Minister for Māori Development, Willie Jackson, today announced the appointment of Herewini Te Koha (Ngāti Porou, Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Tamatera), and the reappointment of eleven existing members, to the Waitangi Tribunal.
Herewini joins current members Dr Robyn Anderson, Kim Ngarimu, Professor Rawinia Higgins, Professor Tā William Te Rangiua (Pou) Temara, Professor Linda Smith, Associate Professor Tom Roa, Prudence Tamatekapua, Ron Crosby, Dr Ruakere Hond, Tania Simpson and Dr Monty Soutar who have all been reappointed for a three-year term.
Herewini brings to the Tribunal significant public sector experience in Māori development and a legacy of strong iwi leadership. His roles include Deputy Secretary at Te Puni Kōkiri, Chief Executive of Te Māngai Pāho and Deputy Director at the Office of Treaty Settlements. Herewini is also a former Chief Executive of Te Runanganui o Ngāti Porou.
“Congratulations to Herewini on his appointment and to the existing members for their reappointment to the Tribunal. These appointments reflect the experience and diversity needed on the Tribunal and recognise the tremendous range of capabilities needed for Tribunal panels”, Minister Jackson said.
Waitangi Tribunal members come from all walks of life and are appointed for their broad expertise in the matters that are likely to come before them. Appointments are made by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Minister for Māori Development.
About the new member
Herewini Te Koha
Herewini Te Koha (Ngāti Porou, Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Tamatera) is the former Chief Executive of Te Runanganui o Ngāti Porou, prior to that a consultant and senior public servant focusing on Māori development. He has held senior roles including former Deputy Chief Executive, Te Puni Kōkiri, Chief Executive, Te Māngai Pāho, and Deputy Director, Office of Treaty Settlements and has a thorough understanding of the machinery of government. Mr Te Koha’s governance experience includes Co-chair of the Governance Group Manaaki Tairāwhiti, and he was one of three Rūnanga nominated appointees to Te Haeata, Ngāti Porou’s treaty of Waitangi claims negotiation team.
About the Waitangi Tribunal
The Chairperson of the Waitangi Tribunal is Chief Judge Wilson Isaac of the Māori Land Court. The deputy chairperson of the Waitangi Tribunal is Judge Sarah Reeves of the Māori Land Court. Other judges of the Māori Land Court, while not members of the Waitangi Tribunal, can be appointed as a presiding officer for a Tribunal panel.