Our mahi

Our mission

  • To provide for the well-being of Ngāi Tahu Whānui within our area with administrative assistance, guidance and management in Spiritual, Cultural, Educational, Moral, and Social and Economic aspects of life.
  • To work as Kaitiaki (Guardians) with dedication in the field of Resource Management so that present and future Ngāi Tahu and all New Zealanders are assured a clean sustainable managed environment in which to live. 
  • To uplift and support Ngāi Tahu as Mana Whenua and to accept our host responsibilities by offering manaakitanga where appropriate to other Ngāi Tahu, Māori individuals and groups living within or visiting our region.
  • To develop our Marae Complex so all the above can be carried out – where we may pray, rise tall in oratory, weep for our dead, sing and dance, hold meetings, and house our guests etc. To know that here we belong and have a right to be heard and that this is the standing place of our present generation and will be the standing place for generations to come.
  • We offer Information and Advice services from our Riverton Office/Resource Base – which is accessible to all in the community.
  • We have instigated ‘Whānau Development’ Days / Hui and Wānanga in Riverton and Colac Bay.
  • We awhi young and old and often include Iwi from other areas.
  • We encourage the wider community to participate – offering Cultural experiences through Art and Theatre, Concert, Kai and Marae visits. 
  • We continue to work in the demanding roles of Resource Management and the management of Customary Fisheries – working with local groups, councils, local and government bodies etc. 
  • We are endeavouring to meet the many needs of Ngāi Tahu Whānui, plus the many others, who constantly seek our input, help and advice.

Kāhui Kaumātua videos

Kāhui Kaumātua

Muriel Johnstone

shona fordyce

Rangimaria Suddaby

stewart bull

stuart ogilvy

alex taurima

dene cole

phil fluerty

teoti jardine

your executive committee

Tracey Wright-Tawha


Sue Crengle

Deputy Kaiwhakahaere

carl church


anna brankin




karina davis-marsden


jane kitson


your tront reps

rewi davis

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Representative


Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Alternate

Holding company directors


Director Chair

lana winders


carl church


todd spencer


ray young


our team

Riki Dallas

Kaihautū – General Manager

ngareta martin

Project Administrator

Ian MacCallum

Property Manager

kasmira peterson

Taiao Kaitiaki 

Kate westenra

Financial Administrator