Joint Management Committee

A strong initial focus in developing Te Waiora has been to foster wider partnerships with river and lake iwi in the rohe of Waikato University.

Iwi, although generally positive about the aims of Te Waiora, have been clear they want to be actively involved in its governance. They wanted to help provide oversight and direction in the operation of Te Waiora, rather than just be involved an advisory capacity.

In response to this feedback, Te Waiora’s Joint Management Committee has agreed to incorporate three iwi representatives to join the current three NIWA and three University of Waikato representatives:

  • a representative of mana whenua (representing Tainui, the local iwi that hosts the university)
  • one from Te Rōpū Manukura (the University’s Maori Council representing over 20 different iwi within the catchment area of the University)
  • a representative of mana wai (wider Maori perspectives and interests in water).

Iwi Representatives

Tipa Mahuta

Deputy Chair – Te Whakakitenga o Waikato,
Waikato Regional Council Ngāti Mahuta, Ngāti Manu,
Waikato, Ngāpuhi

Tipa was elected Deputy Chair of Te Whakakitenga o Waikato in September 2018. Tipa has been part of the tribal parliament since 2003, and has previously served on the tribe’s executive, Te Arataura. Tipa was an iwi representative during the Waikato river settlement negotiations and part of the implementation committees. Since 2013, she has been the elected Ngaa Hau E Whaa constituency councilor on the Waikato Regional Council and is the current Deputy Chair Waikato Regional Council.

Tipa is a member of Te Maruata - Local Government NZ, Trustee of Te Reo Irirangi o Tainui, former Tainui Group Holdings and Waikato Raupatu Trustee Company Ltd Director, Secretary/Deputy Chair, Te Arataura.

Gerrard Albert

Chairman - Ngā Tāngata Tiaki o Whanganui Nga Paerangi,
Ngati Tuera, Whanganui Iwi
Chair – Te Kopuka na Te Awa Tupua

Gerrard Albert is the Chair of Ngā Tāngata Tiaki o Whanganui, the post-settlement governance body for Whanganui Iwi for the purpose of the Whanganui River Settlement. He had a lead role in the Treaty settlement negotiations with the Crown in relation to the Wai 167 Whanganui River Claim, which culminated in the signing of Ruruku Whakatupua, the Whanganui River Deed of Settlement. In addition, he has more than 20 years working experience on environmental and resource management issues relating to Whanganui Iwi and the Whanganui River.

Gerrard is a member of the Pou Taiao Iwi Leaders Group and the Whanganui River Strategy Group - Te Kōpuka nā Te Awa Tupua.

Gina Mohi

Te Whanau-a-Apanui, Ngaitai, Te Whakatohea, Te Arawa

Gina has worked in the field of resource management and environmental planning for over 15 years, and specialises in Māori resource management to ensure that traditional environmental pedagogies are integrated into resource management and environmental planning solutions.

Gina holds a Master of Science degree, with a double major in Resources and Environmental Planning, and Earth Sciences. As a certified Independent RMA Hearing Commissioner for over 8 years, Gina has been responsible for making decisions on applications such as notified resource consents, plan changes, including by-law review hearings. In 2015 Gina was elected to Te Tatau o Te Arawa (partnership Board with Rotorua Lakes Council) as an appointed member of the Rotorua Lakes Council RMA Policy Committee and the Strategy, Policy and Finance Committee, and is a current member of Te Maruata Roopu Whakahaere, the Mairo Advisory Board to LGNZ.

Presented by Stuff and Westpac, Gina is the 2019 winner of the Woman of Influence NZ Award - Rural category. The Women of Influence Awards & Speaker Series 2019 recognises and celebrates exceptional women who have committed time and energy to create real change in their industry and communities. Gina was recently appointed as the first Matauranga Māori scientist to be employed by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council and regional councils nationwide.

Some of Gina’s extramural activities include traditional ocean voyaging and navigation, and she is an advocate for Mātauranga Maori as a contemporary solution to achieve sustainable use and development of our precious taonga-tuku-iho.

University of Waikato Representatives

Dr Sarah-Jane Tiakiwai

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Māori Te Rarawa, University of Waikato

Dr Sarah-Jane Tiakiwai is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Māori at the University of Waikato. Prior to taking up this appointment in April 2017, Sarah-Jane spent 7 years as the inaugural academic director for the Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development.

