Topic: Technology

Notable leaders appointed to Māori Spectrum Trust

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Te Huarahi Tika Trust has appointed a group of new trustees to its Board this month.  Sir Harawira Gardiner, Riria Te Kanawa and George Reedy will join current trustees Toa Greening, Mereana Selby, Karaitiana Taiuru and chair Daphne Luke.

Greening and an independent, Steve Murray has also been appointed as new directors to its commercial company, Hautaki.

Te Huarahi Tika Trust was incorporated as a charitable trust in 2000 to enable Māori a right of purchase over the third generation spectrum (3G) radio frequency being auctioned by the Crown that year.

As part of the establishment of Te Huarahi Tika, the Crown provided preferential rights to radio frequency spectrum with a $5 million cash contribution.

Subsequently, the Hautaki Trust was formed as the entity which used the funds to secure international investment of over $350M for the establishment of our third mobile network, 2 Degrees Mobile.

As well as its own shares in the company, Hautaki holds in trust shares held by both Tūaropaki Trust and Wairarapa Moana Inc.

Sir Harawira Gardiner - (Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Pikiao, Whakatohea, Te Whānau-a-Apanui) 

A Māori entrepreneur and writer, is the first of three new trustees to join the Trust.  Sir Wira’s public service career spanned 12 years during which time he was founding director of the Waitangi Tribunal, the founding (and only) General Manager of the Iwi Transition Agency and the founding chief executive of Te Puni Kōkiri.

He has also been National Director of Civil Defence, Chair of Te Mangai Paho, and deputy chairman of Te Ohu Kaimoana.  He has chaired the Tertiary Education Commission and the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

Sir Wira is a member Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiarangi Council.

George Reedy - (Ngāti Porou) 

George has a background in business, non-Government organisations and the Public Sector.

A Chartered Accountant (with an MBA) his main interests have been in strategy and business development especially in on-line digital environments.

George is passionate about businesses in the Telco and IT sectors from start-ups to large enterprises.  George is currently the CEO for Te Tai Whenua o Heretaunga, the health arm of Ngāti Kahungunu.

Te Huarahi Tika Board has appointed George to its asset holding trust, Hautaki.

Steve Murray - (Ngāti Kuri, Ngāpuhi and Tainui)

Steve Murray joined Tūaropaki Trust as CEO in 2011.  Steve has a broad range of leadership expertise gained from time as a Partner in IBM’s Global Business Consulting, Managing Director of EDS New Zealand and as CEO of Tainui Group Holdings.

Steve has also worked overseas where he has gained business experience in IT, communications, energy, banking and financing, merger and acquisitions and supply chain.

Riria (Missy) Te Kanawa - (Ngāti Maniapoto, Tainui, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Koata)

A chartered accountant with significant experience as a business advisor and governor.  She is a strategic thinker who likes to operate at the intersection of business and social advancement. 

With the technology industry being one of New Zealand’s fastest growing sectors and third largest export earner, she has a keen interest in the active engagement of Māori in the sector. Missy was selected to attend the Te Hono Bootcamp programme at Stanford University which has led to her interest in the application of design thinking as a catalyst for Māori business and social innovation.