Iwi/hapū: Te Arawa
Merepeka Raukawa-Tait is a professional administrator with an interest in central and local politics, environment management and Māori economic and social development. She has been active in community development for more than two decades, particularly in the areas of tourism, small business, forestry, farming, health and education.
Currently Merepeka is an elected member of the Lakes District Health Board, on the Executive of the Rotorua Chamber of Commerce, a Ministerial Appointee on the Te Arawa Whānau Ora Regional Leadership Group and an Executive member of the Rotorua Social Services Council. She also runs her own consultancy specialising in organisational development and change management.
Merepeka believes it is vital for Te Mana to take a strategic planning approach in order to achieve its goals. She is focused on ensuring that the Board works collaboratively, listens to whānau feedback and incorporates this, where possible, into its policy direction. One of her top priorities is to have Ngāti Rangitihi Comprehensive Claims settled as soon as possible.
Merepeka’s aspiration for Ngāti Rangitihi is to be a strong, well connected and welcoming iwi, able to determine its own place in the world. In the future she wants the iwi leadership to be a shared responsibility, with everyone having the opportunity to make a valuable contribution.