Our People

There are 13 members of the Te Mātāwai board. Seven are appointed by Iwi Clusters (Kāhui ā-Iwi), four appointed by Reo Tukutuku (Māori language stakeholder organisations) and two appointments are made by the Minister for Māori Development.

Iwi Representatives


Waihoroi Shortland

(Ngāti Hine and Te Aupouri)

Waihoroi Shortland is a writer, director, producer and actor who has more than 30 years’ experience working in te reo Māori-related media. His early working life was as a Clerk and Interpreter for the Māori Land Court in Te Taitokerau and as a Māori Community Officer in Auckland, Pukekohe and Kaitaia. From there he worked as a senior journalist on both Te Karere and Mana Māori Media. His film credits include the lead in Tangata Whai Rawa o Weneti – the Māori Merchant of Venice, a role for which he was awarded Best Actor at the New Zealand Film Awards. He was part of the cast of a te reo Māori adaptation of Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida at the Globe Theatre in London. Waihoroi was a Commissioner for Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori and is a current member of the Māori Television Services Board.


Pānia Papa

(Ngāti Korokī-Kahukura, Ngāti Mahuta)

Pānia Papa has a vast array of experience in education and the media – all with an emphasis on te reo Māori and Māori
development. She was a member of the independent panel that reviewed the Crown’s Māori Language Strategy in 2011, and was on the Māori Language Quality Assurance Group overseeing the translation of Te Ture mō Te Reo Māori. Pānia is
currently a member of the Waikato-Tainui Reo Advisory Group, working to implement the Waikato-Tainui iwi language strategy. She was a member of the advisory group that reviewed the Raukawa iwi language strategy in 2015 and the
Ngāti Kahungunu iwi language strategy in 2014. Pānia is a director of Takatū Associates Limited focusing on innovations in Māori language education and broadcasting; and Assistant Director of Te Panekiretanga o te Reo (Institute of Excellence in the Māori Language).


Bentham Ohia

(Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Pūkenga, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Te Roro o Te Rangi, Te Āti Awa, Ngāti Rārua and Ngai Tahu)

Bentham Ohia has been involved with Te Wānanga o Aotearoa (TWOA), for many years, seven of which were spent as CEO (2006-2013). While at TWOA he was involved in the development of a number of Māori culture, knowledge, language and identity programmes. Bentham is the president of the leadership organisation Advancement of Māori Opportunity, and continues to mentor and support many of the graduates from the programme who are now in leadership roles. He is also deputy chairman at the Waikato-Tainui College of Research and Development and a Trustee of Nga Potiki Trust in Pāpāmoa, Tauranga.


Dr Cathy Dewes

(Ngāti Rangitihi, Te Arawa, Ngāti Porou)

Dr Cathy Dewes is a long-time advocate of te reo Māori and has been actively involved in various Māori language
revitalisation initiatives for more than 40 years. Cathy was the first woman to serve on Te Arawa Māori Trust Board and was involved with advocating a fair settlement for Ngāti Rangitihi in the CNI Forests Collective Settlement. She has also been a director of the Māori Television Service and is currently the
chair of Te Reo Irirangi o Te Arawa. Cathy was one of the group who began Māori Language Day in 1975, which later became Māori Language Week. She was instrumental in the establishment of kura kaupapa Māori schools throughout
Aotearoa, and is the principal of Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ruamata in Rotorua, one of the first Maori language Aho Matua schools, as well as Tumuaki of Te Runanganui o ngā Kura Kaupapa Māori, the national body for kura kaupapa Māori.


Jeremy Tātere MacLeod

(Ngāti Kahungunu, Te Arawa, Ngāti Raukawa te au ki te Tonga, Rangitāne, Ngāti Kuia, Ngāi Tahu, Te Āti Awa, Waikato)

Jeremy Tātere MacLeod is recognised as one of the key champions for te reo Māori revitalisation for Ngāti Kahungunu and is supported by his kaumātua in the many roles within the region and nationally. Jeremy is a graduate of ‘Te Panekiretanga o Te Reo’ and Waikato University with
a Master of Arts (Māori) First Class Honours and is currently enrolled in their PhD programme. He is also a member of Te Mata Punenga, an elite group being groomed as karakia specialists, ensuring these skills are being fostered in the
next generation. Jeremy currently works for Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi incorporated, and is tasked with the implementation of the Ngāti Kahungunu Māori Language Revitalisation Strategy – Kahungunu, kia eke! Jeremy also offers cultural advice and te reo Māori expertise, currently leading a major research project
aimed at the identification and preservation of unique tribal dialectal variations.


Dr Ruakere Hond

(Taranaki, Ngāti Ruanui, Te Ati Awa, Whānau-a-Apanui)

For more than 30 years Dr Ruakere Hond has been keenly involved with adult education in the community and in tertiary institutions, specifically in the areas of reo Māori immersion learning and community development. He is a professional development trainer with Te Ataarangi, a recipient of the Hohua Tutengaehe research fellowship and a programme facilitator with Kura Whakarauora - language planning training intensives. Previous positions include Project co-ordinator with Te Reo o Taranaki Trust and Head of Māori studies at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi. Ruakere is currently Chairperson of Te Runanga o Te Ataarangi, a council member of Western Institute of Technology in Taranaki and is very active in development projects in Parihaka. He has held a number of governance positions such as Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori and has maintained involvement in many community-based reo initiatives at a regional and national level.


