The Rūnanga applies three First Principles to it's Manaakitanga obligation. They are:
Ihi is a strategy to motivate intrinsic wellness in Ngāti Whātua people.
Ako is a strategy to improve educational opportunity for Ngāti Whātua. The Rūnanga is currently evolving relationships with Minisitry of Education, Otago University and other education providers. Marae and tikanga based learning is a focus for the Rūnanga.
Ora is a strategy to achieve total wellbeing for the iwi. The Rūnanga undertakes a number of activities under Ora, both in direct service via Te Hā Oranga, and in policy development, advice and partnership with health service providers in Northland and Auckland.