Te Taumata draws on the extensive skills, experiences and connectivity of its members, who are involved in a diverse range of Māori business, international trade, academia, treaty claims and
community development.

Te Taumata is continuously reviewing its work programme against the required skillset, to bring on board the expertise and diversity required to represent the interests of Māori in the international trade arena.

Te Taumata will utilise a range of technical working groups, alternates and co-opt specific expertise where required, to undertake its work programme.

Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Ngāti Porou

Chris is a seasoned board director on a range of public and private boards, and Māori trusts and incorporations.

He is a proven company executive with international experience, with an ability to take a broad perspective on issues and work across cultures. Chris is an expert in creating and managing international commercial ventures, and a pioneer of Innovation and Technology development projects.

His long list of specialised credentials have a strong focus on climate-change, sustainability and Maori development.

Chris has an undergraduate Degree in Business (finance major), a Masters Degree in Business with Distinction. Post graduate diplomas in Marketing and Logistics and Business Research and completed Executive Education Development programs in Global strategy and International Finance at Harvard Business School.

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Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Whātua, Ngāti Tautahi, Ngāti Rēhia, Te Roroa, Te Uri o Hau

Carrie has a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (Conjoint), University of Auckland. Master of Laws (International Law & Politics) awarded with First Class Honours, University of Canterbury. Post Graduate Certificate in Māori & Indigenous Leadership, University of Canterbury.

Her experience includes: Founder of OpinioNative, an independent Māori consultancy focused on creating Indigenous Trade and Economies content for policy makers and systems shaper. Māori Engagement Advisor to APEC Business Advisory Council NZ (ABAC NZ). 10+ years professional experience in Strategy, Policy and Advisory roles in the Public Sector. Inaugural alumni of INDIGI-X (2020 International Indigenous to Indigenous Trade Exchange).

Personal Statement: Our ancestors understood that trade was peace directed. To re-activate a values-based global trading system, Indigenous Peoples must be supported to lead the radical shift in trade practices from profit making toward peace making.

Tūhoe, Whakatōhea

Tania Te Whenua BA LLB AGNZ is principal of Te Whenua Law and Consulting, assisting organisations to realise a commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi and enhance responsiveness to Māori.

Tania is a graduate of Victoria University with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Māori Resource Management and Bachelor of Laws majoring in commercial and international law.

She is also a chartered associate member of Governance New Zealand and a committee member, Governance New Zealand Women on Boards. In addition, Tania is a member of the Bay of Plenty Regional Council Rivers Advisory Committee and a Local Government Development Contributions Commissioner.

Tania is interested in Māori social and economic advancement through sustainable commercial development, strategic relationship building and international trade. She is a former board member Global Focus, current lead Māori advisor to the Asia New Zealand Foundation and current legal counsel to the Federation of New Zealand Multicultural Councils. She is an inaugural alumnus of INDIGI-X, an international indigenous to indigenous trade exchange programme, and is currently contributing to an INDIGI-X report funded by the Indigenous Affairs Canada which aims to enhance Canadian First Nations fisheries trade to Asia modelled upon successful Māori fisheries enterprises.

As the mokopuna of Claude Edwards (Te Whakatōhea) and Waipiro Ihe (Ngāi Tūhoe) Tania recognises that international exploration, strategic relationship-building and trade are key tenets of Māori culture and is proud to work in this area as sustainable commercial development and global expansion are and have always been in accordance with our tikanga.

Rawson Wright

Deputy Chair

Te Uri o Hau, Ngāti Whatua, Ngāti Porou

Rawson is the managing director of Wright Partners Ltd, chairman of Taitokerau Forest Limited, a committee of management member for Kaitoto Station, Enterprise Advisor on FoMA Innovation Team, Māori Advisory Group for Te Uru Rakau/Forestry New Zealand, and an advisory member of Treasury, Overseas Investment and Forestry Reference group.


