TupuToa welcomes new Co-Chair

TupuToa, the Trust which grows Māori and Pacific leaders for a greater Aotearoa, is pleased to announce the appointment of Tina Wilson as its Co-Chair.

In announcing the appointment, fellow Co-Chair Leopino Foliaki said he was excited about the contribution Ms Wilson could make in the role.

“Tina brings huge passion for our kaupapa, strategic thinking, leadership and governance experience. Her connections across Iwi, government and internationally will be an asset, particularly as our communities feel the disproportionate impact of Covid-19.”

Ms Wilson has been a Trustee of TupuToa over the last two years and is the Director - Māori Business at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, focused on strategy, partnerships and capability.

Mr Foliaki also thanked outgoing founding Co-Chair Rangimarie Hunia (CEO, Ngāti Whātua Orākei, Whai Maia Ltd) for her inspiring vision and dedicated leadership.

“Rangimarie has incredible social conscience and cultural connectivity. Her values driven-leadership and sharp business acumen have helped set up TupuToa in a very strong position for the future. We are privileged to have had her as our Co-Chair.”

TupuToa Chief Executive Anne Fitisemanu acknowledged the contribution of the wahine toa: “Both Rangimarie and Tina are inspirational role models. We greatly appreciate the mana that Rangimarie has brought to our kaupapa for our rangatahi. We look forward to continuing in the same manner with Tina’s expertise and energy.”

Ms Wilson said it was an honour to work with the TupuToa board and team for the last two years, and a privilege to follow Rangimarie’s lead.

“I am excited to continue this inspirational work alongside my fellow chair and board members - creating pathways for our Māori and Pacific young professionals. Creating an equitable representation, whilst supporting the growth and development of culturally safe workspaces where people can thrive is essential for New Zealand,” said Ms Wilson.

In the four years since its inception, TupuToa, which provides professional and pathway opportunities for Māori and Pacific tertiary students, has identified, trained and placed more than 450 Māori and Pacific interns into corporate and public sector roles. More than 80 per cent of its interns secure graduate jobs after their internships.

“Many in our community are facing greater hardship as a result of the social and economic impacts of Covid-19. Our role in empowering our Māori and Pacific communities to unlock their full potential has never been more important,” Mr Foliaki said.

Tina Wilson (Ngati Tukōrehe, Ngati Raukawa, Muaupoko, Rangitane and Ngai Tahu)

Tina is the Director of Māori Business at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, responsible for internationalising Māori Business and sourcing investment opportunities for Māori entities. She currently sits on the Council of Massey University and is the chair of Te Iwi o Ngati Tukorehe Trust. Prior to joining NZTE, Tina was CEO of the Taupo Moana Group/IWIinvestor – a specialist investment advisory firm for Māori (pan-tribal entities). Tina has worked within the Māori sector for the last 25 years, across investment, business strategy, financial management, training and economic development. She has extensive governance experience in both Māori and non- Māori organisations.

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