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Rahui Papa


Rahui Papa is an orator, spokesperson, and recognised authority on Waikato reo and tikanga.  
Rahui has a background in broadcasting and education and has served on the Waikato-Tainui Governance Group since its inception.
Rahui has previously chaired the Waikato Tainui Executive, Te Arataura, and served as a director and member of various holdings companies, ministerial committees, and national and local boards.  
Rahui plays an integral role in the Iwi Leaders’ Forum, providing advice to Ministers and Crown officials on matters of national significance.

Karen Vercoe


Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Mākino.

CEO of Te Arawa Lakes Trust and Founder of KTV Consulting Ltd. Passionate about Māori business, Māori development, and using data and insights to support community aspirations. 
Recipient of 2016 Dame Mira Szászy Māori Alumni Award at the Aotearoa Māori Business Leaders Awards. Master of Management Degree - University of Auckland and past recipient of Paul Kelly Research Scholarship (2006).


Rikirangi Gage


Te Whānau ā Apanui, Ngāti
Porou, Whakatohea, Ngāti
Currently CEO of Te Rūnanga o Te
Whānau, holding Directorships
TWA Holding Limited, TWA Fishing, Te Huata Charitable Trust and Te Huata International and a member of the Ministry of Justice project Inaia Tonu Nei. 
Rikirangi is an active member of the Ringatū Church and is a negotiator for Te Whānau ā Apanui treaty claims.
Previous special roles held by Rikirangi include past Director of Te Ohu Kaimoana, Māori Television, Te Papa and New Zealand Geographic boards, Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Commission representative at the Convention on Biological Diversityin Argentina, and member Ministerial Advisory committee for the Oceans policy and Board of Enquiry for the New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement.

Kirikowhai Mikaere

Pou Ārahi

Tuhourangi, Ngāti Whakaue.
Managing Director of Te Wehi - Development by Design, Kirikowhai is a leading Māori data and information specialist. 
A consultant with over 18 years’ experience advising Ministers, government agencies, tribal, community and private sector organisations with practical statistical analysis and innovative place based data solutions. Current roles amongst multiple strategic advisory roles include Leader of Operations for Te Kāhui Raraunga, lead technical advisor to the Iwi (Tribal) Chairs Forum - Data Leadership Group,  deputy chair of Tuhourangi Tribal Authority, and deputy chair of the Māori hauora provider Manaaki Ora Trust.

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Kerri Anne Hancock


He uri a Kerri Anne nō te whānau Rogers– nō Ngāti Whakaue (Ngāti Tunohopu, Ngāti Hurungaterangi, Ngāti Te Rorooterangi) nō Ngāti Rangiwewehi me Ngāti Tarawhai anō hoki.

E noho ana a Kerri Anne me tōna whānau ki to rātau papakainga ki Mangakākahi – kai raro i te maru o Pukehāngi, i kRotorua. Ko Michael Hancock tōna hoa tāne, ā, tokotoru a rāua tamariki, Maraea (8), Justin (7) me Te Waere (4).

Kerri Anne’s professional background is fairly diverse across both the public and private sector, and includes Treaty settlement negotiations, environmental kaupapa and leadership positions within her iwi. In 2019 Kerri Anne was awarded the Emerging Leader award in the Westpac Rotorua Business Excellence Awards for the work she has done in her governance positions for Ngāti Rangiwewehi. 

Today, Kerri Anne is the Kaiwhakahaere (Practice Manager) for Te Kāhui Raraunga. She is a Trustee on Toi Kai Rawa – a Charitable Trust focused on accelerating Māori economic development in the Bay of Plenty and Ngāti Whakaue Assets Trust (Ngāti Whakaue’s commercial Treaty settlement entity). Kerri Anne is also managing director for Kaupare Law and Consultancy which undertakes strategic planning and te reo Māori focused kaupapa nationwide.

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