Over the next two years and following discussions at both Hui Te Uepū and TEU’s Annual Conference 2021, TEU will be engaging in kōrero and wānanga to further advance our Tiriti relationship through a transformational review of our rules.

The rules review is the next step in TEU’s journey to advance our Tiriti relationship and aims to create structures and processes that reflect our commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and advance power sharing between Māori and Pākehā. The kōrero is an ongoing process in which members, and staff, can share whakaaro and be an active part of how TEU’s new rules and structures will reflect the union’s commitment to Te Tiriti and advance power sharing between Māori and Pākehā.

With our TEU Kaumātua and leadership guiding us through the process, and through continued engagement with Te Uepū Māori and the wider membership, TEU Te Tiriti Relationship Group Co-Chairs Miriama Postlethwaite (Ngāi Tūhoe), and Frédérique Vanholsbeeck (Pākehā) say the next two years are an exciting time for shaping the future of our union as a truly bilingual and bicultural organisation.

Kōrero and wānanga over the next two years will invite all TEU members to whakawhitiwhiti whakaaro on what our TEU constitution might look like viewed through a Tiriti lens, and how it might better reflect our aspiration of being a truly Tiriti-led union and exemplar of a Tiriti relationship, with structures and processes that reflect our commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and advance power sharing between Māori and Pākehā.

As part of this mahi, Te Koeke Tiriti workshops are being run at all TEU branches in order to advance a greater understanding and appreciation of our Te Tiriti relationship. Additionally, rules review workshops will be run to spark debate about our Te Tiriti relationship and to generate the broad principles that will underpin the rules rewrite. This week our Tiriti Relationship Group and Council will be the first to receive the rules review workshops, followed by National Committees, and later with Branch Committees, Presidents, and the broader membership, to draw on our collective experience and ideas on how we can further advance our Te Tiriti o Waitangi relationships and mahi.

The rules review is a values-based, union-wide kōrero, exploring aspirationally and practically who we are and what we want to be as a union, and how this will be articulated in our TEU rules. Underpinned by kōrero and wānanga – two core concepts of our rules review process – our kōrero together as a union, and the creation of wānanga through which we can develop our kaupapa, aims to ensure the process is tikanga-led.

The two-year engagement process informing our rules review is designed to ensure no one is left behind in this important conversation – awhi atu, awhi mai – and that change is meaningful and transformative, while also making sure TEU gives due time to the undertaking of mahi and kaupapa of this scale and significance.