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New Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Board Appointments

Media release

Monday 20th August, 2012

New Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Board Appointments

Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM) is delighted to announce two new appointments to its Board – Traci Houpapa and Associate Professor Pare Keiha.

NPM Board Chair Sir Tīpene O’Regan welcomes the wealth of experience they both bring to the Centre of Research Excellence’s Board. He would also like to thank departing Board member Alison Paterson for her years of contribution.

Traci Houpapa (Waikato Maniapoto, Taranaki, Tūwharetoa) is the Chairman of the Federation of Māori Authorities (FoMA), and the Tainui Executive Committee member. She is the first woman to lead FoMA since its establishment in 1987, and is committed to encouraging and promoting Māori participation in the economic development.

She is a partner with THS & Associates Ltd, a Hamilton based consulting firm providing advice in strategic and business planning, and organisational development to iwi, Māori, public and private sector clients throughout New Zealand.

She holds many director and ministerial appointments, including Landcorp Farming Ltd, Strada Corporation, Pemberton Construction Limited, the National Advisory Council of Employment for Women, the Rural Broadband Initiative Advisory Committee, the Global Strategic Initiatives Expert Advisory Committee, and Te Uranga B2 Incorporation. She is a Member of the Order of New Zealand.

Associate Professor Pare Keiha is the Pro Vice Chancellor for Māori Advancement, Pro Vice Chancellor for Learning and Teaching and Dean of Te Ara Poutama, the Faculty of Māori Development, at AUT University.

He has an extensive background in the governance of public and private companies. He was a member of the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology’s Board from 2002 to 2010. His past directorships include the Legal Services Agency, Waitemata District Health Board, Metrowater Ltd, Port Gisborne Ltd, the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority and the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts and Manufactures Australia + New Zealand. He is chair of the Mika Haka Foundation. In 2008 he was made a Companion of the Queen’s Service Order for his services to business, education and Māori.

He advises a number of Māori enterprises and state sector entities in business development, management and strategy. He is a trustee of the Te Whānau-a-Taupara Trust Board and his tribal affiliations lie with the principle tribes of Turanga (Gisborne), specifically the whānau-a-Taupara hapu of T’Aitanga-a-Māhaki, and Rongowhakaata.

The new board members join current members Sir Tīpene O’Regan, Associate Professor Jan Crosthwaite, Professor Jane Harding, Professor Hirini Matunga, Jim Peters and Mike Stevens.

Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM) is one of New Zealand’s seven Centres of Research Excellence and consists of 16 participating research entities and is hosted by The University of Auckland. NPM conducts research of relevance to Māori communities and is an important vehicle by which New Zealand continues to be a key player in global indigenous research and affairs. Its research is underpinned by the vision to realise the creative potential of Māori communities and to bring about positive change and transformation in the nation and wider world.


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