PRESS RELEASE: Ngāi Tahu Tourism
Ngāi Tahu Tourism is pleased to announce the appointment of business founder and Reserve Bank of New Zealand Director, Tania Te Rangingangana Simpson, to its Board.
Ms Simpson, of Ngāi Tahu, Taninui waka and Ngā Puhi whakapapa, is the founding director of Māori policy advisory firm, Kōwhai Consulting. As well as being a director of the Reserve Bank NZ, she is also a director of Tainui Group Holdings, Ag Research, Global Women and Deep South National Science Challenge.
She brings the total number of Ngāi Tahu Tourism directors to six, with the growth of the business necessitating an additional director to be appointed.
Ngāi Tahu Tourism Chair Sarah Smith says she is delighted Ms Simpson will be joining the team on 1 February 2018.
“Tania has a wealth of experience in providing strategic direction for a variety of New Zealand businesses, and her knowledge and skills will be an asset in this role,” says Mrs Smith.
“We believe her background in Māori development and her proven leadership skills will bolster what is already a very strong governance group.”
“We are also proud that another one of our directors has Ngāi Tahu whakapapa.”
Ms Simpson says she is looking forward to the challenge of helping to shape the future of the iconic tourism business.
“Joining the Ngāi Tahu Tourism Board of Directors is an opportunity that I feel privileged to take on,” she says.
“Being Ngāi Tahu, I have a strong sense of Kaitiakitanga (stewardship) to Aotearoa and I am thrilled to be able to help guide Ngāi Tahu Tourism and to help make the connection with our customers, through our people, to our place and to Ngāi Tahu.”
“My great grandfather is Wiremu Maopo of Taumutu. I whakapapa to kaumātua Maopo, Te Wera and Te Kihato – which places my rūnanga affiliations to Te Taumutu, Arowhenua, Wairewa, Ōnuku and Ngāi Tūāhuriri.”
Ms Simpson is also a member of the Waitangi Tribunal and author of “The Last Maopo” the story of Lance Corporal Wiremu Kaihau Maopo, who joined the 2nd Māori Contingent in the First World War.