Tukoroirangi Morgan is clinging to his role as the head of Tainui's tribal parliament while a review is taken of votes to oust him from the position.
A resolution was voted on yesterday to remove Mr Morgan from his role as the chair of Te Arataura's executive board for allegedly bringing the tribe into disrepute, the Waikato Times reported.
The resolution narrowly won by 30 marae votes to 27, with two abstaining.
However, deputy chair Patience Te Ao said the votes were inconclusive so would have to be reviewed.
"We hope the matter is resolved sooner rather than later," she said.
NZPA understands some of the votes may have been invalid.
Last year Te Kauhanganui chairwoman Tania Martin released a report which alleged excessive spending by the executive board, of more than $1.3 million in seven months.
A internal review is yet to be completed into the tribe's governance structures and policies.
A second vote yesterday to remove the executive board failed.