Board

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

Chairperson, Megan Somerville
Board Member, Tina Ngata
Board Member, Kaye-Maree Dunn
Board Member, Korty Wilson
Board Member, Toni Love
Board Member, Alice Cameron
Board Member, Rereahu Hetet

Chairperson: Megan Somerville

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He uri ahau o Te Atiawa, Taranaki tuturu. I tipu ake au ki Tamaki Makairau, engari ko Te Whanganui a Tara me Te Taihauauru oku ukaipo. 
My passion is social justice: how we interact with each other, with our histories and future aspirations, and with our wider environment.I dream and work hard for a better world for my tamaiti and future mokopuna!
My journey and experience with Tu Tama Wāhine ki Te Upoko o Te Ika and iwi connections guide me in what I do. I have been working in central government for twenty years and my plan is to use what I have learned in that work environment to this mahi. 
I am excited to work with the Board setting the strategic direction and working with and through the CE and kaimahi to future proof the kaupapa within a Te ao Māori lense. 
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Board Member: Tina Ngata

Tina Ngata

Tina Ngata (Ngāti Porou) is a researcher and scholar, and the author of Kia Mau: Resisting Colonial Fictions. Her work involves advocacy for environmental, Indigenous and human rights. This includes local, national and international initiatives that highlight the role of settler colonialism in issues such as climate change and waste pollution, and which promote Indigenous conservation as best practice for a globally sustainable future.
 

Board Member: Kaye Maree Dunn

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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

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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

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He uri ahau o Te Atiawa.  Nō Tamaki Makarau ahau, kei Te Whanganui-a-Tara taku kāinga inaianei. 

I'm a solicitor at Chapman Tripp working in the Property and Construction team. I graduated from Victoria University of Wellington with a double degree law and science (majoring in ecology and biodiversity).  My passion is te taiao and outside of my day job I am involved in various kaupapa in te taiao. 

One of my key passions in te taiao is water conservation and water rights and I'm a member of a mana whenua kaitiaki rōpū called Te Tini o Hākuturi.  We are working with Zealandia (Kia Mouriora o Te Kaiwharawhara) and NIWA (Te Wairere o Te Paratiki) on a project monitoring the Kaiwharawhara catchment.

I serve on the executive for Te Hunga Rōia Māori o Aotearoa and on the Society for Conservation Biology Oceania Section Board. I'm also the secretary for the Wellington Harbour Islands Kaitiaki Board.

Currently, I'm taking extended leave from legal practice to learn Te Reo Māori at Te Wānanga o Raukawa in Ōtaki. 

I'm excited to be involved in such an awesome kaupapa with Pare Kore and my aim is to improve the organisation's policy. 

Board Member: Alice Cameron

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With a background in marketing, communications and fundraising, Alice has worked in the humanitarian, development and conservation sectors for over fifteen years. Passionate about reducing waste, Alice is trying to remember some of the things her Grannies and Aunties tried to teach her about how to live lightly and more respectfully on this land, and to educate herself about ways to achieve this goal.

Of Te Whānau-ā-Apanui and Pākehā descent, Alice currently lives in Te Motu Kairangi in Pōneke, but calls the Bay of Plenty "home".

Board Member: Rereahu Hetet

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He uri ahau nō Ngati Maniapoto, Waikato, otirā Tainui waka me Ngāi Tahu.
 
Rereahu comes from a background in waka voyaging, education and mentoring. She is a environmental consultant that works closely to support iwi and hapū to achieve their taiao aspirations and priorities. 

A big passion for sustainability, mātauranga Māori and whānau/community education, Rereahu strives to live a zerowaste lifestyle. A strong upbringing in te ao māori has empowered her to become a better kaitiaki for Papatūānuku and she ensures to empower the next generation. She is humbled to be selected as rangatahi representative and be a part of the Para Kore whānau.