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Tangata Whenua and Council committee

This is an established standing committee of Council to forge an ongoing effective and meaningful partnership between Tauranga City Council and Tangata Whenua.

Our vision is Tauranga Moana Tauranga Tangata - Our place our people


Rapua te huarahi whanui, hei ara whakapiri i nga iwi e rua i runga i te 
whakaaro kotahi

Seek the broad highway that will unite the two peoples 
Toward a common goal

Independent chairperson

Huikakahu Brian Kawe

Tangata Whenua representatives

Hayden Henry, Whitiora McLeod, Maru Tapsell, Irene Walker, Puhirake Ihaka and Pine McLeod

Tauranga City Council representatives

Mayor Greg Brownless, Cr Larry Baldock, Cr Kelvin Clout, Cr Bill Grainger, Cr Catherine Stewart, Cr Terry Molloy

Role of the committee

The function or role of this committee is to facilitate meaningful understanding of future impacts on key issues affecting Tangata Whenua and Maori that Council can influence.


The committee would have three formal meetings per year, and information meetings three times per year with full Council and members of the Tangata Whenua collective. This would usually be held in Council Chambers and nominated Marae around the Moana.

All meetings and workshops are open to the public, unless otherwise notified. 

Last Reviewed: 13/12/2017

What to discuss further?

For further information please contact Mererina Murray in the Takawaenga Māori Unit on 07 577 7000.



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