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Te Arataura Members Appointed to Auckland CCOs

1 September 2010

Media Statement: For immediate release

Te Arataura Members Appointed to Auckland CCOs

Chair of Waikato-Tainui Te Arataura, Tukoroirangi Morgan and Te Arataura member Rukumoana Schaafhausen have been appointed to the board of two of the Council Controlled Organisations of the new Auckland Super City.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge of ensuring that Maaori interests and values are represented in the governance of this CCO. It will give me great pleasure to serve the citizens of Tamaaki-Makaurau (Auckland) in this way,” said Tukoroirangi Morgan.

“We may have lost the battle for reserved Maaori seats around the Super City Council table but these appointments, along with those of Vivienne Bridgwater and Ngarimu Blair, mean a small victory in the ongoing war for Maaori representation at the highest levels of decisionmaking,” he said.

Mr Morgan was appointed to the board of Auckland Council Property Ltd (ACPL), which consolidates existing property management and development CCOs into one organisation. The appointment is for a term of two years.

ACPL will provide a consistent approach to commercial property management across the Auckland Council property portfolio, and ensure an appropriate return on Auckland Council-owned commercial property.

Te Arataura member Rukumoana Schaafhausen has been appointed to the Regional Facilities, Auckland CCO, also for a term of two years.

The Regional Facilities, Auckland CCO will provide a regional perspective to the development of Auckland's arts, culture and heritage, leisure, sport and entertainment venues. It will integrate relevant council business units to achieve a consistent approach to the management of regional facilities across the Auckland region. A number of other related entities will become aligned with, but not be fully integrated into the RFA.

All CCO directorship appointments will take effect from 1 November 2010. The positions will become formalised through being published in the New Zealand Gazette on 3 September.


Note to editors: Brief biographical information follows:

Tukoroirangi Morgan
A former Member of Parliament, Mr Morgan has served on a number of Iwi Boards and has been co-negotiator for Waikato-Tainui on the Waikato River claim. He is Chair of Te Arataura, the Waikato-Tainui Governance Board.

Rukumoana Schaafhausen

Ms Schaafhausen is a member of the Waikato-Tainui governance board Te Arataura, Director of Tainui Group Holdings Limited and Chair of the tribe’s Audit and Risk Committee. In addition, she is a Trustee of the SENZ Training & Employment Charitable Trust and a Director of Genesis Energy. Ms Schaafhausen's prior appointments include the Board of the Committee for Auckland and she was group legal counsel for Landcorp/Todd Properties. She will hold the position of Director for a period of two years.

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