Terms of Reference

1. The Rūnanga is constituted as a Committee of Council.

2. The Rūnanga has five primary roles:

  • To advise Council on the appropriateness of relevant sections of the Charter, Strategic Plan, Profile and Council policies in terms of the University’s aspirations to partner with Māori and support Māori development. In order to facilitate this process, Council officers will ensure that any such documents which the Council is to consider will first be referred to the Rūnanga for its advice.
  • To advise Council on the progress and achievements of the University towards its strategic objectives for Māori. To this end, reports prepared on such matters for Council (usually by the Vice-Chancellor and Pro Vice-Chancellors (Māori) and (Equity)) will be referred to the Rūnanga for comment and advice.
  • To advise management on operational matters relevant to the delivery on strategic objectives for Māori. Such advice will be sought by the Vice-Chancellor and other senior managers as required.
  • To consider and advise appropriate Senate committees, and through them Council, on academic matters that have direct relevance to Māori curriculum content, delivery and research. Such advice will be sought by the Senate committees as required.
  • To provide to Council and senior management such other advice as may be requested from time to time.
  • Conflicts of Interest
    Committee members must declare any real or perceived conflicts of interest in line with the requirements of the University’s Conflicts of Interest Policy.
  • Confidentiality
    Committee members have a responsibility to treat all information with appropriate confidentiality.  This includes matters tabled or discussed at the Committee meetings, as well as any additional issues that are raised outside meetings.

3. The Rūnanga shall report to Council and Senate.