Fish Hook Summit 2021 - Presenters

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Ngahiwi Tomoana

Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Inc Chair

Ngahiwi has been the longest standing Iwi Chairman in the country. Supported by is lovely wife Mere and their whānau, he has been able to stand in this position and lead the iwi throughout his 25 plus years.He led the charge of directing resources to hapū through Treaty settlements and continues to support the aspirations of hapū at an iwi level.  Click here to view presentation


Haami Hilton

Iwi Kaumātua

Haami Hilton is from Kahuranaki and has been an active Kaumātua on the Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated Board for nearly 20 years. His role involves giving cultural advice and support where needed. He and wife Edina live in Te Whanganui a Orotu and continue to serve in our communities where they can. Uncle Haami opened and closed our event. 


Ngaio Tiuka

Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Inc. Director, Environment & Natural Resources

Ngaio  oversees the aspirations of Kahungunu for the use and management of marine and freshwater fisheries within our rohe and is responsible for providing high quality analytical advice and research that supports the implementation of the Kahungunu ki Uta, Kahungunu ki Tai Marine and Freshwater strategic plan mai i Paritū ki Tūrakirae. Among other things, Ngaio manages the directorate responsible for the Summit and facilitated the morning Taiwhenua Update Q & A session at the Summit. Click here to view. He also facilitated the morning 'Ki Uta' Q & A session. Click here to view. 

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Hayden Hape

Chairman of Kahungunu ki Tamaki nui-a-Rua Taiwhenua & Iwi Board member

Hayden is no stranger to iwi development and he approaches his mahi with passion and determination. Hayden is a former Kahungunu Asset Holding Company Director. He is an entrepreneur and sees a need and meets that need with a thriving attitude toward building his community with opportunities for a better future. Hayden is the Chairman of Pure Heart Aotearoa. Hayden was unable to attend the Summit but sent an update on some of the wonderful things their Taiwhenua has done over the year.  Click here to view presentation

Melissa Ihaka

Kahungunu ki Wairarapa representative on the Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Inc Board

Melissa is the youngest member on the NKII Board. She brings youthfulness, vitality, new ideas and a rangatahi voice to the table. Melissa has a background in shearing and has hard working ethics and possesses valuable administrative and financial skills. A whānau girl at heart she doesn't hesitate to put herself forward to lift her community. This was made evident during the COVID-19 lockdown in 2020. She is passionate about bringing rangatahi to the table to learn their roles now for a thriving future. Click here to view presentation.

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Te Kaha Hawaikirangi

Pou Tikanga, Environmental and Cultural Advisor, Napier Port

Ngāti Kahungunu: Ngāi Pārau, Ngāti Hinepare, me Ngāi Tawhao ōku Hapū. Ngāi Tahu: Ngāti Irakehu me Ngāti Mamoe ōku Hapū. Ko Rapihana Te Kaha Hawaikirangi (TK) tōku Ingoa.  Te Kaha has a background in working with the Department of Conservation, Hawke's Bay Regional Council, and with his hapū through Te Wai Mauri Trust, employing whānau into Kaitiaki Ranger roles and leading environmental restoration projects. Click here to view presentation.

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Marei Apatu

Te Kaihautu, Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga

Ko Kahuranake te maunga, Ko Ngaruroro me Tukituki ngā awa, Ko Ngāti Marau, Ngāti Hori kia Hawea, Ngāti Hinemanu me Ngāi Te Upokoiri ngā hapū. Ko Ngāti Kahungunu te Iwi, Ko Takitimu Te Waka, Ko Marei Boston Apatu ahau
I’ve been a scrub cutter, beef butcher, boner and market gardener who still enjoys scuba / free diving, white baiting and need to start biking again. Karen (nee Blake / Mareikura) and I have been married for 45 years with 6 children and 30 something moko. This is my 30th year with Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga, a district wide/community kaupapa  service  employing approximately 300 staff.  One of my key role’s is to project manage marae hapu capacity through wānanga,  and keep oversight on RMA environmental issues supporting marae hapu in their role as Kaitiaki. I hold a Masters in Māori and Management  from Te Wānanga o Raukawa ; and I am a Certified Environmental Commissioner. Tihei Kahungunu !  Click here to view presentation

Tania Eden

Chief Executive, Te Whanganui A Orotu Taiwhenua

Tania is the Chief Executive for Te Whanganui A Orotu Taiwhenua (TWAO). Work history includes criminal justice, housing, management. Her role as a Management Consultant gave her the opportunity to build up TWAO. Most of her work has been in the private sector which has had her working for people from all walks of life. However she admits that her Taiwhenua is her heart mahi where she loves working for her people. Click here to view presentation.


