ZUI Biographies: Whānau Q&A

Sep 12, 2021 | latest

Kia ora whānau

This month of Mahuru, we don't have a kaupapa korero, instead we will be lead by what whānau at home would like to hear! The last few ZUI we have had way more pātai than we were able to ask our panel. So to that end, we would like to be guided by what our ZUI whānau would like to hear on Settlement. It could be anything. 

The panel this month is awesome and ready to answer any of the pātai you may be wanting to ask.    

We love getting your feedback, so please make sure to log in (no matter where you live in the world), and send your whakaaro through to us. We have many of our whānau loging in hearing what our roopu panel are saying. Keep sending us through your aspirations for Settlement, and what impact this 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)


Maui Hudson

Maui Hudson is Whakatōhea and affiliates primarily to Opape marae and the Ngai Tamahaua hapū. He has been the Ngai Tamahaua representative on the Whakatōhea Māori Trust Board for almost six years and is a Director on TePou Oranga o Whakatōhea, Eastern Seafarms Ltd, and the Whakatōhea Fisheries Asset Holding Company. He lives in Hamilton with his wife and three children and works at the University of Waikato where he is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies.


Jason Pou

Jason is a litigator with experience in most Courts from the District Court to the Supreme Court,the Māori Land and Appellate Courts, the Waitangi Tribunal, Environment Court and the Employment Relations Authority.

Jason has experience in a range of corporate, commercial, environmental and treaty negotiations where he takes a solutions-based and practical approach to achieve outcomes.

Te Kahautu Maxwell 

Te Kahautu is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies at the University of Waikato and teaches Te Reo up to graduate level. 

Te Kahautu sits on number of governance boards. He was member of Te Paepae Motuhake, the independent panel that reviewed the Māori language sector and strategy.

He is a member of the Te Mātāwai Board a new organisation established under Te Ture mō te Reo Māori 2016 (The Māori Language Act 2016) to lead the revitalisation of te reo Māori on behalf of iwi and Māori. 

He is an authority on  tikanga Māori, a tohunga of the Ringatū Church, and a licensed translator. Te Kahautu has a strong background in the performing arts, as a composer of haka, mōteatea, waiata-ā-ringa and poi. He is the tutor, of Ōpōtiki-Mai-Tawhiti one of New Zealand’s premier kapa haka. He revitalises and teaches te reo through the composition of song which retells the history of his Te Whakatōhea people.


Dr Rachel Maunganui Wolfgramm

Rachel serves as Director/Manutaki for the Dame Mira Szászy Research Centre, University of Auckland Faculty of Business. She is also a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Management and International Business. She is of Te Aupōuri, Ngai Takoto and Whakatōhea descent and her heritage includes Vava’u Tonga, Europe and the United Kingdom. 

Rachel has extensive experience in Ngā Huanga Mātauranga Māori and Sustainability research and education. She is currently Lead Principal Investigator of a Ngā Pae o te Maramatanga Whai Rawa (NZ CoRE) project examining Māori leadership and decision-making in economies of wellbeing.  Her research has been published in Human Relations, Journal of Business Ethics, Leadership, Alternative, An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples, Journal of Management Learning, Journal of Corporate Citizenship,  Māori and Indigenous Review, the International Journal of Sustainability and in books published by Cambridge University Press, Routledge, Chicago University Press,  Information Age and  Edward Elgar Publishing. She has experience as a lead editor and contributing editor in several special issues and is a reviewer for numerous international journals. She has presented her research at workshops, panels, symposia, wānanga and conferences in North and South America, UK, Europe, Asia Pacific, Australia and throughout Aotearoa New Zealand. Her doctoral, masters and honors supervisions focus on topics relating to Māori and indigenous leadership, business ethics, sustainability, leadership, distributive innovation, food and water security and food sovereignty.

Alongside her Departmental service roles, Rachel has contributed sustained service and leadership in Māori and Pacific development in the Faculty of Business including Director for Tuākana implementing a distinctive programme “Navigating Futures” and developing the Nga Pou e Rima Strategic Architecture. She was previously Acting Director of the Dame Mira Szászy Research Centre and initiated and led the Matakerepo programme for Māori and Pacific postgraduate, MBA, and doctoral students. Rachel continues to serve on the University of Auckland Māori Business Leaders Awards Steering Committee led by Anahera Morehu, Kaiārahi, He Manga Tauhokohoko.

Rachel has also contributed leadership roles to Sustainability as co-chair of a VCSDF project promoting the Universitas 21 Statement of Sustainability and has served on numerous steering groups including the United Nations Habitat University Partnerships. She co-founded the Sustainability Research Group (SRG) in the Faculty of Business and is currently co-leading the MIB Resilience and Sustainability Collaborative Group. Outside of the University, Rachel is actively engaged in community service and creative projects as a Board/Trustee Member of Pou Kapua Creations. She has served as an Assessor/Lead Assessor for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE 2016-present) as an evaluator and monitor with NZITP for six years, is Lead Claimant for Rourou-The Māori Economy WAI 1920 and Lead claimant for Te Whanau o Rangihaerepo WAI 1827.  


Jason Ake 

Profile to come

Te Amohaere Jefferies 

He wahine kai ngākau ki tōna ahurea. He wahine Marae. He wahine Māori. 

Te Amohaere “Haana” Jefferies of Te Whakatōhea is a new emerging artist who hails from no where better than Ōpōtiki. Haana’s love for music was fostered through her ōhiatanga as a product of Kōhanga Reo, Kura-ā-iwi and the angelic command of Hato Hōhepa. More recently, Haana has continued to fill her musical kete as a senior member of her iwi haka group Ōpōtiki-mai-Tawhiti. Consequently, these lived experiences have shaped her musical style which is described as: Contemporary Māori with RnB and Soul undertones. Her vocal delivery mirrors her whakapapa Māori and her stance as a rangatahi - powerful, energetic and unapologetic.

Check out her waiata here and don’t forget to follow her over the socials whānau

She is also vocal in her support of Settlement, and what she would like to see once Settlement has been supported by Whakatōhea. Haanaa would like to see a Whakatōhea kura a iwi so our tamariki don’t need to leave our beautiful rohe for their education. And in her own words “there’s no better place than Opotiki!”  See Haanaa’s full video on her aspirations for Settlement here   

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