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.

Professor Doherty 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.

Professor Doherty 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 is the Chief Executive of CORE Education, having previously held the positions of General Manager Oranga –Wellbeing, at Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, and Director of Student Support & Kaiarahi / Director of Māori and Pasifika at the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology.

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 the 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 the 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 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.

Mr Sadler 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 several Boards and committees, including Te Akatea (NZ Maori Principal's Assn), NZEI and Ngā Manu Kōrero Regional & National Committees. 

Sophie 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. 

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

Rahui Papa 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.

Merepaea Te Uira Dunn

Merepaea hails from Te Rarawa, Te Aupōuri, Ngapuhi, Te Whakatōhea, Ngai Tuhoe and Ngati Porou. She comes from a professional background in education health and social services and is a budding Māori entrepreneur. 

She has experience working in urban Māori organisations and was one of the first Whānau Ora Kaiārahi Navigators in the country back in 2011. 

In particular, she enjoys imparting knowledge to te hunga rangatahi me te pani me te rawa kore which she expresses through her main mahi as a contract programme facilitator in the Auckland Regional Women’s Correctional Facility (Māori Women’s Leadership), high schools across West Auckland Rodney and North Shore (ACC Healthy Relationships Programme Mates and Dates) and parenting programmes in the community. 

She has recently completed Ka Eke Poutama and has governance experience already from different levels of exposure and involvement in various kaupapa but is interested in the pursuit of excellence at a higher governance and Strategic Level in Mātauranga Māori and Māori education in order to truly effect change across the board for the betterment of all whānau, hapū and iwi.

Hinepounamu Apanui-Barr

Hinepounamu has whakapapa connections to Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Hine. She describes herself as a sense maker who enjoys working in grey areas to figure out the way forward. Throw her in the deep end with a complex issue and the right people to work with- that’s where she works best. 

She is currently working with Tokona te Raki as a Rangatahi Researcher. She loves the challenge of translating data in a way that can be used as a tool for whānau to navigate challenges and create solutions for ourselves and our communities.

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