Te Mana Raraunga
Māori Data Sovereignty Network
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The People Involved

Ngā Tangata

Te Pokapu

The work programme of Te Mana Raraunga is overseen by a core working group, Te Pokapū. The members are:

Tahu Kukutai

Tahu is Professor of Demography at the National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis, University of Waikato. She affiliates to Ngāti Tīpa, Ngāti Kinohaku, Ngāti Māhanga and Te Aupōuri. Tahu specialises in Māori and indigenous demographic research and has written extensively on issues of indigenous population change, indigenous identity and official statistics. She is a founding member of Te Mana Raraunga and is Vice President of the Population Association of New Zealand. She is co-editor (with John Taylor) of the new volume Indigenous Data Sovereignty: Toward an Agenda (ANU Press). Tahu has degrees in History, Demography and Sociology from the University of Waikato and Stanford University. She was previously a journalist


Maui affiliates to Te Whakatohea, Nga Ruahine, and Te Mahurehure iwi. He is a member of the Whakatohea Māori Trust Board and Director on a number of its companies including Te Pou Oranga o Whakatohea, and Eastern Seafarms Ltd. Maui is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies at the University of Waikato.  His research is interdisciplinary in nature focusing on the application of mātauranga Māori (indigenous knowledge) to decision-making across a range of contexts from new technologies to health, the environment to innovation. Access to data and governance of data are key issues emerging from his research and led to his involvement in establishing Te Mana Raraunga.

Andrew Sporle

Andrew (Ngāti Apa, Rangitane, Te Rarawa) is based part-time in the Statistics Department at the University of Auckland, where he teaches in courses on survey methods and official statistics. He has recently returned to academia after several years consulting in the private sector on health service and research development. A sociologist and epidemiologist, his research interests include indigenous statistics, social inequities and the creation of public domain tools for accessing and applying existing data. He was formerly the inaugural Māori health research manager at the Health Research Council. His current research work includes improving the Māori responsiveness of mainstream research, creating longitudinal and quasi-experimental studies with existing data, the social and environmental determinants of stomach cancer in Māori, and the development of improved methods to apply official statistics to inform the prevention of premature death amongst Māori.

Wikuki Kingi QSM

Wikuki Kingi is a Tohunga Toi Ake; Master Carver, and Cultural Symbologist; a culmination of 26 generations of the ancient arts and first language of Indigenous technology and communication. A Native Scientist/Technologist he has an extensive history of creating artistic and cultural treasures for local and global communities including the world’s largest Maori / Pacific totem Pou Kapua. Wikuki is a founding trustee of Pou Kapua Creations Trust and the HAKAMANA Virtual Reality Collective; convenor and founding member of Planet Maori and TE HA Global Alliance who continue to support Indigenous technological sovereignty, 21st century productions, and business development. He is on the board of Seattle-based Indigenous Education Institute (IEI) whose work includes the NSF / NASA supported Cosmic Serpent programme. He is a member of the Native Science Academy based in San Francisco, working with the National Science Foundation Washington bringing native science values and methodologies alongside western science technology into their national programmes.  A creative leader, visionary and strategist, Wikuki “seeks to unleash the taniwha of transformation upon the universe, and unshackle the power of creativity and innovation encoded in our DNA.”


Vanessa (Ngaati Tiipa, Ngaati Tahinga, Ngaati Aamaru) is Principal of Vanessa Clark Consulting Ltd. Vanessa has more than 18 years of business and management experience in the ICT sector internationally (Hong Kong, London, Sydney, San Francisco) and locally. She worked at Cisco Systems Inc. in Silicon Valley for 11 years and returned to Aotearoa NZ in 2011. Vanessa is keen to share and leverage her global management experience and encourages collaboration and partnering in order to challenge the status quo and advance innovation, research and development and Māori economic imperatives. Vanessa was appointed to the Māori ICT Development Fund Expert Advisory Group in October 2015 and in December of the same year, appointed to the Board of Te Māngai Pāho.

Dan Te Kanawa

Dan is Chief Executive of the Tuhono Trust which manages the national Māori Affiliation Service. Dan’s iwi affiliations are Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Uekaha, Ngāti Pare TeKawa, Ngāti Kinohaku, Ngāti Rora, and Ngāti Apakura. His key areas of interest are: Māori Sector development and transformation to meet the challenges and mitigate the threats and risks of a rapidly changing modern world; incorporating traditional Māori cultural knowledge systems in the development of strategic intent, planning and the transformation of social, cultural, economic and environmental wellbeing; developing strategies and frameworks to serve or enhance the collective wellbeing of whānau, hapū and iwi that focus on identity, potential and wellbeing; and development of Māori controlled “data intermediaries” to serve the data needs of Māori with functional integration with recognised official data sources.

Warren Williams

Warren (Tūhoe / Waikato; Hapū: Te Urewera / Ngāti Māhanga) has a background in education, ICT and business. He has experience in IT leadership roles and is passionate about increasing Māori participation in the IT industry. He believes that Māori must be at the decision-making tables to enable change with Māori qualities that can benefit all facets of the industry. Warren has particular interest in Māori attaining leadership roles in this industry also. This passion encouraged him to undertake his PhD on increasing Māori participation in the IT industry. He is also a member of various Māori IT-related forums. These include the Digital Māori Forum (DMF) and PlanetMāori.com. Warren runs his digital consultancy business called “DigitalTaniwha.com” in the Waikato region. He provides digital transformation strategies and services to small businesses. Warren loves helping small businesses succeed in the digital world. Finally, Warren is a member of the Expert Advisory Group for the “Ka Hao: Māori Digital Technology Development Fund”, a contestable fund of $30 million established to support initiatives that will create high value jobs and opportunities for Māori in digital technologies.

James Hudson

Of the Ngāti Awa, Tuhoe, Ngāti Pukeko and Ngaitai tribes, James’s early career was in resource management, public and commercial law working with Māori tribes and organisations.  His focus then shifted towards researching with universities and whare wānanga (tribal universities) focussing on Māori and indigenous governance and development. During this time, he led several significant research collaborations amongst Māori and Crown research institutes while completing his doctorate in outcomes measures to quantify progress for iwi (tribes). More recently, James has led data innovations in a local government context for Māori in Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland). These included developing an integrated Māori data strategy, implementing a Māori-specific evaluation and monitoring framework, and reporting data on Māori wellbeing and contribution in Tamaki Makaurau. 

NGapera Riley

Ngapera is the Deputy CEO of Figure.NZ a technology company set up as a Charity, which pulls NZ's public aggregate data sets together in one place and makes it easy to understand and accessible for everyone, for free. The aim being to democratise data with a view to reducing inequalities through access to data and a knowledge of how to use it, in order to make better decisions for Aotearoa. Formerly the Global Director of the World Class New Zealand Network for Kea, Ngapera has also worked for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise in NYC and Los Angeles, The Ministry of Health, The University of Auckland, and works closely with Maori business and education efforts across New Zealand. She currently holds board positions with the Inzone Education Foundation, and Te Ohu Whai Ao Trust connecting Indigenous business efforts globally. Ngapera is passionate about working with young people to help give them opportunities to reach their potential.

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Donna Cormack

Donna (Kāti Mamoe, Kai Tahu) is a researcher with joint positions at Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pomare, University of Otago (Wellington), and Te Kupenga Hauora Māori, University of Auckland. She has been involved over a number of years in work on the conceptualisation, collection and classification of ethnicity data in Aotearoa, particularly as it relates to measuring and monitoring Māori health and health inequity. Her research and teaching interests include racism as a determinant of Indigenous health, critical approaches to Māori health and health equity, and data sovereignty.