Five new appointments for Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Board and Māori Heritage Council


Five new members have been appointed to the Board of Directors of Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga (HNZPT) and to the Māori Heritage Council.

Katharine watson of Christchurch is an archaeologist at Watson Archeology Ltd and is currently completing his doctorate at the University of Canterbury. Katharine will join the HNZPT board of directors.

James blackburne de Gisborne is an architect with extensive experience in heritage restoration. He has been involved in a number of heritage restorations which include several marae. James will join the HNZPT board of directors.

Puawai Cairns (Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Pukenga and Ngāi Te Rangi) is the Director of Audience and Knowledge at Te Papa Tongarewa and previously was the Director of the Mātauranga Māori Museum. Puawai will jointly serve on the HNZPT Board of Directors and the Maori Heritage Council.

Tom roa (Ngāti Maniapoto, Waikato) is a Tainui leader and associate professor in the Faculty of Maori and Indigenous Studies at the University of Waikato. Tom is good at Maori translation and interpretation and was one of the founders of the Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori movement. Tom will join the Maōri Heritage Council.

Ruth smith (Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Porou and Rongowhakaata) is a translator and interpreter for Maioha Consulting Ltd and has had a long career in translation. Ruth has a background in education and media and previously worked as a reporter and reporter for Maori TV. Ruth will join the Maori Heritage Council.

Past HNZPT board members include Bryce Barnett, who has served on the board since 2017, Kim Ngarimu, who has served on the board and board since 2014, and David Nicoll, who has served on the board since 2017 and resigned in October 2021. .

Past members of the Maori Heritage Council include Paul White, who has served on the Council since 2017, and Dame Naida Glavish, who has served on the Council and Council since 2011 before moving to her autonomous role on the Council from 2017.

Manatū Taonga thanked the outgoing members for their important contributions and years of dedicated service to Council and Council.

HNZPT is an autonomous Crown entity that leads the work relating to the care, integrity and protection of national and historic heritage in New Zealand. The Maori Heritage Council assists the HNZPT in developing and reflecting a bicultural vision in the exercise of its powers and functions. Council members defend Pouhere Taonga’s interests with regard to Maori heritage in any public or Maori forum.

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