Speaker biographies

Te Pae Roa speakers – Day one

A 30-Year Retrospective; Te Hui Taumata

Chair – Robin Hapi
Keynote speaker – Professor Emeritus Sir Tamati Reedy

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Professor Sir Tamati Reedy

Professor Sir Tamati Reedy (Ngāti Porou) is an educationalist, academic and former top public servant. He was both Chief Executive and Secretary for the Māori Affairs Department from 1983 to 1989, and was awarded the 1990 New Zealand medal for public service.

A former Māori All Black, Sir Tamati holds a Master of Arts in English from the University of Auckland, and a Master of Arts and a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Hawaii. He established the School of Māori and Pacific Development at the University of Waikato in 1996, and went on to serve as Pro Vice-Chancellor with responsibilities for Māori development, and Professor of Māori Sustainable Enterprise in the School of Management.

In 2010 Sir Tamati was appointed to the Waitangi Tribunal, and re-appointed in 2013. He was awarded a knighthood in 2011 for services to education.

Ripeka Evans

Ripeka Evans is Pou Arahi (Strategic Māori Adviser) at Manatū Taonga the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. She has worked at the Māori Economic Development Commission, the Department of Māori Affairs, Television New Zealand and as Chief Executive of Te Māngai Pāho. 

Ms Evans has also been a research and development consultant in a range of sectors including health, Māori economic development, media, wānanga and university tertiary education. She has worked as a researcher with the Nation Building and Māori Development Project at Waikato University since 2000 and through the project, works with the Harvard Indian Economic Development project in North America. She has an MBA from Massey University and is researching Māori Women and Leadership for a PhD. Her iwi are Te Aupouri, Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Kahu, Ngāti Porou and Ngai Takoto. She chairs Te Aupōuri ki Poneke, is director of Te Aupōuri Fisheries and president of the Ruahine Māori Women’s Welfare League. 

Sir Tipene O’Regan

Sir Tipene O’Regan is an Adjunct Professor in the Ngāi Tahu Research Centre, chairman of Ngā Pae o Te Maramatanga, the Centre for Māori Research Excellence at the University of Auckland and Upoko of the Awarua Rūnanga of Ngāi Tahu. He has published and lectured extensively over many years on Ngāi Tahu traditional history, Polynesian migration, Treaty issues and the evolution of biculturalism and the wider politics of Māoridom.

He was a major architect and negotiator of the Treaty of Waitangi fisheries settlements of 1989 and 1992 and the founding Chairman of the Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Commission. He was the founding chair of the Ngāi Tahu Holdings Corporation, Sealord Group Ltd and Te Tapuae o Rehua Ltd. He is a former Deputy Chairman of Transit New Zealand, and former Director of Meridian Energy Ltd and Television New Zealand Ltd. He is currently Chairman of Clifford Bay Marine Farms and retains a number of advisory and consultancy positions. He was made a Knight Bachelor in 1994.

Balancing Iwi Aspirations and Whānau Hopes

Chair – Professor Ross Hemera
Keynote Speaker – Michelle Hippolite

Michelle Hippolite

Of Waikato, Rongowhakaata and Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki whakapapa, Michelle Hippolite became chief executive of Te Puni Kōkiri after more than four years as Kaihautuū at Te Papa Tongarewa. She developed international relationships culminating in exhibitions being presented in Europe and North America and the repatriation of kōiwi tangata and toi moko from around the world.

Of Waikato, Rongowhakaata and Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki whakapapa, Michelle Hippolite became chief executive of Te Puni Kōkiri after more than four years as Kaihautuū at Te Papa Tongarewa.Prior to this Ms Hippolite held senior roles in the Public Service and wider State sector. A career highlight was providing leadership for the government’s Māori Language Strategy and the establishment of the Māori Television Service.

As principal adviser at the Office of Treaty Settlements, she was instrumental in advancing negotiations in the Far North. Ms Hippolite is the chair of Te Kura Māori o Porirua and serves as a Public Sector Trustee on the Equal Employment Opportunities Trust.

Dr Will Edwards

Dr Will Edwards affiliates to Taranaki, Ngāruahine, Tāngahoe, Pakakohi and Ngāti Ruanui. He is a director of Taumata Associates a Māori health and development consultancy. He also works on the Te Ataarangi

Kura Whānau Reo programme, assisting whānau to establish and maintain Māori language immersion in their homes and everyday life. He was a member of the Taihauāuru Regional Leadership Group for Whānau Ora and is a trustee for a number of Māori community and iwi organisations.

