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 (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.Read More
Maui Hudson is Whakatōhea and affiliates primarily to Opape marae and the Ngai Tamahauahapū.
He has been the Ngai Tamahaua representative on the Whakatōhea Māori Trust Board for almost six years and is a Director on TePouOranga 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 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.
Arihia is a named claimant for WAI 1884 along with the other Trustees of Terere Marae / NgatiNgahereHapuand also alongside my mother Tarati Carrington who lodged the claim in the first instance on behalf of NgatiNgahere.
Richard Mitai Chair
Arihia served for 9 years on the Whakatōhea Māori Trust Board and resigned in 2016 for the specific purpose of focusing herenergies on the settlement process. She is now Project Manager for the Whakatōhea Pre Settlement Claims Trust.
Ko Julie Teurikore Lux takuingoa
I am a mother of 3 tamariki, 12 mokopuna and 7 tuarua.
I am currently retired (for the last 10 years), am very active on our marae, and our community has active kaumatua roopu be it political! Or in marae and our community.
I have been involved with our claim since it first started and am still involved to date.
I am passionate about our iwi going forward to sustain our mokopuna and rangatahi for the future.
Our vision to be a healthy and sustainable iwi, to be able to stand tall for our rangatahi on our land and our moana, to have the opportunity to be the best by education and employment and know our values.
I would like our Whakatohea whanau to be able to connect to their hapu and iwi and to know their whakapapa. This is what Settlement will provide for our rangatahi. The dual process will provide these on our journey to the future and we must stand up for this process
I acknowledge those who have passed and am thankful they started this Settlement journey.
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 TeAupōuri, Ngai Takoto and Whakatōhea descent and her heritage includes Vava’u Tonga, Europe and the United Kingdom.
Rachel has extensive experience in NgāHuangaMātauranga Māori and Sustainability research and education. She is currently Lead Principal Investigator of a NgāPae o teMaramatangaWhaiRawa (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 AnaheraMorehu, 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 PouKapua 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.
Ko Micah Tawhara tōku ingoa. Ko Te Whakatōhea, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Ngāti Awa, Ngāi Tūhoe me Waikatoōku iwi.Ko Moehau tōkumāmā. Ko Mataka Neil rāua ko Rongo Wharekawa ōna tīpuna. Ko HinepuhiDorothyrāua ko Raupurukamu ōna mātua. Ko Ngāti Ira te tino hapū o tōku whānau Tawhara. Ko Tamatea, Waioweka te awa, Waioweka te whenua, Opeke te marae, Irapuaia te whare tipuna.
Ko Runi Te Hau tōku pāpā. Ko Te Whati Rangitoro Tamati (Potene) rāua ko Miriama Tamati ōna tīpuna. Ko Titipo Tamati tōna whaea. Ko Aramiro, Ōhiapopoko me Omaero ōku papakainga. Waikato me Waipa ngā awa. Whatawhata te whenua, Te Papa-o-Rotu te marae. Te Papa-o-Rotu te whare tipuna.
I am a proud Mum of two amazing young men; Zenith Te Manawanui O te Rangi (18) and Taaj Te Hauroamairangi (16), step mum to Te Whainoa Te Wiiata and Jade Crown and Nanny to 3 beautiful mokopuna; Taonga, Kosta and Matangitaka. My darling and soul mate, Tuhimata Crown (aka Papa Brett) hails from Rereahu, Ngāti Maniapoto (whānau Crown), Ngai Tahu (whānau Bradshaw) and Mokai Kainga marae, Kāwhia Moana (whānau Tuwhangai).
Hamilton born and Opotiki raised, I am a proud product of Waioweka Primary School.Whenever there was a tangi, important hui or celebration at the marae, we replaced our schoolbooks and instruction in the classroom with karakia, kapa haka, hakinakina and waiata. Our teachers had close relationships with our Nans, Koros, Aunts and Uncles, so we were very lucky to be able to have the best of both worlds so to speak. Our Principle Mr Ernie Hopa, was a significant person throughout my school education who along with Tony Howe and Nancy Hopa, encouraged me to go to boarding school then on to Law School. My foundation of learnings and teachings however, no matter what path my life ventured on, were handed down to me from my kaumatua and kuia of Waioweka Pa. I have had the honour of carrying the blessings of my Nanny Rongo Wharekawa, Nanny Puhi, Koro Rau and my Uncle Mac Wharekawa Kurei, to carry their beliefs, dreams, hopes and aspirations on towards a future of prosperity for Ngāti Ira o Waioweka, Opotiki-mai-Tawhiti and Te Whakatōhea whānui.
I first worked in Hamilton for Till Henderson in 2008 while completing a Law Degree at Te Whare Wananga o Waikato. I had the privilege of working for Alex Hope, closefriend, and Law mentor. We, with his daughter/my friend Mania, with our friend Berenize,established Puna Chambers.
In 2012, I relocated to Ahipara to start a whānau business and a youth development programme.
My children attended Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Pukemiro which I was a long-standing Board member of. Tuhimata and I with the blessing of the Riwai whanau, re-built the Kaitaia Basketball Assn.
Due to a significant need for Family lawyers (and lawyers from all areas of practice) in the Far North region, I decided to set up Tawhara Law Ltd. My practice is based in the heart of Te Hiku namely, Kaitaia which has been operating since late 2012. I now work as a “mobile” lawyer, serving whānau mainly inthe area of Family Law, from Opotiki throughout the Bay of Plenty and the Waikato and Far North regions.
I have been an Executive member of the Kaitaia Business Assn, previous Far North representative for Te Hunga Roia Māori o Aotearoa, am a current Trustee of He Whānau Mārama Trust, advisory support for the Te Hiku Social Accord, Far North Rep for Te Tai Tokerau Family Law Section, long-serving Trustee for Opeke Marae (Waioeka Papakainga) Reserve, one of the current Ngati Ira representatives on the Te Whakatōhea Māori Trust Board and one of the Directors of Te Pou Oranga o Te Whakatohea alongside Te Kahautu Maxwell. Another of my mentors but in the other realm of LORE.
I also managed the Kaitaia/Far North branch of the Taitokerau Law Community Centre and provided free legal services once a month at the local People’s Centre, for many years.
The most rewarding role I currently have the privilege of serving my people on, is representing Ngā Kaimahi Whenua o Ngāti Ira in negotiations and communications with the Bay of Plenty Regional Council and local Companies. Discussing navigating and creating solutions to long-standing problems that have impacted our whenua, awa and ultimately our people, has been a humbling experience and inspiring pathway for me to return home to after many years away in the Waikato and Te Hiku o Te Ika.My whanau, hapu and iwi continue to teach me and help me to grow, apply those dreams of my tupuna to, and which I look forward to my children, mokopuna and all of future generations to benefit from.
My family and I moved home to Waiotahe in 1984. In that year I decided to involve myself as much as I could into Hapū and Iwi politics. With a young family at the time it was important for me to learn and understand my own connections to hapū and iwi, and become involved in Iwi decisions striving to fulfill the vision it had set, to become self sufficient and a self sustainable iwi.
Becoming a team member of the Whakatōhea Māori Trust Board Research Roopu was the turning point for me, having a better understanding of the history and the great losses of Te Whakatōhea. It became even more meaningful for me to continue my involvement to be part of positive change for Whakatōhea and all its’ beneficiaries. This also reflected in my career choice of Social Worker and Whānau support for the community.Read More