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Panel Discussion



Governance of Māori entities - Learning from past experience

Join us to hear insights from Michael Stiassny, Chair of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Whai Rawa followed by a panel discussion with experienced directors who will reflect on these learnings.

Michael Stiassny, Mike Simm, Eru Lyndon, Ripeka Evans, June McCabe
4:30pm — 7:30pm, 23 November 2022
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Tau Henare Drive, Waitangi
Price members
$60.00 incl GST
Price non-members
$80.00 incl GST


As Chair of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Whai Rawa, Michael will share his experiences, expectations, motivation for involvement and the changes he has had to make to his behaviours and procedures. His nine-year journey has been transformational and an example to other iwi on how to manage their financial resources for the benefit of current and future members.

Following his keynote presentation, Michael will be joined for a panel discussion facilitated by Mike Simm with panellists Ripeka Evans, Eru Lyndon and June McCabe. The panel will discuss issues highlighted by Michael with particular reference to local Tai Tokerau issues and experiences.

Thank you to our event sponsor Top Energy for their support.


Michael Stiassny

Michael has over 40 years’ experience as a Chartered Accountant, specialising in strategic advice, insolvency, and turnaround activities.

He is currently Chair of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Whai Rawa Limited and Tower Limited, and a director of a number of other companies.

He is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (retired), a life member of RITANZ, a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors and a past President of the Institute.


Mike Simm

Mike Simm is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors and an experienced company director based in Kerikeri. His previous directorships include NZ Tourism, NZ Conservation Authority, Te Puia - NZ Māori Arts and Crafts Institute, Waitangi Ltd, Ngāpuhi Asset Holdings and Fullers Bay of Islands.

Ripeka Evans

Ripeka (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Porou, Te Aupōuri, Ngāti Kahu) has been a director, chair, chief executive and strategic advisor. Based in Wellington, she is a consultant specialising in Treaty partnerships and Māori economic development.

Ripeka began her career with the Māori Economic Development Commission and then Television New Zealand. She has held Chief Executive roles with Te Māngai Paho, Toi Eastern Bay of Plenty Economic Development Agency as well as director and trustee roles with Te Aupōuri Fisheries Limited and Te Rūnanganui o Te Aupōuri. She is a member of the Te Ao Māori Strategy Committee of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand.

Eru Lyndon

Eru Lyndon is of Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Whatua, Ngāti Wai, Ngāti Kahu and Ngati Toa descent. As an executive, Eru is the Regional Commissioner for Social Development, Northland, at the Ministry of Social Development, and the inaugural Public Service Commissioner for Northland on behalf of the Public Service Commission. Eru holds a portfolio of governance roles spanning tourism, health, and sport, and has also held governance roles in the tertiary education sector including as a current member of the University of Auckland Business School’s advisory board.

Eru has experience in pre and post-settlement hapu and iwi contexts, and is proud of the extensive work he has led in relation to the Crown-Maori relationship most recently leading, in partnership with iwi Maori and local government leaders, two regional responses to COVID related lockdowns.

Eru holds a Bachelor of Laws, an MBA (dist. and valedictorian), and has completed executive programmes at IMD (Lausanne, Switzerland), Stanford and MIT (Boston, USA).

June McCabe

June McCabe, Executive Director of Sustainable Prosperity, has been a company director for over 20 years and held directorships across a wide range of sectors including housing, property, finance, health, education, technology and investment.

In parallel, she has been involved in banking and finance industry as a senior executive in Westpac Banking Corporation, and in a consultancy partnership role with JBWere. Her notable previous directorships include, Television New Zealand, Accident Compensation Corporation and the New Zealand Venture Investment Fund.

She is currently on the boards of Avanti Finance, Procare Group and is chair of an iwi asset holding company.

Additional information


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Auckland Branch Manager

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  • Waitangi

    23 Nov 2022
    Members — $60.00
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