Ngā Kaitūhono

Ngā Kaitūhono was established in 2008.

Their purpose is to ensure that NZQA's approach to mātauranga Māori is:

  • compatible with Māori values,
  • consistent with Māori expectations, and;
  • complementary to other validation processes, including those that may be established by Māori.

Ngā Kaitūhono are not directly concerned with approving qualifications or accrediting providers. Ngā Kaitūhono will advise NZQA on any issue which they regard as pertinent to the fulfilment of NZQA’s obligations to the full implementation of Te Kōkiritanga (NZQA's Māori Strategic Action Plan).

Professor Wiremu Doherty – Chairperson

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Professor Wiremu Doherty is the CEO at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi based in Whakatāne. Previously he was employed by the Manukau Institute of Technology as Executive Director Māori.

Wiremu has contributed to the development of NZQA’s Te Rautaki Māori as a member of the Māori Reference Group. He has also played roles in the development of NCEA Te Reo Māori Level 1 and 2.

Wiremu has recently completed his PhD on the roots of Mātauranga Māori in tribal based knowledge – Mātauranga-ā-Iwi. Wiremu has an extensive background in kaupapa Māori initiatives.

Hana O'Regan 

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Hana O'Regan is the General Manager Oranga – Wellbeing, at Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. Hana previously held the role of Director of Student Support & Kaiarahi / Director of Māori and Pasifika at the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology

For ten years. Hana’s career has been largely focused on Māori language revitalisation and Māori educational achievement. She is an active advocate and driver for her Kāi Tahu tribal language revitalisation strategy. She has held positions as the Manager of the Māori Language Unit of Ngāi Tahu, lecturer at the University of Otago, Lecturer, Head of School and Faculty Dean at CPIT. She has also held a number of memberships on national and local boards, advisory groups and review panels including Te Taura Whiri i te reo Māori (Māori Language Commission) and Te Paepae Motuhake. Hana is currently a New Zealand Fellow on the International Centre for Language Revitalisation, ICLR. A proud mother of two children, Hana is committed to te reo in the home and intergenerational transmission of the language.

Hōne Pereki Sadler

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Hōne Pereki Sadler has had 40 years teaching experience which is comprised of 7 years in Primary School, 16 years in Secondary School, 10 years in the Polytechnic sector and 7 years in the University sector. He is currently a member of two of NZQA’s whakaruruhau for Tikanga and Te Reo Māori.

Hōne is a certified translator and interpreter and a Master of Mātauranga Māori. Hōne has also been involved with a number of Private Training Establishments, Wānanga and Polytechnics through accreditation panels and as a moderator and monitor of Degree programmes.

Hōne currently holds the position as one of the Kaumatua for Te Rūnanga-ā-Iwi-o-Ngāpuhi and was nominated as a member of Ngā Kaitūhono by a collection of Kaumātua from the Ngāpuhi region. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Māori Studies at the University of Auckland.

Sophie Tukukino

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Sophie Tukukino, from Ngāti Tamaterā and Ngāti Kahungunu, has had extensive teaching experience at primary, secondary and tertiary levels.  Sophie has held the role of Tumuaki at Te Kura Māori o Porirua for 13 years, prior to which she was a Principal at a general stream school.  She currently mentors new and aspiring tumuaki and has designed and implemented successful bilingual and immersion programmes in wānanga, kura ā iwi and general stream schools.  Sophie is a founding member of Ngā Kura ā Iwi o Aotearoa and has served on a number of Boards and committees, including Te Akatea (NZ Maori Principal's Assn), NZEI and Ngā Manu Kōrero Regional & National Committees.  She was also a member of the working group that established a te reo Māori strategic plan for Hauraki iwi.  Sophie holds a Tāhūhū Whakaakoranga (Masters in Teaching & Learning) and number of post-graduate teaching diplomas.  Sophie has a natural rapport with all those she comes into contact with and is an expert in providing pastoral care for all her learners and colleagues, guiding them to realise their potential.

Rahui Papa

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Rahui Papa has a background in broadcasting and education, and currently chairs several community organisations from kōhanga reo to tribal and community trusts as well as iwi-governance groups.  Rahui has been a director and member on various tribal, local and national organisations, mainly focusing on the well-being and strategic development of Waikato-Tainui and Māori in general. 

Rahui is an exceptional orator, linguist and a recognised authority on Waikato reo, tikanga and the Kīngitanga.

Rahui is of Ngāti Koroki-Kahukura descent and is the current chairman of Te Arataura, the executive arm of Waikato-Tainui Te Kauhanganui.  He has represented his marae; Pōhara in the tribal parliament since its inception in 1999.

Rangimarie Hunia

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Rangimarie Hunia is the CEO of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei’s tribal development arm, Whai Maia.  She is a director of Te Ohu Kaimoana (Māori Fisheries Commission) and a trustee with Manaiakalani Education Trust, Tupu Toa and Western Springs College – Ngā Puna o Waiorea 

Ian Lemuel Taylor

Ian Taylor

Born in Kaeo to a Pākehā father and Māori mother, (of Ngāti Kahungunu and Nga Puhi descent) he grew up in Raupunga and went to a Catholic boarding school in Masterton.  Ian is married to Liz and they have two children.

Ian Taylor is a New Zealand businessman and a former television presenter (notably for TVNZ children's programmes Play School, Spot On (TV Series) and New Zealand's Funniest Home Videos, he founded Taylormade Media in 1989 as a television production company. The following year he established Animation Research Limited, which quickly became one of the top computer animation companies in New Zealand and known internationally for its work, particularly in television advertising and sports graphics.

Ian Taylor was inducted into the New Zealand Technology Hall of Fame in 2009 and was named North & South Magazines 2010 New Zealander of the Year.  He was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Institute of IT Professionals (HFIITP) in 2010 (under its former name New Zealand Computer Society), the top honour of the tech sector in New Zealand.

In the 2012 New Year Honours, Taylor was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to television and business.  In 2013 Taylor was named Outstanding Maori Business Leader of the Year.

In May 2014, Taylor was part of a team who were awarded a prestigious Sports Emmy under the category "Outstanding New Approaches - Sports Coverage" for development of an innovative mobile application for the 34th America's Cup.

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