An emergency Special General Meeting was held the night of Thursday, May 13th. The night saw two Ngā Tauira Māori executive members leave their position. The greatest shock of the night came when it was revealed that co-president, Mihiterina Williams, would be resigning from the Tumuaki position. Accrediting the reason for wanting to prioritise her well-being, Williams has decided to step down from her position.
The meeting was to find a replacement for Secretary Sarai Mckay. Sadly, no nominations were accepted for the secretary position, so Mckay will stay on in the interim. Another meeting has been scheduled to re-elect both a new President and Secretary and the hui has been planned for the 27th of May in Hineahuone.
Williams may have resigned from the Executive but she still plans to stay on as a tuākana and lend her services where needed. The same is said for ex-secretary Mckay. The departure of two executive members has come as a shock to students but the Executive team vowed to keep supporting Williams and Mckay in and out of Ngā Tauira Māori functions. The two are still active members of Ngā Tauira Māori, but have realigned their focus to help out in a mentoring capacity.
Tauira Māori of Auckland University are sad to see them go and wish them the best. Mihiterina helped refocus Ngā Tauira Māori on education with Study Wānanga, a biweekly marae based study seminar and advocated for change. She has been a binding glue for NTM students new and old and she will be missed. The hope is that the newly elected president will follow in her example.
Students thinking about applying for the open executive positions should get in contact with the Ngā Tauira Māori team on Facebook or at Hineahuone.
Location: HIneahuone (Māori student common room)