Te Maruata Roopu Whakahaere

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Te Maruata Roopu Whakahaere

The current members of Te Maruata Roopu Whakahaere are:

  • Bonita Bigham (Te Tai Hauāuru) | Councillor, South Taranaki District Council;
  • Alf Filipaina | Councillor, Auckland Council;
  • Josh Wharehinga | Councillor, Gisborne District Council;
  • Tipa Mahuta | Councillor, Waikato Regional Council;
  • Iaean Cranwell | Councillor, Environment Canterbury;
  • Arapeta Tahana | Councillor, Bay of Plenty Regional Council; and
  • Gina Mohi | Te Arawa representative, Rotorua Lakes Council.


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    Bonita Bigham


    Councillor, South Taranaki District Council

    Bonita Bigham (Ngaruahine, Te Atiawa) has been chair of Te Maruata since mid-2016, has served on the committee since 2012 and is Te Maruata’s representative to National Council from 2018.

    She has been a councillor at South Taranaki District Council since 2010, is an accredited RMA commissioner and is STDC's appointee to two external boards. She has a strong commitment to kaupapa Maori and a background in governance, including her iwi's Treaty settlement work, as well as active involvement in a wide variety of community organisations. Bonita is an artist and freelance journalist and will complete her Masters in Fine Arts in 2018.

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    Josh Wharehinga

    Deputy Chair

    Councillor, Gisborne District Council

    Josh Wharehinga (Māhaki, Rongowhakaata, Ngāti Porou, Te Arawa) describes himself as ‘first and foremost, a father’ to his six teenagers. Born and raised in Gisborne, Josh’s background is in education, social work and driving community initiatives. As a second term Councillor, Josh holds many portfolios, among them he is deputy chair for District Licensing, Finance and Audit and a Hearings Commissioner. He also sits on Community Development and Environmental Planning and Regulations.

    Josh holds other governance positions, having also been elected to the Tairāwhiti District Health Board and Te Mana Whakahaere, the board for Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.

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    Iaean Cranwell

    Councillor, Environment Canterbury

    Iaean Cranwell (Waitaha, Kāti Māmoe, Kāi Tahu) was elected by Ngāi Tahu to fill one of the two seats created by the Environment Canterbury (Transitional Governance Arrangements) Act 2016. This current situation finishes at the 2019 local body elections, and he is working towards retaining these seats to have a mana whenua voice in Regional Councils.

    As a first term Councillor, Iaean is on many portfolios, among them CWMS/Water/Infrastructure, Biosecurity/Biodiversity and Planning, Consents and Compliance.  Iaean is passionate about the protection and restoration of waterways, particularly as it relates to Kāi Tahu mahika kai species and practices.

    He is also heavily involved in competing in, organising and promoting waka ama (outrigger canoeing), and is currently training for the 2018 IVF Waka Ama World Championships in Tahiti.

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    Arapeta Tahana

    Councillor, Bay of Plenty Regional Council Toi Moana