24 Aug 2012

New names at centre for research excellence

11:00 am on 24 August 2012

A centre for research excellence, dedicated to topics affecting Maori communities, has appointed two new members to its board.

Nga Pae o te Maramatanga, hosted by the University of Auckland, has announced the appointments of Traci Houpapa and associate professor Pare Keiha.

Ms Houpapa is the first woman to chair the Federation of Maori Authorities since it began in 1987.

She is also a member of the Tainui executive committee and a partner in a Hamilton-based consulting firm that gives business advice to iwi and other clients.

She is a Member of the Order of New Zealand.

Mr Keiha is the Auckland University of Technology's pro-vice-chancellor for Maori advancement and dean of the Maori development faculty.

He has been involved in the governance of several public and private companies, including the Legal Services Agency and the Waitemata District Health Board.

He was made a Companion of the Queen's Service Order in 2008 for his services to business, education and Maori.