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Te Pae Whakawairua

Archives New Zealand’s Māori consultative group, Te Pae Whakawairua, provides the Chief Archivist and Chief Executive with independent advice to ensure all our services meet the needs of Māori now and in the future.
Te Pae Whakawairua generally meets at Archives New Zealand four times a year. They provide advice, direction, perspective and feedback to the Chief Executive on:
• the aspirations of Māori, and how Archives New Zealand can contribute to achieving them
• the Responsiveness to Māori programme
• the development of key business and corporate plans and documents
• providing a service that is relevant and appropriate to Māori
• communication to Māori about Archives New Zealand’s services.

Te Pae Whakawairua Members


Mark Te One (Te Atiawa)

Mark is a managing trustee of the Wellington Tenths Trust and the Palmerston North Māori Reserve Trust. The Trust administers Māori reserve lands, largely in urban Wellington.
Mark is also the chairman of Matiu/Somes Charitable Trust.

Aroha Chamberlain (Te Ati Haunui-ā-Paparangi, Ngāti Tuwharetoa, Ngāti Kahungunu, Te Rarawa, Te Uri o Hau, Ngapuhi)

Aroha (Kaitakawaenga) manages the Iwi Relationships Team at the New Plymouth District Council where she assists the council in developing enduring and strong relationships with iwi and hapū and the Māori community. She also coaches and mentors Māori staff at the council. As part of the council’s executive management team, she ensures there is a strategic focus on issues important to tangata whenua at the management and operational level.
Aroha is also a past member of Te Rōpū Whakahau — an organisation which unites Māori librarian and information specialists in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Hinerangi Himiona (Ngāpuhi me Ngati Toarangatira)

Hinerangi has been involved with Archives New Zealand for a number of years. She helped establish Te Pae Whakawairua in 2003 and was the first Kaiarahi (Māori Manager) at Archives New Zealand. She was council member on ARANZ in 2002 and over the years has been actively involved in LIANZA, Te Ropu Whakahau and Museums Aotearoa — Kaitiaki.
Hinerangi is an independent consultant and has been involved in a number of Māori heritage and information projects. She continues this exciting work from her home base in Tai Tokerau (Northland).

Lesley Sykes (Ngai Tahu)

Lesley is the deputy chairperson at Te Runanga o Waihao, a director on the Waiho Holding Company and currently works for Ngai Tahu Holdings Group as the group administration and procurement leader.
She has worked for Ngai Tahu Development and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu over the last eight years where she has implemented, maintained and reviewed systems and policies for records, administration and operational systems and services. During this time she worked in the Kaihiku team assisting with project management at Waihao and Arowhenua Rūnanga and in the Te Waka Reo team facilitating contracts. She was also responsible for Ngāi Tahu records and archives and set up a Ngai Tahu resource and reference library as well as retention and disposal schedules for the appraisal of records.
Lesley has recently co-led a project with Archives New Zealand Christchurch to digitise early 19th century records and make them available to Ngai Tahu communities.

Aroha Te Pareake Mead (Ngati Awa me Ngati Porou)

Aroha is a senior lecturer in Māori Business at Victoria Management School, Victoria University of Wellington. She currently chairs the IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic & Social Policy (CEESP) , a global multidisciplinary Commission of over 1000 members from throughout the world. She is also a founding member and co-chair of Call of the Earth, Llamado de la tierra, an international initiative on indigenous intellectual property policy. She has been involved in indigenous cultural and intellectual property and environmental issues for over 30 years at tribal, national, Pacific regional and international levels. Aroha’s focus is on the empowerment of local indigenous communities to initiate, manage and provide critical analysis of research, policy and legislation relevant to them, particularly in relation to indigenous collective bio-cultural heritage.

Shane Te Ruki (Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Porou)

Shane works as a cultural consultant and advisor to Kowhai Consulting Ltd. He is highly regarded for his oratory and knowledge of Tikanga Māori having a special regard for the traditions and history of Ngāti Maniapoto. Shane is actively involved with his marae, Te Kōpua Marae, as a trustee and as the principal orator and keeper of the knowledge and traditions. He is dedicated to the retention and promotion of the Māori language and traditions and is a member of the Board of Ōparure Kōhanga Reo and past trustee of Te Kura Kaupapa o Ōparure.
Shane is also a trustee of Tui Trust, a trust that looks for ways to benefit children and the environment and provide for the relief of cultural poverty. With regard to the latter Shane has produced a number of publications outlining the uniqueness of the Maniapoto region and its people. Tui Trust is looking to undertake future projects to assist in the areas of safeguarding, preserving and promulgating the cultural wealth of the Ngāti Maniapoto people.

Rawiri Tuhiwai-Ruru (Te Aitanga a Hauiti, Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki, Rongowhakaata, Ngai Tamanuhiri, Te Whanau-a-Apanui)

Rawiri lives in Uawa (Tologa Bay) and is interested in whanau, hapū and iwi whakapapa and research. Rawiri has a Masters of Māori and Management and is currently studying towards his PhD in Māori Studies at Te Wānanga o Awanuiārangi. He is an avid researcher and tutors part time for Te Wānanga-o-Raukawa in iwi and hapū studies.

Marie Tautari