Te Kāhui Ahumahi

Te Kāhui Ahumahi is a governance group made up of Māori members of the Workforce Development Councils. This group supports the Workforce Development Councils to honour, give effect to and embed Te Tiriti o Waitangi and support Māori Crown relationships. 

The members of Te Kāhui Ahumahi are:

 

Turi Ngatai MNZM (Muka Tangata)

Turi Ngatai MNZM (Muka Tangata)

Turi Ngatai MNZM, Ngāi te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui, is executive director Māori at Open Polytechnic New Zealand and has previously been a senior executive at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa and a former school principal. He is a member of the interim Establishment Board for the Primary Industries Workforce Development Council, a Co-chair of the Bay of Plenty Regional Skills Leadership Group, a Director on the Food and Fibre Centre of Vocational Excellence and he sits on the Board of the Catholic Leadership Institute, Te Kupenga. 

Turi is a director of Te Awanui Huka Pak and is deputy chair of the Ngai Te Rangi iwi post-settlement governance entity and the Ngai Te Rangi Runanga he is a representative for Ngai Te Rangi at the Iwi Chairs Forum. He is their spokesman for the Workforce Development Councils and represents the Iwi chairs forum on the Worksafe Partners Advisory Council. 

John Chapman (Waihanga Ara Rau, Co-Chair)

John Chapman (Waihanga Ara Rau, Co-Chair)

John Chapman, Ngāti Tuwharetoa, Te Whakatōhea, Te Whānau Apanui, is the owner and director of KAEA, an organisation that provides and delivers programmes for Kāinga Ora, Māori Pacific Trades Training, and various other community and whanau development organisations. He has previously held a number of other senior positions focusing on education and youth development with organisations including VisionWest Community Trust Education and Training Centre and Wellington City Mission.

John was previously a member of the interim establishment board for the Construction and Infrastructure Workforce Development Council. He also holds governance roles with a number of other organisations including Māori Pacific Trades Training Auckland and HHR Trust Aotearoa New Zealand. 

Hinerangi Edwards (Ringa Hora, Chair)

Hinerangi Edwards (Ringa Hora, Chair)  

Hinerangi Edwards, Taranaki, Ngāruahine, Taranaki, Ngāti Ruanui, Te Arawa is an executive director and co-owner of AATEA, a Kaupapa Māori professional services consultancy. She was also the co-chair of the interim Establishment Board for the Primary Industries Workforce Development Council, and is a member of the Māori Economic Development Advisory Board, and a director of Korou Digital Agency in Te Wairoa.  
Hinerangi has previously held governance roles with a number of other organisations including as a Māori Language Commissioner, a councillor at Western Institute of Technology (WITT), a board member of Parininihi Ki Waitotara, and a trustee for a range of charitable trusts. She has a background in career planning and employment and was a national moderator for the Public Sector for 10 years.  

Wini Geddes (Muka Tangata, Deputy Chair, Toitū te Waiora)

Wini Geddes (Muka Tangata, Deputy Chair, Toitū te Waiora)    

Winifred (Wini) Geddes Ngāti Awa, Ngaitai ki Tōrere, Ngāpuhi, is a director of Tāne Mahuta Aotearoa NZ Ltd, a whānau-owned company envisioned to train, qualify and employ rangatahi to work on their own whenua. With the Kaupapa Māori LWYE™ Learn While You Earn industry-based training model, the tauira (cadet) not only gain qualifications, operational and organisational skills leading to management, but also access to in-house Kaihautū Pastoral Care service, health advocacy and a Drug Testing and Rehabilitation Unit (DTRU) for the workplace. Visit www.tanemahuta.org.nz website. She is also director of Tū Ora (NZ) Ltd, which operates whare-māire providing bi-cultural clinical health services, psycho-social advocacy. DTRU and training in the caring professions. 

