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Ngai Tai Kaimahi

Pou tu pou hinga, Pou hinga pou tu, tu tonu

'Our Ngai Tai strength and independence will grow future generations'

The Staff of Ngai Tai Iwi Services are all members of the Ngai Tai Iwi. Each staff member is trained in the areas that they represent with a strong dedication to growing future generations of the Ngai Tai Rohe.

Staff Members

Tangi Tipene

 

Chief Executive Officer
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Tangi Tipene

Coming from a business administration, business and education background Tangi has returned home to see what support she can give back to her iwi and hapu.

Tangi believes that first-class management can only exist if there is high-quality and strong governance in any organisation. Having come from a Governance background with New Zealand tertiary unions, she was head of academic and allied staff on her board of 30.

Working internationally in the education sector and sitting on various international boards has given her a global sense of Governance.

Tangi has thirteen mokopuna and two sons. Her mother was born in Te Waiti, Torere and she held a special spot for her Ngai Tai lineage inspired Tangi to return to Torere. Her personal vision for Ngai Tai is to encourage whanau to be proactive in all areas of their lives from education, health, housing and career pathways and views the Ngai Tai Iwi Authority as pivotal in that support and encouragement.

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Tawhiao Kingi

 

Youth Coordinator
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Tawhiao 'Taff' Kingi

Uncle Taff has been employed at Ngai Tai Iwi Authority since 2007 and has been the youth coordinator since then.

The role encourages our rangatahi to actively be involved in our community at Torere, on the marae during tangihanga and maara kai to name a few activities.

They have taken part in environmental, health and educational programmes as well. The holiday programmes which are held over Easter and Christmas have had a phenomenal amount of rangatahi from all over the motu over the past eight years. We rely on our youth programmes to empower our rangatahi to go for the moon.

Tawhiao has a background in fencing, youth work and health and fitness.

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Chris Coughlan

 

Resource Recovery
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Chris Coughlan

Chris is our newest employee and works every Thursday recycling the refuse here in Torere. He does home pickups and is always on hand to take your recycling off you at the Community Shed every Thursday morning.

We are all pleased to have Chris on board and is available to help out any household on information you may need to ensure that you are able to contribute to recycling here in Torere in a positive manner.

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Tina Peters

 

Youth & Hauora Administrator Coordinator
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Tina 'Aunty Tina' Peters

Tina served as a trustee on the governing board but has since become our Hauora coordinator.

Tina has a background in Maori Land Trusteeship, Diabetes, Governance, Horse Sports, Child Youth and Family, Advocacy, Budgeting and is the first trained McKenzie Friend in New Zealand.

She has a wide range of skills and networks and works tirelessly for Ngai Tai Iwi. Both Tina and Tawhiao have joined forces to integrate youth into health programmes. Tina also represents Ngai Tai on the management team for Te Ao Marama Collective. Tina also organises the Kaumatua and Kuia programmes and is always open to new ideas from the community. Tina is completing her training in Level 4 Nutrition with Toiora Toi Tangata (Pou Whirinaki).

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Board Of Trustees

Ngai Tai Iwi Authority is governed by a Board of seven Trustees. The Board exercises strategic Governance over NIA and its asset holding companies or subsidiaries. Trustees are elected through election processes generally held at the same time as the Annual General Meeting. The term of office is a maximum of three years with retiring Board members being eligible for re-election.

The Board must maintain the Iwi Register, which currently maintained by the Secretary. At present there are approximately 1800 Iwi members registered, inclusive of tamariki.

The Board encourages Ngai Tai Uri to register by completing the registration form or through Tuhono as we can access those registrations.

Arapeta Mio

 

Chairman
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Arapeta Mio

Arapeta Mio is the new Chairperson of Ngai Tai Iwi Authority, elected as a trustee at a Hui a Iwi in December 2016 and appointed Chairperson by the elected board members with the Tautoko of the Pakeke Kahui o Ngai Tai.
He was born and raised in Torere and still resides here on his Turangawaewae with his wife, Memory and two of his children and mokopuna. A keen diver, he has been known to look at the ocean constantly, especially when the mussels are ready to harvest. He has always had a keen interest in the moana, awa and the Ngahere and is called “Aquaman” by his whanau and known affectionately as “Buster” to the iwi.
A lecturer at Te Wananga o Aotearoa, Arapeta teaches tikanga and te reo for the past five years. When a whale is beached in Ngai Tai waters, he is the first one called and then he brings a team of experts together to deal with the carcase. He was instrumental in the sperm whale beaching late last year and carried out the tikanga of Ngai Tai. He is always on call for our customary fishing permits for iwi and is active in iwi issues.
Arapeta is keen to move Ngai Tai forward with the new board members and believe they have a well rounded balance of skills and attributes between them all to support new and old initiatives. While their work has been laid out for them from previous boards, there is still movement and growth that need to occur.

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Jade Stevens

 

Secretary
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Jade Stevens

Tena koutou
Ki te taha matua no Rarotonga - Ko Tupangaia me Napa nga whanau. He whangai hoki ahau a Hakopa Whiripo, he uri na Ngati Raukawa, Ngati Kearoa, Ngati Tuara me Ngai Tuhoe.
He ihu hupe a Jade na Moa raua ko Reremoana Tipene. Ko Tangihaere tona whaea.
Kua homai ma matou o Te poari hei kawe i nga manako o Ngai Tai. Ko te whainga ko nga taumata tiketike hei pai oranga mo te iwi. Nga makurutanga o aroha ki runga i a tatou.

