He toto o tangata, he kai
Te oranga o te tangata he whenua
Ko Oparure to maunga
Ko Mata-mata te mokai o Te Rakitauneke
Ko Hokonui te Runanga tiaki, ki nga uri o te whakapapa o Ngai Tahu – e noho nei
Tena kotou tena kotou tena kotou katoa
As Te Rakitaunekes’ taniwha Matamata watches over the rohe of Hokonui its view takes in the rich landscape and sees further than the human eye to a world of endless possibility and choice. This powerful symbol of opportunity underpins the inspiring story that Hokonui Rūnanga has to tell. The rich mahinga kai areas of the past to the incredible mineral deposits of the modern day Hokonui is well placed to be an inspiring story of development married with traditional values.
The people of Hokonui have grown this organisation from humble beginnings to it’s current capacity delivering a range of whanau services and building spiritual, cultural, social and economic growth. Learn more about us as you journey through this website.
Our greetings to you all. Nau mai. Haere mai. Tauti mai.
We open our hearts and minds to you - welcome.
He Manawa Kanakana
Strong and enduring like a lamprey heart
“Tino Rangatiratanga – mo tatou, a, mo, ka uri a muri ake nei”
“Creating and controlling our own destiny, for us and our children after us”
“Be self sufficient and promote well-being within the Runanga and Community”
“In Unity, successfully delivering on our Rūnanga and Charitable Objectives”
Hokonui Rūnanga is one of 18 rūnanga (local councils) of Ngai Tahu (South Island iwi), and is the only one located inland.
Established in 1987, Hokonui Rūnanga was established to provide well-being for members through the guidance and management of members needs, encompassing:
- social, and
- economic affairs.
We exist to ensure a safe and secure future for our next generations.
Find out more about the history of Hokonui Runanga and how we’ve grown and developed over the years.
Find out more about Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.
Hokonui Rūnanga currently has about 14,000 members. Members are represented by up to 24 Executives of the Hokonui Rūnanga Incorporated Society. The Executives oversee the running of the Rūnanga’s main areas of interest.
Who we are
Find out who we are - the decision-makers and people working for you to make things happen. See who’s representing you on the Board of Trustees and how you can get involved in the voting process.
Find out more about what we do in our Kaupapa Taiao section.
Where are we?
Located in the lower South Island, Hokonui Rūnanga shares its boundaries with both the Murihiku and Otago Rūnanga.
Hokonui Rūnanga concentrates on providing representation in eastern Southland, west and south Otago in collaboration with other papatipu rūnanga.
See our Map page for more details. Use the Google Map.
Want to find out more about us? See our Contact page for more details.