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Kāhui Rangatira

Council of Elders


Te Tira Whakamātaki is led and guided by a Kāhui Rangatira.

Our Kāhui comprises elders whose knowledge and wisdom is vital for ensuring we stay the course and that we do the work that needed.

Tohe Ashby

Ngāti Hine, Ngāpuhi

Tohe has spent the past 45 years working extensively amongst Māori in the spaces of outdoor education, youth education/justice and social services, mental health and addictions, environment and conservation, and in rongoā Māori (traditional health and well-being). Tohe is a traditional knowledge holder and giver of his tribal histories including the stories of creation and living in harmony with our environment according to Maramataka (Māori calendar). In 2021 Tohe was the winner of the Northland Regional Councils Environmental Award for Kaitiakitanga, which recognised and celebrated his kaitiakitanga in action for the Kauri Dieback Project he has led. Tohe was instrumental in developing the rongoā for the kauri dieback disease. Tohe says he attributes this knowledge to the whakawhanaungatanga of the Kauri tree and the Tohorā whakapapa according to Māori history. Tohe says that a part of this journey has been to rename the project Kauri Ora (the well-being of the Kauri) to ensure that the commitment and response sits within a positive healing context. Mauriora Whitiora ki te tipua Whitiora ki te tawhito Whitiora ki te kāhui o ngā Atua Whitiora tawhiwhiatu kia Rongo E Rongo whakairia ki runga hei whakawaatea kia tina Tina, Haumi e hui e taiki e Join, gather, unite.


Aroha Te Pareake Mead

Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Porou, Tūhourangi, Ngāi Tuhoe and Ngāti Tūwharetoa

Aroha has worked at local, national, regional and international levels for over 40 years on indigenous rights, with a particular focus on Indigenous cultural and intellectual property issues including biocultural heritage, conservation, indigenous knowledge and indigenous data governance . She currently serves on Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa (tribal governance) as well as on the New Zealand Conservation Authority Current members: NZCA - New Zealand Conservation Authority ( and the Repatriation Advisory Panel of Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of NZ Repatriation Advisory Panel, Te Papa. Recent projects have included: * Reviewing the taxonomic collections of Manaaki Whenua Landcare Crown Research Institute From collect to connect – rebalancing our collections and databases » Manaaki Whenua ( * Lead author 'When the Crown Controls Māturanga (Indigenous Knowledge)' When the Crown controls mātauranga – Biological Heritage NZ (; * Strategic Oversight Group for the review of the Wildlife Act Review of the Wildlife Act 1953: Modernising conservation legislation (; * Māori Data Governance Model Report, Te Kāhui Raraunga; * Taketake a Tāne Wakatū's Te Tau Ihu Indigenous Organisms Programme, Koekoeā - the magazine for Wakatū - issue #3 Ngāhuru 2021 by Wakatū - Issuu; Valuing Nature's Contributions to People: the IPBES approach, Valuing nature’s contributions to people: the IPBES approach - ScienceDirect, and * Genetic Frontiers for conservation: an assessment of synthetic biology and biodiversity conservation: synthesis and key messages 2019-012-En.pdf ( Aroha served four terms, (16 years) on the Council of IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) including two terms (8 years) as the Chair of the IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP). She continues involvement in IUCN as Chair Emeritus of IUCN CEESP., member of IUCN's Editorial Board and on IUCN delegations to plenary sessions the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services (IPBES) annually since 2016. She is also a member of Nia Tero's Advisory Council.


Kevin Prime

Ngāti Hine, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Whatua, Tainui

Kevin is a commissioner with the Environment Court, as well as being a beef farmer, forester, beekeeper and conservationist. Prior to his appointment to the Environment Court, Kevin worked with a variety of organisations in the profit and non-profit sector in the areas of philanthropy, health, conservation, justice, Maori development, education, environment, forestry, farming and sport. He is married to Margaret with 13 children and 19 grandchildren. His hobbies are family, sport, golf, bee keeping, learning new things, and his favourite holiday spot is at home on the farm in Motatau. In 2016, Kevin was recognised in the Queens birthday honours list receiving an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to conservation and Māori.


Glenice Payne

Te Ātiawa

Glenice has a background in the conservation and resource management fields, including 6 years’ experience on the Nelson Marlborough Conservation Board. She is an accredited RMA Commissioner with experience dealing with legislation, especially the Resource Management Act. Glenice has held a number of Environment related appointments including 11 years as a member (6 years as Chair) of Nga Kaihautū Tikanga Taiao, the Māori Advisory Committee to the Environmental Protection Authority. Glenice has been a member on Governmental decision making Boards of Inquiry, including the Tauhara2 Geothermal Power Station application and New Zealand Transport Agency’s Transmission Gully and Mackays to Peka Peka Expressway Projects. Glenice was a member of the Peer Review Panel for the Biosecurity 2025 Strategy, and is currently the Chair of the Kāhui Māori for NZ’s Biological Heritage – National Science Challenge, the Chair of Te Tira Whakamātaki, the Māori Biosecurity Network, and on the Steering Group for the implementation of Biosecurity 2025.