Previously he was a Treaty Negotiator for Te Uri O Hau, was the chairman on the Te Uri o Hau Settlement Trust, co-chair of the Kaipara Harbour Joint Political Group, director of Te Arai Coastal Lands Limited, chairman of Hatea Properties Investments Ltd, and the Agriculture sector representative on the Northland Economic Action Group, chair of Te Uri o Hau Incorporation.

Rawson has a Post-Graduate Diploma in Management from University of Auckland

Johnny McGregor

Alternate Deputy Chair 

Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Te Ātiawa, Te Atihaunui-a-Pāpārangi, Ngāti Kahungunu/Ngāti Kere, Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga, Rārua, Rangitāne, Ngāti Kuia

Johnny is a long-serving board member of Wakatū Incorporation, company director, and chair and board member of several Māori land trusts. He has expertise in executive management and corporate governance, spanning public, private and volunteer sectors; and experience in leading large and complex organisations. He is a former primary school bilingual unit teacher, private pilot, and director of his family farms (Lynvale Farms Ltd and Te Ramari Piupiu Roiri Lands trust). 

Johnny has a Masters/M.Ed (with Distinction) and a BA in Public Policy and Educational Research from Victoria University of Wellington.

Dr Robert Joseph


Tainui, Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāi Tahu

Dr Joseph is a senior lecturer at Te Piringa-Faculty of Law at the University of Waikato. He was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in the late 90s and completed his PhD in Law on Māori and Indigenous governance at the University of Waikato in 2006.

Dr Joseph is a former Fulbright and Claude McCarthy Scholar, an expert witness, licenced researcher and legal historian in the Waitangi Tribunal.

He is the New Zealand representative on a number of international organisations and is currently researching with the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development, Native Nations Institute at the University of Arizona, and Australian Indigenous Governance Institute at Australia National University in Canberra.

Angeline Greensill


Tainui, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Paniora

After completing her law degree, Angeline was employed by University of Waikato in 1999 to teach in the Department of Geography, Tourism and Environmental Planning specialising in treaties, Māori Geography and Resource Management.

She assisted in organising the land occupation at the Raglan Golf Course, which played a prominent role in helping recognise issues around Māori land rights in New Zealand. Due to prolonged legal efforts the land was later returned to the local tribe. Angeline was also involved in land occupations at Bastion Point, Awhitu, and others elsewhere.

John Tiatoa


John provides leadership in all aspects of good governance in public and private sectors, in particular, research and development around the context of He Whakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Niu Tireni and reaffirmed in Te Tiriti o Waitangi. This research has led him to become a technical advisor for Ngāpuhi interests in its WAI 2523 and WAI 262 claims.

John holds chair and leadership roles in a number of research, iwi, and charitable trusts and organisations. He is also an advisor on economic and cultural matters.

Victor Goldsmith


Ngāti Porou

Victor has over 30 years of experience is Māori governance and management through farming, forestry, fishing and honey interests.

Victor is an independent director for Ngāti Pahauwera Commercial Development Limited, chairman of the Ngāti Pahauwera Farm Committee, director of Ngāti Porou Whanui Forests, director of Ngāti Porou Forest Limited, chairman of the Audit & Risk committee for Ngāti Porou Forests, chairman of Awatere B Trust, and chair of the Māori Advisory Group for Te Uru Rakau/Forestry New Zealand.

Te Taru White

Co-opt Member

Te Arawa, Tainui, Ngāti Porou

Te Taru White has over 40 years’ experience in a wide range of professions ranging from scientific research to indigenous tribal development at both the governance and operational level.

His passion for tribal development has seen him at the forefront of Māori socio-economic development, including trustee membership on a range of Māori land trusts and incorporations, covering forestry, farming and tourism businesses. He has over 20 years of working relationships with First Nations in Canada, particularly in business and economic development sectors; and has participated in several co-joint trade missions between Māori and First Nations into China.

Te Taru is chairman of Te Tatau o Te Arawa, the elected iwi body working in partnership with the Rotorua Lakes Council.




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