Providing for the development of Ngāti Whātua as a strong and caring iwi.
The pou that underpins the mission of the Rūnanga relates to:
- Te Rūnanga responsibilities as tangata whenua.
- Personal development of Ngāti Whātua uri.
- Caring for our uri.
- Economic development of Ngāti Whātua and other iwi within the Ngāti Whātua rohe.
- Managing the affairs of Ngāti Whātua.
Te Runanga o Ngāti Whātua (the Rūnanga) is a body corporate established under the “Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua Act 1988”. The Rūnanga is the sole representative body and authorised voice to deal with issues affecting the whole of Ngāti Whātua. The Rūnanga provides social and cultural services to uri and manages iwi commercial assets. All of these sit within Te Rohe o Ngāti Whātua.
The Rūnanga was established to create a unified body representative of the whole of Ngāti Whātua. This body would be recognised by other iwi and governement agencies.
The Rūnanga Board of Trustees comprises hapū representatives from five takiwā – Ōrākei, South Kaipara, Whangārei, Northern Wairoa, and Ōtamatea. Representatives to the Rūnanga Board are elected triennially by registered uri from each takiwā.
The rohe of Ngāti Whātua is traditionally expressed as Tāmaki ki Maunganui i te Uru and Tāmaki ki Manaia i te Rāwhiti. The Northern boundary is expressed as Manaia titiro ki Whatitiri, Whatitiri titiro ki Tutamoe. Tutamoe titiro ki Maunganui.
There are 33 marae that are affiliated with Ngāti Whātua. They include Ōrākei, Haranui, Reweti, Puatahi, Araparera (Te Aroha Pā), Te Kia Ora, Korokota, Takahiwai, Tirarau, Toetoe, Ahikiwi, Kāpehu, Naumai, Ōtūrei, Pananawe, Rīpia, Taitā, Tama Te Uaua, Te Houhanga, Ngā Tai Whakarongorua, Ōmaha, Oruawharo, Otamatea, Ōtuhianga, Parirau, Waikaretū (Poutō), Rāwhitiroa, Te Kōwhai, Te Pounga, Waiohau, Arapaoa (Waihaua), and Waiotea.
The confederated iwi and hapū are listed in the 2008 Deed of Mandate. They include Ngā Oho, Ngāi Tāhuhu, Ngāti Hinga, Ngāti Mauku, Ngāti Rongo, Ngāti Rango, Ngāti Torehina, Ngāti Weka, Ngāti Whiti, Patuharakeke, Te Parawhau, Te Popoto, Te Roroa, Te Uriroroi, Te Taoū, Te Uri Ngutu, Te Kuihi, Te Uri o Hau, Ngāti Kauae as groups that also have tātai links to Ngāti Whātua.