Ko Te Whanganui-a-Tara te maunga
Ko Waingōngoro te awa
Ko Waimārama te marae
Ko Taupunga te whare
Ko Tiakitai te tangata
Ko Ngāti Kurukuru te hapū
Ko Ngāti Kahungunu te iwi
Ko Tākitimu te waka.
Bayden Barber is the Chairman of the Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated Board and was elected with the highest votes at the 2022 triennial election. Bayden resides in Waimārama where he is heavily involved with his community and Waimarama marae. Bayden served for two terms on the Hastings District Council. He is passionate about the iwi and wants Ngāti Kahungunu to take its rightful place at the top table of Te Ao Māori. Bayden is also keen to work collectively with our hapū claimant groups to give us the financial strength to match other successful iwi.”
“The iwi chair is such an important role for our people and requires the skill and ability to go from the marae to the board table, making important decisions on the future for our people.”
Building leadership within the iwi is something Bayden feels strongly about. This means investing in our people to ensure we have competence and experience in our decision-making roles.
Bayden also sits on other Boards and is also a Kahungunu Asset Holding Company Director. He says that building solid relationships is a key component to such an important role. Bayden and wife Myra have a blended family of 7 children, and a beautiful mokopuna in Hawaii,