Te Kupenga & Māori Economic Development Advisory Board

The Māori Economic Development Advisory Board (MEDAB) was established in 2013 to provide on-going stewardship, monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of He Kai Kei Aku Ringa (HKKAR). 

The board is made up of Robin Hapi (Chair), Harry Burkhardt, Shay Wright, Steve Sanders, Tania Pouwhare and Sacha McMeeking.

Shar Amner

General Manager

Te Tumu Houkura

Shar's position aligns him with other General Manager's in the Strategic Policy & Programmes. 

 

 Ngāti Rangi

Alma Matenga

Programme Manager

Māori Innovation Fund

Alma manages the programme of work under Te Pūnaha Hiringa: Māori Innovation Fund and in particular Te Kupenga’s flagship programme He Tupu Ohanga: Commercial Advisors Scheme.

Te Aitanga a Māhaki, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Tūwharetoa

Matariki Totoro

Programme Co-ordinator

Matariki is the Project Co-ordinator for the Māori Innovation Fund and the first point of contact for any Commercial adviser scheme queries.

 Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Porou, Te Rarawa, Ngā Puhi

Tyson Grootjans

Senior Advisor - Māori Economic Development

Tyson supports iwi, hapū and Māori businesses to reach their economic aspirations.

Tūhoe – Te Whakatāne, Ngāti Rere

Piriwiritua Rurawhe

Poutikanga- Cultural & Partnerships Manager

E tipu ake ana a Piriwiritua ki te Paa o Ratana. I nga wā o mua ko a ia te Hekeretari Tianara o te Hāhi Ratana. He tohunga mātauranga Māori me te mohio e ia ki te tuitui ki tena Iwi ki tena kaupapa. Ko Piri ta mātau Poutikanga mo Hīkina Whakatutuki e hapai ana I nga kaupapa Māori me nga hononga ki te Ao Māori.

Te Iwi Morehu, Ngā Wairiki Ngāti Apa

Ata Te Kanawa

Senior Communications

& Engagement Advisor

Ata manages communications, and engagement for Te Kupenga and is also part of MBIE's Corporate Communications unit for Strategic Policy & Programmes

Ngāti Maniapoto

Kim Tuari

Business Coordinator

Kim primarily  supports Te Tumu Whakarae and the Te Kupenga team, as well as business initiatives for Te Kupenga business programmes

  Ngāti Porou

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