Election of the Kaiwhakahaere and
Deputy Kaiwhakahaere

A new Kaiwhakahaere and Deputy Kaiwhakahaere will be elected at the Te Rūnanga board hui on 23 November 2017.


The election of these positions takes place every three years. This is a requirement of the Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Charter and is provided for and governed by the Charter and Appointment Policy.

This year’s elections will be held at the Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu November board hui, so that the new Te Rūnanga leadership is in place for Hui-ā-Iwi (24-26 November).

Nominations for the two positions will open on 18 September 2017 when the Secretary will issue a “Request for Nominations” to Papatipu Rūnanga. Nominations from Papatipu Rūnanga will remain open for 30 days, closing 18 October. Once all nominations have been received they will be made public on this page.

More information about the election of the Kaiwhakahaere and Deputy Kaiwhakahaere can be found in this policy.

Nominations for the election of the Kaiwhakahaere

Nominee for Kaiwhakahaere Lisa Tumahai

Nominated by Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Waewae
Nominated by Te Rūnanga o Moeraki

Ko Lisa Tumahai ahau, I am a descendant of Te Riaki and Teoti Tauwhare of Arahura, and daughter of Tahana and Gay Tauwhare. I am the proud mother of Chantal, Dane and Tamara, who bring great joy, and the occasional challenge to me and my husband Francois Tumahai
I am humbled to have been asked to continue as Kaiwhakahaere. Thank you to those Papatipu Rūnanga who have nominated me.

I have been honoured to represent Ngāti Waewae on Te Runanga o Ngāi Tahu since 2002, six of those years as Deputy Kaiwhakahaere. In that time, I have watched, listened and learned from those around our table, and those supporting us on Te Rūnanga and at my Papatipu Rūnanga – our kaumatua, our kaimahi, our people.

I worked very closely with Ta Mark over those many years, to better understand the demands and challenges of the Kaiwhakahaere role and its evolution over the 18 years that he led Ngāi Tahu. Ta Mark has left big shoes to fill, and I am grateful for his leadership that has brought us to where we are today.

I have some clear goals for myself in the coming three years, these include:

  • to progress the review enhancement and refinement of our governance structures and processes to ensure they are most effective to helping support our people to achieve their social, cultural and economic potential.
  • To continue to foster unity and best practice across Te Rūnanga that is informed by our Ngāi Tahu values.
  • to nurture the leadership capability across the table and to encourage and build the leadership pool across our iwi and rūnanga, so that our whanau are leaders across Ngāi Tahu and the many communities we share throughout Aotearoa.
  • To support the empowerment and the capabilities of our Papatipu Rūnanga.
  • To represent my rūnanga and our iwi in the very best way I possibly can.

Te Runanga has made good progress in the last year. We are reviewing, refining and enhancing our structures and systems, through the Form and Function review. I am excited to be able to play a part in supporting this crucial process, and being able to share, alongside my colleagues, the insights gained in my time on the board.

We have made good progress but there is much to do, I look forward to playing my part to ensure Ngai Tahu continues the momentum and progress of recent years.

Nominee for Kaiwhakahaere David Perenara-O’Connell

021 310765

Nominated by Te Taumutu Rūnanga

Tērā te hau ki Orariki, ka puta ko pūrekereke hau ka āwhiowhio atu rā ki runga o Ōtūmatua. Ka tiro kau atu rā ki Ōwaka me ōna wai e rere atu nei ki Te Kete Ika o Rākaihautū. Ko Te Waihora, ko Te Waihora taku kete kai e!

Committed to

  • Ensure tribal leverage is available to enable papakāinga to empower themselves
  • Protecting and enhancing whānau access to clean water
  • Delivering additional tribal programmes that support whānau oranga
  • Rebuilding kotahitanga amongst Te Rūnanga Representatives
  • Improving transparency and accountability to our people

An iwi development professional with 24 years’ experience, David has followed his passion to serve his iwi. A journey that has traversed several positions grounding him in the whakapapa of the iwi, building the capacity and administrative infrastructure of Papatipu Rūnanga, listening attentively to the knowledge, wisdom and aspirations of pākeke and kaumātua, supporting and enabling Rūnanga in their kaitiakitanga of the tribal takiwā and senior management within the Office of Te Rūnanga.

A Ngāi Tahu descendant of Te Maiharoa, Hinewaiari, Karara Kaurehe, Korako Kiwi and Tiemi Rickus, David is an active member of Te Taumutu Rūnanga. He is married to Patsy (nō Te Rarawa, Ngā Puhi, Ngāi Te Rangi, Te Arawa, Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Ruahine, Ngā Rauru) and they have three tamariki Te Puawai, Rerekiao and Kāmaioha.