 

Wini holds a number of governance positions including two Workforce Development Councils, a Mataatua District Māori Council delegate to the NZ Māori Council, Chair of the Whakatāne Māori Committee, President of Pūtauaki Māori Women’s Welfare League and Trustee to Iritana Hoāni Nuku Ahu Whenua Trust. In an advisory and support role, Wini has recently accepted firstly, the Resilience to Nature’s Challenges (RNC) – a rural research programme that supports outreach to policy and practice leadership that enables resilient outcomes for rural Aotearoa; developing an integrated framework for assessing resilience to natural hazards in consideration of climate change, environmental recovery, rural value chain impacts, intervention tools/resources and marae resilience. Secondly, not only as a Massey University Master of Science student, but also supporter of Te Toi Whakaruruhau o Aotearoa, an EQC funded centre for Mātauranga Māori Research Excellence encouraging innovative research across science and social disciplines, building Māori research workforce capability in the fields of earth science, hazards, emergency management, disaster risk reduction governance, recovery and resilience. 

 

Nō reira, he hōnore ahau ki te āta ara pai mō ngā mokopuna a meāke nei. 

Renata Hakiwai (Hanga-Aro-Rau, Co-Chair)

Renata Hakiwai (Hanga-Aro-Rau, Co-Chair)

Renata Hakiwai, Ngāti Kahungunu, Rongomaiwahine, Tūwharetoa, Waikato Tainui, is the Managing Director of HTK Group Ltd, an organisation established in 2015 to meet the growing demand for a Māori and indigenous professional services organisation that is purpose driven. Renata has more than 10 years of experience in senior executive and leadership positions alongside being a successful investor and dual exit entrepreneur. 

Mr Hakiwai was previously co-chair of the interim Establishment Board Hanga-Aro-Rau, Manufacturing, Engineering and Logistics Workforce Development Council. He sits on several Boards on a range of organisations which include crown, commercial, iwi, post settlement entities, not for profit and start up entities. Mr Hakiwai has extensive experience and a diverse range of skills working across iwi, public, Start-Up and commercial sector, and has a major passion for Māori economic development with a focus on Māori business, innovation, enterprise, workforce development and employment, STEM and the Future of work.  Mr Hakiwai has deep connections into the communities in which he serves, and sees himself as an enabler of people, and an accelerator for Māori and indigenous development.

Rhonda Kite ONZM (Toi Mai, Co-Chair)

Rhonda Kite ONZM (Toi Mai, Co-Chair)

Rhonda Kite ONZM, Te Aupōuri, Ngai Tākoto, Ngāti Kuri, is the managing director of Toi Te Hiku Trust, an economic development facilitator in the Far North in the screen, creative arts, cultural and technology sectors. Rhonda is the chair of Te Runanga nui o te Aupōuri, New Zealand member of Indigenous Women’s Business Network in the Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum, a member of the Business Advisory Group at AUT, and a founding patron of the ImagineNative Film Festival in Toronto, Canada. 

Rhonda has held a wide range of executive and governance roles in the film and technology sectors with a particular focus on developing Māori content and storytelling. These have included board roles with Māori Television, NZ on Air, SPADA, and the Aotearoa Film & Television Awards, amongst others. 

Erin Simpson (Muka Tangata, Chair)

Erin Simpson (Muka Tangata, Chair)

Erin Simpson, Te Atiawa, has an extensive career in the Horticulture Industry starting in the 1980s. His experience gives him a robust and insightful understanding of the skills needed by employers to be effective members in the workforce of tomorrow. He is passionate about ensuring skills and training delivered and developed today are agile, adaptable, and fit for purpose in the unknown world of tomorrow. In his current role as Capability Development Manager at New Zealand Apples and Pears Inc he has mandate to engage and collaborate with Government and Industry training providers to attract, grow and retain talent for the sector. 

Erin’s governance experience at present includes Chair of the New Zealand Agricultural Education Trust (Growsafe) and Co-Chair of the Hawkes Bay Regional Skills Leadership Group (RSLG) and was previously Co-chair of the interim Establishment Board for Muka Tangata, People Food and Fibre WDC.

Chantelle Bailey (Waihanga Ara Rau)

Chantelle Bailey (Waihanga Ara Rau)

Chantelle Bailey, Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Hāmoa (Lotofaga and Le’auva’a) is a Lead Structural Engineer for Aurecon. She has more than 25 years of experience in engineering with a focus on structural and aircraft engineering in roles with GHD, OPUS and the Royal New Zealand Air Force.   

