Te Taumata Aronui

Te Taumata Aronui

Last updated 10 February 2021
Last updated 10 February 2021

A group to help ensure that the Reform of Vocational Education reflects the Government’s commitment to Māori-Crown partnerships.

A key priority of RoVE is to better recognise the needs of Māori communities and acknowledge that Māori are significant employers with social and economic goals. To help achieve this priority, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced the creation of Te Taumata Aronui to provide Māori community and employer perspectives on tertiary education, including vocational education.

Te Taumata Aronui was announced as part of the vocational education reform decisions released on 1 August. The group will work with and provide independent recommendations and advice to Ministers and officials on how tertiary education can respond better to the needs of Māori learners and communities. The focus of Te Taumata Aronui is to help design an education system that reflects the Government’s commitment to Māori Crown partnerships. Government sought nominations for Te Taumata Aronui, from across Aotearoa. Nominations closed on 6 September.

Minister Hipkins, in consultation with the Minister for Māori Crown Relations, then decided who to nominate for appointment, and the group was announced on 16 December 2019.

Te Taumata Aronui members are Professor Wiremu Doherty, Maru Nihoniho (MNZM), Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, Mereraina Piripi, Dr Eruera Prendergast-Tarena, Brendon Green, Mamaeroa Merito, Raewyn Mahara, and Dr Wayne Ngata who will chair the Group.

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Dr Wayne Ngata

Dr Wayne Ngata has extensive experience in Māori development and Māori education. He was Board Chair of Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori (the Māori Language Commission) and has been the Head of Mātauranga Māori at Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand. Most recently, he was Raukura/Chief Advisor Te Ao Māori at the Ministry of Education.

Maru Nihoniho (MNZM)

Maru Nihoniho founded Metia Interactive, is internationally recognised for designing and developing medically therapeutic games, and has received accolades for video games that address the needs of rangatahi. She is also on the Board of Directors for Māori Television and the Māori Carbon Foundation.

Professor Wiremu Doherty

Professor Wiremu Doherty has experience in iwi development and mātauranga Māori in education contexts. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi and his other roles include being Chair of Ngā Kaitūhono, Director on Te Uru Taumata for Tūhoe and Chair of Te Tau Ihu o Ngā Wānanga.

Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal

Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal is an independent researcher and composer with a long-term interest in indigenous knowledge and development. He has completed extensive research on mātauranga Māori, teaches and speaks widely on this topic and explores its application in organisations and within iwi. He also has extensive experience in the arts, culture, heritage and education sectors and was previously Director of Ngā Manu Atarau (Communities, Repatriation, Sector Development) at Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand. He currently serves on the boards of Te Pou Theatre (West Auckland) and Tāwhiri (Wellington), the governance entity that oversees, among other things, the New Zealand Festival.

Dr Eruera Prendergast-Tarena

Dr Eruera Prendergast-Tarena has experience in iwi social and economic strategy and development. He is the founding Executive Director of Tokona te Raki, Chair of Te Māngai Pāhō, (the Māori Broadcasting Funding Agency), and the founder of He Toki Apprenticeship Training Trust. He has previously worked for iwi-led tertiary partnership Te Tapuae o Rehua, Ngāi Tahu Tourism and Ngāi Tahu Holdings Group Limited.

Brendon Green

Brendon Green has experience in primary industries, energy and water. He is actively involved in kaupapa Māori through his roles in Tainui Kawhia Incorporation, Te Rūnanganui o Ngāti Hikairo, Te Whakakitenga o Waikato and the Rūnanga at the Manukau Institute of Technology. He is also on the Board of Watercare where he chairs its Strategic Transformation Programme. He holds advisory roles for technology development with the University of Canterbury as well as for projects related to hydrogen, electric trucks and geothermal energy. Brendon brings offshore experience from the US and Mexico and holds a degree in Chemical and Process Engineering & a Post Graduate Diploma in Dairy Science and Technology.

Mereraina Piripi

Mereraina Piripi has experience in iwi social and economic development. She works on programme design for the establishment team of Te Hiku’s joint work programme with the Crown and provides financial support and advice to schools in Te Tai Tokerau. She has previously been Financial Controller for Navilluso Limited, Finance Manager and Project Manager for Te Hiku Iwi Development Trust.

Mamaeroa Merito

Mamaeroa Merito has experience supporting students and Māori communities in the areas of health and wellbeing. She is Tumuaki for Te Mana Ākonga (National Māori Students’ Association) and a coordinator at Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Pikiao Trust Service in Rotorua. She has established Te Oranga Tauira o Te Mana Ākonga (the National Tauira Mental Health Working Group) and Te Pararē (the first National Māori Tertiary Students’ publication).

Raewyn Mahara

In her role as Waikato-Tainui’s Education General Manager, Raewyn has a wide range of responsibilities. These include leading the development and implementation of the Waikato-Tainui Education plan – Ko te Mana Maatauranga – and their Reo Strategy – Tikanga Ora, Reo Ora, as well as overseeing the budgets for the Plan and ensuring robust accountability processes.
Raewyn has over 16 years’ experience in the education sector, including 11 years as a Māori-medium secondary school deputy principal and five years as Waikato-Tainui’s Education General Manager.