We are delighted with the quality and breadth of speakers that have come together to share their thoughts and insights at this national workshop. The workshop programme can be found here. A brief bio of each speaker can be found by clicking on their name.

Her Excellency The Right Honourable Dame Patsy Reddy, GNZM, QSO, Governor-General.




Hon Paul Goldsmith, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, Minister of Science and Innovation, and Minister for Regulatory Reform.



Gabriel Makhlouf, Secretary and Chief Executive, The New Zealand
(Bio to come)




Hon Te Ururoa Flavell (TBC).
(Bio to come)




Dr Richard Lumfounder and Chief Executive of Vision Foresight Strategy.




Trevor Moeke, Principal Advisor on Crown-Māori Capability at New Zealand Treasury.




Dr Carwyn Jones, senior lecturer in the Faculty of Law at Victoria University of Wellington.




Wendy McGuinness, founder and Chief Executive of the McGuinness Institute.




Jason Ake, Senior Analyst (Māori Engagement) at The New Zealand Treasury.



Gerrard Albert, Chairperson of Ngā Tāngata Tiaki o Whanganui.





Potaua Biasiny-Tule, Te Tatau o Te Arawa.





Te Aopare Dewes, Senior Associate at Chapman Tripp.





Donna Flavell, Chief Executive of Te Whakakitenga o Waikato Inc.





Ivan Kwok, Former Principal Advisor at The New Zealand Treasury.




Matanuku Mahuika, Director at Eastland Group and founding partner of Kahui Legal.
(Bio to come)



Tim Ng, Deputy Secretary, Chief Economic Adviser at The New Zealand Treasury.




Gina Rangi, Koi Consulting Ltd.





Rachel Robson, Principal Advisor at The New Zealand Treasury.





Fiona Ross, Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Secretary, Corporate and Shared Services at The New Zealand Treasury.




Atawhai Tibble, Principal Advisor at The New Zealand Treasury.





Julia Whaipooti, senior advisor at the Children’s Commission and spokesperson for JustSpeak.




Chris White, Director (Commercial, Infrastructure and Housing) at The New Zealand Treasury.




Sacha McMeeking, Co-Director of Māui Lab and Founding Partner of of Tū Māia.
(Photo and bio to come)

Dame Patsy grew up in the Waikato and graduated from Victoria University with an LLM (First Class Honours). Before becoming Governor-General, she had a career in law, business, and the public sector.

Dame Patsy was the first female partner in the law firm Watts and Patterson. She spent 11 years at Brierley Investments, and co-founded Active Equities Limited. Dame Patsy had governance roles at several leading New Zealand companies.

Her public sector work has included work on pay equity, and reviews of New Zealand Intelligence and Security and the performance of several government agencies. She also acted as Chief Crown Negotiator of Treaty Settlements for Tauranga Moana and Te Toko Toru.

Dame Patsy’s passion for the arts is reflected in her past governance roles at the New Zealand Film Commission, the New Zealand International Festival of the Arts, the Victoria University Foundation, the Victoria University Art Collection Trust, the Spark Art Trust, the Wellington Jazz Festival Trust, the Symphony Orchestra Foundation, and the New Zealand Film Archive.

As Governor-General, Dame Patsy’s focus is on support for the arts, innovation, cultural diversity and initiatives that support sustainability and the environment.

Dame Patsy is married to Sir David Gascoigne.

Paul has previously served as an Auckland City Councillor, the Chair of the Parliamentary Finance and Expenditure Select Committee, Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs and Associate Minister for ACC. Before entering Parliament, Paul created his own business as a historian and biographer focusing on New Zealand’s history and economic development. His last books were biographies of Alan Gibbs (Serious Fun) and Sir William Gallagher (Legend). Paul is an enthusiastic pianist and has a broad interest in the arts.

