Stephen Tiipene Perenara Marr
Iwi/hapū:Te Arawa, Te Ati Awa
Tiipene Marr is a long-time environmental advocate with a passion for the kaitiakitanga and manaakitanga of our lakes, mountains, rivers, lands and coastlines. He is the Māori councillor for the Kohi constituency with Environment Bay of Plenty.
Tiipene’s aspirations for Ngāti Rangitihi include improving the Taiao (environmental footprint on the whenua) and growing the use of Te Reo. He wants to see an environment free from the use of chemicals, which will allow iwi to confidently grow organic food and Manuka trees on the whenua for honey production. He is focused on building the capability of the iwi in Te Reo me ona tikanga and says this will be best done through wananga.