Tina Porou


Tina Porou is of Ngati Porou, Ngati Tuwharetoa, Ngai Tamanuhiri and Ngati Kahungunu descent and was brought up and still lives in Turangi. From a background in Geography, Tina has worked primarily in the area of natural resource management with a 20 year career primarily as an environmental planner but having worked for diverse Maori businesses across the country.

Across boardroom or negotiating tables, Tina always brings a determined passion and focus to ensure the people and communities she serves are supported to achieve their objectives - whether it’s establishing affordable housing or kaumātua flats at her marae, Hirangi in Turangi; spearheading initiatives in environmental management; or managing multi-million dollar budgets and developing sustainability protocols for one of the country’s top 10 listed companies.
At Contact Energy, her role was to establish the company’s sustainability movement to drive performance and efficiency across the business. In her previous roles of leadership, she was the environmental manager of the Tuwharetoa Maori Trust Board, nurturing assets like the bed of Lake Taupō, its rivers and tributaries; and the general manager of the Te Arawa Iwi River Trust, where she worked to improve the health of the Waikato River.
During her time as the acting chief executive of Ngati Porou Whanui Forests on the East Coast, she managed 8000ha of forest for Ngati Porou landowners and 2000ha for the crown.
Tina now holds a range of governance roles including trustee of the Lake Taupo Forest Trust, a position on the NZ Data Futures Partnership and the Pahiitaua Farm Committee.
Tina has recently left Contact Energy and has founded Poipoia, a company delivering ecosystem services through a Maori lens of sustainability and she is a technical advisor for the Iwi Leaders Group on Natural Resources.
Topic - Freshwater for Maori has always been a sacred and protected resource. The current state of NZ’s freshwater management and the issues of equitable access to freshwater have has been at the forefront of the minds of tangata whenua as the increasing degradation of water continues to challenge the unique role that iwi, hapu and whanau hold as kaitiaki. 

This presentation focuses on the perspectives on water, the framework of Te Mana o te Wai and the aspirations and work of the Iwi Chairs Forum and the Freshwater Iwi Leaders Group in trying to ensure that water is protected and used sustainably and equitably as this land’s first people. It will touch on planning mechanisms, engagement with the Crown and collaborative work across the country that iwi, hapu and whanau are undertaking to protect this sacred taonga.




Download her presentation slides here