Te Huarahi's role is to advise Mäori members and to act as a channel for their concerns; to consider and represent those concerns to Executive; and liaise with Mäori members, particularly the regional Te Reo-ä-Rohe network. Te Huarahi has responsibility for making decisions which impact on Mäori members.
Te Huarahi is the national Mäori body elected on an iwi geographical basis by Maori members of the Association (Rule 75). Te Huarahi annually elects three of its current members to serve on the national Executive.
Where Executive or Te Huarahi wishes to resolve a question about Ngä Take Māori, a group consisting of Te Huarahi's representatives and an equal number of Executive members meet to find an appropriate solution.
Members of Te Huarahi are elected by members on PPTA's Mäori electoral roll to represent the following tribal areas: Taitokerau, Tamaki Makaurau, Waikato, Mataatua/Te Arawa, Tai Rawhiti, Taranaki/Whanganui, Horowhenua/Manawatu, Ngati Kahungunu, Whanganui-a-tara, Otepoti/Murihiku, Waitaha, Te Tau Ihu o Te Waka a Maui.
Kaumatua and Whaea
The Kaumätua and Whaea are chosen by Te Huarahi to assist and support Association matters and are entitled to participate in all aspects of the Association.
Contact Te Huarahi on TeHuarahi@ppta.org.nz
Te Huarahi Māori Motuhake 2017-2018
Kaumatua - Te Wharekotua Turuwhenua
Whaea - Gazala Maihi
Tai Tokerau (1 member)
Maruia Jensen - Whangaroa College
Tamaki Makaurau (2 members / 1 vacancy)
Johnny Waititi – Westlake Boys’ High School
Vincent Hapi – Wesley College
Waikato (1 member)
Miriama Barton – Hamilton Boys’ High School
Mataatua (1 member)
Brandon Amoamo - Te Kura Mana Māori Whangaparāoa
Te Arawa (1 member)
Cecelia Pakinga - John Paul College
Tai Rawhiti (1 member)
Kui Morrell – Gisborne Boys’ High School
Horowhenua/Manawatu (1 member)
Patty Robinson - Freyberg High School
Ngati Kahungunu (1 member)
Henare Hutana – Te Aute College
Whanganui-ā-Tara ki Ōtaki (1 member)
Hana Wijohn - Te Kura-a-iwi o Whakatupuranga Rua Mano
Otepoti/Murihiku (2 members / 1 vacancy)
Wiki Te Tau - Reliever
Waitaha (1 member)
Sonny Tawake – Hillmorton High School
Whaea Tautoko - Tihi Puanaki
Representative positions are still available in Taranaki, Whanganui, Awakairangi/Wairarapa, Te Tau Ihu o Te Waka a Maui, and one vacancy remains for both Tamaki Makaurau and Otepoti/Murihiku.