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Julia Whaipooti to take up shared leadership role at Te Kahui Tika Tangata Human Rights Commission

Te Kāhui Tika Tangata Human Rights Commission proudly announces the appointment of Julia Amua Whaipooti (Ngāti Porou) as Tatau-Urutahi|shared leader. Julia brings a wealth of experience, dedication, and a deep understanding of human rights issues and Te Tiriti o Waitangi to this vital role within the Commission’s new shared leadership team.

The Tatau-Urutahi shared leader position is a crucial part of the Commission’s commitment to fostering a treaty-based partnership, working alongside Tatau-Uruora (shared leader/Chief Executive) Meg de Ronde. This innovative leadership model reflects the Commission’s dedication to honouring the partnership inherent in te Tiriti o Waitangi between Tino Rangatiratanga (self-determination of Māori) and Kāwanatanga (government).

“This is about walking the talk and showing that the Commission can be accountable to the provisions of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, which means specifically to Tangata Whenua and as a National Human Rights Institution serving all people in Aotearoa New Zealand,” says Rongomau Taketake|Indigenous Rights Partner Claire Charters

“Julia Amua Whaipooti’s appointment is a testament to her outstanding contributions and advocacy for human rights, particularly in relation to the rights of Māori and other marginalised communities,” says Tatau-Uruora (shared leader/Chief Executive) Meg de Ronde. “I really look forward to walking this journey, towards a rights-respecting Aotearoa, with her.”

Former lawyer Whaipooti is a highly respected advocate, community leader and change maker. She has broad public sector experience, currently as Director of Engagement on the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care and previously with the Office of the Children’s Commissioner and on Te Uepū Hāpai i te ora – Safe and Effective Justice Advisory Group.

“I am looking forward to continuing the important work of the Commission to uphold the mana and status of human rights in Aotearoa,” says Whaipooti.

The Commission says Whaipooti’s appointment will strengthen the organisation’s commitment to promoting and protecting human rights for all. Her leadership will play a pivotal role in advancing the Commission’s vision where everyone in Aotearoa New Zealand can live a life of dignity.

Whaipooti will start in the role at the end of January.


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