Ngāti Whātua appoints Rangimarie Hunia as CE

By Online News - Rereātea
  • Auckland

Ngati Whatua Orakei's social development company, Whai Maia, has appointed Rangimarie Hunia, a Ngati Whatua Orakei woman as Chief Executive.  

Whai Maia is responsible for the well-being of its 2600 tribal members and focuses on education, health, employment and environmental areas. 

In the past, Hunia was a director of the Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust and a director of the trust's commercial property investment company, Whai Rawa.

She is a director of Te Ohu Kai Moana, the Maori pan-tribal fisheries company and is also on the Commercial Board of the Institute of Directors. 

Rangimarie has broad experience in the commercial, environmental, education and social enterprise sectors.

The Whai Maia Board Chair Wayne Pihema says the board is extremely pleased to have someone of Rangimarie's calibre appointed to the challenging role and even more pleased that she is a tribal member.

"We see her appointment as part of the Ngati Whatua Orakei Trust's strategy of enabling our people to soar.  Rangimarie is an extremely skilled woman and we look forward to her leadership creating many valuable opportunities for our people to move forward in many areas," Pihema says. 

Rangimarie takes over from Tupara Morrison who departed in February.  Her pōhiri will be held today at Ōrākei Marae, Auckland.