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Awanuiārangi Council

Te Kaunihera o Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi

The Council is the governing body of Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi and is responsible for the overall performance of the institution. Its powers, duties, functions and responsibilities are set out in the Education Act 1989.

The responsibilities are not very different from those expected of universities and polytechnics except there are some special responsibilities that are expected of a Wānanga. Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi is a Wānanga as defined in the Education Act and is registered as such since 1997.

A Wānanga is characterised by teaching and research that maintains, advances and disseminates knowledge, develops intellectual independence and assists the application of knowledge regarding āhuatanga Māori (Māori tradition) according to tikanga Māori (Māori custom).

Āhuatanga Māori and tikanga Māori responsibilities are unique to Wānanga and have an impact on how the Wānanga looks feels, operates and behaves.

The structure and operative style of the Council reflects the unique nature of Wānanga.

While the Council and management are expected to meet the same compliance requirements as larger institutions in the university and polytechnic sectors, we are mindful that we are operating in Māori communities around the country, our students are predominately Māori and our staff are mainly Māori. The tasks we face are challenging. Management, teaching staff and Council aim to make a significant contribution to tertiary education and our country.

The shape of Council is influenced by the environment in which we operate and by the Act that defines what we are. Thus the Council is fundamentally a partnership between the founding tribe Ngāti Awa and the Crown. Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa appoints six of the members and the Crown appoints four members. The Council willco-opt up to two other members who provide expertise in specialist areas relevant to Awanuiārangi.