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Tina Porou

Board governance position

Lake Taupo Forest Trust, Ngāti Porou Forests, Tātau Tātau o te Wairoa Commercial Board

Faculty: Expert contributors

New Zealand

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Tina is of Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Tuwharetoa, Ngai Tāmanuhiri and Ngāti Rakaipaaka descent and founded Poipoia, a kaupapa Māori company committed to providing environmental services to iwi, the public and private sector. These services are derived from the holistic principles of kaitiakitanga.

Tina has worked as an environmental planner and a tangata whenua advocate in the natural resource management space for over 20 years on projects that have included developing papakainga houses for social wellbeing, facilitating environmental restoration programmes, engaging in national policy interventions on water, climate change and biodiversity while working with iwi and councils to enable stronger decision sharing relationships. Tina has specific experience in the areas of water allocation and quality, geothermal development and cultural impact assessments.

This broad range of work provided a strong platform for sustainable development approaches, all from a tangata whenua perspective. Tina held the role of the Head of Sustainability at Contact Energy which provided deep experience in corporate responsibility and the operationalisation of these ideals in a commercial space and more broader assisting Māori businesses delve deeper into their own kaitiakitanga aspirations.

Tina holds board governance positions on the Lake Taupo Forest Trust, Ngāti Porou Forests, Tātau Tātau o te Wairoa Commercial Board and is based in Wellington. Poipoia has a small team of experienced iwi practitioners and technicians in the field of resource management from across the regions. Tina’s broad experience in working with hapū, whānau and iwi has provided her with a multi layered approach to natural resource management that provides unique perspectives to address environmental challenges.

Tina has a 20 year old daughter, Te Rina, 5 nieces and her favourite nephew Meihana.