Chantelle is on the Te Ao Rangahau Māori Advisory Panel and previously served as a trustee on the Engineering New Zealand Foundation, a past board member of the Manawatū Branch of the Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand.  She is passionate about using the experience and knowledge that she has developed to influence change and inspire others for the future of our rangatahi and tauira mahi.  Having worked across different boards, she has developed strong leadership and kaitiakitanga skills.   Chantelle will bring to the table a world view, the benefit of her experience and insight, as an engineer and experienced governance practitioner, woman, mother and wife, a totality of experience.  

Dr Maria Baker (Toitū Te Waiora)

Dr Maria Baker (Toitū Te Waiora)

Dr Maria Baker Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa, is the Chief Executive Officer of Te Rau Ora, a kaupapa Māori organisation focused on strengthening Māori health and wellbeing. She gained her PhD in Māori Health and also holds a number of nursing and mental health qualifications.  

Maria has worked in Māori health for more than 25 years and has previously held senior positions focusing on Māori Health Workforce Development and Māori mental health. She has experience working across a range of organisations including NGOs, Iwi, Māori organisations and district health boards. 

Tracy Davis (Waihanga Ara Rau)

Tracy Davis, Ngāti Whatua, is Deputy Chair for Ngā Maunga Whakahii o Kaipara, the post settlement governance entity for Ngāti Whatua o Kaipara. He holds a number of other governance and advisory roles relating to infrastructure including the National Māori Advisory Panel for the restructure of 3 Waters, and Chair of the Iwi Advisor Panel of Hōkai Nuku, who negotiate Mana Whenua and Māori procurement and training opportunities on Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency Projects in Auckland. 

Tracy previously spent more than twenty years working in the construction industry, first as a glazier and then starting a business which went on to become the largest shower installation company in New Zealand. 

Brendon Green (Waihanga Ara Rau)

Brendon Green, Ngāti Hikairo, Ngāpuhi, is an experienced director with a portfolio that has focused on energy, climate change, asset management, and engaging with the Māori economy and Māori communities. He is currently on the board of Watercare, HIRINGA Energy Ltd and Waikato District Council’s Infrastructure Committee. 

Brendon was previously chair of Tirohia Landfill Joint Venture and Tainui Kāwhia Incorporation as well as being a member of Te Whakakitenga o Waikato, Waikato Tainui’s governing body. He also has held a number of executive positions in energy companies in New Zealand and North America with companies including Wattstock LLC, Mercury Energy, General Electric and Contact Energy. 

Daniel Haines (Waihanga Ara Rau)

Daniel Haines  (Waihanga Ara Rau)

Daniel Haines (Te Rarawa) is the Head of Māori Outcomes for Eke Panuku Development Auckland. Recent employment includes Māori engagement and Treaty settlement work with Wynyard Edge Alliance and Auckland Council. He also was the elected president of the Auckland University Students’ Association and the New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations. 

Daniel is a board member of Academic Quality Agency, which provide external quality assurance for all New Zealand Universities, and ActionStation, an independent, crowdfunded, community campaigning organisation. His previous governance and advisory roles include the Public Service Association, Unitec’s Rūnanga o Ngā Toa Āwhina, Student Job Search, and the University of Auckland. Daniel has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Auckland. 

Loren Heaphy (Ringa Hora)

Loren Heaphy (Ringa Hora)

Loren Heaphy Te Atiawa, is the General Manager Destination and Attraction at ChristchurchNZ. She has previously held roles in a number of organisations in the tourism and events sector including ATEED, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, Nelson Tasman Tourism, Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology and World of Wearable Arts (WoW). 

Loren is chair of the New Zealand Event Association and was previously the chair and co-founder of YoungTEC, an association focusing on upskilling and inspiring young people into pursuing tourism as a career path. In addition, she is a board member of Tourism Export Council of New Zealand and an independent director of Medical Kiwi Ltd. 

Kevin Ihaka (Muka Tangata)

Kevin Ihaka (Muka Tangata)

Kevin Ihaka, Ngāti Kuhungunu, is the founder and director of the FPS group of companies (FPS Forestry Ltd, FPS Forest Protection Services Ltd, FPS Geospatial Ltd). He is also holds governance positions with a number of organisations including being chair of the Forest and Rural Fire Association, a director of the United Fire Brigades Association, a member and founding trustee for the Forest Industry Safety Council, and a director of the Forest Industry Contractors Association. 

Kevin is also a member of a number of advisory and working groups focusing on the forestry sector, health and safety and rural fire. He has also been actively involved with Competenz, NorthTec and the Fire and Rescue Services Industry Training Organisation. 

