The Te Rūnanga Papa Atawhai O Te Tai Tokerau/Northland Conservation Board has 7 members appointed by the Minister of Conservation. Find out more about the current members of the Board.

Nyree (Nyze) Manuel of Whangaroa (Chairperson)

Appointment term: 2 July 2021 to 30 June 2024

Nyze (Ngāpuhi ki Whangaroa, Ngatikahu ki Whangaroa, Te Arawa, and Ngāpuhi) is on the Board of Te Rūnanga O Whaingaroa, Kaitiaki Whangaroa, and Karangahape Marae Trust. She is well known in the community and offers an intricate knowledge of tikanga Māori.

John (Hone) Tiatoa of Waimate North (Deputy Chairperson)

Appointment term: 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2025

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John (Ngāti Awa ki Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Manaia ki Ngāpuhi, Uri o Pou ki Ngāpuhi) holds multiple chairperson and executive roles focusing on research and development for whānau, hapū.and iwi trusts and charitable organisations. John is also a policy advisor for the Māori interest within Article 2 of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and oversees the implementation of that interest into New Zealand's domestic and international policy.

Karen Joyce-Paki of Kaipara

Appointment term: 1 July 2023 to 30 June 2026

Karen (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Whatua, Ngāti Ruanui, Te Uri o Hau) is a regional manager for Tatauranga Aotearoa/Statistics NZ and has completed two terms as a councillor for the Kaipara District Council. Ms Joyce-Paki previously worked for the Department of Conservation in a number of community-focused roles. She is a trained marine medic and has an interest in educating Māori youth of the Māori perspective on the environment.

Robert (Blue) Newport of Ōkaihau

Appointment term: 7 July 2020 to 30 June 2026

Blue is a sheep and beef farmer and a teacher in tourism and social sciences. He is a Queen Elizabeth II National Trust covenant owner and is involved in the Okaihau community in various beautification and environmental maintenance projects.

Kayla Raines of Whāngarei

Appointment term: 7 July 2020 to 30 June 2024

Kayla is a horticultural worker who is involved in a number of community conservation and land care projects, involving species monitoring and restoration planting. She has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Biodiversity Management.

Liam Rātana of Whāngarei

Appointment term: 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2025

Liam (Ngāti Wairupe raua ko Ngāti Kuri ki Herekino) is currently the Chair of his whānau trust and on the Executive Committee for his hapū. He is self-employed, working with a number of regional and national governmental organisations, NGOs, not-for-profits, and even SMEs as a business and communications consultant. An internationally published journalist, Liam also studied towards a conjoint Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts at The University of Auckland.

Penny Smart of Dargaville

Appointment term: 1 July 2023 to 30 June 2024

Penny has extensive links throughout Northland with membership of numerous Trusts, and as a former Chair of the Northland Regional Council. She is a strategic thinker, with strong governance skills, who is passionate about conservation.

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