Dr Richard Kaipo Lum is the founder and chief executive of Vision Foresight Strategy, which offers a range of foresight-based services. His book 4 Steps to the Future: A Quick and Clean Guide to Creating Foresight was published in 2016. He is an academically trained futurist with a PhD in Political Science from the University of Hawai‘is Alternative Futures Program. He specialises in foresight and strategy development, planning implementation, political design and constitution making in the 21st century. He lives in Honolulu.

Trevor (Ngāti Kahungunu) has been at the Treasury for almost two years and leads the Crown-Maori capability work programme. He has previously been the Deputy Chief Executive of Te Puni Kokiri and is currently a Director of Kahungunu Asset Holdings Company.

Carwyn (Ngāti Kahungunu) is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Law at Victoria University of Wellington. He holds undergraduate degrees from Victoria University of Wellington and a PhD from the University of Victoria, British Columbia. His primary research interests are the Treaty of Waitangi and indigenous legal traditions. Before joining the Faculty of Law in 2006, Carwyn worked in a number of different roles at the Waitangi Tribunal, Māori Land Court, and the Office of Treaty Settlements. He is the author of New Treaty, New Tradition – Reconciling New Zealand and Māori Law (UBC Press, July 2016). He is also the co-editor of the Māori Law Review and maintains a blog, Ahi-kā-roa, on legal issues affecting Māori and other indigenous peoples. Carwyn was a negotiator for his iwi, Ngāti Kahungunu ki te Wairoa, for the recently agreed settlement of their historical claims.

Wendy McGuinness is the founder and chief executive of the McGuinness Institute. Wendy has studied at Manukau Technical Institute (NZCC), University of Auckland (BCom), University of Otago (MBA), Massey University (a range of environmental papers) and Harvard (Executive Programme on Driving Corporate Performance). In 2009 she became a Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCA) for outstanding contribution to the accountancy profession and service to the community. She prepared the 1988 report Implementation of Accrual Accounting for Government Departments for the New Zealand Treasury. Wendy has worked in both the public and private sectors specialising in public sector reporting, risk management and future studies. In 2004 she established the Institute as a way of contributing to New Zealand’s long-term future. Since then she has, with her team, published a range of reports under the title Project 2058, written the book Nation Dates: Significant events that have shaped the nation of New Zealand and attended four World Futures conferences.

Read Wendy's Whakapapa (1,156KB PDF) or resume (25KB PDF).

Jason Ake is leading Māori Engagement within the Treasury’s Transactions unit (social housing).  He has spent the past four years consulting within the private and public sectors and assisting those organisations to engage more effectively with Māori/Iwi based institutions.  In recent years he has worked with MFAT (TPPA), Ministry of Education (Update to the Education Act), MPI (Plantation Forestry regime rights), Greater Wellington Regional Council (Māori/Iwi engagement).  He has also assisted Mobil Oil NZ on various projects as well as a number of other private sector organisations. Jason was also a senior member of the executive team at Crown Forestry Rental Trust having led key aspects of the CNI settlement.  He was acting Chief Executive at various stages and led the strategic relationships between the organisation and Iwi/Crown entities.  Previous to that he spent time working in the Office of the Prime Minister and assisted various other ministers with the bulk of this time focussed on the Crown Māori relationship.  Jason is a trained journalist with experience in both mainstream and Māori media organisations.


Gerrard Albert is the Chair of Ngā Tāngata Tiaki o Whanganui, the post-settlement governance body for Whanganui Iwi for the purpose of the Whanganui River Settlement.

He had a lead role in the Treaty settlement negotiations with the Crown in relation to the Wai 167 Whanganui River Claim, which culminated in the signing of Ruruku Whakatupua, the Whanganui River Deed of Settlement. 

In addition, he has more than 20 years working experience on environmental and resource management issues relating to Whanganui Iwi and the Whanganui River. Gerrard's first point of reference in all things is the Whanganui River and he has an intimate understanding of the tikanga and kawa of Whanganui Iwi relating to the River. It is those tikanga and kawa which form the foundation for the Te Awa Tupua arrangements in the River Settlement.

