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Council Members

Te Mana Whakahaere o Awanuiārangi

The Council is the governing body of Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi and is responsible for the overall performance of the institution. Its powers, duties, functions and responsibilities are set out in the Education Act 1989.

 

Distinguished Professor Sir Hirini Moko Mead
KNZM, FRSNZ, PhD (Southern Illinois), MA (University of Auckland), BA; Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāi Tūhoe and Tūhourangi

Chairman of Te Mana Whakahaere o Awanuiārangi; Member of Appointments and Remunerations Kōmiti. Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa representative - appointment term expires: 31 May 2020.

Professor Sir Hirini Mead is a prominent and influential educator, scholar, historian, author, artist, writer and Māori leader whose contribution to education, Māori arts, language and culture are significant spanning over six decades.

In 1968 he earned his PhD from the University of Southern Illinois. His notable academic career includes teaching at various schools across the Bay of Plenty, East Coast, Waikato and Hawke’s Bay regions and in Canada at McMaster University and the University of British Columbia. In 1977 he became the first Professor of Māori at Victoria University of Wellington — developing the first Māori Studies department in New Zealand. Upon retirement he founded Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi. As a writer of many books, his published works are cited by scholars worldwide and he is sought as a commentator on Māori and Indigenous matters.

Sir Hirini Moko Mead has achieved many honours including holding positions, such as the inaugural Chair of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa; Chair of Te Mana Whakahaere o Awanuiārangi since 2003; appointed to the Waitangi Tribunal in 2003; chief negotiator for the Ngāti Awa claims, which were settled in March 2005; made a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to Māori and to education in 2007 and in 2009 this was re-designated to a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit and the inaugural Chair of Te Pourewa Arotahi: Post-treaty Settlement Futures in 2010.

Judge Layne Harvey
D.MD (Hon. Causa), MCom Law (Auckland), LLB; Ngāti Awa, Rongowhakaata, Te Aitanga a Māhaki, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui and Ngāti Kahungunu ki Te Wairoa

Deputy Chairman of Te Mana Whakahaere o Awanuiārangi; Chair of Appointments and Remunerations Kōmiti; Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa representative - appointment term expires: 31 May 2020

Judge Harvey was appointed to the Māori Land Court bench on 1 September 2002 and is the resident Judge for the Aotea and Tākitimu Māori Land Court districts and a presiding officer of the Waitangi Tribunal. His association with Law began in 1991 at the University of Auckland where he was appointed the inaugural Māori Student Support Coordinator then elected to the executive of Te Rakau Ture, the Māori Law Students Association. He went on to practice law with Simpson Grierson as a Senior Associate, then onto Walter Williams becoming a Partner in 2000.

He holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Master of Commercial Law from The University of Auckland and is a Visiting Judicial Fellow, in the School of Law at AUT University where he is in his final year of a PhD in Law with a thesis which seeks to critically examine whether proposed Māori land laws concerning trusts assist or impede in the retention, development and utilisation of land from a Ngāti Awa hapū perspective. In 2015, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Māori Development in recognition of distinguished leadership and dedication to education and iwi development. Judge Harvey is an educator, scholar, historian, researcher, writer, producer and commentator having held multiple roles in tribal governance including iwi authorities, marae, Māori land management and Māori broadcasting. He has represented hapū, Iwi and Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi on Waitangi Tribunal claims and negotiations. Judge Harvey is a foundation member of Te Mana Whakahaere o Awanuiārangi.

Sir Harawira (Wira) Gardiner
KNZM, D.MD (Hon. Causa), MA (Kings College London University), BA; Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Pikiao, Te Whakatōhea and Te Whānau-ā-Apanui

Member of Appointments and Remunerations Kōmiti; Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa representative-appointment term expires: 31 May 2020

Sir Harawira Gardiner is a long serving senior public servant, soldier, educator, scholar, historian, author and Māori leader who continues to build relationships between Māori and the Crown in the context of Treaty settlement issues, fisheries, broadcasting, local and regional government and tertiary education. His many contributions and leadership support the development of Māori social, cultural and economic outcomes.

He graduated from Canterbury University and Kings College at the University of London, forging an exemplary career in the New Zealand Army, serving in South Vietnam before retiring honourably in 1983 meritoriously earning the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. An author of note he has written extensively on the Māori Battalion and published a biography on the life of former Minister of Māori Affairs, the Hon. Parekura Horomia.

Sir Harawira has held a number of senior roles including, foundation director of the Waitangi Tribunal; General Manager of the Iwi Transition Agency; first Chief Executive of the Ministry of Māori Development (Te Puni Kōkiri); National Director of Civil Defence; Chairperson of Te Māngai Pāho; Deputy Chairman of Te Ohu Kaimoana; Council member of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa; Deputy Chairperson of Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi; acting Chief Executive of Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi; Chairperson of the Tertiary Education Commission and Chairperson of the Board of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

In 2008, he was made a Knight of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his contributions and services to Māori and in 2012 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Māori Development in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Māori. Sir Harawira is a foundation member of Te Mana Whakahaere o Awanuiārangi.

