Te Runanga a Rangitane O
Wairau was first established in 1861 by leading Rangitane
of the time as a forum for representing the land issues arising
from landlessness amongst the Maori of Marlborough. Since then Te
Runanga a Rangitane O Wairau (referred to as The Runanga) has
continued to provide representation for Rangitane Iwi members and
advocate on a range of social and political issues affecting Maori
- particularly Rangitane.
The main administrative base for the Runanga is
located in the CBD of Blenheim on the fourth floor of what was
formally the Blenheim Post Office. The Runanga is the mandated Iwi
authority for the South Island section of Rangitane Iwi under an
array of statutes and regulations, providing management services
for the small parcel of commercial and customary fisheries and
some lesser services under minor enactments, claims settlements
and discrete social services .
Rangitane's vision for the future is to be a
dynamic, effective, successful and profitable organisation working
proactively and collegially with Government, community agencies
and other Iwi across the region and Te Waipounamu. Rangitane will
be committed to the development and promotion of honesty,
integrity, and within a Maori context aspire to be the Iwi of the
first choice within Marlborough for those individuals and agencies
seeking to engage with creditable and competent Maori cultural
Our ability to endure all manner of deprivation
over the last century has been due to a strong belief in our
identity as Rangitane. There are approximately 1400 members
currently registered as members of Te Runanga a Rangitane O
Wairau, and it is expected that this will increase by 45% over the
next three years.
As a consequence of this the most precious
asset that will require nurturing and development in the future is
that of our membership.