Board

Our organisation is governed by our board. We currently have eight board members who meet every month via Skype. The board volunteers their time to the kaupapa. 

Chair Person, Megan Sommerville
Board Member, Tina Ngata
Board Member, Jaroz Popata
Board Member, Kieren Hewitson
Board Member, Kaye-Maree Dunn
Board Member, Korty Wilson
Board Member, Toni Love

Chair Person: Megan Summerville

He mihi mahana ki a koutou. He uri ahau o Taranaki. Tēnā koutou katoa. I have 19 years’ experience across the public service in people leadership, policy and operational roles within Te Puni Kōkiri, the Department of Conservation, Ministry of Culture and Heritage, Office of Ethnic Communities (Department of Internal Affairs), the Ministry of Education, Child Youth and Family, and the Ministry of Women’s Affairs. Prior to this I worked in a community development role in Flaxmere, Hawkes Bay, and three years in Japan. In every one of these roles developing frameworks and relationships to work together towards strategic goals has been crucial. I have had the privilege to work in and lead culturally and linguistically diverse teams, and a common theme across my work has been social justice.

Board Member: Tina Ngata

Tina Ngata

Tina delivers marae based pre-degree and degree level education in indigenous environmental issues for Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. Tina works in a number of local environmental initiatives relating to waste minimisation and freshwater quality, is chairperson of Para Kore, and mentors Māori youth in the field of conservation and waste management. She has a particular passion for transformative indigenous education. As of 2014 Tina committed to a personal plastic purchasing ban which she blogs about as The Non-Plastic Māori. 

Board Member: Jaroz Popata

Jaroz

Ko Ngāti Kahu, Nga Puhi, Ngai Tai ki Tamaki oku iwi

Ko Kohukohunui te Maunga

Ko Wairoa te Awa
Ko Maraetai te Moana
Ko Tainui te Waka
Ko Ngai Tai te Iwi
Ko Umupuia te Marae
Ko Ngeungeu te Whare Tupuna
Ko Tara Te Irirangi te Ariki ki runga
Ko Raukohekohe te Whare kai
Ko Jaroz Popata taku ingoa
Greetings My name is Jaroz Popata, I live in Kaitaia where my husband hails from and where I also have hakapapa links. I have a love for Tangaroa via waka ama and kohikohi /ruku kaimoana, my latest experiment is with Holopuni or waka ulua using the power of Tawhirimatea. It's a blast! I can also be found in hapū kaitiakitanga matters for our people of Oturu Marae in Kaitaia, practicing and demonstrating kaitiaki in  Te Hiku via whānau, hapū, community, and businesses. I was a Para Kore kaimahi for Te Hiku and was reminded, that working with like-minded people is such a valuable taonga in any journey that we take when we set a course for holding on to taonga tuku iho. 

 

Board Member: Kieran Hewitson

Kieran Hewitson website photo

 

Kieran (Ngāti Porou me Te Whānau-a-Apanui) works at the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic and before that was at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa in Te Awamutu, where she held the position of Associate Kaihautū – Marautanga (Curriculum).

Passionate about education and Māori development, Ms Hewitson brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the board with almost 20 years in tertiary education. In particular, Kieran is passionate about Māori education and helping Māori to succeed as Māori. 

Board Member: Kay-Maree Dunn

KMD bio pic3

Kaye-Maree is an entrepreneur and Intentional Social Designer from Te Rarawa, Ngā Puhi, Ngāi Te Rangikoianaake, Ngāti Mahanga me Ngāi Tāmanuhiri and resides in Wainuiomata Wellington.  She is fascinated with family, community and technology and has been working in the realm of Maori and Community development for over 16 years. Kaye-Maree’s career has spanned Child Youth and Family, The Dept of Labour, The Māori Land Court, NZ Maori Tourism and Community Housing and has recently been involved in Social Enterprise Development and Whānau Ora Facilitation and Planning – particularly with hard to reach families. Kaye-Maree is the Director of Making Everything Achievable Limited and is a  Contracted Project Manager with Maori Womens Development Inc.   She is on the Board of Te PaepaeArahi, a Māori mental health provider in the Hutt Valley, North Hokianga Development Trust and Te Matapihi the National Peak Body on Maori Housing.  Kaye-Maree  was previously one of the Wellington Representatives on the New-Zealand Māori Council.

Quality Governance is a passion for Kaye-Maree ensuring that individuals have the right tools and support to govern their organisations with confidence and competence.  She has been working with a range of Rangatahi and Iwi groups with Te Whare Hukahuka for over the past 8 months and loves being involved lifting the transformative capability of Whanau,hapu and iwi led entities to actively contribute to the growth of NZ’s economic potential. Para Kore is an amazing kaupapa and Kaye-Maree feels very humbled to be part of a magnificent organisation.

Board Member: Korty Wilson

Korty

E uri a ngā tūpuna nei ā, Tamaupoko, Hinengākau, Tūpoho – Whanganui, Te Wainui-a-rua.
Rere atu ki Ngā Rauru Kītahi, whiti atu ki Ngā Wairiki - Ngāti Apa.
Topa atu au ki Mōkai Pātea – Ngāti Whitikaupeka.
Ka huri whakateraki, ki te tupuna kia Te Wharerangi, Tūwharetoa i puta mai ai te tupuna a te Māreikura.
Ka hoki mai ki te Kāhui Maungā ki Ngā Turi o Murimotu, te maunga tapu i puta mai ai Rangituhia, Rangiteauria me Uēnukumanawawiri.
Ko William Gardner Wilson rāua ko Whakaaronui Vera Māreikura hōku mātua.
Ko Whetūrautau (Korty) Wilson taku ingoa nei ra te mihi.

I hail from the foothills of Maunga Ruapehu born and raised under the mantle of my parents and grandparents.  I am the mother of two adult sons Hanify and Quade, the wife of a hardworking husband Gregory and nana to my two granddaughters Leah and Naomi  who are the apple of my eye.  

My paternal grandfather Te Rangitapu Wilson of Karioi was a market gardener and farmer, my father a bushman.  It was from an early age that an infinitely for the land and environment was instilled in me.

During my principalship at Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngāti Rangi I was introduced to Te Kura Taiao – Te Aho Tū Roa, this philosophy made sense to me as it weaved together the strands of Te Aho Matua.  

I am an active member of Ngā Pou Taiao the environmental forum for Ngāti Rangi ki Ruapehu and in my most recent (September 2017) former position as Deputy Chair of Ngāti Rangi was involved in the re-licensing of RAL – Ruapehu Alpine Lifts.

As a portfolio on an iwi wide, hapu and marae basis the sharing of our iwi narrative I regards as a privileged responsible this explains the genesis of us of Ngāti Rangi – Whanganui.  Te Kāhui Maungā is a guardianship not to be taken lightly.  The taiao and its many facets need the time and care in order for our mokopuna to appreciate its importance.   

‘Me hoki ki tō maunga kia purea koe e ngā hau a Tāwhirimātea’.

Board Member: Toni Love