Paki Rawiri, General Manager of Ngaa Taonga Tuku Iho - Heritage and Identity for Waikato-Tainui, has been appointed to the University of Waikato Council – the body that governs the University and sets its strategic direction.
Mr Rawiri’s nomination was confirmed by the Office of the Kiingitanga in August. He officially took up his position this week during the University's Council meeting.
Mr Rawiri (Waikato, Ngāpuhi) is on the board of directors for Te Ohu Kaimoana (Māori Fisheries Trust) and is director of the Ngāti Tūwharetoa Asset Holding Company and fishing company.
He has several years of executive experience working both in governance and management roles and was previously a member of Te Whakakitenga o Waikato-Tainui and an elected member to its executive governance committee, Te Arataura, and a director of the tribe’s commercial entity Tainui Group Holdings.
For the last 22 years, he has been working in the fisheries commercial and settlement sectors. He has held senior management roles within the education sector, with a focus on iwi education partnerships including Youth Guarantee - a TEC initiative that improves the transition from high school to work.
Mr Rawiri will take the place of Richard Jefferies, who served on the University Council for four years.