Stuart Lawrence (Hanga-Aro-Rau)

Stuart Lawrence (Hanga-Aro-Rau)

Stuart Lawrence, ko Uenuku te Iwi, is Director – Programme Kaitautoko at Whatukura Ltd, a boutique consultancy firm where he has led a number of workforce development, pastoral care and community projects focusing on Māori and Pasifika development. He previously spent 13 years as National Manager – Māori for The Skills Organisation Industry Training Organisation. 

Mr Lawrence holds a number of governance positions including being chair of Māori Pasifika Trades Training (Tamaki), an advisory board member of Project Retrain – Increasing Gender Equity, and a committee member for a number of community organisations. 

Annie Murray (Toi Mai)

Annie Murray (Toi Mai)

Annie Murray, Te Arawa, is Head of Sky Originals at Sky Network Television. She has previously held a range of senior positions across the New Zealand television industry including with Māori Television Service, Taima Television Ltd, Television New Zealand and NZ on Air. 

Annie is a member of Ngā Aho Whakaari, the association of Māori in the Creative Screen Industry, and has been a long-time advocate and champion for Māori stories on screen and for diverse storytelling from under-represented groups in Aotearoa. She is a former tertiary educator and holds Diplomas of Teaching and Bicultural Journalism, and a Master of Education degree. Annie is also a member of the Bay of Plenty Regional Skills Leadership Group.

Dan Epiha-Netana (Muka Tangata)

Dan Epiha-Netana (Muka Tangata)

Dan Epiha-Netana, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, is the Taranaki Organiser for First Union NZ. He has worked in a variety of roles in the wood processing sector for over a decade and has connections with employees across the sector. 

Dan is a member of the Taranaki interim Regional Skills Leadership Group and is on the Operational Action Group for the Forestry Safety Council, bringing a worker voice to the table of this tripartite health and safety organisation. 

Maria Ngawati (Toitū Te Waiora)

Maria Ngawati (Toitū Te Waiora)

Maria Ngawati, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Porou has more than 20 years’ experience in Māori health and education including positions with Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology, Unitec Institute of Technology, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa and AUT University. She has done extensive research and analysis in the nexus between Māori health and education and is currently completing professional doctorate study focusing on higher health education for Kura Kaupapa Māori students. 

Maria is a director of Te Pūtea Whakatupu, a philanthropic organisation legislated for the advancement of Māori education and training opportunities, is a member of Ngā Pou Mana - a Tangata Whenua Māori Health organisation, and is also a trustee and project manager for her marae, Te Rito.

Carla Seymour (Hanga-Aro-Rau)

Carla Seymour (Hanga-Aro-Rau)

Carla Seymour Mansell (Ngāti Raukawa, Whakatōhea and Ngāti Maniapoto) is Owner-Operator of TC Logistics and Project Manager for Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency based in Tairāwhiti. She has extensive experience in the transport and logistic industry. 

Ms Seymour-Mansell has a long-standing commitment to the promotion of health and safety at work. She received the EROAD Outstanding Contribution to Health and Safety Award at the New Zealand Road Transport Industry awards in 2019. Her current role at Waka Kotahi involves leading efforts to reduce workplace injuries across the forest to port supply chain in the region.

Barry Soutar (Toi Mai)

Barry Soutar, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Awa, Ngāi-Tai-ki-Tāmaki, Ngāti Kahungunu-ki-te-Wairoa, is an executive-director of TORO Studios, a creative technology company based in Tairāwhiti and a director of the AMO Collab, a national collective of twenty of NZ’s best export focused creative production companies. Barry is also an executive-director of TORO Technology, a software development company delivering solutions for domestic and international customers.  He is also the executive director of Te Tira Toi Whakangao (T3W), a tech venturing network that connects and drives Māori involvement in the tech sector. He also chairs Orawa, a cultural leadership programme assisting whanau into the future of work. 

Barry has been a director of Te Runanganui-o-Ngāti Porou, a director of Ngāti Porou Seafoods Group, the chair of Te Taurahere-o-Ngāti-Porou-ki-Tāmaki, the vice chair of Toitu Ngāti Porou Trustee Ltd and a director for Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki Tribal Trust. He has previously had roles with New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and Callaghan Innovation Ltd. Prior to these he built a successful export software company with business partners operating for more than fifteen years in the location intelligence industry. 

