Kaiwhakahaere - Chairman
Taare was born in Bluff. He is of Ngāi Tahu, Mamoe, Waitaha descent on his Father’s side and Te Arawa, Te Haurangi, Ngati Wairiau, Ngati Whakaaue on his Mother’s. He has been involved with Hokonui Rūnanga since 2002.
Taare is especially interested in passing on the knowledge of history and culture that he holds to future generations.
“Keeping our history alive for generations to come”.
Liaising with the schools in the community as cultural adviser for the Rūnanga is one the roles he enjoys most.
He would like to see Hokonui Rūnanga continue to grow and develop and achieve financial independence.
- Cultural Advisor – Iwi rep for all the local schools, businesses and organisations in the Gore District
- Appointed by Te Aparangi to be a Guardian of Lake Wanaka
- Sits on the Southland District Health Board Iwi Governance Komiti
- Represents Rūnanga at Southland Museum and Art Gallery.
His focus is on keeping the Rūnanga at the front with the different Boards he sits on as he advocates for the members.
Guardians of Lake Wanaka
The guardians of Lake Wanaka play an important oversight role in the preservation of the lake.
The lake is protected by special legislation that provides the guardians with the power to make decisions that the shore line remains natural for the enjoyment of many generations to come.
The guardians are empowered under the lake wanaka preservation act 1973. They are responsible for reporting and making reccomodations to the Ministry of Conservation. Taare has been a guardian since the leglisation was brought in, whilst other members were selected by the ministry of conservation, Taare was selected by Ngai Tahu.
For more information regarding the act you can visit www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1973/0107/latest/whole.html
Murihiku Advisory Komiti – Police
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed Nga Rūnanga Ki Murihiku representatives and the New Zealand Police to establish and promote a collaborative working relationship between Nga Ki Rūnanga of Murihiku and the New Zealand Police.
The Memorandum of Understanding was to encourage and ensure consultation and discussion would take place on strategic priorities of both parties. Those being safer communities and the development of crime prevention and education initiatives to reduce the over- representation of Māori as victims or offenders in the Criminal Justice and Road Safety Sectors.
Taare represents Nga Rūnanga as a cultural advisers on this committee working with the Police to ensure increased responsiveness to the needs of Māori and promote safer communities.
Through a collaborative working relationship between Nga Rūnanga Ki Murihiku and the New Zealand Police, programmes will be developed that reinforce Government’s commitment to enhance and improve the design, access delivery and monitoring of the policies that impact on Māori social outcomes as they apply to the police.