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Te Maruata

Te Maruata

The role of Te Maruata, the Māori Committee, is to promote increased representation of Māori as elected members of local government, and to enhance Māori participation in local government processes.  It also provides support for councils in building strong relationships with Iwi, Hapu and Māori groups.  Te Maruata provides Māori input on development of future policies or legislation relating to local government.

The current members of Te Maruata are:

  • John Forbes | Mayor, Opotiki District Council;
  • Moera Solomon (Hauraki Waikato) | Councillor, Waikato District Council;
  • Bonita Bigham (Te Tai Hauauru) | Councillor, South Taranaki District Council;
  • Alf Filipaina | Councillor, Auckland Council;
  • Dover Samuels | Councillor, Northland Regional Council;
  • Merepeka Raukawa-Tait | Councillor, Rotorua District Council;
  • Adrienne Pierce | Councillor, Hastings District Council; and
  • Timoti Bramley | Councillor, Waikato Regional Council.

Mayor John Forbes

John Forbes represents the Rural Sector Group on LGNZ's National Council. John has been a member of the Opotiki District Council since 1986 and was elected Mayor in 2001. He is Chair of the LGNZ Rural Sector, Co-chair of the LGNZ Rural/Provincial Sector, Chair of the Bay of Plenty Civil Defence and Emergency Management Group and Chair of the New Zealand Walking Access Commission.

Cr Moera Solomon

Moera was born and raised in the Waikato town of Ngaruawahia of Tainui, Ngapuhi, Ngaati Porou and Scottish lineage. She was educated at Sacred Heart Girls College and Brains Commercial College and is currently doing a Masters in indigenous studies. Moera has served as a District Councillor in the Waikato for the past decade and is a qualified environmental commissioner. She is also a Justice of the Peace and a trustee of the Twin Rivers Art Centre, Ngaruawahia Community House, Tutangata Trust and Hakarimata Restoration Trust.

Cr Bonita Bigham

Kei te mihi tenei, he uri o Ngaruahine me Te Atiawa iwi e noho ana ki raro i te maru o to tatou maunga tapu, ko Taranaki ki te Hauauru nei, kia koutou nga poukorero, nga poutakawaenga a kaunihera huri noa te motu. Tena koutou katoa. Kei te tuku mihi hoki kia ratou kua wehe atu, haere, haere, haere oti atu.  Kia ora elected members of Te Hauauru.  Bonita is serving her first term as a Councillor for the Egmont Plains Ward of the South Taranaki District Council. 

 

 

Date updated: 23 June 2017