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Posted on 14 May 2020

Haere mai to our new Chair

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We are delighted to welcome our new Chair, Tania Te Rangingangana Simpson, who brings a wealth of knowledge that is directly relevant to our research into bringing together tikanga and mātauranga Māori with western science and New Zealand law.


Tania is a professional director with expertise across social policy, the environment, economic development, and Treaty-related matters. Tania is of Tainui, Ngāi Tahu and Ngā Puhi descent.

Tania is a member of the Waitangi Tribunal, NZ Conservation Authority, and Deep South Challenge. She is Deputy Chair of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand and the Waitangi National Trust, and a Director of Auckland International Airport, Tainui Group Holdings, Waikato Tainui Fisheries and Kowhai Consulting

Tania’s past directorships include Mercury Energy, Global Women, AgResearch, Landcare Research (Deputy Chair), Ngai Tahu Tourism and Oceania Group, and she is an accredited fellow of the NZ Institute of Directors. She was made a Commander of the Order of the Taniwha in 2014 and a Dame of the Order of St Lazarus in 2019 for her services to Māori business and community.

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