risk and have immediate wellbeing needs.



Te Whakapūmautanga

Leverage Crown relationships and hold the Crown to account for its Te Tiriti and Ngāi Tahu Settlement obligations.



Te Whakawhanaketanga

Support the capacity and capability of Papatipu Rūnaka and marae.


A New Phase

Te Whakauenukutanga

Enabling and assisting the Ngāi Tahu tribal economy to grow and prosper.