ZUI Panel Biographies: PSGE and Establishment Trustees

Aug 22, 2021 | latest

Kia ora whānau

This month of Here o Pipiri, our roopu will be discussing the PSGE and Establishment Trustees. This korero is a more process heavy whakaaro so we are hoping to break it down a bit for whanau watching at home. 

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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.

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. 

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”.


Chris Carrington

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 


Lamorna Marie Pukepuke Ahitapu-Rogers

Kia ora e te whānau. I whakapapa to Whakatōhea through both my gran and grandad. My gran is Dixie Biddle, Ūpokorehe, Ngāti Patumoana and Ngāti Tamahaua hapū. My grandad is Rahiri (Les) Pukepuke, Ngāti Ngahere, Ngāti Rua, Ngāti Ira and again Ūpokorehe hapū.

I have been privileged to contribute to Whakatōhea’s Te Roopu Awhina Valuation and Property working group since early 2020, where I hope my economist knowledge has been helpful. It has been challenging doing valuations during Covid as the pandemic creates a huge range of uncertainty, and has certainly up-ended all the conventional economic thinking on where property prices might be heading - big fail! But the valuations work is an important kaupapa and we have really tried to do our best by the whānau. As for me, the overriding principle I took into this roopu is “Land back!”. Time to reclaim the whenua, piece by piece, ko te whenua te oranga o te iwi. 

Maia Warren

Ko Whakatohea me Te Whanau a Apanui ōku iwi.
Ko Ngai Tamahaua, Ngāti Patumoana me Pakowhai ōku hapū

Maia has recently returned home from Wellington, and has experience working with Maori whenua owners achieve what they want to achieve on or through their whenua.  

She is currently working with whenua owners on a project, Te Moana a Toi, getting them information about their whenua potential and into a position to make opportunities a reality. 

Dickie Farrar

Dickie is the current Chief Executive for the Whakatōhea Māori Trust Board.  

Dickie is Whakatōhea and her primary hapū are Ngāi Tamahaua, and Ngāti Ruatakena.  Her experience in governance is diverse as she sits on a range of boards and Māori trusts. She has had previous experience of the process of setting up a PSGE and has learnt alot along the way.  She would like to share her experiences and learnings of the process.


Jason Ake 

Profile to come

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