Scott Wilson

Lincoln Agritech

Scott Wilson has worked as a geologist and hydrogeologist for 25 years, the last 8 in research at Lincoln Agritech, Lincoln University. His background is in conceptualisation and modelling of groundwater systems for improved water management. He is leading a five-year MBIE-funded research programme to understand how braided rivers work in the subsurface. One of the key study sites of this programme is the Ngarororo River between Roys Hill and Fernhill. Click here to view presentation. 


Dr Emma Jones

Marine Ecologist, NIWA

Emma Jones is a marine biologist working in the Fisheries and Marine Ecology team at NIWA, Auckland. Before coming to New Zealand, Emma worked at the Scottish Marine Laboratory in Aberdeen. Her research focused on understanding fish behaviour during the capture process and using that knowledge to understand scientific sampling, and improve the selectivity of commercial trawl gear, reducing catches of undersized or unwanted fish species. At NIWA Emma has run fishery-independent surveys for key fish species such as rig and snapper, as well as mapping key fish habitats and working with Industry collaborators on gear modifications to reduce unwanted catch. Presentation cannot be viewed at this time. 

Karl Warr

Local Trawl Fisherman

Karl Warr, local trawl fisherman who fishes a small inshore boat, Chips. Karl and his wife Sarah have been catching and selling local kiamoana here for over 20 years. Recently Karl has been working with Niwa to design, build, and test systems to reduce bycatches of non targeted fish, in bottom trawl fishing gear.  (Karl was unable to attend due to last minute circumstances).


Phyllis Tichinin

True Health Limited

Presentation Title: The Soil Carbon Sponge
Trained as a soil scientist and environmental analyst, Phyllis has been actively farming, consulting and educating on organic and regenerative agriculture since 2000.  She specialises in the links between soil and human health  through nutrient density.  She associates with Rongomaraeroa Marae, Porangahau. Click here to view presentation.

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Shade Smith

Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Inc. Senior Analyst Environment & Natural Resources. Principal Environment and Marine Scientist

Shade is the Senior Analyst for the Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated's Environment and Natural Resources Unit. Shade provides high quality advice that will ultimately support and protect Ngāti Kahungunu environmental and natural resource interests. Shades passion is the empowerment of indigenous peoples to become more involved and productive in providing resource management solutions. Shade facilitated the afternoon 'Ki Tai' Q & A session at the Summit. Click here to view.  


JB Heperi-Smith

Iwi Deputy Chair & Director for the Kahungunu Asset Holding Company

JB is a director on the Kahungunu Asset Holding Company and also the Deputy Chair of the Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated Board. JB was raised by koroua and kuia, and many uncles and aunties of Tamatea to forge our uniqueness within Kahungunutanga, Takapau and Tamatea. He learned early the disciplines of Tikanga, Kawa, Kapa Haka, Māori Weaponary and leadership at an early age. JB is a senior Cultural advisor at the Hawke's Bay District Health Board and aspires to lead and guide our rangatahi into a prosperous future. Click here to view presentation

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Hori Reti

Chairman of Te Whanganui A Orotu Taiwhenua & Iwi Board member

Hori Reti is the Chair of Te Taiwhenua o Te Whanganui A Orotu and represents the Taiwhenua on the Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated Board. He continues to strengthen our distinctive culture and language by driving education as the forefront of our success. Hori is also a Ratana Minister and has a personal desired to help strengthen his whānau, hapū community to ensure everyone is supported and has a chance to flourish. Click here to view presentation


Katarina Kawana

Wairoa Environment Specialist

Katarina is from Wairoa and works in iwi environmental issues specialising in water and land solutions for hapū and iwi; Water monitoring of the Waiau and Te Wairoa River using the Mauri Compass; Active member of Wairoa Waste Discharge Stakeholder Group for Wairoa Hopupu; Drone Operator, photographer of land and Water; Tutor of Customary Fishing and Freshwater Management for Awanuiarangi. In her spare time she loves ourdoors and conservation. Click here to view presentation