His current research interests are in the areas of Māori community development, education, language revitalisation, and life course. 

Haami Piripi

Ko Whangatauatia te maunga, ko Karirikura te moana, ko Roma te marae, ko Te Rarawa te iwi. Haami Piripi was born and bred in the Far North and grew up in Ahipara among his elders and marae community. He was educated at Ahipara School and Kaitaia College.

Mr Piripi began a career in the New Zealand Public Service at 16 years old. When he was 21 he attended Massey University where graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Social Work and in Sociology. He returned home as a youth worker and vocational guidance counsellor.

He was the first Māori employee of the Office of Treaty Settlements and had an extensive career spanning 20 years in the public service culminating in the position of Chief Executive at the Māori Language Commission from 2000 -2007.

Mr Piripi returned to Ahipara in 2007 to take up the elected position of chairperson of Te Rūnanga o Te Rarawa that he still holds. He also retains a number of national roles and positions at Te Papa, Te Māngai Pāoho, the

Families Commission and Ministerial Committees on Education and Ultra Fast Broadband. He is an active member of the National Iwi Chairs Forum and chairs their Mātauranga Iwi Leadership Group. He became an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2014.

Nancy Tuaine

Ko Ruapehu te maunga, ko Tongariro te putake. Ko Whanganui te awa. Nancy Tuaine is the chief executive officer of Te Oranganui, an iwi health and social service provider in Whanganui, delivering a whānau ora approach.

Ms Tuaine was a member of the Whānau Ora Taskforce and Governance Group that oversaw the development of the Whānau Ora Policy through to the commissioning agency phase. She is the previous manager of the Whanganui River Māori Trust Board and has participated in the settlement of the Whanganui River Claim. During this tenure Nancy also was a member of the Land and Water Forum and the Iwi Leaders Technical group on the Freshwater Management Regime reset.


An Integrated Development Agenda; Balancing Quadruple Aims 

Chair – Professor Jarrod Haar
Keynote Speaker – Parekawhia McLean

Parekawhia McLean

Parekawhia McLean has more than 20 years of public policy and public sector management experience including almost seven years as a director and consultant of Mauriora-ki-te-Ao/Living Universe Ltd. One of her major achievements as a government official was the establishment of the Māori Television Service – where she was the lead Crown advisor at the time. Ms McLean spent five and a half years as an advisor to three Prime Ministers – Jim Bolger, Jenny Shipley and Helen Clark.

In 2012, she was appointed to a Ministerial panel to conduct a review of Te Puni Kōkiri. In 2013 she was invited by King Tuheitia to be a member of the team to review the governance and representation structure for Waikato-Tainui.

Sir Wira Gardiner

Sir Wira Gardiner has been a professional soldier, a senior public servant and has, for the past 20 years, been a successful businessman and company director. He has published a number of books and has just completed a biography on the former Minister of Māori Affairs the late Parekura Horomia. He is married to Hekia Parata and they have two daughters. He has three children from a previous marriage. He lives at Te Kaha and Whakatane as well as with his family in Wellington.

John Tamihere

John Tamihere is of Ngāti Porou, Whakatōhea, Tainui, Irish and Scottish descent. He was born in Auckland as the tenth of 12 children and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from Auckland University.

In 1994 he became Chief Executive of the Waipareira Trust, which provides health, social services, justice and educational services to Māori in the Auckland region. He has also served as Chairman of the NZ Māori Rugby League Board and was responsible for the successful campaign of having a NZ Māori/Indigenous Rugby League team play in the Rugby League World Cup.

Mr Tamihere entered Parliament in 1999 and served as a Cabinet Minister in the Labour Government from 2002 to 2004. In 2006 he returned to his position as Chief Executive of the Waipareira Trust.

Naida Glavish

Naida Glavish is the chairperson of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua, the President of the Māori Party and the Chief Advisor Tikanga General Manager, Māori Health at Waitemata and Auckland District Health Boards. 

Mrs Glavish is the chair of her iwi, working with the National Iwi Chairs Forum to progress iwi and Māori aspirations across a broad spectrum of initiatives that enhance Māori wellness. She became an officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2011 in recognition of her work for Māori and the community.