Hori Parata


Hori is a descendant of Ngātiwai, a Māori tribal group that is unified by its descent from one of the oldest lineages in the Taitokerau (northern region of the North Island). Hori has, via his ancestor Mahanga-i-te-Rangi, to the British Royal Family. In 1804 Mahanga-i-te-Rangi who was in awe of the fact that the English had one King and one God, which differed from the multiple Ariki and multiple Māori deity that existed in Māori society, was invited by a medical doctor Dr John Savage to accompany him back to England where he arranged an audience with an elderly King George III and Queen Charlotte. This event is forever immortalised in the names of the descendants of Mahanga-i-te-Rangi including Hori, which is the Māori name for George. Hori had a distinguished career in the armed services (Malaya, Singapore and Borneo) before spending 16 years in Australia, deep sea diver, mineral prospector. At the bequest of his mother Hori returned to his homeland and became an active participant in proceedings regarding Māori land ownership rights and the exploitation and commercialisation of natural resources. Hori has been involved in politics at the national (Māori political party experience), local and regional councils, the later where he was central in the development of the Ngātiwai environmental planning statement – a statutory recognised planning document that establishes baseline Māori principles for councils. He has also been involved in central government agencies including the former Environmental Risk Management and latterly the Environmental Protection Authority, where Hori has served as a member of the national Māori Network of environmental practitioners for over 20 years (Ngā Matakiria, practitioners; Ngā Parirau o te Mātauranga, elder steering group), and as a member of the Ministry of Primary Industries Kauri Dieback Advisory Group that has secured considerable funding to assist ongoing Māori efforts to eradicate this plant pathogen. Hori also has considerable experience in the governance and management of Māori lands to provide benefits (e.g., housing, advocate for youth issues including creating employment opportunities) to those land owners. Further Hori has, and continues to be, a staunch advocate of Māori cultural rights and cultural practices including lodging and providing evidence for the Waitangi Tribunal Claim 262 (more commonly known as the Flora and Fauna Claim) on behalf of a claimant group for Ngātiwai and working closely with the other key claimants Saana Murray and Del Wihongi. He has also participated in the Mataatua Declaration on Cultural and Intellectual property Rights of Indigenous Peoples. In line with this Hori has been a consistent voice holding the New Zealand Government accountable in their management of the natural environment as required under Te Tiriti o Waitangi, New Zealand’s founding constitutional document, as required according to the relevant legislation under which government is beholden to. One example of this is the role Hori has fulfilled for seven years as a member of the Northland Conservation Board. In recognition of his considerable service to his people and environment Hori has received numerous accolades including the Northland Regional Council award in 2022 for environmental leadership. This has been the catalyst for his ground-breaking work in reinvigorating and re-establishing Māori authority and control over the protection and enhancement of natural environments and the life contained therein (kaitiakitanga). Hori still remains very active in the protection of our natural environment and continued connection and use of natural resources. For example, his seminal work on dead beach-cast whalebone retrieval and health and safety procedures has led to the establishment of a specialised team to carry the flensing kaupapa, to assist coastal Māori tribes across New Zealand re-engage in processing stranded whales His work is not only recognised nationally but Hori is part of the New Zealand indigenous representative team to present their case the International Whaling Commission where he has travelled to conferences in Faroe Islands, Australia and in Chile.


Jim Doherty

Mr Doherty has been a lead contributor to developing the matauranga o te ngahere o Tuawhenua/Ruatahuna (forest lore/knowledge), an assembly through interview and wananga of the traditional knowledge of the species of the lands and forests of the Tuawhenua. He has been at the forefront of the national advancement of matauranga Māori as a knowledge system. He has been Chair of the Tuhoe Tuawhenua Trust since 1987. He was a member of the Nga Matapopore Māori Research Advisory Group for 10 years, the Te Herenga Regional Network for three years, and the Claims Committee of Te Runanganui o Te Ikawhenua for 10 years. He has been a delegate for the Tuhoe Manawaru Tribunal since 2004 and was Chair of the Kaingaroa Village Council for six years. He represented New Zealand at the inaugural Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities Dialogue Workshop in Panama City in 2014, which informed the first United Nations Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. Mr Doherty has co-authored a number of scientific peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, and co-presented at international and national conferences with Manaaki Whenua researchers.

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