Governance Structure

An updated copy of the Constitution can be requested from the iwi office. Phone: 0800 524 864




  • Ko Kahuranaki te maunga

  • Ko Ngaruroro te awa

  • Ko Waipatu te marae

  • Ko Ngāti Hawea, Ngāti Hori ngā hapū

  • Ko Takitimu te waka

  • Ko Ngāti Kahungunu te iwi

  • Ko Ngahiwi Tomoana tōku ingoa


Profile (April 2019)

Supported by my lovely wife and whānau, I humbly and proudly stand again for Chairperson for Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated.  Following the Kahungunu Fisheries settlement in 2006 I have led the charge of directing resources to hapū through Treaty settlements, not achieved by any other Iwi.  The results are outstanding with over $120 million in assets for Iwi and another $500 million plus in settlements to hapū, a massive quantum in comparison with other Iwi. 


As the mandated leader of our iwi for the past 23 years I have focussed on benefits to our people.  It's a mammoth task but in so doing we’ve increased assets, capability, employment, commercial business ventures both nationally and internationally.  On behalf of our iwi we have influenced change in local authorities, health, education and social services.


I am honoured to be elected Chairman again. I will continue to lead the charge on furthering benefits to members in housing, pataka kai, creation of wealth opportunities in land, fish and commercial ventures. 


Other Interests & Involvements

  • Chair, Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated

  • Deputy Chair, Hawke’s Bay District Health Board (HBDHB)

  • Chair, Hawke’s Bay District Health Board’s Māori Relationship Board (MRB)

  • Director, Hawke’s Bay Regional Sports Park

  • Forum Member, New Zealand Police Commissioner’s Māori Focus Forum

  • Trustee, Treaty of Waitangi Claimants Group (WAI262)

  • Justice of the Peace (JP)

  • Waipatu Marae Representative, He Toa Takitini

  • Member, Iwi Leaders Working Group for Te Ohu Kaimoana

  • Director, Kahutia Limited Partnership

  • Chair, Chapel Action Team