Te Kaunihera

Meet our Council

Hinerangi Edwards ONZM - Chair

Hinerangi Edwards, Taranaki, Ngāruahine, Taranaki, Ngāti Ruanui, Te Arawa, Samoan, is an executive director and co-owner of AATEA, a kaupapa Māori professional services consultancy. She was also the co-chair of the interim Establishment Board for the Primary Industries Workforce Development Council, is a member of the Māori Economic Development Advisory Board, and a director of Korou Digital Agency in Te Wairoa.

Hinerangi has previously held governance roles with a number of other organisations including as a Māori Language Commissioner, a councillor at Western Institute of Technology (WITT), a board member of Parininihi ki Waitotara, and a trustee for several charitable trusts. She has a background in career planning and employment and was a national moderator in the public sector for 10 years.

Alastair Carruthers CNZM

Alastair Carruthers is the co-founder and director of Homeland NZ Enterprises, a restaurant, cooking school and food embassy based in Auckland. He is chair of the New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) and a trustee of Cornwall Park. He has been chair of the Allpress Espresso group, co-chair of Te Papa Foundation, chair of the NZ Arts Council and its investment board, and a member of supervision boards for the Ministry of Transport and Stats NZ. He has also participated on a Ministerial policy task force concerning philanthropy and taxation.

Alastair is a member and former chair of the Services WDC interim Establishment Board and is a former council member and interim CEO of Unitec. He was Commissioner of the official NZ exhibition at the 2017 Venice Biennale of Art, and has over 20 years’ prior experience as the CEO of two leading NZ corporate and commercial law firms.

Dan Te Whenua Walker

Dan Te Whenua Walker (Tangahoe, Ngati Ruanui, Nga Ruahinerangi, Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairoa, Te Atiawa, Maniapoto, Tuhourangi and Pakeha) is an experienced leader in business development and relationship management with an extensive background in the IT and tech sector. He has a particular passion for how tech can be utilised for Māori and Pasifika economic development.

Dan is the Deputy Chair of NZ Māori Tourism, Pou Tuarā of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Ruanui, Director of the Centre for Social Impact, and Chair of Whānau Mārama Parenting Charity and a variety of community trustee roles around Auckland.

Fonteyn Moses-Te Kani

Fonteyn Moses-Te Kani (Ngati Porou, Ngati Maniapoto, Ngai Tahu, Tuhoe) is Poutiaki – Director, Māori strategy and indigenous inclusion at Westpac New Zealand. She is also a Director of Te Waiu O Aotearoa Trust and Tui Trust, and Co-chair of – Tāwhia – the Māori Bankers Rōpū. She has over 30 years’ experience working with Māori and Iwi businesses, Maori land collectives and community development.

Hinurewa te Hau

Hinurewa te Hau, Whakatōhea, Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Kahungunu, Maniapoto, Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Raukawa and Samoan heritage. Based in Whangarei, she is an experienced business leader and a consistent champion of effective Tiriti o Waitangi partnership and the realisation of tikanga Māori values across private sector boards, not-for-profit organisations and government. She has honed her skills in public policy, cultural tourism, small business management and local economic development.

Hinurewa was a member of the interim Establishment Board for the Creative, Cultural, Recreation and Technology (Toi Mai) Workforce Development Council. Her past governance experience includes chairing the Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) Matariki Festival Trust, as well as being the founder and director of the Matariki Cultural Foundation. Hinurewa also chairs the World Music Pan Indigenous Network, representing over 34 countries.

Previous board positions Hinurewa has held include Q Theatre Limited, and the Otamatea Pioneer and Kauri Museum based in the Kaipara. She has also recently been appointed as a director to the board of Auckland Unlimited.

Jill Hatchwell

Jill Hatchwell was previously chair of the interim Establishment Board for the Services Workforce Development Council. She sits on several boards including ServiceIQ (until 31 August 2022), the Civil Aviation Authority, WellingtonNZ as well as listed companies Aorere Resources Ltd and Chatham Rock Phosphate Ltd.

Jill was previously a shareholder and director of Vincent Aviation Ltd, one of New Zealand’s largest, privately owned international airlines and is a director of AOC-holder Air Ops (a member of Aviation New Zealand, the Industry Association) as well as a number of private companies.

Loren Aberhart

Loren Aberhart, Te Atiawa, is the General Manager Destination and Attraction at ChristchurchNZ. She has previously held roles in a number of organisations in the tourism and events sector including ATEED, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, Nelson Tasman Tourism, Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology and World of Wearable Arts (WoW).

Loren is chair of the New Zealand Event Association and was previously the chair and co-founder of YoungTEC, an association focusing on upskilling and inspiring young people into pursuing tourism as a career path. She is a board member of Tourism Export Council of New Zealand and an independent director of Medical Kiwi Ltd.

Maxine Gay

Maxine Gay is the General Manager of Pillars Ka Pou Whakahou, a charitable organisation that aims to help create positive futures for the children of people in prison in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Prior to joining Pillars in 2018, she worked in unions for 35 years, holding a variety of leadership roles. Her last role was Retail, Finance & Commerce Secretary for FIRST Union. Maxine has represented New Zealand unions at the ILO and was president of the Asia Pacific Women’s Committee for UNI, a global union federation for the skills and service sectors.

Maxine was a member of the Services WDC interim Establishment Board and the WDC Design Reference Group. She is a former director of ServiceIQ, the Industry Training Organisation for the Services sector, and was previously a director for Retail Institute, the Industry Training Organisation for Retail.

Paul Retimanu

Paul Retimanu is the managing director of Manaaki Management Ltd, which operates Karaka Café and Kawakawa Eatery as well as three function centres in Wellington. He is the president of the Wellington branch of Hospitality NZ, a board member of Hospitality NZ, and chair of the Wellington College Board.

Paul has strong connections with both Māori and Pasifika business and is chair of the Wellington Pacific Business Network, and deputy chair for Te Awe Māori Business Network.