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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.

Terms of reference

Pūhara Mana Tangata Terms of Reference

Panel members

Peter Boshier

Peter Boshier

Chief Ombudsman and Chair

George Konia

George Konia

Ngāti Porou (kaumātua)

Dame Naida Glavish

Dame Naida Glavish

Ngāti Whātua

Chief Advisor, Tikanga, Waitematā DHB

Lady Tureiti Moxon

Lady Tureiti Moxon

Ngāti Pāhauwera, Ngāti Kahungunu, Kāi Tahu

Chief Executive, Te Kōhao Health

Arihia Bennett

Arihia Bennett

Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Porou, Ngāpuhi

Chief Executive, Ngāi Tahu

Ngahiwi Tomoana

Ngahiwi Tomoana

Ngāti Kahungunu

Chair, Ngāti Kahungunu

Archdeacon Ngira Simmonds

The Venerable Archdeacon Ngira Simmonds

Ngāti Huri, Tainui and Ngāti Raukawa

Chief of Staff to The Kiingitanga

Juscinta Grace

Juscinta Grace

Ngāti Porou, Te Whānau-a-Apanui, Ngāi Tahu

Lead/Manager, Statutory Entities, Te Puni Kōkiri

Jacob McGregor

Jacob McGregor

Ngā Rauru Kītahi, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga, Rangitāne o Wairau, Ngāti Kuia

Rangatahi Lead, Maihi Karauna/Maihi Māori

Tai Ahu

Tai Ahu 

Waikato, Ngāti Kahu (Te Paatu)

Tumuaki at Whāia Legal

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