Our History

Waikato-Tainui College FOR Research and Development




Our world requires leaders that have the skills to lead tribal, cultural, social, political, environmental and commercial development imperatives, whilst also being underpinned by Maaori values and principles. We draw on three inspirational tribal leaders of indigenous New Zealand / Aotearoa to guide our focus at the Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development: Te Puea Herangi, Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu and Sir Robert Mahuta. These leaders reinforce for us the importance of upholding the values of Kiingitanga and a pride in being Waikato-Tainui. Their collective achievements and individual contributions demonstrate how each of us are able to contribute to the advancement of our people.

The achievements of each of these leaders and the contributions they made to the advancement, not only of their own people, but nationally and internationally are well documented. They are part of our Waikato-Tainui College not only because of their leadership in the tribe’s longstanding search for redress of the raupatu but also because they are seen as our own exemplars of tribal excellence. The selection of these prestigious history-changers serves to provide a constant reminder to us to continually lift our performance, and to take up our own higher challenges. Their legacy provokes us to seek better ways of doing our work. It inspires us to continue producing high calibre future leaders, whilst upholding the values of Kiingitanga, of our reo and our tikanga. Established by the late Sir Robert Mahuta in 2000 a noted leader in indigenous government, the College is a tribal academic and kaupapa Maaori research institution built to develop a national and international community of leading indigenous scholars. We undertake research on the environment, health and wellbeing of people, and our awa, the Waikato River. We also offer indigenous courses and programmes that focus on growing our leaders.Our approach is to work collaboratively with our key partners, to engage in programmes and research that fosters indigenous knowledge and development, which is transformational for the communities we serve.

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