Ta Tipene O’Regan Appointed to Constitutional Advisory Panel

Congratulations to Tā Tipene O’Regan from Kaiwhakahaere Mark Solomon

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Kaiwhakahaere Mark Solomon offers his congratulations to Tā Tipene O’Regan on his appointment last week as co-chair of the Constitutional Advisory Panel. “Tā Tipene is a man who carries with him the mana of his people, the pride of his tipuna and the hopes of future generations of Ngāi Tahu.

Ngāi Tahu will continue to support his commitment to his people and his country,” Mark Solomon says.

Tā Tipene O’Regan is Upoko of Awarua Rūnanga. He has extensive academic, governance, Treaty negotiations and Māori leadership experience. From a background in tertiary education he became Ngāi Tahu’s chief Treaty claim negotiator. In more recent years he has led debate on developing iwi economic structures and modernising iwi governance models. Over the past 40 years he has served as a director or trustee of a wide range of commercial and non-profit enterprises in the public, private and Māori sectors.

The Constitutional Advisory Panel, co-chaired by Emeritus Professor John Burrows and Tā Tipene O’Regan, is an independent group of 12 appointees that will lead public discussion on constitutional issues that are under review– including the size of Parliament, the length of the electoral term, Māori representation, the role of the Treaty of Waitangi and whether New Zealand needs a written constitution. The panel will report its findings back to the government after three years of consultation.