Prue Kapua (Te Taumata Chair)

Prue grew up in Rotorua and is of Ngāti Whakaue, Te Arawa and Ngāti Kahungunu descent. Prue is the current president of the Māori Women’s Welfare League, and the Principal of her law firm Tamatekapua Law. Her practice predominantly involves Māori Land Law and Tiriti o Waitangi, Resource Management, Family and Medico legal issues. Prue is one of only four external specialist advisors to the legal services agency in respect of Waitangi Tribunal claims.

Liz Mellish

Liz is of Te Atiawa, Taranaki and Ngāti Ruanui descent and is Chair of the Palmerston North Maori Reserve Trust. Liz is involved in many sectors as a Trustee in the Ngahuru Charitable Trust, Wharewaka o Poneke Charitable Trust and Matiu Island Charitable Trust. She is also an adviser to the Lion Foundation, the Māori Heritage Council Te Kaunihera Māori o te Pouhere Taonga, and Director on Wharewaka o Poneke Enterprises Limited and Federation of Maori Authorities.

Sharon Hawke

No Ngāti Whātua raua ko Ngāti Mahuta ia.  Sharon is no stranger to the Māori struggle or to Treaty claims. She trained as a camera operator in television and worked in film, commercials, television and corporate production for 23 years. In that time, she produced for her own company Moko Productions while doing mainstream work for a decade. Her work in the last decade has been in governance covering iwi-based boards, large non-government organisations in mental health and housing, also branching into arts and sports. Sharon writes part time when she is not out at sea on her waka ama. Sharon has a partner and a 15-year-old daughter and resides happily in East Auckland on her papakainga.