Finding Te Pae Roa

Chair – Professor Rawiri Taonui

Raising living standards for Tangata Whenua

Keynote speaker – Vicky Robertson

Vicky Robertson is the Deputy Chief Executive of the New Zealand Treasury, the government’s lead advisor on economic, financial and regulatory policy. Among her professional accomplishments are leading strategic reviews of the United Nations Development Programme, New Zealand’s Climate Change policy, and KiwiSaver, the national retirement savings programme.

The Pae Roa Lecture

Dr Charles Te Ahu Karamū Royal

Dr Charles Te Ahu Karamū Royal is a freelance composer, teacher and researcher. He is interested in the development of a new tangata whenuatanga (indigenous communities and life ways). Dr Royal has published six books and ten monographs – all on aspects of mātauranga Māori and iwi histories and traditions – the most recent being Te Ngākau in 2009, a text in Māori on the nature of knowledge and knowing. He is a graduate of the Victoria University of Wellington School of Music and completed a Doctorate in theatre and film studies at Victoria University. 

Te Pae Roa speakers – Day two

The Intergenerational Challenge: Balancing Present and Future Needs

Chair – Professor Helen Moewaka Barnes
Keynote Speaker – Jamie Tuuta

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Jamie Tuuta

Jamie Tuuta is the Māori Trustee and Chief Executive of Te Tumu Paeroa. He has held a range of governance positions in the following sectors: iwi development, agribusiness, fishing, investment, health, Māori development, tourism and education. He is currently a director of Aotearoa Fisheries Ltd, Te Ohu Kaimoana Trustee Ltd, Wools of New Zealand and a board member of Tourism New Zealand.

 He is also a member of the Government appointed Investment Advisory Panel for the Primary Growth

Partnership, a government-industry initiative that will invest in significant programmes of research and innovation to boost the economic growth and sustainability of New Zealand’s primary, forestry and food sectors. Mr Tuuta is also a recipient of the Sir Peter Blake Emerging Leadership Award. 

Traci Houpapa 

Traci Houpapa is a Member of the Order of New Zealand. She specialises in strategic and economic development, advising public and private sector clients throughout New Zealand. Ms Houpapa is an experienced company director and holds a number of directorships and Ministerial appointments. She is the first female chairperson of the Federation of Māori Authorities representing a Māori-owned asset base valued at $8 billion and the acting chair of the State Owned Enterprise LandCorp Farming Limited.

Ms Houpapa also chairs Te Uranga B2 Incorporation, and the National Advisory Council for the Employment of Women, an advisory council to the Minister of Women’s Affairs. She holds a number of directorships and Board appointments.

In 2012 Ms Houpapa was named as one of the top ten most influential women in agribusiness and in 2013 she was named amongst The Listener’s top ten influencers in New Zealand and nominated in the Fairfax Media Westpac Women of Influence Awards.

Dr Tahu Kukutai

at the Centre for Sami Research (Sweden) and Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (Australia) and is part of an international research team investigating the impacts of colonisation on indigenous population health in Sweden, Australia and New Zealand.

Dr Kukutai serves on the Māori Statistics Advisory Committee to the Government Statistician and the Population Association of New Zealand Council. 

Matanuku Mahuika

Matanuku Mahuika is a lawyer who has been in corporate and private practice since 1991. He co-founded

Kahui Legal, and prior to this was a partner at Walters Williams & Co and in-house counsel at the Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Commission. He is the current chairman of Sealord, and the Ngāti Porou Holding Company.

Balancing Indigenous World Views with Global Perspectives

Chair – Dr Geoff Kira

Keynote speaker - Professor Keawe'aimoku Kaholokula

Professor Keawe‘aimoku Kaholokula

Professor Kaholokula is an advocate for Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander health. His current research, using community-based participatory research approaches, is funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health to develop and test community-placed and culturally relevant health promotion programs to address obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular inequities in Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.

Professor Kaholokula is an advocate for Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander health in which he serves as a member of Nā Limahana o Lonopuūh. Health Consortium and on the Board of Directors for Papa Ola Lōkahi Native Hawaiian Health Board. He is also a member of Halemua o Kuūali‘i, a Hawaiian cultural group dedicated to building Hawaiian community leaders, and on the Faculty of the ‘Aha Kāne Foundation for the Advancement of Native Hawaiian Men.

Dr Robert Joseph 

Dr Robert Joseph is a senior Law Lecturer at Te Piringa-Faculty of Law at the University of Waikato, a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and was a senior research fellow for the Te Mātāhauariki Research Institute. He is the director of Te Mata Hautū Taketake – the Māori and Indigenous Governance Centre at Waikato University, and chair of the Te Puni Kōkiri and Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment ‘He Kai Kei Aku Ringa Governance committee’.

