Georgina te Heuheu

Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Te Arawa, Ngāti Awa, Tuhoe (Crown appointment)

Board Chair

Georgina te Heuheu is Chairman of the Board of Māori Television appointed by the Crown in 2012. She was recently elected a member of the Tuwharetoa Maori Trust Board.

Georgina has extensive experience in central government and public accountability, including recent experience with the Māori broadcasting industry as Associate Minister of Māori Affairs with delegated responsibility for Māori broadcasting. She served five terms as a Member of Parliament from 1996 until 2011, including as a Minister of the Crown in two National Governments.

She was the first Māori woman to be admitted to the High Court as a Barrister and Solicitor in 1972. She was a member of the Waitangi Tribunal for ten years, and a member of the Courts Consultative Committee. She has served as Minister for Courts on two occasions.

Former Parliamentary and Ministerial roles also include Chair of the Maori Affairs Select Committee and Associate Minister of Treaty Negotiations, and more recently, Minister of Pacific Island Affairs   and Minister for Disarmament and Arms Control.

Georgina has previously been a Director of the Maori Development Corporation, Te Papa and the Midland Regional Health Authority and a member of the council of the University of Waikato.