Potaua Biasiny-Tule is a member of Te Tatau o Te Arawa, a partnership between Te Arawa iwi and the Rotorua Lakes Council.

Te Aopare specialises in corporate and commercial law, with a focus on structuring and general commercial advice for iwi, Māori landowners and private equity clients. Te Aopare advises clients on a broad range of corporate and commercial matters including general contracting, governance advice and structuring and, in particular, advising joint ventures and clients who are buying, selling and investing in businesses. She has also appeared before the Māori Land Court. Te Aopare is from Ngāti Porou and Ngāti Rangitihi; is a fluent speaker of Te Reo Māori and is a member of Chapman Tripp’s Māori Legal Group, Te Waka Ture.

Donna Flavell is the Chief Executive of Te Whakakitenga o Waikato Inc, the iwi organisation for Waikato-Tainui.

Donna has worked in various roles for Waikato-Tainui since the raupatu settlement as a graduate through to leading the team that provided technical and administrative support to the co-negotiators for the Waikato River Claim, and subsequent settlement with the Crown. To see the realisation of the Waikato River Settlement in 2008 (and subsequent review in 2009) was a personal achievement.

Donna has also spent some time on secondment between 2013-2016 at Te Ruunanga o Ngaai Tahu as the General Manager, Strategy and Influence where she held key responsibilities for providing regular advice on external relationships, strategy development, claims protection and engagement with central government across a range of portfolios.

Donna is also the Chair of the Freshwater Iwi Advisors Group, who collectively are currently engaging with the New Zealand Government on freshwater management policy and law reform. The key objective is addressing iwi rights and interests in freshwater, with a focus on developing a range of mechanisms for iwi to access water for economic development.

Donna holds a Bachelor of Law from the University of Waikato. She has attended executive education programmes at Banff University and The Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Retired recently from Treasury after 41 years service many of which were as Treasury Solicitor then as a Principal Advisor, also short term secondments to the Ministry of Justice and the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. Close involvement with Treaty of Waitangi issues from 1986 including litigation and Treaty Settlements.

Tim Ng is the Treasury's Chief Economic Adviser. As a Deputy Secretary he is responsible for leading the development of the Treasury's economic capability, which underpins its work to raise living standards for all New Zealanders by promoting sustainable, inclusive economic growth and a stable macroeconomic environment. 

A macroeconomist by training, Tim has extensive international experience as a thought leader on monetary, fiscal and financial system policy. His work has been published in a range of professional and academic journals.

Prior to his time at the Treasury, Tim was a manager and economist at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, and a member of the Reserve Bank’s monetary policy and financial stability advisory committees. Tim has also worked at the Bank for International Settlements in Switzerland, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the ANZ Bank.

In addition to his training in economics, Tim has a biochemistry degree.

Gina Rangi (Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Te Arawa, Raukawa and Maniapoto) managed the Ngāti Tūwharetoa Treaty settlement negotiations with the Crown, signing their Deed of Settlement in July 2017. She previously assisted Te Pumautanga o Te Arawa in their Treaty negotiations, and in their participation in the Waikato River co-management negotiations. She is an accredited hearings commissioner and was recently appointed Kaiwhakahaere (GM) Maori for the Rotorua Lakes Council.   

Gina also holds a number of governance positions. She has been a trustee of Tuaropaki Trust (a Maori land Trust worth more than $1 billion) for more than 15 years, and is currently a company director for MB Century (an  engineering and service provider to the electricity industry). She has also been invited by the Obama Foundation to Chicago in late October for a workshop on civic leadership. 

I have worked in the Treasury for over ten years in different policy roles. Issues I’ve worked closely on range from how to improve Māori education outcomes, to how to resolve Māori rights and interests in freshwater, and options for devolving greater responsibility for social welfare to Ngai Tūhoe.  I supported the Whanganui River, Waikato River and Central North Island Forest Lands Treaty settlement negotiations. Currently I am working with a number of other government departments thinking about ‘where next’ for Crown-Māori relationships, now so many iwi have settled their historical grievances with the Crown. Before joining the Treasury I worked in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and was a policy manager in the Māori Health Directorate in the Ministry of Health.  I am from Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga.  I am one of five sisters, have brought up five tamariki and have five mokopuna.

