Inspiring change for Tamariki

Our Board

Professor Kuni Hineatauira Jenkins

Ngāti Porou (PhD)

Dr Jenkins is a Professor and Dean at Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi where she specialises in the field of education and research and especially in the education of women. She is widely published in cross-cultural and historical education; particularly Māori education. Her life had been devoted to furthering education as a teacher in rural and urban schools and at tertiary level.

  • PhD – University of Auckland, 2000
  • Master of Arts – M.A. (Hons) Second Class, University of Auckland, 1991.
  • Bachelor of Arts – B.A. (Māori Studies, Education), University of Auckland, 1989.
  • Teachers Training Certificate – T Cert, Wellington Teachers Training College, 1964.
  • Professor of Undergraduate Studies, Tāmaki Makaurau
  • Monitor for TRB of Te Wānanga Takiura (KKM) teacher education programme (current).
  • 2008-2010: Director of Indigenous Research Institute (IRI).
  • 2007: Interim CEO of Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi.
  • 2004-2008: Deputy CEO of Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi.
  • 2002: Director of Māori Teacher Education, School of Education, Auckland University.
  • 2002-2003: Assistant Dean Māori, Faculty of Arts, Auckland University.
  • 2012: Chairperson of Te Kahui o Mana Ririki – violence-free whānau for 0-5 year olds.
  • 2012: Chairperson Te Mana Ririki Māori Charitable Trust.
  • 2012: Nominated advisor on Māori education to Te Kaea and Māori Television.
  • Past member General Synod the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia
  • 2012: Ngā Kupu Ora Māori Book Awards – Joint Winner Non-Fiction section – Jones, A., & Jenkins, K. (2011). Words Between Us: He Kōrero – First Māori-Pākehā Conversations on Paper. Wellington, New Zealand: Huia Publishers.
  • 2012 Copyright Licensing New Zealand’s 2012 Educational Publishing Awards.  Joint winner of Best Book in Higher Education Publishing – Jones, A., & Jenkins, K. (2011). Words Between Us: He Kōrero – First Māori-Pākehā Conversations on Paper. Wellington, New Zealand: Huia Publishers.
  • 2001: NZARE Award Te Tohu Pae Tawhiti for Best Māori Research.
  • 2000 Chancellors Award for Best PhD thesis in Faculty of Arts, University of Auckland.

Ratapu Hori Awa

Tainui (MNZM)

Hori has extensive experience in iwi and community development spanning 30 years, and is currently involved in tribal governance with Tainui. For 22 years Hori has been CEO of Waahi Whanau Trust which is the largest Māori provider of health, educational, social and employment contracts in Waikato.


CEO at Waahi Whaanui Trust

  • Te Iwi o Waikato representative on the Waikato District Health Board Iwi Māori Council
  • member of the Tangata Whenua Community Sector Taskforce
  • co-chair of the Kia Tutahi Steering group.
  • chair of Nga Rangatahi o Manamotuhake
  • 2003-2007 Chair, Waikato Community Trust
  • member of the Council for Socially Responsible Investment
  • 1990-1998 member, Waikato Conservation Board

2011 Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM)

Sir Toby Curtis

Ngāti Rongomai, Ngāti Pikiao, Te Arawa (KNZM)

Sir Toby is widely acknowledged for his innovative achievements in education. His cumulative expertise in Māori, polytechnic and university fields and work in chairing many ministerial appointments was achieved through his various roles as principal, lecturer, researcher, administrator and ultimately as a senior academic in tertiary education, including Deputy Vice Chancellor at AUT University. He chairs the Te Arawa Lakes Trust, and the Iwi Leaders Forum. He is an Adjunct Professor and a Facilitator/Cultural Adviser and is committed to ensuring the safety of tamariki at flax roots level.

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Diploma in Teaching
  • MA (hons)
  • PhD
  • Fulbright Scholar
  • 2000 Deputy Vice-Chancellor AUT
  • 1991 Faculty Dean AUT
  • deputy chairman of Te Waananga o Aotearoa Council
  • 1997 chairman of Te Mangai Paho, the Māori Broadcasting Agency.
  • 2012 he was appointed chairman of the Iwi Education Authority for Nga Kura a Iwi o Aotearoa (Tribal Immersion Schools)
  • 1990 first Māori director of the Auckland College of Education Primary Teacher Education department
  • 1984 principal of Hato Petera College
  • chairman of Te Arawa Lakes Trust
  • deputy chairman of Rotorua Te Arawa Lakes Strategy Group
  • member of the Police Commissioner’s Forum
  • the Iwi Leaders Forum
  • chairman of Te Arawa Whanau Ora Region.

2014 Knight companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, services to Māori education.

Hon. Justice Sir Edward Taihakurei Durie

Rangitāne, Ngāti Kauwhata and Ngāti Raukawa (DCNZM, KNZM)

Sir Taihakurei has previously been the Chief Judge of the Māori Land Court and Chair of the Waitangi Tribunal and Judge of the High Court. He is currently involved in many projects and organisations and a lifelong interest in the welfare of Māori youth. He is co-leader of the New Zealand Māori Council, and is an advisor for his own iwi.

  • 1964 BA and an LLB from Victoria University of Wellington
  • Honorary doctorates from Victoria University of Wellington, Massey University and the University of Waikato
  • 1980–2004 Chairman of the Waitangi Tribunal
  • 1980–1998 Chief Judge of the Māori Land Court
  • 1998-2006 High Court Justice
  • 2004-2006 Law Commissioner
  • co-chairman of the New Zealand Māori Council
  • Kaumātua of the Robson Hanan Trust and the Rethinking Crime and Punishment project
  • 2008 appointed a Distinguished Companions of New Zealand Order of Merit
  • 2009 Knight Companion of New Zealand Order of Merit

Naida Glavish

Ngāti Whātua, Ngā Puhi (ONZM, JP)

Naida is a highly respected Iwi and Community Leader. Naida is a fluent bi-lingual speaker, has proven ability to link government initiatives and community expectations, maintains a strong involvement in the Iwi Leaders Forum, has had an extensive involvement in change management processes, has strong interpersonal skills and a proven history for obtaining excellent outcomes for Māori.

  • Chief Advisor Tikanga/General Manager Māori, He Kamaka Waiora, Māori Health, of the District Health Boards for Auckland and Waitemata.
  • President of the Māori Party
  • Senior Te Reo Māori Teacher
  • Commissioner on the Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Commission
  • Deputy Chairperson of Te Whanau o Waipareira Trust
  • Chair of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua
  • member of the Iwi Leaders Forum, responsible for Whānau Ora
  • member of Ministerial Whanau Ora Partnership Group

2011 ONZM services to Māori and the community

Dame June Mariu

Te Whānau-a-Apanui, Ngāti Porou (CNZM, QSM, JP)

Dame June has long represented Māori aspirations, and devotes herself to her community, supporting students struggling with mainstream education or themselves. Dame June is a cultural Advisor at Hoani Waititi Marae and Kura.

  • taught at Rutherford College in Te Atatu
  • established an alternative education programme at Te Kotuku Marae in Te Atatu
  • Kaiwhakahaere of Te Atatu Tu Tangata Academy
  • National Co-ordinator of Te Hotu Manawa Māori (Māori Heartbeat)
  • Silver Ferns captain
  • national co-ordinator of Aotearoa Netball
  • 1987-1990 National President Māori Women’s Welfare League
  • member of the Treaty of Watangi Fisheries Commission
  • Chairperson of Te Whānau o Waiparera Trust

2012 Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.