Warwick Tauwhare-George (Muka Tangata)

Warwick Tauwhare-George (Muka Tangata)

Warwick Tauwhare-George, Waikato-Tainui, Ngāi Tahu, is the Chief Executive of Parininihi ki Waitotara, a Taranaki-based Māori Incorporation with interests across the primary sector including dairy, dairy support, beef, renewable energy, commercial property, lobster, forestry, apiculture, horticulture, and arable crops. 

Warwick is a Director of a number of companies including Ngāi Tahu Farming, Koura Inc. (Port Nicholson Fisheries Ltd), Hamilton Riverview Hotels and is the Chair of Ngāmotu Hotels Ltd. He has previously been a Director of a number of organisations in the primary and energy sectors in New Zealand and overseas, including Te Oranga Livestock and Ngāi Tahu Seafood. 

Hinurewa te Hau (Ringa Hora)

Hinurewa te Hau   (Ringa Hora)

Hinurewa te Hau Whakatōhea, Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Kahungungu, Maniapoto, Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Raukawa, is currently the General Manager of Creative Northland the regional arts development agency for Te Tai Tokerau. She is an experienced business leader and a consistent champion of effective Tiriti partnership and realisation of Tikanga Māori values across private sector boards, not for profit organisations and government.   

Hinurewa is a member of the Creative, Cultural, Recreation and Technology WDC interim Establishment Board. She was the inaugural chair of the Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) Matariki Festival Trust, a Founder of Matariki Cultural Foundation focussed on the World Music and Chairs the World Music Pan Indigenous Network representing over 34 countries, as well as a current board member of Q Theatre Limited and the Matakohe Kauri Museum and recently appointed as a Director to Auckland Unlimited Board 

Matthew Tukaki (Toitū Te Waiora)

Matthew Tukaki, Ngāi Te Rangi, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, is an experienced leader who is a champion for Māori health and social development. He is currently chair of a number of entities including the Ministerial Advisory Board at Oranga Tamariki, the National Māori Authority Ngā Rautahi O Aotearoa, Māori Spectrum Working Group, the Ministry of Health Māori Monitoring Group and the New Zealand Māori Council Auckland District. 

Matthew is also the former Chair of Suicide Prevention Australia, CEO of one of the world’s largest and oldest employment companies, Drake International, and Chair of Deakin University CSaRO. 

Matthew has also held a range of senior executive positions in Australia and New Zealand in companies focusing on recruitment, workforce development, media and marketing. 

Gwendoline (Gwen) Tepania-Palmer (Toitū Te Waiora)

Gwendoline (Gwen) Tepania-Palmer (Toitū Te Waiora)

Gwendoline (Gwen) Tepania-Palmer ONZM Te Aupōuri, Ngāti Kahu, Ngāti Paoa, is a long-time advocate of Māori health who has held numerous directorship and leadership positions across the health sector. She is currently on the board of Fire Emergency New Zealand, Waikato Lotteries Community Grants, Ngāti Hine Health Trust, a Māori Primary Healthcare Organisation based in Northland, and is chair of Kotui Hauora, a partnership board between Northern Iwi and the Northland DHB. 

Gwendoline was previously on the Auckland District Health Board for nine years, including time spent as interim chair and deputy chair, and on the Waitematā District Health Board for nine years. She has also held governance roles with the New Zealand Health Quality and Safety Commission, the Northland Community Lotteries Committee, and a number of charitable trusts. 

Jamie Williams (Ringa Hora)

Jamie Williams (Ringa Hora)

Jamie Williams Ngāti Kahu, Ngāti Kahungungu, Ngati Porou, is CEO and founder of Kāpura, a Wellington based hospitality business with 40 venues covering restaurants, events, and catering. Kāpura employs nearly 1,000 people and has been in the top 10 of the Deloitte fast50 “masters of growth” category every year for the past five years. 

Jamie is a committee member of Te Awe Wellington Māori Business Network and operates his business under Māori tikanga principles of Manaakitanga, Kotahitanga and whanaungatanga. He has a focus on giving back to the community and during the COVID-19 lockdown in 2020, Kāpura’s vulnerable food response delivered over 220,000 meals to Wellingtonians in need.