Tai Tumu, Tai Pari, Tai Ao Leadership Programme

The Waikato Raupatu River Trust ( the River Trust) in partnership with the College have developed and delivered an environmental leadership programme for rangatahi (between 13 years –18 years) drawing directly from Tai Tumu, Tai Pari, Tai Ao. the Waikato-Tainui Environmental Plan.

The programme named Tai Tumu, Tai Pari, Tai Ao Leadership Programme was first piloted in 2014, delivered to 50 primary and secondary school students during the school holidays.The programme aims to build awareness among our rangatahi (youth) of the importance of protecting and restoring the environment, and to stimulate their interest in resource and environmental management.

Designed to complement the science curriculum already offered in schools, this programme seeks to build the next generation of environmental leaders of Tai Tumu, Tai Pari, Tai Ao.

The aims of the programme are to:

  • gain a basic understanding of the Waikato-Tainui Environmental Plan
  • gain a basic understanding of Waikato-Tainui history;
  • inspire students to pursue Resource and Environmental management as a pathway of learning; and
  • develop leadership potential amongst participants as champions of the Waikato-Tainui Environmental Plan.

In 2016, the Waikato Raupatu River Trust and Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development delivered its second intake, hosting over 30 Waikato-Tainui registered rangatahi, representing a number of secondary schools throughout the region. Engaged in a combination of theoretical and practical activities, the week long programme delivered during the April school holidays, provided opportunities for the students to:

  • develop an understanding of Waikato-Tainui and Kiingitanga histories.
  • attend guest presentations from leaders within the Waikato-Tainui tribal organisation
  • contribute to the environmental foundation already laid by the tribe at its nursery located in Hopuhopu, with practical activities covering propagation, biosecurity, pest control and freshwater fish and wetland restoration.
  • visit a number of significant and historic sites within the Waikato-Tainui rohe, including a two day haerenga (trip) to Whaingaroa and Kaawhia harbours staying at Poihakena Marae, Raglan.

Whakatupu Marae Programme

The Whakatupu Marae programme is a series of full day waananga that aim to equip Waikato-Tainui Marae Trustee and Marae Committee members with fundamental operational, organisational, financial and strategic tools to enhance the leadership and governance capacity of Waikato-Tainui.

The programme will be facilitated by targeted expert individuals to provide a platform of the essential skills required for all Waikato-Tainui Marae Trustees and Committee members.

The themes for the programme are Kiingitanga, Whakatupuranga 2050, Strategic Planning and Marae Trustee Functions.

Takituu: Governance, Sustainability And  Indigenous Development Programme

This programme is designed to assist leaders of iwi and other Maaori organisations and communities in thinking about and preparing for the tasks of governance.

Professor Stephen Cornell, Co-Director of the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development; states that in the course of your discussions, he will have in mind a particular idea of governance, something more than what typically is taught in business schools or by consultancies and institutions that serve the needs of corporate leaders. For the purposes of your discussions, he defines governance as the principles and mechanisms by which the will of a community is translated  into sustained, organised action.

The communities Professor Cornell, has in mind are Indigenous communities – nations, tribes, iwi, in the so-called CANZUS countries: Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. In all four of these countries, colonised Indigenous peoples are reclaiming the right to govern their lands and other resources, their internal affairs, their futures – in short, to govern themselves. As they do so, they face a distinct set of challenges involving governance, sustainability, and development that you will explore over three days.

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) 

The Master of Business (MBA) is the most recognised management qualification in the world.

Since 2011, the Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development (the College) has delivered its innovative Waikato MBA programme in a distinctive living and learning environment. Waikato-Tainui provides leadership and management studies within the indigenous New Zealand / Aotearoa context to cultivate indigenous leadership and indigenous knowledge and development.

Jointly delivered in partnership with the University of Waikato, our MBA is unique in that it fosters Maaori values and indigenous ways of doing business, and features a variety of indigenous courses to select from.

In this short time, the College has won an international MBA Innovation Award from the London-based Association of MBAs. This award is testament to the quality of our MBA programme and the distinctiveness of its curriculum.

The Waikato MBA is internationally accredited and renowned for its exceptional content on indigenous communities, and the character and competency with which it is delivered.

MBA Innovation Award

Tainui Grants

Waikato-Tainui offer a select number of Tainui education grants and Scholarships each academic year. To find out more Click here