Tumu Whakarae

Poia Rewi
Ngāti Manawa, Tūhoe, Te Arawa, Ngāti Whare, Tūwharetoa

Poia is renowned for his work in Māori language revitalisation, whaikōrero and research. His main areas of research and teaching and his community engagement involve Māori language, culture, education and performing arts and exemplify the innate knowledge he brings to this role. He is the Principal Investigator on the three-year Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Pae Tawhiti initiative on te reo me ngā tikanga Māori platform, which investigates normalising the Māori language and culture and collectivising research in these areas. Poia joined Te Mātāwai as Tumu Whakarae in July 2020.


Investment Manager

Keryn Goldsmith
Ngāti Porou

Keryn has extensive experience in the public sector with over a decade working in education for the Ministry of Education and Education Review Office. She brings a vast set of skills, including stakeholder engagement and knowledge of Māori education, that contribute to helping Pae Motuhake and Kaitono achieve the goals of the Māihi Māori strategy and contribute to the revitalisation of the Māori language.


Chief Advisor

Ria Tomoana
Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Pāhauwera, Te Āti Awa ki te Upoko o te Ika

Ria joined Te Mātawai in May 2019. She has a Master of Applied Linguistics from Victoria University of Wellington and extensive experience in Māori language research and revitalisation. She has provided consultancy services and held senior positions with Te Paepae Arahi Trust, Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori, Whitireia and Te Puni Kōkiri.


Research Manager

Mikaia Leach
Ngāti Konohi, Ngāti Ira, Ngāti Porou 

Ko Whangara te pūtahitanga o te tangata, ko Whangara te pārekereke o te kōrero! 

Mikaia was born and raised in Whangara and Mangatuna and had the honour of being taught te reo Māori and tikanga Māori by her whānau, hapū and iwi. She is a graduate of kōhanga reo, kura kaupapa Māori and Te Herenga Waka Marae – Victoria University of Wellington. Her work choices have seen her consciously develop her passions by engaging in roles as a research assistant, intern, Māori language and kapa haka tutor, presenter, performer, cultural ambassador, community researcher, policy analyst, and senior research analyst. Additionally she has had roles in governance and management, focusing on kaupapa Māori research and evaluation with the hope of discovering, exploring and revealing the many unique layers of te reo Māori revitalisation. 


Corporate Manager

Craig Owen

Craig is an experienced public sector consultant and contractor who has been with Te Mātāwai since its inception in 2016. He was instrumental in developing our organisational policies and processes and continues to be a key member of the leadership team. In addition to Te Mātāwai, Craig works with several public sector clients. He is the Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee for Te Māngai Pāho and a member of the Public Sector Consultation Committee for the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. Before starting his consultancy, Craig held senior positions with Te Puni Kōkiri and the Department of Labour.