Ngahiwi Tomoana (Ngāti Kahungunu)
Chairman, Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated
Chairman of Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated since 1996, Ngahiwi is passionate about the rights of Māori and other indigenous peoples’ to their estates and fisheries, and represents indigenous peoples’ views on the global stage. Ngahiwi has been and continues to be involved in whānau, hapū and iwi development across all spectrums and sectors of the community.
Alongside his role with Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated, Ngahiwi holds a number of key strategic positions that include: Deputy Chair of the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board; Chair of the Hawke’s Bay District Health Boards Māori Relationship Board (MRB); Executive Board Member for the New Zealand China Council and Forum Member of the NZ Police Commissioner’s Māori Focus Forum; Waipatu Marae Representative – He Toa Takitini; Member and Co-Chair of the Pou Tahua Working Group for the Iwi Chairs Forum.
Previous positions held include the role of Chair of the Māori Economic Development Advisory Board and Board Member for the Pacific Cooperation Foundation and Chair of Te Ohu Kaimoana.
More importantly, Ngahiwi is a loving husband to Mere Tomoana, a father of six tamariki, grandfather to fifteen moko, and it is with his whānau in mind, that through all of these positions, responsibilities and vast experiences, he demonstrates his local, regional, national and international knowledge, pride and commitment to all things Māori, for the betterment of Māori katoa.
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