Pūhara Mana Tangata
Pūhara Mana Tangata was established in late 2019 to advise the Chief Ombudsman in his work with Māori.
It is a panel made up of senior and rangatahi leaders from throughout Te Ao Māori.
The panel’s work
Pūhara Mana Tangata provides guidance on engagement and communications on matters that impact Māori, and promotes the role of Ombudsman as an independent watchdog for Parliament to wider Māori audiences.
The panel is not directly involved in any investigative work.
What does Pūhara Mana Tangata mean?
Pūhara means watchtower and conveys the Ombudsman's role in ensuring fairness for all.
Mana Tangata refers to the Ombudsman’s guardianship role in protecting people’s rights.
Learn about the establishment and role of Pūhara Mana Tangata
Learn about the establishment and role of Pūhara Mana Tangata, the Chief Ombudsman's Māori panel and the importance of trust and respect between Māori and Non-Māori organisations.
Read our inaugural report
The Chief Ombudsman’s Māori panel – Pūhara Mana Tangata – has published a report of its first two years in operation.
Terms of reference
Chief Ombudsman and Chair
Ngāti Porou (kaumātua)
Dame Naida Glavish
Chief Advisor, Tikanga, Waitematā DHB
Lady Tureiti Moxon
Ngāti Pāhauwera, Ngāti Kahungunu, Kāi Tahu
Chief Executive, Te Kōhao Health
Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Porou, Ngāpuhi
Chief Executive, Ngāi Tahu
Chair, Ngāti Kahungunu
The Venerable Archdeacon Ngira Simmonds
Ngāti Huri, Tainui and Ngāti Raukawa
Chief of Staff to The Kiingitanga
Ngāti Porou, Te Whānau-a-Apanui, Ngāi Tahu
Lead/Manager, Statutory Entities, Te Puni Kōkiri
Ngā Rauru Kītahi, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga, Rangitāne o Wairau, Ngāti Kuia
Rangatahi Lead, Maihi Karauna/Maihi Māori
Waikato, Ngāti Kahu (Te Paatu)
Tumuaki at Whāia Legal