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Mission and focus areas as part of Ngāi Tahu 2025

Ngāi Tahu 2025 is the tribal vision document that expresses the aspirations of Ngāi Tahu Whānui for our tribal development.

It is about tino rangatiratanga. It is about the ability to create and control our destiny. It is our tribal map that in the year 2025 will have carried us to the place where we are empowered as individuals, whānau, hapū, Papatipu Rūnanga and iwi to realise and achieve our dreams. Our whakapapa is our identity.

It makes us unique and binds us through the plait of the generations - from the atua to the whenua of Te Waipounamu.

It is the responsibility of each age to learn the lessons of the past, to plan and prepare for the future. Ngāi Tahu 2025 is our vision; many have contributed to its creation and all will benefit from its continued existence.

The planning process started with the appointment of the Vision Focus Group. These were Ngāi Tahu whānui charged with dreaming. Dreaming of the future, of where their whānau, hapū and iwi would be in 25 years time, what they would look like and what the world would look like. Extensive consultation with kaumātua, Ngāi Tahu Whānui, Papatipu Rūnanga, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and staff occured before Vision 2025 was presented to the tribe at the 2000 Hui-ā-Tau held at Kaikōura.

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu gratefully acknowledges the contributions and insight provided by the group.

Vision 2025 was approved by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu in March 2001. At the same time, focus groups were charged with developing long-term strategies to realise the vision, to make the dream a reality. Over the months that followed, these focus groups met continually to develop Ngāi Tahu 2025 to the point where it is today – an offering to Ngāi Tahu. The work carried out by the members of the focus groups is gratefully acknowledged by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu then entered into a process of consultation. Ngāi Tahu 2025 was discussed at fourteen hui held throughout Te Waipounamu and Te Ika a Māui and at various wānanga. Value and improvement have been added at every stage and it is beyond question that the consultation process has been of huge benefit.

Where to from here? Ngāi Tahu 2025 will become a living document, subject to annual revision and change,
as is the environment in which we operate. The subsidiaries of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu will be required to develop specific strategies that deliver the document, and they will be measured against these on an annual basis. Likewise, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu will report progress towards compliance with Ngāi Tahu 2025 in its annual report each year. It will also be reviewed every five years.


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