September ZUI Panel Biographies

Sep 11, 2020 | latest

Kia ora whānau

We wanted a way to connect with you on a much more regular basis, to discuss Settlement topics that are important and need some good robust discussion to explore different perspectives.

Each month we will be discussing different topics with these supported by different Whakatōhea panel members, sharing their views with you.

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.

Check out our Facebook event page for each of our events and each month’s topic.

Rewa Harriman – MC

Rewa Harriman (nee Hudson), Whakatōhea born, former top ranked tennis player and now 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.


Rangimarie Biddle

I am a 24/7 Self-professed shmoto Weirdo who believes far too much in Magick 🦄🌈 

I love who I am and who I get to be. 
This is Me ♥✨`


Peedi Tai

"Meripita is my name, most know me as Peedi. 

The name Meripita comes from my great nan, she was my mums absolute favourite person in the world. That should, by default, make me the favourite right? lol

I am a self-proclaimed health and fitness freak with a drive for continuous happiness and success. If you are looking for me, you'll either find me at mahi, the gym or at a restaurant eating pasta and garlic pizza.

Keep living in the sunshine whanau, its where we belong.


Horiana Reedy

Ko Horiana Reedy tōku ingoa
Nō Te Whakatōhea, Ngāi Tūhoe, Te Whānau ā Apanui me Ngāti Porou ahau.

Welcome to my interesting world. 
Come along and explore this poetic snippet of my journey.

As I travel through time
Crossing of business acumen arrives
Climbing ladders brings experiences of varying kinds
Through leadership with commercial strives
And millions flowing in many miles.

As my journey turns from west to east
My creative venture turns up a feast
In creative design I express and release
And share my inspiration as many a piece.

Collaborating and story is my potent prance
Language of mind, knowledge of heart, my quiet dance
This is my offer as I vibe with my tribe
Hand on heart, BossBitch Official subscribed.

I live and breathe the purpose of me
Working close with the Iwi
With resonance and vibe of Aroha I jive
The real gifts of life will always survive.


Kiahi Horan

Ko Hiwarau te maunga
Ko Ohiiwa te awa
Ko Mataatua te waka
Ko Whakatohea te iwi
Ko Upokorehe te hapu
Ko Kutarere te marae

I'm 18 years old and I enjoy playing and watching sport. I am currently studying online with an American university with a view to spend my next 4 years over there studying Business Systems and Analytics while on a Academic and Athletic scholarship for Water Polo. Once i finish university I plan to come back home and with my new knowledge and degree I will work with my hapu on the settlement and help build something good for the future benefit of my people and rohe.


Marcelle Pio

Marcelle Pio, a daughter of Te Whakatōhea, Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Pikiao, Tūhoe and Te Aitanga ā Mahaki is a Senior Insurance Associate at ANZIIF (The Australian and NZ Institute of Insurance and Finance) and has extensive experience in public and private insurance roles. Having worked across the Legal and External Relations, Sales and Underwriting, and Claims Operations divisions in the Insurance sector, she's brings a wealth of experience in Strategy Development, Training, Underwriting and operations. She is ever passionate about the socio-economic growth of Māori and the challenge we face of embracing the current environment characterised by continuous change, while remaining intrinsically connected to who we are.
This sector has nurtured her innate passion for Indigenous growth and engagement, through her work with iwi and the Yorta Yorta people of Victoria, Australia. Outside of Insurance she enjoys performing for Te Kapa o Waioweka, strengthening her arero reo Māori and being home with her whānau as often as possible.


Parehuia Mafi

I had the privilege of being raised in Omarumutu and our whānau home stands alongside those of the Ngāti Rua whānau who continue to live on our tūrangawaewae. Ngāti Rua hapū has always maintained that our whenua is a place where we can all connect, live and thrive. My role on the Whakatōhea Pre-Settlement Trust is to ensure that this becomes a reality for all Ngāti Rua whānau in the near future.

I have travelled the world as a national sports representative and I have completed studies in iwi and hapū development, policy and health sciences. As part of the national E Tū whānau violence prevention strategy I have been able to follow my passion of working alongside whānau, hapū, iwi and hāpori / communities. As a Māmā, kaimahi and hapū trustee/committee member I have seen the devastating impact of colonisation upon our people and their resilience, strength and committment to overcome this legacy and take control of their own destiny. I am honoured to be elected as one of our hapū representatives alongside Linda Grave, we are both dedicated to the tasks set down by our whānau of Ngāti Ruatākena hapū and more importantly to a future full of possiblities for our tamariki and mokopuna. “Kia nuku, nuku, Nukutere”.


Piripi Baker

He uri ahau nõ Muriwai
Ko Patumoana te hapū, Waiaua te marae
He mokopuna ahau o tõ tātou kui, a Muriel Kelly
Ko Piripi Baker tõku ingoa.

Ahakoa kāore au i tipu ake i te whenua o Whakatõhea, ia Raumati tuarua, ka haere tõku whānau mai i Te Wai Pounamu ki Õpõtiki kia toro i tõ mātou whānau. I õku tamarikitanga, he wā tino pai rawa atu ērā wā ki a au. I tēnei tau, e noho ana ahau i Tauranga hei ako i te reo Māori, ā, kia noho tata ake ai i te taha o tõku wā kainga. 

I te nuinga o te wā, e noho ana mātou i Õtautahi. He kaikõrero, he kaituhi ahau mõ tāku wāhi mahi ki reira. Kia tautoko ai i te oranga o ngā whānau katoa o Aotearoa te aronga o te mahi rā.

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