October ZUI Environment Panel Biographies

Oct 13, 2020 | latest

Kia ora whānau

This month we will be discussing Settlement and the Environment. 

Our hope is that, no matter where you live in the world, you will be able to log in and hear what our panel will be discussing, and get you thinking about what impact Settlement will have on you and your whānau.

Following are this months panel members and a little bit about themselves. 

Rewa Harriman – MC

Rewa Harriman (nee Hudson), Whakatōhea born, former top ranked tennis player and now top ranked news journalist for The Hui, will be hosting our monthly Zui to keep our whānau updated on the issues that are important.


Mahlia Edwardson – Trilingual Interpreter

Ko Tarakeha toku maunga
Ko Opepe toku awa
Ko Opape toku Marae
Ko Tony raua ko Bussy oku matua tupuna
Ko Dee (a.k.a Rerekau) raua Maraea oku Mama
Ko Maliah Turu (nee Edwardson) taku ingoa
I have been living in Hamilton for the past 20+ yrs
I am a jack of all trades (tutu) 
I am a tri-lingual interpreter of NZ Sign Language
My passion lies in karaoke (hearing others sing)


Dayle Hunia

Dayle has a fruit salad whakapapa and connects to Whakatōhea through her Hudson side.

Dayle runs an environmental consultancy and is based in Whakatāne. She currently serves on a range of boards and trusts. Dayle is married to Hurricane and they have three kids and one kiwi averted dog.


Kimberley Maxwell 

Iwi: Te Whakatōhea, Te Whānau-a-Apanui, Ngāitai, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Tūwharetoa  

Kimberley is Currently working on the Moana Project Whakatōhea Case Study. Experience in aquaculture research techniques, conducting customary fish and shellfish fishery surveys, benthic ecology, oral histories, mātauranga Māori and studying NZ fisheries management.

Kimberley is Mum to Hinemoana and her  spare time revolves around having a feed with whānau and friends, whakapakari tīnana (yoga, running) and having a sing or a boogie.


Vaughan Payne

Growing up in Ōpōtiki during the 70s and 80s reinforced to Vaughan the importance of community and that our wellbeing relied on nature.  When he first experienced pollution of the Tarawera River in his early 20s he changed his career to natural resource planning to help change that picture of our future.  In 1993 he worked with our kaumātua to prepare our first environmental plan Te Tāwharau o Ngā Hapū o Whakatōhea.  He has worked in both the private and public sectors, including as Chief Executive of both the Ōpōtiki District and Waikato Regional Councils.  

He has had a long involvement in the Whakatōhea claim, including as a member of Te Tāwharau o Whakatōhea in 1996 and more recently as a member of the raupatu working party that prepared Te Ara Tono.  He is currently Deputy Chief Executive Operations of the new tertiary institute Te Pūkenga which is mandated to transform NZ’s vocational education system.


Muriel Smith

Ko Makeo te Maunga
Ko Waiaua te Awa
Ko Moana Nui a Kiwa te Opape
Ko Waiaua te Marae
Ko Ngati Patumoana te Hapu
Ko Whakatōhea te Iwi 
Ko Withers, Kelly te Whanau
Ko Muriel Ngahiwi Kelly ahau

Tena Koe ia Tangata – My moemoea going forward from now is…
The reforestation of our Native Bush
Pine Trees were bought here from Canada as a trial
They grew faster here and became firmly established and economically viable for some,
for Ground Crews the money never matched the risks

Te re-establishment of our swamplands where possible…they are natural filters
With increased use of toxic retardants’ and less swamps,
Creates a deficit of protection for the Whenua

The revitalisation of the Whenua is dependent upon more sustainable methods of farming and horticulture
I would prefer to ingest organically produced foods as opposed to that which is “Toxin Supported”

The Moana – Tangaroa’s Child
It sustains and nurtures us
We in turn must become part of the Planets Peoples in the cleansing of our GLOBAL OCEANS
The oceans as in all-Natural Environments needs sustainability
Sir David Attenborough and Price William, along with others are leading the way 
Whakatōhea has a vested interest
After all we have an Open Ocean Mussel Farm to nurture and protect and flourish in producing quality foods 
for a Global Market demand 

Fresh Waters – Wai Maori
From subterranean reserves and streams
To above ground waters
In the forms of streams, creeks, rivers, and lakes etc
Need a healthy run off during rains
Their task is to gather healthy nutrients on their journey
To their awahou “River Mouth” and thence
to the oceans to replenish Tangaroa’s Children

He Tangata He Tangata He Tangata
It is people It is People It is People

In the Maori World View
All that, that is natural
All that, that is man
Is intrinsically connected
If one path ails
The other parts suffer

So, let Ngahere resound with birdsong and chatter
Let the waters laugh and tumble
Let the oceans refresh and Tidally Breathe
Let Papatuanuku sigh with relief from diminishing poisons

PS…Rewa Rewa stands sweeten the waters
Kahikatea teach us if we whakarongo
how to unite through good root systems
Lastly Trees are able to assist each other via their roots
Passing nutrients or water to trees in need
The last having been verified through scientific discovery


Graeme Riesterer


Ko Mākeo te maunga
Ko Waiaua te awa
Ko Ngāti Patumoana te hapū
Ko Waiaua te marae
Ko Te Whakatōhea te iwi
Ko Nukutere me Mataatua ngā waka
Ko Graeme me Paki Riesterer tōku ingoa.

I am passionate about Whakatōhea Iwi being able to settle their Comprehensive Raupatu claim with the crown. Many of those who started the process have passed and would have loved to have seen our Raupatu claim settled. The last offer to Whakatōhea by the Crown was withdrawn in 1996 which is now over 20 years ago. My dream is to see our Whakatōhea Iwi united and support one another to achieve a comprehensive settlement that will assist us in the future. It is time for Whakatōhea through the settlement process to develop our Cultural and Economic future for the benefit of all Uri. It is time for this transformation to occur, it is our responsibility to ensure that our mokopuna will have a future that has been the dream of all Whakatōhea for the past 150 years.

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