August 27, 2020
Community links critical for Pouhere Taonga board
The chair of Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga expects two new board members will allow the organisation to strengthen its ability to work with Maori communities and help them tell their stories.
They are academic and iwi development specialist Materoa Dodd, who replaces Sir Pita Sharples and will also serve on the Maori Heritage Council, and Gisborne Council planner Keita Kohere, who replaces Mary Neazor.
Marian Hobbs says they bring not only professional skills and qualifications but deep links into their communities.
"I love these people who serve and work in their communities, much of it voluntary, hours spent, and they, therefore, know how to work with the community, and we will only tell our stories if the community shares these stories and trusts us," she says.
Pouhere Taonga is an autonomous Crown entity which works to protect national and historical heritage.
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