The CTU Rūnanga is the representative body for Māori workers whose unions are affiliated to the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions Te Kauae Kaimahi. Unions are represented within the Rūnanga by at least one person, who is responsible for ensuring that the views of Māori workers within their union are included in the discussions and decision-making of the group.
The Rūnanga meets about four times a year, prior to the National Affiliates Council meetings. Smaller workgroups also meet in between the main hui, to progress tasks in the annual workplan.
A priority area is working with the CTU and its officers to implement Treaty-based change within the CTU. The Rūnanga also supports CTU officials whenever possible during formal engagements.
As well as representing Māori worker views within the national union body, the CTU Rūnanga has a crucial role as a Treaty partner, working in conjunction with CTU officers and staff to ensure the rights and responsibilities of a partnership relationship are met. Both partners regard the ongoing development of this relationship as vital to ensuring a solid foundation for the future success of the CTU and its affiliates.