I was born in “Te Takere o te Waka Te Arawa” Rotorua at a place called Owhata, under the watchful eye of my ancestral houses ‘Tutanekai & Hinemoa,’ into a family of 12 with me being the youngest. I started my working life on a farm as a shepherd before moving to Wellington. Where, I worked in General Motors Car Factory for 5 years as a carpainter, before returning to Rotorua. Whilst in Wellington I met my wife, whom has since passed on, of Te Whanau a Ruataupare, Ngati Porou and Ngati Rongowhakaata descent. We have 2 girls whom have given us 3 awesome mokopuna, all boys. For the past 20 years I have been working in Education and Social Services, specialising in working with young people referred by CYPS and Youth Justice.
Maaka Tibble MNZM
Ngati Porou, Whanau a Apanui, MNZM
Maaka is a very wise and expert counsel. He has a particular passion for the development of initiatives that will lead to positive outcomes for Maori and the Disability Sector. In 1992 he was awarded the Sir Winston Churchill Fellowship. He completed research looking at a comparison of Maori access to disability services and First Nation people of America and Canada. He has a business and management background and in 2000 completed a degree in Social Science (Human Services).
He has been a Manager of Maori Mental Services, a Disability Consultant, a Manager and Social Worker with the Royal NZ Foundation for the Blind. He has been the Chair of Family Farm Trusts, Board Member with the SWRB, Health Board member, Chairperson, President and reviewer with NZQA. He was awarded a MNZM in 2002 for services to the disability sector. He has attended international conference as a speaker, presenter several times.
He is married to Roberta and has three adult children and two beautiful girl mokopuna. He ran the World Blind Marathon in Vancouver in 1982 and currently tandem bikes.
Frances Diver is Ngai Tahu, Waitaha, Kati Mamoe and Rapuwai, she and her husband Peter have lived in Central Otago for 45 years, raised a family of 3 and now have 11 wonderful mokopuna.
Frances and Peter are directors of a pioneered aquaculture business of a fresh water crayfish farm in Alexandra.
Frances has established the first Maori Health Provider Service in Central Otago and is the director of Uruuruwhenua Health UH Inc. Frances is currently Chairperson for Te Ao Huri Whanau Group and a Life Member of Supporting Families with Mental Illness in Central Otago (which Frances founded). Frances is also a Ngai Tahu Representative on many committee's in Central Otago.