Ngāti Ruanui, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Apa (Appointed by Te Mātāwai)
Kingi Kiriona is a leader of Māori language and cultural development. He is also an orator, a kapa haka exponent, composer and broadcaster. Kingi is the founder and managing director of Tupu Ora Education and Development Ltd, which focuses on building Māori capability for iwi and public sector agencies. He has also been a Māori language consultant and presenter for TVNZ, Te Aho Productions, Kia Mau TV and Kia Ora FM radio. Kingi replaces Māori language advocate Piripi Walker. His appointment began on 10 April 2018 and is for three years.