Rihi Te Nana (Chairperson)
Rihi has an extensive background in Māori Education and Research and is also well versed in facilitating training around Decolonisation and the Treaty of Waitangi and Te Reo. Rihi now acts as a consultant, providing advice and specialist training on Treaty of Waitangi related issues such as management of bicultural relationships and capacity building to organisations. Rihi has completed Psychosynthesis Fundamental and Psychosyntheis Foundation (Tier 1 and 2) towards a Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling and Psychotherapy. Rihi is a qualified Psychosynthesis counselling, she has been practising counselling at Relationship Services since 2005. Rihi is also a Māori researcher specialising in the areas of Māori Education and Health. In recent years Rihi has undertaken a range of Health and Education Research projects that have required a Māori Researcher who had a solid understanding and practice of Kaupapa Māori methodology and research skills.
Rua Te Nana
Rua has had extensive experience on a number of Boards and committees. He was the Assistant General Manager for the Māori Affairs Deparment in Napier and Whangarei and was well recognised for his Māori land research abilities particularly for high profile claims such as the Raglan Golf Course and Dannevirke Refuge. Rua has been on the Board of Governors for Hukarere Māori Girls College and Te Aute College as well as the Taitokerau Māori Trust Board. He was a government representative on the Regional Employment Councils in Hawkes Bay and Northland. As a result of the restructuring of the Māori Affairs Department Rua decided on a change of lifestyle and became the publican of the Commercial Tavern in Ashhurst.
In a past life Rua was a nationally recognised sprinter and also represented Northland, Waikato and Auckland at Rugby. While participating in a benefit rugby match he suffered a severe knee injury which resulted in his early retirement from all sport.
Wayne “Buck” Shelford is the Patron for the What Ever It Takes Trust. Buck is a former All Black captain who is revered for not only being an uncompromising player, but also an amazing leader being undefeated in all the games he captained the team. More recently he is a lymphoma cancer survivor and has revitalised his ability to speak te reo Māori fluently..