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Chief Executive

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Chrissie Hape

Chief Executive


Ko Takitimu te waka

Ko Kahuranaki, ko Houngarea ngā marae

Ko Ngāti Kahungunu te iwi



In July 2018 the Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated Board appointed Chrissie Hape as the new Chief Executive for the organisation.


In May 2017 after the sudden departure of the former Chief Executive, the iwi Board appointed a General Manager to see the office through a transitional stage of growth and empowerment and strengthen greater relationships with partners to create best outcomes for our whanau, hapū, iwi.


“After a year of filling the role of General Manager for the Iwi as well as fulfilling her own job within the Iwi, the Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Board unanimously endorsed Chrissie Hape to the position of Chief Executive after a thorough examination of benchmarks set by the Board which were all achieved over the previous year” says Chairman Ngahiwi Tomoana. “This provides continuity, financial capacity and innovation for an organisation that is continually morphing into new arenas as hapū settlement groups find their feet and occupy space once the domain of Iwi”. “Chrissie brings a whānau focus to the Iwi which has previously been Iwi and hapū development.”

Chrissie will begin her new role 1st May 2018.


Chrissie has over 25 years of management experience both within central government and in community sectors. She is an agile experienced leader and has managed people, projects and services with an emphasis on building strong effective relationships for the best outcomes for our community. She has the ability to lead strong cohesive teams with diverse responsibilities and priorities that meet the needs of our people. Chrissie also has a strong financial background and will continue to ensure the organisation moves forward in a stable financial position.


Chrissie hails from Kahungunu ki Heretaunga through Kahuranaki and Houngarea Marae and has strong tikanga values and beliefs that governs her work ethic. “I believe that strong, resilient and healthy whānau can only be achieved through strong, connected and courageous communities. This takes focused effort, innovation, tenacity and generosity to share both in the burden and the successes”, says Chrissie, “But I’m up for the challenge and look forward to continue to work with and for my iwi”. 


Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, Engari, he toa takitini

Success is not the work of one, but the work of many

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