Te Huarahi's role is to advise Māori members and to act as a channel for their concerns; to consider and represent those concerns to Executive; and liaise with Māori members, particularly the regional Te Reo-ā-Rohe network. Te Huarahi has responsibility for making decisions which impact on Māori members.
Te Huarahi is the national Māori body elected on an iwi geographical basis by Māori members of the Association (Rule 75). Te Huarahi annually elects three of its current members to serve on the national Executive.
Where Executive or Te Huarahi wishes to resolve a question about Ngā Take Māori, a group consisting of Te Huarahi's representatives and an equal number of Executive members meet to find an appropriate solution as Te Rōpū Matua.
Members of Te Huarahi are elected by members on PPTA's Māori electoral roll to represent the following tribal areas: Tai Tokerau, Tāmaki Makaurau, Waikato, Mataatua, Te Arawa, Tai Rāwhiti, Taranaki, Whānganui, Horowhenua / Manawatu, Ngāti Kahungunu, Whanganui-a-Tara ki Ōtaki, Ōtepoti / Murihiku, Waitaha, Te Tau Ihu o Te Waka a Māui.
Kaumātua and Whaea
The Kaumātua and Whaea are chosen by Te Huarahi to assist and support Association matters and are entitled to participate in all aspects of the Association.
Te Huarahi Māori Motuhake 2018-2019
Kaumātua: Hēnare Hūtana
Whaea: Gazala Maihi
Whaea Tautoko: Tihi Puanaki
Te Taitokerau: Te Aomihia Taua-Glassie, Tikipunga High School
Vincent Hapi – Wesley College
Pōwhiri Rika-Heke – Alfriston College
Waikato: Miriama Barton – Hamilton Boys’ High School
Mataatua: 1 vacancy
Te Arawa: 1 vacancy
Tai Rāwhiti: 1 vacancy
Ngāti Kahungunu: Shona West, Hastings Girls’ High School
Whanganui: 1 vacancy
Taranaki: 1 vacancy
Horowhenua / Manawatū: Patty Robinson, Freyberg High School
Awakairangi / Wairarapa: 1 vacancy
Whanganui-ā-Tara ki Ōtaki: Anthony Urwin, Aotea College
Te Tau Ihu o te Waka a Māui: 1 vacancy
Ōtepoti: 1 vacancy
Murihiku: Jackie West, Aurora College
Waitaha: Daniel Hapuku – Christchurch Boys’ High School