August ZUI Panel Biographies

Jul 27, 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.


Maui Hudson

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 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.


Miranda Horan

Of Upokorehe descent, Miranda holds a Dip Business Management and currently resides in Papamoa Beach with her husband and children. Currently working within the real estate industry, she has over 12 years’ experience buying, selling and developing property along the coastal strip. Miranda has also worked as the Regional Manager across the Auckland, Waikato and the Bay of Plenty and owned and operated businesses within the retail, Leisure, tourism and entertainment industries.

Miranda has developed and successfully managed the implementation of key business strategies and marketing plans for businesses as well as developed and delivered customer service and sales training programmes. Miranda  serves her whanau and community as a trustee on the Hiwarau C Lands Trust as well as a Justice of the Peace and youth mentor.


Selwyn Hayes

Selwyn has a deep expertise in the structuring and development of Māori collective organisations, with over 18 years' experience advising numerous pan-Māori, tribal and Māori land entities in tax structuring and compliance, strategic planning and execution, investment strategy and policy development, and charitable tax.

Most importantly he uri nō Te Whakatohea.


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.


Chris Carringron

KPMG Tax Consultant 5 years CHris works on applications in the R&D Grant field, with start-up businesses working in the innovation sector. 

"Just seeing those go from the initial meetings to the submission stage is quite fulfilling, so that’s been really exciting" .  

He uri no Te Whakatohea Ngai Tai Tainui 


Richard Jefferies

Richard Tauehe Jefferies has extensive experience in Māori development and is passionate and excited about working to improve Māori wellbeing and thereby the wellbeing of our Nation. More recently, he is also working with other indigenous communities around the world. He has professional and strategic interests in the revitalisation of te reo Māori, Māori economic development and lifting Māori educational achievement. He has held a range of senior management and board positions with private sector, public sector and not for profit organisations.

He has business interests in the kiwifruit industry, as well as being involved in marae and hapū activities. He has been
married for 34 years and has six amazing children. He has been based in Ōpōtiki since 1992 and lived at Tirohanga since 1994.


Robert Edwards

Chairman of the Whakatōhea Māori Trust Board since 2009

This has been a personal journey for the last 16 years, a journey littered with surprises and obstacles that have been dealt with along the way. The first milestone of achieving Te Ara Tono which was produced and accepted in 2007, the second was the accepting of the Deed of Mandate by the Crown in 2016. As a trustee to the Whakatōhea Pre-settlement Claims Trust (WPSCT) I am 100% committed to achieving a comprehensive settlement of all Whakatōhea claims. The future for our whānau, hapū and iwi rests upon our shoulders. Fate has ordained us to complete this journey, this task to settle the claims. Once again I say, “Be inclusive, Be Transparent and Be Honest”, keep the door open. Do not take umbrage for those who choose to take another pathway, for that is their rightful and democratic choice. The pathway WPSCT has taken is also our rightful and democratic choice. So be united, be strong, and be confident for I believe we represent all of Whakatōhea.

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