August 05, 2020
Napia steps in to steady runanga
A steadying hand is how Sam Napia describes his role as interim chief executive for Te Rūnanga o Ngāpuhi.
The former acting chair of the now-defunct Ngāpuhi claims negotiating body Tūhoronuku says resignations at both board and executive level have unsettled the rūnanga.
His three-month appointment is about ensuring the day to day business keeps going and that reviews of the runanga’s finances and governance are completed in time for its annual meeting in November.
“Key on my list of things to ensure happens is the delivery of those two reports so chairperson Mere Mangu and her board can deliver on their commitment to Ngāpuhi, to ensure that the AGM goes ahead orderly, that things get done, and that decisions made at the AGM set Ngāpuhi up as far as the rūnanga is concerned to progress beyond there,” Mr Napia says.
Sam Napia says he is also continuing his role as the whānau development manager for the Hauraki Māori Trust Board, but he’s enjoying working back in Kaikohe.
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