Dr Hōhepa (Joe) Mason
QSO, D.MD (Hon. Causa), BA (Māori Arts) Waikato; Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Pukeko

Chairman of the Finance, Audit and Risk Kōmiti; Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa representative - appointment term expires: 31 May 2020

Dr Hōhepa Mason is a highly regarded Māori leader, renowned orator and a custodian of customary knowledge including hapū whakapapa, waiata and the history surrounding many tribal tīpuna. He has taught at numerous schools and learning institutions within the Mātaatua rohe, including at Pāroa School, Bethlehem Primary School, Te Kaha District High School, Wharekāhika Native School, Whakatāne Intermediate, and Waiariki Polytechnic.

Dr Mason has held various leadership and governance positions including, the current Chairman of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa of which he is the longest serving board member; member of Te Kāhui Kaumātua, the principal advisory body for Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa; secretary of the Ngāti Awa Executive Committee; director of the Mātaatua Fishing Company Ltd; director of Ngāti Awa Group Holdings Ltd; trustee and Chairman of the Kiwinui Trust; trustee of Omataroa Rangitāiki No 2 Trust in addition to various roles on a number of whānau entities. He was a member of the Ngāti Awa negotiation committee that led to the settlement of the tribal raupatu claim and the passage of the Ngāti Awa Claims Settlement Act 2005.

He has served his tribal and wider communities with distinction for over fifty years and was appointed a companion of the Queen’s Service Order in the 2008 New Year’s Honours, and in 2013 awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Māori Development in recognition of his leadership and contribution to Māori social and cultural development. Dr Mason is a foundation member of Te Mana Whakahaere o Awanuiārangi.

Ms Materoa Dodd
DFH; MA (Auckland), BA, DipSW, CQSW; Ngāti Awa, Ngai Te Rangi

Member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Kōmiti; Member of CE Appointments Kōmiti; Member of the Academic Board; Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa representative - appointment term expires: 31 May 2020

Ms Materoa Dodd has served in leadership, academic and governance positions that have significantly contributed to education, iwi, community and Māori women’s development for over thirty years. She holds a Master of Arts (Sociology) from the University of Auckland and a Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology & Sociology in addition to a certificate qualification and Diploma in Social Work from Victoria University in Wellington. Her teaching and research career include Senior Lecturer/Lecturer at the University of Waikato; Te Tari Puna Ora o Aotearoa (NZ Childcare Association); Auckland College of Education; Auckland University and Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi. Her specialist areas include: Development Studies and Theory; Social Science Research; Māori and Indigenous Development, Global Development Trends; Māori Women’s Development; Indigenous Governance and Leadership.

Ms Dodd has held various positions including a long-serving member of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa; Council member of the University of Waikato from 2002-2006; Waiariki regional representative on the Māori Women’s Welfare League National Executive since 2009; Te Rōpu Manukura Standing Committee Member for the University of Waikato since 2000; founding Chair of Ngāti Wharepāia Hapū Trust; Chair of Te Whare o Toroa (Wairaka) Marae trustees; and trustee for Ngāti Hokopū and Maraetotara urupā.

In 2015, she was awarded a Distinguished Fellow in the Humanities in recognition of her dedicated and distinguished leadership in education, Māori women’s and indigenous development. In 2016, Ms Dodd was appointed the Social Science Commissioner for the National Commission of UNESCO NZ.

Mr Te Kei Merito
MNZM; Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Pukeko

Member of Ngā Mātanga o Awanuiārangi; Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa representative - appointment term expires: 27 February 2021

Mr Te Kei Merito is a highly respected Kaumatua and widely acknowledged cultural expert (Pūkenga) of Ngāti Awa. In 1959, he joined the New Zealand Army serving twenty-five years and achieving the highest rank for a non-commissioned Officer as Warrant Officer First Class and Regimental Sergeant Major for the 6th (Hauraki) Infantry Battalion. After his second tour to Malaysia and retirement from the Army, Mr Merito worked in various roles at the Department of Labour’s Tauranga District; Whakatāne District Council and the Department of Conservation where he is the current Chair of Te Tapatoru a Toi. He is a former Chairman and Deputy Chairman of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa; hapū delegate to Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa for Ngāti Rangatua; former Chairman of Te Kōmiti Taiao o Ngāti Awa and President of Te Arawa Māori Returned Services League.

Mr Merito continues to make contributions to kaitiakitanga within the takiwā of Ngāti Awa and throughout the Bay of Plenty. In 2017, Mr Merito became a member of the Order of Merit for his services to Māori and conservation. Mr Merito has been a member of Te Mana Whakahaere o Awanuiārangi since 2009.