Michelle McIllroy

Wairoa Environment Specialist, Hawke's Bay Regional Council, Māori Standing Committee, Co-Chair

Passion comes from within and pours out through the work that Michelle does in her community of Wairoa and abroad. From event management while raising a young family, to the hard yards and dedication in an urgent need to saving our wai and whenua. Michelle is a strong advocate for the Wai Restoration Project in Wairoa. Click here to view presentation

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Marge Hape

Tamatea Taiwhenua Office Manager and Environment representative 

Tamatea Taiwhenua works on community engagement, building whānau relationships and instilling pride. Marge has worked for the Taiwhenua for around 20 years as the Office Administrator.  Marge remains to be a key communicator in her town. Marge is always keeping the whānau informed and encouraging registration with Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated to take advantage of benefits to members. 

Also presenting with her is Whaea Makere Nepe Apatu - Thorstensen who hails from Ngati Marau, Takapau.  She is a Marae Representative on Tamatea Taiwhenua Board. Works at the TToH Waipukurau Centre promoting good health living. Click here to view presentation.


Uwe Morgenstern

Groundwater Hydrologist

Uwe has been developing new techniques and approaches to improve our understanding of the dynamics of the hydrologic cycle using the isotopic signature of the water – to let the water tell the story. Together with Cath Moore, Uwe co-leads the MBIE Endeavour programme ‘Te Whakaheke o Te Wai’. In its first part, this programme had strong focus on the Heretaunga Plains groundwater system in order to understand the recharge sources and flow processes of this groundwater system, and how it interacts with the surface water. Techniques developed in the Heretaunga Plains are now being applied to all regions of Aotearoa to enable better management of our precious water resources. Click here to view presentation

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Peter Fraser

A Rangatahi Approach to Freshwater

Peter Fraser, known affectionately as the ‘Guerrilla’ Economist on Facebook, Te Tai Kaha Collective.  Advisor on RMA reforms and freshwater rights and interests. Mai Ngāti Hauiti ki Rangitikei with links to Ngati Kahungunu. Click here to view presentation.

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Leanna Barriball

Kahungunu Researcher

He uri ahau o Ngati Rakai Paaka, Rongomaiwahine, Te Atiawa, Ngati Tama hoki. No te Whanganui a Tara ahau.  Tokorua aku tamariki.  E mahi ana ahau ki te tari o Te Kaitiaki Taio o te Whare Paremata, ara ko te Parliamentary Commission for the Environment.  Previous to my time at the Commission I was at Te Runanga o Toa Rangatira as the Manager for Resource Management and before that the Department of Conservation in the Aquatic and Reporting Unit.  I have an affinity with Tangaroa and all water sources but am more closely linked to Hinemoana and the ocean.  That is my happy place! Click here to view presentation. 

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Dr Phillip Schofield

Hawkes Bay Charitable  Future Farming Trust 

Dr Phil Schofield  Ag Sci (hons), PhD , Certified Nutrient Management Advisor, Certified Green House Gas Advisor. Board member of HB Future Farming Charitable Trust.
I am a soil scientist and rural professional. I work with growers and farmers, helping them improve soil function and hence profit.  I provide farmers and growers with soil health advice and adapt production systems to improve farm performance and profitability in the face of increasing compliance and regulation. 

Dr Barrie Ridler

Agriculture Industry, Lecturer, Researcher

Dr. Barrie Ridler has been engaged in the agricultural industry both as a worker, Lecturer, Researcher and farm owner/operator throughout his career. His expertise is systems development and the economics of production. This pathway has led to the conclusion that if the economics are correct, the environment will follow. The presentation will show that this path of “more production” rather than profit has been at the expense of the environment.” Click here to view presentation. 

Crystal Edwards

EMCEE Extraordinaire

Crystal Edwards hails from Ruahapia Marae in Heretaunga. Crystal studied at EIT Hawke's Bay and graduated in the Māori & Performing Arts. Her studies and desire for performance has taken her into onstage drama production, story writing, videography, radio production and throughout the last 10 years she has been the MC at a number of local and national events where she has grown her profile. Her communication in te reo Māori and english makes her quite unique. Crystal has a flexible, positive, attentive, inspiring and inquisitive attitude toward her mahi. She has impeccable mind reading skills which makes her one of the best Kahungunu presenters and MC's in the country. She's Kahungunu hard and always open to new and improved ways of promoting Kahungunutanga.