Nau mai, haere mai, whakatau mai ki te matapihi tirohanga o te Te Aakitai Whenua
Te Aakitai Tangata, ara “Kei Taamaki te Rua o Te Waiohua”
Kia kotahi tatou i raro i te Kiingitanga. Ki te whai atu nga rongo pai mo tatou Uri whakatupu.
Te Kaahu Pokere o Tamaki Makaurau e kore i ngaro i te hinapouri
The Black hawk of Taamaki will never disappear into the darkness.
Ko te mea nui i tenei ao? He tangata.


In accordance with its governance documents, the Authority is required to have a Chairperson and hold regular elections in every second and third year of negotiation to ensure the mandate of its members remains fresh.

Te Ākitai Waiohua last held an Annual General Meeting on 24 June 2017 at Pukaki Marae, Mangere. The purpose of the hui was to elect two new negotiators to the Authority, which currently includes the following five members:

Karen Wilson (Chairperson)

Ms Wilson is of Te Ākitai Waiohua, Ngāti Te Ata, Ngāti Pikiao and Ngāti Hau descent. Karen has spent over 30 years with the NZ Police in a myriad of roles, with the last 10 years operating as a Senior Manager. She recently left Policing to concentrate fully on the Te Ākitai Waiohua Treaty Negotiations in Tāmaki Makaurau. Karen is the mandated Lead Negotiator for Te Ākitai Waiohua, Chair of the Te Ākitai Waiohua Iwi Authority, and the Pukaki Māori Marae Committee. She also holds Chair / Co Chair roles on other community entities within Tāmaki. 


Nigel Denny

Nigel has been the Project Manager for the Iwi Authority since 2012 and has a detailed understanding of the Te Ākitai Waiohua settlement claim and Crown negotiation process.


David Wilson Takaanini

David was the Interim Lead Negotiator for Te Ākitai, a historical researcher and has been attending Tamaki Collective meetings and negotiations since 2009. This has provided him with a solid working knowledge of Mandates and Treaty Settlement Legislation.


Adrian Pettit

Adrian has been one of Te Ākitai Waiohua’s mandated Kaitiaki representatives since 2015, upholding our cultural interests in resource management and environmental sustainability through regular engagement with Auckland Council and various other local and central government agencies. He has also been a Pukaki Marae representative since March 2015 and Te Ākitai Waiohua Waka Taua Inc since May 2016 as Kaitiaki representative. 


Shirley Waipouri

Shirley Waipouri, who has six children and 13 mokopuna, says as the descendants of Ihaka Wirihana Takaanini, her whānau have been deeply committed to the development and betterment of Te Ākitai for decades. As Secretary of the Manukau Rugby League Sports Club from 2009 to 2015, Shirley led its Strategic Planning Group to enable members to have a vision and direction of where they wanted to be in five to 10 years. In this role, she was also required to develop robust relationships with local council, regional sports bodies and local marae and community groups.