The NZ Māori Council is spearheaded by elected representatives from each Māori District. From within this national body, representatives are elected onto the Executive Team to advance the vision, mission and goals of the NZ Māori Council within the parameters of the Maori Community Development Act 1962.
The Executive Roles:
Honorary President: NZ Māori Council have an Honorary President’s position which is reserved for the Council’s Senior Statesmen.
Co-Chairs: The co-chairs have the powers necessary to promote and advance the general functions of the New Zealand Māori Council and the efficient operation of the Māori Associations under the Community Development Act 1962, provided, that they are at all times be subject to such directions as the Council may give on any particular matter.
Maori Council Executive Members
Sir Graham Latimer has risen throught the ranks within tribal leadership influencing change. The State Owned Enterprise Act, Crown Forest Assets Act, Crown Forest Rental Trust, Maori Fisheries and Maori Broadcasting are a result of his efforts. A very gifted man who has worked across the political divide and in the interest of all Maori.Sir Graham Latimer, Honorary President
Sir Edward Durie was the first Māori appointed as a Justice of the High Court of New Zealand and is regarded as a leading legal expert on the Treaty of Waitangi. He is of Rangitāne, Ngāti Kauwhata and Ngāti Raukawa descent. His Vision is for Council to have an effective voice in promoting Maori policy development with Government.Sir Edward Taihakurei Durie, Co-Chairman
Maanu Paul ia of Ngati Moewhare, Ngati Haka/Patuheuheu, Ngati Pukeko, Ngati Awa, Tuhoe, Te Arawa and Tainui. Maanu is a long standing member of the Council and has been a leading advocate and negotiator for the Maori Council in the Fisheries, State Owned Enterprises, Te Reo, Maori TV and Maori Spectrum.Maanu Paul, Co-Chairman