He uri ahau o Te Atiawa, Taranaki tuturu. I tipu ake au ki Tamaki Makairau, engari ko Te Whanganui a Tara me Te Taihauauru oku ukaipo. My passion is social justice: how we interact with each other, with our histories and future aspirations, and with our wider environment.I dream and work hard for a better world for my tamaiti and future mokopuna! My journey and experience with Tu Tama Wāhine ki Te Upoko o Te Ika and iwi connections guide me in what I do. I have been working in central government for twenty years and my plan is to use what I have learned in that work environment to this mahi. I am excited to work with the Board setting the strategic direction and working with and through the CE and kaimahi to future proof the kaupapa within a Te ao Māori lense. Mouriora
Te Whānau a Apanui
Hera Frenz Smith
Ati-Haunui-A-Paparangi, Ngāti Manawa, Ngāti Maniapoto, Tuhourangi, Tuwharetoa, Kāti Māhaki
He uri ahau o Te Atiawa. Nō Tamaki Makarau ahau, kei Te Whanganui-a-Tara taku kāinga inaianei. I'm a solicitor at Chapman Tripp working in the Property and Construction team. I graduated from Victoria University of Wellington with a double degree law and science (majoring in ecology and biodiversity). My passion is te taiao and outside of my day job I am involved in various kaupapa in te taiao. One of my key passions in te taiao is water conservation and water rights and I'm a member of a mana whenua kaitiaki rōpū called Te Tini o Hākuturi. We are working with Zealandia (Kia Mouriora o Te Kaiwharawhara) and NIWA (Te Wairere o Te Paratiki) on a project monitoring the Kaiwharawhara catchment. I serve on the executive for Te Hunga Rōia Māori o Aotearoa and on the Society for Conservation Biology Oceania Section Board. I'm also the secretary for the Wellington Harbour Islands Kaitiaki Board. Currently, I'm taking extended leave from legal practice to learn Te Reo Māori at Te Wānanga o Raukawa in Ōtaki. I'm excited to be involved in such an awesome kaupapa with Pare Kore and my aim is to improve the organisation's policy.
Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki Ngāi Tai ki Tōrere Te Whakatōhea
Ngai te rangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Pūkenga, Ngāti Porou, Te Aitanga a Hauiti