On 7 February 1995, Te Rūnanganui o Ngāti Hikairo was registered under the Incorporated Societies Act 1908. This followed a number of years of discussion within the Iwi by kaumātua and members of Ngāti Hikairo on the need for a body to represent the interests of Ngāti Hikairo within Tainui and in relation to the Crown and Local Government in the area.
At the time, kaumātua identified the moemoeā of our people as follows:
- The desired future for Ngāti Hikairo will be achieved when the majority of our iwi, through their own endeavours, are able to enjoy a quality of life where:
- Their mauri or spiritual essence is strong and vibrant
- They have fully developed their intellectual, emotional and physical well-being
- They are conversant, secure and proactive participants in all facets of social, cultural, economic and political life
- The whānau, hapū, iwi and the marae have become the basis for their collective cultural, social and economic development as it was traditionally
- They are comfortable and competent in both the Māori and Pākehā societies
- They are well educated to realise their full potential in the rapidly changing modern society
- Their whanaungatanga has been rejuvenated and developed to the extent that the whānau has become the focus and the major family support unit
- They are fully employed; their resources are properly utilised and managed; they are financially secure.
- Their Māori identity, culture and values are widely understood and respected by all New Zealanders
- The Treaty of Waitangi is properly honoured as a covenant between Māori and Pākehā and other New Zealanders
- They are able to live with dignity and harmonious content with all people in the cultural, social and physical environment they all share
Our constitution sets out the full statement of the kaupapa of Te Rūnanganui and how it operates.