Te Puni Kokiri

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Celebrating 25 years | Meet our people

Hear from some of our staff as they share memories from the past 25 years.

They were there at the beginning.

They’ve seen an ever-changing tide of Ministers and Chief Executives who have championed policies and programs to transform the lives of Māori people in the last quarter century. They have been part of the rich and remarkable tapestry of events and experiences forged under the roof of our organisation.

Who are they?

They’re some of our longest serving staff members, who were there when our doors opened back in 1992 and who remain on staff today.

To mark our 25-year birthday celebrations they’ve agreed to share their memories and recollections of working life in Te Puni Kōkiri. Over the next month we are privileged to bring you their stories and the moments and people who left an indelible impression on them. 

  • Te Puni Kōkiri Manager Cultural Wealth, Cath Nesus.

    Celebrating 25 years - Cath Nesus

    • Date: 11 December 2017

    Cath Nesus has been a trusted pair of hands in Te Puni Kōkiri, responsible for some of the most potent law changes affecting Māoridom in the last quarter century. 

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  • Mere Pohatu has been at the helm of the Gisborne office since Te Puni Kōkiri first opened its doors in 1992.

    Celebrating 25 years of realising Māori potential - Mere Pohatu

    • Date: 05 December 2017

    Mere Pohatu is a dynamic presence that has been at the helm of the Gisborne office since Te Puni Kōkiri opened its doors in 1992. Hear from Mere, Regional Manager for Ikaroa-Rāwhiti, as she shares memories from the past 25 years.

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  • Celebrating 25 years of realising Māori potential - Ken Collins

    • Date: 04 December 2017

    At 25 years, Te Puni Kōkiri has many achievements to be proud of. This milestone gives an opportunity to reflect on what has been achieved by so many dedicated people, both past and present, across the motu. Hear from Te Puni Kōkiri Senior Advisor, Ken Collins, as he shares memories from the past 25 years.

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