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CrownThe 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.

Chair:   
The chair has 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 he is at all times be subject to such directions as the Council may give on any particular matter.

Chair Sir Taihakurei (Eddie) Durie

Deputy Chair Owen Lloyd

Executive Members:
 - Rev Harvey Ruru
– John Hooker
– Ngaio Te Ua
– Rudy Taylor
– Tamati Cairns

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, Chairman

About Us

The general functions of the New Zealand Māori Council are set out in the Māori Community Development Act 1962. This Act conveys the Council’s purpose and gives us the framework in which we operate.

Our Team

The NZ Māori Council is spearheaded by elected representatives from each Māori District. From within this national body, representatives are elected to advance the goals of the NZ Māori Council.

Our History

  • NZ Māori Council's rich and unique history can be traced back to the Kotahitanga movement and the Māori parliaments in the 1800s.

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