Dr Tiakiwai has a strong background in and passion for iwi education and development, and was the first recipient of the post settlement Waikato Raupatu doctoral scholarship offered by Waikato- Tainui. Her PhD focused on Māori student success in higher education.

Sarah-Jane has worked in the wānanga and university sectors, holding a range of research, teaching and senior administrative and management positions as well as running her own company. She has worked extensively in growing the capability and capacity of Māori and kaupapa Māori researchers, and creating opportunities for Māori students to engage in and contribute to iwi development and Māori business nationally and internationally.

Professor Margaret Barbour

Dean of Science, University of Waikato

Margaret Barbour is Dean of the School of Science at the University of Waikato. Prior to joining the University in November 2019, Margaret was Professor of Plant Physiology and Associate Dean Research for the Faculty of Science at the University of Sydney, Australia.

Prof Barbour is a plant scientist with specific expertise in stable isotope techniques. She holds a BSc in Biology and Earth Sciences and an MSc in Biology from the University of Waikato, and a PhD in Plant Science from the Australian National University. Margaret was awarded the Outstanding Physiologist of the Year 2006, by the New Zealand Society of Plant Biologists, while she was employed by Landcare Research between 2001 and 2009.

Professor Bruce Clarkson

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research, University of Waikato

Professor Bruce Clarkson is recognised as one of New Zealand's foremost authorities on ecological restoration. He currently leads an MBIE funded research programme People, Cities and Nature: restoring indigenous nature in urban environments. His research has had a direct impact on Hamilton gully restoration initiatives and the Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park project near Hamilton Zoo. In 2005, together with independent consultant Dr Wren Green, he carried out a review of progress on the New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy for the chief executives of the sponsoring government agencies.

In 2006 he was awarded the Loder Cup, New Zealand's premier conservation award and in 2016 he received the RSNZ Charles Fleming Award for environmental achievement. Professor Clarkson is a board member of the Australasian chapter of the International Society for Ecological Restoration, on the Governance Group for the Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities National Science Challenge and is ambassador for the New Zealand's Biological Heritage National Science Challenge.

NIWA Representatives

Dr Scott Larned

Chief Scientist - Freshwater and Estuaries Christchurch

Scott joined NIWA in 2001 after completing a PhD in marine ecology at the University of Hawaii, post-doctoral research with the National Science Foundation, and a research ecologist position at the US Environmental Protection Agency. During his time at NIWA, Scott has been a Principal Scientist, Group Manager, and Research Manager – Freshwater. He is currently NIWA’s Chief Scientist – Freshwater and Estuaries.

Scott’s work over the last 30 years has spanned a wide range of applied aquatic science, from coral reefs to alpine rivers, and from biological invasions to hydrological modelling. He has worked with a wide range of New Zealand stakeholders, including 15 years of close collaboration with the Ministry for the Environment. This work focused on river, groundwater and lake water quality and the effects of land use on freshwater ecosystems. More recently, Scott served as Programme Leader in the Our Land and Water National Science Challenge and contributed to the development of the Land Use Suitability model.

Marino Tahi

General Manager - Maori Strategy & Partnerships Ngāi Tūhoe
Science Centres: Te Kūwaha Hamilton

Marino Tahi joined the NIWA Science Management team in mid-2015, and later joined the NIWA Executive team in April 2019. He came to NIWA from Landcare Research where he was the Māori Partnerships Manager since 2006. He leads NIWA’s endeavours to maximise the transfer of natural resources and environmental science knowledge to whānau, hapū, iwi, Māori communities and Māori business, leading Te Kūwaha (NIWA’s National Centre for Maori Environmental Research) and working across the organisation to achieve this.

He is currently the Chair of Te Ara Putaiao (TAP), the collective of the Māori managers and scientists of the Crown Research Institutes. His tribal affiliations are Ngāi Tūhoe, and he comes from Ruatahuna, a small settlement in Te Urewera.

Dr Bryce Cooper

NIWA General Manager – Strategy, Hamilton

Bryce has a PhD in microbiology and is a graduate of the London Business School Senior Executive Programme. He has held research leader and Regional Manager roles in NIWA, and is currently responsible for overseeing NIWA's strategic initiatives, including commercialisation of research and building partnerships with central and local government and industry.

Bryce is a member of the Government’s Science and Technical Advisory Group that oversees the scientific evidence for freshwater policy development including water quality attributes. He is a member of the Waikato Regional Council’s Technical Alliance and Technical Leaders Group for the Healthy Rivers Plan Change Process.