Mr Aubrey Tokawhakaea Temara
MNZM, MBA (Waikato); Ngāi Tūhoe

Co-opt member - appointment term expires: 31 August 2020

Mr Aubrey Temara is a senior leader of Ngāi Tūhoe iwi, an elder and convener of one of the Presbyterian Church’s standing committees. He is also a former secretary and clerk of Te Aka Puaho and was one of the chief negotiators in Tūhoe the settlement.

He has also been a member of Te Rōpu Manukura Standing Committee Member for the University of Waikato; Chair of Tūhoe-Waikaremoana Trust Board; member of Conservation Board.

Mr Temara was awarded a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen’s Birthday honours in 2004 for Services to Conservation. Mr Temara has been a member of Te Mana Whakahaere o Awanuiārangi since 2004.

Ms Adrienne von Tunzelmann
QSO, M.A. (Hons) Canterbury, Master of Public Policy

Member of Appointments and Remunerations Kōmiti; Ministerial representative appointment term expires: 31 May 2018

Ms von Tunzelmann is Principal of McKinlay Douglas Ltd and combines an extensive public sector background with in-depth experience and knowledge of governance roles, policy review in central and local government, business enterprise and community sector issues.

She is a Chartered Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and has a First Class Honours degree in Economics from the University of Canterbury, a Master of Public Policy from Victoria University of Wellington and is a graduate of advanced management programmes in New Zealand and overseas (including executive management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management).

Ms von Tunzelmann has held various leadership, governance and management positions including Head of the Select Committee Office; Deputy Clerk of the NZ House of Representatives; Director of Pharmac; President of the Tauranga Chamber of Commerce; President of the New Zealand Institute of Public Administration; long-standing Chair of the New Zealand Women's Refuge Foundation; trustee of the Bay of Plenty Community Trust and Chair of the Audit and Research Committee; board member of Osteoporosis New Zealand and Age Concern New Zealand; trustee on the University of Waikato Foundation and Patron of the Tauranga Community Housing Trust.

In 2016, Ms von Tunzelmann was awarded the QSO for services to governance and the community. She has been a member of Te Mana Whakahaere o Awanuiārangi since 2005.

Mr Rauru Kirikiri
MA (Auckland); Te Whānau-ā-Apanui

Member of Appointments and Remunerations Kōmiti; Member of Projects Team; Ministerial representative appointment term expires: 31 May 2020

Mr Rauru Kirikiri is a Wellington-based consultant, specialising in a range of Māori related issues including policy development, hui facilitation, strategic planning and cultural support for government departments and Ministers, environmental management matters and Treaty of Waitangi claims negotiations.

Mr Kirikiri holds a Master of Arts in Anthropology from The University of Auckland, where he also lectured. He has had various academic activities at universities in both New Zealand and Australia. He has an extensive Māori and science research network including notable roles at Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research; Alan Wilson Centre for Molecular Ecology and Evolution; The Centre for Sustainability at Otago University; Ministry of Foreign Affairs; State Services Commission; Department of Māori Affairs; trustee of the World Wildlife Fund in addition to serving on several committees.

Mr Kirikiri has been a member of Te Mana Whakahaere o Awanuiārangi since 2013.

Mrs Tuihana Pook
QSM, DipT; Te Whānau-ā-Apanui

Member of the Academic Board; Ministerial representative appointment term expires: 31 May 2020

Mrs Pook has been involved with education for many years with a focus on Māori, te reo Māori, and supporting her local community. She is the Tumuaki (Principal) of Te Kura Mana Māori o Whangaparaoa and is committed to creating opportunities for students’ future career pathways.

Mrs Pook was awarded a QSM in 2012 for services to Māori education and the community.

Mrs Pook has been a member of Te Mana Whakahaere o Awanuiārangi since 2013.

Mr Charlie Tawhiao
MBA (Massey); Ngāi Te Rangi

Member of the Stakeholders Board; Member of the Health and Safety Kōmiti; Member of Projects Team; Ministerial representative appointment term expires: 31 May 2020

Mr Charlie Tawhiao is the Chair of both Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Te Rangi Iwi Trust and the Ngai Te Rangi Settlement Trust; and General Manager at Moana Communications in the Bay of Plenty. Moana Communications is a media business collectively owned by the three Iwi of Tauranga Moana; Ngai Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui and Ngāti Pukenga. He has successfully led Ngai Te Rangi through social, economic and political change. Mr Tawhiao’s previous career was in the public service, including as Treaty Relationships Manager at the Department of Corrections, and with LINZ. He is a native speaker of Te Reo Māori and is well versed in Tikanga.

Mr Tawhiao was appointed to Te Mana Whakahaere o Awanuiārangi in June 2016.