Waikato-Tainui marks one year partnership with CYF

By Harata Brown

While Waikato-Tainui mourn those within the tribe who have died in the past year for the eighth Coronation of King Tūheitia, it has also been a year since the call was heeded to review the tribe's current structure for the benefit of all marae and hapū within the Waikato-Tainui Raupatu Settlement boundaries.

The forecourt of Mahinārangi was completely covered with people who've come from near and far.

For the descendants of Makaurau Marae from the Northern arm within the tribal boundaries of Waikato-Tainui, they came to mourn the loss of a pillar within the Black Power Gang. 

It's also been a year since Waikato-Tainui began its review of the tribe's tribal structure in a move to better strengthen the tribe's relationship with the current Tainui Parliamentary Structure and their resolution process if disputes do arise.

A Memorandum of Understanding between Waikato-Tainui and Child, Youth and Family (CYF) was also signed last year, with the aim of having all Waikato-Tainui children out of CYF care by 2050.

"What we haven't worked out is how many people do we actually need to make this happen and how much detail we want to get in to because for some of these families it is going to take some time," says  Regional CYF Manager , Sue Critchley.

Tomorrow the nation will bring their dead to be mourned before the Kīngitanga.

Māori politicians as well as Prime Minister John Key will also arrive and it's been said that no doubt, the book Dirty Politics by Nick Hager will also be a topic of discussion on the podium.