Governance Training a Hit

Governance Training a Hit 


By Lee-Arna Nepia 

Lee-Arna Nepia (Ātihau, Ngāti Apa, Ngāti Tuwharetoa) was one of 30 rangatakapu who participated in Governance Training that Ngā Tāngata Tiaki recently ran through KPMG.
When I think about Dad and some of the things that he’s involved in for example our lands and Whānau Trusts, there is a lot of responsibility that he holds in the whānau.

One day, that responsibility could pass on to me, and I just want to prepare myself for the future as best I can.

The Governance Training was aimed at supporting rangatakapu to build knowledge and understanding about governance. I think the first class we had about 30 people and it was actually my favourite thing to do on a Monday night – I don’t think I missed a class!

A highlight for me was seeing and understanding who was in the room and just how eager everybody was to also learn about these types of roles. I loved it – the facilitators were amazing, Aunty Missy and Matt, they were incredible, and they gave us real examples and examples that are relevant to us.

This training helps you to understand all the different language you need to use and consider, as well as reading financial reports and understanding those.

Sometimes governance can feel tino pakeha - just that whole ahua in a Trust hui, moving motions, all those in favour say aye – it can be unfamiliar for our people.

I remember in past training I did in this space, Uncle Pahia Turia told us that it was better to be groomed into governance, instead of broomed into governance. That really stuck with me over the years.

The governance training ended up giving me the confidence to apply for a role on Te Whawhaki Trust, and I was so fortunate to be appointed and say yes.

I am so excited to work with the Te Whawhaki team. I go way back with some of the Trustees and know we have shared values, and I can’t wait to contribute to our uri and to our Awa in this new role.


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