Te Tiriti/Treaty Relationship Governance Model
In September 2015 OTNZ-WNA implemented the Te Tiriti O Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi relationship government model. This model reflects a true partnership between tangata whenua and tangata tiriti sharing the leadership and responsibility with co-presidencies and 50/50 membership of the Council. The association is the first allied professional body to do so.
Under the treaty relationship governance model:
- Council consists of 7 with a minimum of 3 Māori councillors nominated by their roopu and three tangata tiriti representatives. The seventh councillor can be from either tangata whenua or tangata tiriti house and holds the portfolio of World federation of Occupational Therapy delegate.
- Two Presidents preside – one from each house
- Presidents co-chair council meetings
- Council subcommittees are represented by an equal number of tangata tiriti and tangata whenua members.
- Equity of responsibilities spread or jointly undertaken apply as deemed practicable.
Tangata Whenua: A generic term for Māori comprising those with mana whenua responsibilities - Māori who are tied culturally to an area by whakapapa and whose ancestors lived and died there; together with taura here - Māori who are resident in an area but who belong to waka and tribes from other parts of Aotearoa/New Zealand.
Tangata Tiriti: A generic term to describe people whose rights to live in Aotearoa/New Zealand derive from Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the arrangements that the Crown has established under a common rule of law and the equity provisions of Article 3 of Te Tiriti.