Tā Tipene O’Regan
Tipene was born to his Ngāi Tahu mother, Rena Ruiha O’Regan (nee Bradshaw) in Wellington in 1939. His father was Rolland O’Regan, a surgeon of West Coast Irish descent. His mother had been born at Kōpūtai but raised in Awarua (Bluff). Rena was a nurse and a singer who descended from ‘most of the major hapū of Ngāi Tahu’.
Tipene’s personal scholarly interest is largely in traditional history and ethnology of Ngāi Tahu and Te Waipounamu. As well he has a major academic interest in general New Zealand history and the Māori political economy. Tipene has published and lectured extensively over many years on Ngāi Tahu traditional history, Polynesian migration, Treaty issues and the evolution of biculturalism. Tipene O’Regan was knighted in 1994.
Sponsor: Clean Energy Workstream
From Waihopai/Invercargill, Michael’s family can be traced back more than 800 years in Murihiku. Michael has dedicated his life to Murihiku Māori, and is passionate about protecting the future of Ngāi Tahu. He has served Ngāi Tahu as Upoko, Rūnanga Chairperson, Te Rūnanga representative and was the founding Manager of Te Ao Marama environmental service agency. In 2013 Michael was awarded the Queen’s Service Medal for services to Māori and he became an Honorary SIT Fellow in 2014.
Sponsor: Te Ara Aukati Kore
Terry is the Manager of Hokonui Rūnanga, the Hokonui Representative on the Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu tribal council, and the Portfolio Director for Murihiku Regeneration. Terry has been involved with Hokonui Rūnanga and has been the Hokonui Te Rūnanga O Ngāi Tahu representative since January 1999. His special interest is building succession out of settlement - “mo tatou, a, mo ka uri a muri ake nei”. Terry is also a member of the Just Transition oversight group, to ensure the rights and interests of Murihiku hapū are being represented.
Terry works tirelessly to protect and enhance spiritual, cultural, organisational, educational and economic aspirations of Hokonui Rūnanga and Murihiku Hapū through Murihiku Regeneration. His vision for the future is for Hokonui Rūnanga to be a leading organisation, well positioned back in its role where it has been absent for so long. Tiwai Point has a rich cultural history, and Terry has a deep passion to have the area remediated and reinstated. He is a descendant of Captain James Joss, a whaler who previously owned the land where the existing smelter is located. This land was allocated in customary terms by Tuhawaiki paramount chief of Murihiku.
Te Ao Tūroa Environmental Pou Workstream Lead
In March 1976 Rewi joined the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry starting the first job in Big Glory Bay Rakiura on the American Drilling Rig Penrod 74. He spent the next 40yrs traveling and working globally, working his way up through the ranks from Deck Roustabout to Offshore Drilling Superintendent in charge of the Rig. He worked in the position of Shore Based Operations Manager for offshore drilling rigs in various countries followed by the role of Assistant Area Manager for Asia, Australia and New Zealand. In the latter years Rewi worked as a Drilling Consultant for various International Petroleum Companies.
Although Rewi was based in many different countries due to work, he has always maintained a strong connection with the Tītī Islands and supported his parents and Ōraka Aparima Rūnaka in their Ngāi Tahu mahi.
Dr Michael Stevens
Tiwai Future Workstream Lead
Mike is a Ngāi Tahu historian who grew up in Bluff. He and his whānau are stalwarts of the annual tītī (muttonbird) harvest and are well-known for maintaining he mahi pōhā: kelp receptacles that hold preserved tītī.
Mike has published widely on Ngāi Tahu history, in recent years through his work with the Ngāi Tahu Archive at Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. Long involved with Te Rau Aroha Marae and Te Rūnaka o Awarua, he is the Alternate Representative for the latter to Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.
Ivan currently divides his time between working for the Ministry of Education as Principal Advisor Secondary Transitions, and Murihiku Regeneration. As an educationalist, Ivan emphasises inclusive education, underpinned by a focus on identity, hope and purpose for all learners. These three factors are crucial to supporting people as they develop an orientation to the world of work and life more generally. Since 2009 when he returned to Murihiku, Ivan has been involved in a range of initiatives through Hokonui Rūnanga. He is also currently the Deputy Chair of Awarua Whānau Health Services. His experience includes a range of governance roles as well as running a career and organisational development practice and as a CEO in the not for profit sector.
Ivan is leading Murihiku Regeneration’s Te Ara Aukati Kore (Pathways without barriers) programme. Te Ara Aukati Kore is a capability focussed programme designed to underpin the four Pou by ensuring whānau have the capability needed to make the most of the post-smelter/Covid pandemic environment.
Strategic Advisor; Clean Energy Workstream Lead; Just Transition Clean Energy Project Lead
Mike is the Strategic Advisor at Murihiku Regeneration, leads the Clean Energy Workstream and is also the Just Transition Clean Energy Work Stream lead. He also supports the Portfolio of workstreams and priorities as the Portfolio Manager. He is an experienced leader and strategist in diverse situations, organisations and sectors.
Mike grew up in Murihiku - Southland has previously worked with the New Zealand Army as a commissioned officer, in leaderships roles at the Ministry of Social Development and as an executive at the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority. He was also the Private Secretary and Chief Advisor to a number of Government Ministers around Greater Christchurch Regeneration.
Mike’s connection to Ngāi Tahu is through his wife and children, who are of Ngāi Tahu decent through both Makaawhio and Te Taumutu Rūnanga.
Programme Co-ordinator, Science Communicator, Just Transition Core Secretariat member, and graphic designer/web editor
Janet has a MSc majoring in Botany and Environmental Education and has a broad knowledge base of ecological systems and environmental issues. Janet is an associate member of Hokonui Rūnanga and has enjoyed working on various projects for the rūnanga and now Murihiku Regeneration.
Azi is the ‘glue’ for the Murihiku Regeneration Whānau. Her mahi is centred on the logistics of our projects and ensuring that our operation runs smoothly. Azi brings the great sense of humour, patience and organisational capability that are vital to success in her role. Alongside this, she also brings a deeply held care for whānau and knowledge of the importance of working together to support each other when needed and to ensure that the job gets done.