Nominee for Kaiwhakahaere Quinton Hix

Nominated by Te Rūnanga o Arowhenua

Mō tātou, ā, mō kā uri ā muri ake nei
For us and our children after us

Ko Kati Huirapa te haapu, ko Arowhenua te marae. Ko Kaahu Selwyn toku poua, ko Rosina Mamaru toku taua, ko Rosina Hix toku haakui. Ko Quentin Hix toku ikoa, tihei mauri ora.

Kia ora koutou; born and raised in Temuka, a lot of weekends as a child were spent at my grandparents’ farmlet out the back of Arowhenua marae. We used to walk through the back paddocks to Sunday school. Since the late 1990’s I’ve been involved in a number of ways with governance for Arowhenua. I’ve held most of the positions on our executive and was appointed to Tront nearly 8 years ago.

Married to Kathy with two boys both studying te reo at school, I’m a lawyer by trade as well as attending to a number of independent governance roles.

In my time at the Tront table, I’ve served on all the main sub-committees, chairing both Te Here and Te Apaarangi meetings in the absence of the appointed chair. I’ve also been a director of our commercial arm, Ngai Tahu Holdings Limited for nearly 6 years now.

After an extremely challenging year for Ngai Tahu in 2016, it is time to continue the positive change that has started through 2017. With Ta Mark Solomon standing down after 18 years and with a large number of newer Tront Representatives coming to the table, we need a kaiwhakahaere who will draw us together and take us in a new direction. This must be based on the best leadership we can get in terms of core governance skills; founded on impeccable integrity; and moving us away from the politics.

With many years of experience in a diverse range of governance roles, this year I was appointed as a chartered fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Directors. This is New Zealand’s primary governance group, covering a full range of organisations including Iwi groups, not for profits and government departments. In terms of integrity; with over 25 years as a practicing lawyer I’m sure I’d help enhance the reputation of Ngai Tahu going forward. And finally, the politics – through my whole life I’ve always played the issue, not the person. These core skills are crucial for us going forward.

I’d welcome the opportunity to continue to build the mana of Ngai Tahu into our future.

Nominations for the election of the Deputy Kaiwhakahaere

Nominee for Deputy Kaiwhakahaere Matapura Ellison

Nominated by Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki
Nominated by Te Rūnanga o Moeraki

Ko te tuatahi, kei te mihi ahau ki te Atua i ruka rawa, nana i hanga kā mea katoa. Ki o tātou mate kua haere ki tua atu o te ārai, haere atu rā, moe mai rātou i ruka i te marumaru o Te Atua i ruka rawa. No reira, ko rātou kā mate ki a rātou, ko tātou kā konohi ora ki a tātou. Ki kā marae maha, ara, kā papatipu rūnaka hoki, tēnā rā koutou katoa. No reira, e rau rakatira ma, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.

Ko wai au?
By way of introduction, in terms of Kāi Tahutanga, I am a descendant of Kati Huirapa and Kai Te Ruahikihiki. I was raised in Karitāne, East Otago where I went to primary school and secondary education at East Otago High School. This was followed by a year at Telford Farm Training Institute at Balclutha. I started out farming our small land holding at Karitāne, then working for Te Papa Atawhai for twenty years, following which I returned to farming and very recently a role working within the Southern DHB.

My Values and Key Attributes
My upbringing was grounded in a whānau-centric environment and we grew up with a very strong connection and interest in our Kāi Tahu heritage. I have a strong believe in fairness and openness in the way I engage with people. I have been told I can bring a natural calmness to a situation where things are getting a bit fraught.

My Experience Within Governance
I am currently serving on a number of local kaupapa driven organisations, some of which I am currently Chairperson. My association with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu started as the Alternative Representative for Puketeraki moving to become the Representative following the resignation of the previous Representative Richard Parata. I am also Chairperson of Kati Huirapa Rūnaka which has helped me hone my governance experience.

Nomination for Deputy Kaiwhakahaere
I have decided to stand for the position of Deputy Kaiwhakahaere after korero over time with colleagues within Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and within Kati Huirapa Runaka ki Puketeraki.. I believe the style of leadership that I bring would positively compliment the position of Kaiwhakahaere.
Heoi anō, kua mutu nei āku korero mō tēnei wā. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.
Matapura Ellison 4/10/17