May 07, 2019
Bonds of river driving force for TPK manager
Te Puni Kōkiri’s new regional manager for Te Tai Hauāuru says her experience working on claims to the Whanganui River should serve her well in helping iwi across the region.
Nancy Tuaine steps up after serving as a special advisor to TPK chief executive Michelle Hippolite for the past three years, but the bulk of her career was spent in organisations led by Dame Tariana Turia and Sir Archie Taiaroa.
She says in particular Sir Archie and the kaumātua and kuia on the Whanganui River Māori Trust Board where she was chief executive had a clear vision for the future of their people and an unwavering commitment to it.
"Our people said 'do the river claim first, settle the river because the river is what binds us as a people.' So often I take that also into the work I do and look for what is the common purpose or vision that binds the people around the table together and use that to drive us forward," Ms Tuaine says.
About 75 percent of iwi in Te Tai Hauāuru have achieved their settlements, so the region is moving into a development phase.
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