Aroha Te Pareake Mead

Aroha Te Pareake Mead is programme director of the Māori Business Programme at Victoria University’s School of Management. Ms Mead lectures on Treaty settlements and post-settlement opportunities and challenges, Māori and indigenous cultural and intellectual property issues and traditional knowledge and sustainable development. She is also the global Chair of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, Commission on Environment, Economic & Social Policy which is a global inter-disciplinary network of professionals who provide guidance at local, national and international levels to support effective policies and practices in environmental conservation and sustainable development that recognises the interdependence of environmental, economic, social and cultural factors.


Building Capability: Balancing the Workforce

Chair – Associate Professor Te Kani Kingi
Keynote speaker – Professor Linda Smith

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Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith

Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith is Professor of Education and Māori Development, Pro-Vice Chancellor Māori and dean of the School of Māori and Pacific Development as well as the founding director for Te Kotahi Research Institute at the University of Waikato. She has worked in the field of Māori education and health for many years as an educator and researcher

She is a member of the Royal Society of New Zealand. This year she was made an American Educational Research Association Fellow and in 2013 was honoured with a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Māori and education.

She has worked in the field of Māori education and health for many years as an educator and researcher and is well known for her work in kaupapa Māori research. Professor Smith was a founding joint director of New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence from 2002-2007 and a Professor of Education at the University of Auckland. She is well known internationally as a public speaker.

Dr Sarah-Jane Tiakiwai

Dr Sarah-Jane Tiakiwai is from Waikato-Tainui and Te Rarawa, and also has whāngai connections to Ngāti Awa and Ngāti Pikiao. She is the inaugural academic director for the Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development. The College is a Waikato-Tainui tribal institution, which has a focus on developing leadership, engaging in innovative research and development initiatives and working towards the preservation and maintenance of tribal culture and heritage.

Dr Tiakiwai previously worked in the wānanga and university sectors, holding a range of research, teaching and senior administrative and management positions as well as running her own company. She has a strong background in and passion for iwi education and development, and was the first recipient of the post settlement Waikato Raupatu doctoral scholarship offered by Waikato-Tainui. 

Selwyn Hayes

Selwyn Hayes is an EY Tax Partner and leader of EY’s Māori Sector Services team, with expertise in the development of Māori collective organisations.

Mr Hayes has experience advising more than 60 different pan-Māori, tribal and Māori land entities, in tax structuring and compliance, strategic planning and execution, investment strategy and policy development, and charitable tax issues. Mr Hayes is recognised as a leading Māori sector practitioner, having advised boards and senior executives of many of the largest Māori organisations as well as government Ministers and officials.

He recently moved to Rotorua and established EY’s first indigenous global member firm – Tahi. He is the proud father of Kapuarangi and Te Wai Kura, and the lucky spouse of Kirikowhai Mikaere (Tūhourangi, Ngāti Whakaue).

Hinerangi Raumati-Tu’ua

Hinerangi Raumati-Tu’ua is affiliated to Ngāti Mutunga and Waikato. She has been the executive director operations at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa since 2010. Prior to her current role she was chief financial officer of Tainui Group Holdings Limited, and was previously deputy chair and chair of the Investment Committee of Trust Waikato, and board member of the Public Trust.

She is a Chartered Accountant with significant investment and financial management and governance experience, and is a fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants. Her current roles include chair of Parininihi ki Waitotara Inc and Trustee of the Parininihi ki Waitotara Trust, chair of PKW Farms Ltd, chair of Ngā Miro Trust, director on the Te Ohu Kai Moana board, director of Te Ohu Kai Moana Portfolio Management Services Limited and director of Aotearoa Fisheries Ltd.


A 2040 Destination: Balancing the Nation

Chair – Margaret Kawharu
Keynote speaker Judge Craig Coxhead

Judge Craig Coxhead  

Judge Craig Coxhead was appointed to the Māori Land Court bench in 2008. He was in private practice with McCaw Lewis Chapman, working mainly in the area of Treaty work, Māori land issues, and criminal and general civil litigation. Following that, he was a senior lecturer at the University of Waikato School of Law, lecturing in both graduate and post-graduate courses. He is also a former president of Te Hunga Rōia Māori o Aotearoa (the New Zealand Māori Law Society).

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