Fiona has been at Treasury since 2011. As the Chief Operating Officer she helps to raise living standards by ensuring the Treasury operates effectively as an organisation. This includes leading the Corporate and Shared Services and the Director group that runs the Treasury.

Fiona has over 20 years’ experience in the public service, with particular expertise in state sector reform. After initial positions at the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, Fiona joined the Treasury as a senior policy analyst in 2000. In 2002 she moved to the UK where she held various roles in the civil service, including leading major change initiatives focused on efficiency gains and service improvements. Fiona returned to the Treasury to lead the Better Public Services Programme, the government’s flagship programme to improve outcomes for New Zealanders.

Fiona holds an Honours degree in Arts and a Master’s degree in Public Policy, both from Victoria University of Wellington. She has been actively involved with a number of not-for-profit groups focused on the issues of sexual abuse and women’s sport and fitness.

I'm a connector, and bridge builder. I help policy and business teams understand complex Māori views and perspectives that are critical to them achieving success.

Networks is the poutokomanawa of my approach. He aha te mea nui o tenei ao: he tangata. I'm a team playing, people person, with extensive contacts in the Māori community throughout Aotearoa, and across the public and private sector. I help people connect, align and engage for the success of all. It's all about bringing people together. This is what I do.

But I'm about more than people: I'm about content too - and making the complicated simple to grow understanding and where possible buy in and support. I'm a translator of language and substance. From te reo Māori to te reo Pakeha, and back again, I help Māori and non Māori understand each other.

Simple example: #Te Kupenga - the first ever survey of indigenous well-being in the world developed by a national statistical organisation, Stats NZ. I was the architect of the Māori content. I led the Māori engagement, development, and final approval of the Māori cultural measures. It led to me being asked by the OECD to present on indigenous survey development in Guadalajara in 2015.

I help develop and implement simple, grounded approaches to engaging Māori and non Māori stakeholders to find the win/wins.

Julia Amua Whaipooti (Ngāti Porou) is a passionate advocate for systemic change. She is a Senior Advisor at the Children’s Commission and spokesperson for Justspeak. She sees many of the issues within our criminal justice system as reflecting the social justice failures in broader society. Julia believes in the power of young people’s experiences and voices to be visionary, hopeful and impatient for change. She has been involved in the Community Law movement over the past 8 years as a volunteer, advocate, lawyer and National Māori Co-ordinator. She is the proudest aunty to five and imagines an Aotearoa where they, future generations and all children have the equal chance to imagine and to reach their potential.

Chris joined the Treasury in 2002 and has held a number of roles in the commercial area. He is the Director responsible for two groups – Commercial Operations, and Infrastructure and Housing. Commercial Operations oversees the performance of the Crown's portfolio of commercial and financial assets and leads the Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) programme. It also provides commercial advice on transactions and company restructurings. Infrastructure and Housing comprises the National Infrastructure Unit, the housing policy team and the asset transfer programme for social houses as part of the government’s Social Housing Reform Programme.

In 2009 Chris was seconded to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet where he provided economic and fiscal policy advice to the Prime Minister, including on the budget, the 2010 tax reform package, the collapse of South Canterbury Finance and other finance companies, and the development of the Mixed Ownership Model policy. Subsequent to that, Chris led the Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) of Meridian and Genesis and the sell-down of 20 percent of Air New Zealand. He has led a number of significant engagements with Māori on the opportunities and challenges arising from sale or transfer of Crown assets, including developing a mechanism for yet-to-settle iwi to participate in the electricity company share sales programme.

Chris holds a Master of Business Administration with distinction from Victoria University and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English Literature from the University of Leeds. Early in his working life Chris was a professional actor, later merging his creative and business acumen in the worlds of PR and advertising.