A father of six Jade is married to Mihi TeRina of Tuhoe, Whakatohea, and Ngati Mahuta.
Jade's career has been focussed in the education, IT, and service sectors. He has held senior management positions in Te Wananga o Aotearoa and the NZ correspondence school. He brings skills in policy, IT, project management, strategy, and youth mentoring. He has been on and worked with church, school and tertiary institution governance boards. He is a Waikato Uni BMS graduate and a staunch chiefs and All Blacks fan.
Jade is a BMS graduate from Waikato University; Maori Resource Management is his specialty area.
His passion is people, business and moving people forward to a better place for their whanau. He loves fishing, reading, community gardening and currently plays in a reggae band. His nanny Lily and nana pop Moa Stevens nurtured him on the traditions and history of our tribes, from infancy, through karakia, waiata, korero, hui and our Christian faith.
Jade wants Ngai Tai to keep the board, staff and Ngai Tai tangata daily in your karakia. He is prepared to work hard for Ngai Tai and to keep focus clearly on the future of our tamariki and mokopuna.

“Our successes will be yours; your successes will be ours.”
Jade Pounamu Stevens

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Jason Ake

 

Trustee
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Jason Ake

Jason comes with a substantial background in strategic communications and analysis, team leadership and project management. His work ethics are strong and honest and he believes that the voice of the people must always be heard, no matter what perspective they hold. He brings to the board governance and management experience and a truth and honesty that was instilled in him by his upbringing.
Married with five tamariki, Jason and his wife Deborah live in Wellington. Their whanau are committed to “te reo” and only speak to their tamariki in “te reo”. Both Jason and Deborah are supporters of Te Kura a Iwi and are fully active in the movement.
He has had a long career in a range of roles from Researcher for TVNZ, Reporter and Newsreader for Aotearoa Radio, Senior Journalist/Sports Editor for Mana Media, News Producer for Mai Media, Presenter for TV3, Strategic Advisor NZ Labour Part, Executive Communicatiosn Advisor for Prime Minister Helen Clarke, Strategic Relationships Manager with Crown Frorestry Rental Trust, as well as varied contractual positions. Jason is also a self employed consultant. Presently Jason is on the Ngati Ranginui Settlement Trust and plays a pivotal role in the trust as well as consulting on various education strategies.
Jason has made a commitment to his Ngai Tai whakapapa and whanau and sees Ngai Tai as a small but dynamic iwi. ”With quality leadership and transparency to the hapu and iwi of Ngai Tai, we can seek out the best future for our tamariki and mokopuna to come. What we do now is not for us but for those that come after”.
Naku noa, Jason Ake.

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Dave Peters

 

Trustee
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Dave Peters

Ko Tainui te waka
Ko Kapuarangi te maunga
Ko Wainui te awa
Ko Torerenui-a-rua te tupuna
Ko Manaakiao te tangata whenua
Ko Ngai Tai te iwi
Ko Dave (Baldy) Rewita Te Marama Peters taku ingoa
Oku matua ko Mania Maihi (Herewini) raua ko Rawiri Te Marama Peters
E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e rau rangatira mā tēnā, koutou katoa

I am married to a wonderful wahine, Shelly Graham who hails from Gisborne. We have four tamariki, three boys and one girl and sixteen mokopuna.
My schooling began at Omaio Primary School, then Te Whanau District High School and spent my final year at Opotiki College.
Throughout my working life I have tried many things, from bridge builder, rope manufacturer d farming and shearing. However in 1971 I began work for Tasman Pulp & Paper in Kawerau and worked for 41 years finally leaving in 2012. During those years I worked in the Saw Mill department, but moved into the exports despatch area in the Shipping department. I was also a driver for Tasman and when Fletchers took control of the Mill we were trained to be self managed teams which helped set up my portfolio role as recruitment and customer services representative. Via this role, I was expected to travel throughout New Zealand and became a trained auditor.
While I lived in Kawerau, I also travelled home to Torere and kept abreast of local iwi issues. I am now a Trustee on Tunapahore Lands Trust. As a newly nominated board member for Ngai Tai Iwi Authority, my ultimate dream is to return Ngai Tai to Ngai Tai and for Ngai Tai to be proud of being Ngai Tai. If we can teach the next generation their role within their own iwi, they in turn will do the same to others; therefore, Ngai Tai will be left in good hands.

Naku iti nei na Dave (Baldy) Rawiri Te Marama Peters

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Wini Te Are

 

Trustee
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Wini Te Are

Ko Tainui te waka
Ko Kapuarangi te maunga
Ko Wainui te awa
Ko Torerenui-a-rua te tupuna
Ko Manaakiao te tangata whenua
Ko Ngai tai te iwi
E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e rau rangatira mā tēnā, koutou katoa

I am humbled by the support given to me by our iwi, and will work diligently with the roopu elect to support the aspiration of Ngai Tai.
I will work collectively to provide responsible leadership that reflects the voices and values of Ngai Tai. I know that Ngai Tai faces many challenges, however alongside those challenges comes opportunity and with that, the potential to move forward with a united vision.
I bring to the table my whanau, years of working in Social Service both at local level and national levels, I am passionate about ensuring that whanau must be the forefront of all decisions, and those decisions must ensure liberation from poverty, eradication of violence and the ensure the well being of all.

Naku iti nei na Wini Te Are

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Karaina Pryor

 

Trustee
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Karaina Pryor

Karaina (Karla) Pryor a descendant of Manaakiao, is well known in Torere. Karla married a Mio from Torere and has six children, one in particular known affectionately as “Nanny Pupu”. Karla lives in Kawerau, works at Waihau Bay and commutes regular around the motu for other mahi. She also sits on several boards as a trustee and has many years of management at Kawerau Pulp and Paper Mill. She has experience in the Kiwifruit industry and has a wide network of business and whanau contacts to tap into.
Our iwi are pleased to have Karla as a trustee as she brings a fresh new perspective for the iwi and their aspirations. She is hard working and the iwi are well aware of her abilities to support their initiatives.

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