The role of Te Maruata is:
- promoting increased representation of Māori as elected members of local government;
- enhancing Māori participation in local government processes;
- providing support for councils in building strong relationships with iwi, hapu and Māori groups; and
- providing Māori input on development of future policies or legislation relating to local government; and
- fostering and supporting a network of Māori elected members and staff of local government for the purpose of sharing information, challenges and aspirations relevant to kaupapa Māori.
The current members of Te Maruata Roopu Whakahaere are:
- Bonita Bigham (Te Tai Hauauru) | Councillor, South Taranaki District Council; and
- Alf Filipaina | Councillor, Auckland Council.
Cr Bonita Bigham
Kei te mihi tenei, he uri o Ngaruahine me Te Atiawa iwi e noho ana ki raro i te maru o to tatou maunga tapu, ko Taranaki ki te Hauauru nei, kia koutou nga poukorero, nga poutakawaenga a kaunihera huri noa te motu. Tena koutou katoa. Kei te tuku mihi hoki kia ratou kua wehe atu, haere, haere, haere oti atu. Kia ora elected members of Te Hauauru. Bonita is serving her first term as a Councillor for the Egmont Plains Ward of the South Taranaki District Council.
Date updated: 11 December 2017