What is the Hapu hui process?

There is no definitive process on how to run Hapu hui, as it all comes down to kawa and tikanga, so all we can do is offer a guideline that will assist in keeping the order of the hui in line with constitutional process.

Firstly, the Hapu needs to decide whether they will accept the matter or not.

Matters could include:

        • Settler demands upon the whanau
        • Breaches of whenua protocols
        • Charges upon whanau members

If the Hapu accepts the matter, they can proceed with tending to the matter.

The Hapu calls a hui and the matter is discussed. Everything about the discussion should come under kawa and tikanga. (Please be aware that we have been condition so well that we may not realise we are conditioned and may start applying the tauiwi laws when speaking in our hui).

Bringing in tauiwi laws and rules would be a breach our kawa and tikanga and render the matter invalid of the Native Council process.

As the hui progresses, the selected administrators sit in on the hui and record the discussion. The main points the administrators are looking for are:

      • Hapu determinations
      • Hapu resolutions

For each determination, there must be a resolution.

At the conclusion of the hui, the Hapu should have arrived at a overall determination such as: ” The Hapu has determined that – the member in this matter has breached tikanga unknowingly” and also an overall resolution such as: “The Hapu has put in place resolutions for the remedy of the member and the matter situation”.

The Hapu process is over. It is now up to the administrators record the Hapu hui and print up relevant documents if required. The Native Council process can now be applied.


      1. Decide if the Hapu accepts to hear the matter
      2. Discuss the matter under kawa and tikanga
      3. Make determinations on the matter
      4. Make resolutions on the determinations
      5. Record the hui outcome/s


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