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Māori CommitteeTe Komiti Māori

The Māori Committee includes both elected councillors and 12 representatives of the four Ngāti Kahungunu Taiwhenua / Executive in this region. The committee makes recommendations to Council on matters of relevance affecting Māori people of the region and helps fulfil the Māori consultative undertaking of Council, particularly with regard to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi (Te Tiriti O Waitangi).

Terms of Reference



Members: Hinewai Ormsby, Charles Lambert, Will Foley and Martin Williams

12x taiwhenua representatives as contained in the Terms of Reference and Charter

Terms of Reference was adopted and confirmed by the Regional Council on 30 September 2020

  1. The Māori Committee comprises those 12 representatives nominated by each of the four Ngāti Kahungunu Taiwhenua / Executive in this region.
  2. Within the first year of the Committee’s establishment, a work plan for the Committee will be developed to set out, in general terms, what the Committee aims to achieve over its three-year term.
  3. The expectation of the membership is that each Taiwhenua / Executive collective will engage with their respective constituents.
  4. The Chairperson is to be elected at the first meeting of the Committee of each triennium, from among the appointed Māori members of the committee. The Chairperson shall be elected for that term of the Committee but is not precluded from a subsequent term as Chairperson if so nominated. Two key roles of the Chair will be to:

4.1.      preside over meetings of the Committee in accordance with the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council Standing Orders

4.2.      manage the nominations and appointments by Taiwhenua / Executive to the Māori Committee at the end of each triennium, for re-establishment of the Committee for the next triennium.

  1. The Deputy Chair is to be elected at the first meeting of the Committee of each triennium from among the appointed members of the committee.

Twelve representatives nominated by the Tangata Whenua, appointed at the first meeting of the Māori Committee each triennium; plus one Proxy representative nominated to attend in an appointee’s absence; being:


Mr Bill Blake
Ms Michelle McIlroy
Ms Kataraina Kawana
Ms Merianne Tipoki Orlowski
Ms Teresa Smith

Kaumatua (Wairoa)
Kahungunu Executive (Wairoa)
Wairoa Taiwhenua
Proxy (Wairoa Taiwhenua)
Proxy (Kahungunu Executive - Wairoa)

Mr Haami Hilton
Mr Michael Paku
Mr Marei Apatu

Kaumatua (Hastings)
Heretaunga Executive (Hastings)
Heretaunga Taiwhenua (Hastings)
Proxy (Heretaunga Taiwhenua)

Mr Paora Sciascia
Dr Roger Maaka
Ms Dianne Smith
Ms Marge Hape

Te Taiwhenua o Tamatea (Central Hawke’s Bay)
Kaumatua (Central Hawke’s Bay)
Te Taiwhenua o Tamatea
Proxy (Tamatea)

Mr Peter Eden
Ms Rose Hiha
Mr Api Robin
To be confirmed

Te Taiwhenua o Te Whanganui-a-Orotū (Napier)
Te Taiwhenua o Te Whanganui-a-Orotū (Napier)
Te Taiwhenua o Te Whanganui-a-Orotū (Napier)


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