Paulette Tamati-Elliffe

(Kāi Tahu, Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Mutunga)

Paulette has been involved with KMK since signing the whānau up in 2000 when it was first launched to the iwi. Over the last fifteen years, Paulette and her partner Komene have been on the journey of raising their tamariki in te reo Māori as the language of the home. They are both fully committed and involved in the revitalisation of te reo me ōna tikaka among Ngāi Tahu whānui and the wider community. Paulette is a graduate of Te Panekiretanga o Te Reo – Institute of Excellent in Te Reo Māori and brings experience in facilitation, planning, education, teaching, waiata performance and composition.

Te Reo Tukutuku Representatives


Mereana Selby

(Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Huia, Ngāti Porou)

Mereana Selby has been active in the Māori language revival movement over the last 40 years, particularly within her own iwi of Ngāti Raukawa. She has a particular interest in language revitalisation and intergenerational language transmission. Mereana began her career as a secondary school teacher of te reo Māori and Physical Education. She then took up a position at Wellington College of Education in bilingual teacher training. After 4 years there she joined Te Wānanga o Raukawa as Kaihautū (Director): Whakaakoranga, the faculty responsible for the delivery of Māori medium teacher training programmes. She also completed a Masters in Mātauranga Māori during this time. In 2007 Mereana was appointed to the role of Tumuaki at Te Wānanga o Raukawa. She is the first woman to be appointed as CEO of a Wānanga and is now in the 10th year of her tenure. She is the Chair of Te Tauihu o Ngā Wānanga - the association of the three wānanga.


Scotty Morrison

(Ngāti Whakaue)

Scotty Morrison is the presenter of TVNZ’s Māori news and current affairs programmes Te Karere and Marae. He holds a Diploma of Teaching, Bachelor of Education and Masters (Education) from Waikato University and was previously Adjunct Professor of Māori Language and Tikanga at Unitec,
Auckland. He also served as Head of Department at Unitec’s School of Māori. He is currently completing his PhD on Language Revitalisation. He has held Māori language advisory roles for a number of organisations, and designed and
implemented the Ngāti Whakaue language revitalisation strategy. He is the writer of The Raupo Phrasebook of Modern Māori and Māori Made Easy – For everyday learners of the Māori Language – which is a book supported with text
and video content within the MāoriLanguage.net website.


Dr Hiria Hape

(Tūhoe, Whakatōhea)

Dr Hiria Hape is currently a Senior Advisor/Pouwhakahaere for Māori Relationships and is a member of the Senior Leadership Team at Te Puni Kōkiri, the Ministry for Māori Development.
In her role, she supports the Prime Minister and Governor General on tikanga Māori matters and also supports Minister of Treaty Settlements and Minister for Māori Development / Minister for Whānau Ora. Prior to undertaking her current
role at Te Puni Kōkiri, Hiria was the Senior Manager of the Māori Cultural Perspective Unit for the Ministry. From 1999 she was an executive manager of Tūhoe Education Authority and cultural advisor for the New Zealand Army. She completed her Masters of Education at Victoria University of Wellington in 1998 and her thesis ‘Māori Learning Styles’ was the first written for the Faculty of Education entirely in te reo Māori. She completed her Doctoral thesis at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi in 2015 and this was also the first PHD written in
te reo Māori for Awanuiārangi. 


Hēmi Dale

(Te Rarawa, Te Aupōuri)

Hēmi Dale is currently the Director of Māori Medium Education at Te Puna Wānanga, the School of Māori Education at the University of Auckland.  Mr Dale holds a Māori language Translators and Interpreters Certificate from the Māori Language Commission as well as having graduated from the Institute of Excellence in the Māori Language at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa: Te Panekiretanga o te Reo Māori.  For more than 25 years Mr Dale has undertaken research informing and supporting the development of Māori medium education in Aotearoa NZ. More recently Mr Dale has been at the forefront of the development of the national Māori medium NCEA levels 1, 2 and 3 achievement standards for tikanga ā iwi (social sciences), matawhenua (geography), ōhanga (economics) and hītori (history).

Ministerial Representatives

Robin Hapi

Robin Hapi has extensive governance and senior management experience across a range of government, private and community organisation. He was previously CEO of Aotearoa Fisheries Ltd for three years and CEO of the former Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Commission for 13 years. His current positions include Te Amokapua (Chair) of the Council of Te Wānanga-o-Raukawa, a board member of Callaghan Innovation, Te Pou Matakana the North Island Commissioning Agency for Whanau Ora, and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise. In 2016, he became a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Māori, community and governance. He is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors and a Fellow of the NZ Institute of Management.

Our Former Board Members

Willie Jackson

(Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Maniapoto)

Willie Jackson was an inaugural board member of Te Mātāwai representing the Urban Reo Tukutuku Cluster until he vacated the position in June 2017.

Nuki Tākao

(Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Rārua, Ngāti Tama, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Ngāti Mutunga, Ngāi Tahu, Ngāi Tūhoe)

Nuki Tākao was an inaugural board member of Te Mātāwai she represented the Te Waipounamu Kāhui ā-Iwi Cluster until she vacated the position in November 2017.