Our People

Meet Our People at Mana Taiao
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Buddy Mikaere

Ngāti Pūkenga/Ngāti Ranginui

First Class Honours in Māori Studies from Canterbury University Diploma in Industrial Psychology Victoria University of Wellington

For the past eighteen years Buddy has facilitated Māori consultation on cultural and environmental issues for a number of large development projects; and for a wide range of corporate clients. Buddy has also provided policy and strategic advice to Government departments including the Department of Corrections, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Māori Development.

He has also provided strategic planning advice to corporate clients including MAI FM and MAI MEDIA.

Buddy established and was inaugural chair of the Māori Business Network in Auckland. He has also worked closely with a number of large Māori organisations including the Tuwharetoa Māori Trust Board, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Waikato Raupatu Lands Trust and the Wellington Tenths Trust.

Prior to becoming engaged in consultancy work, Buddy was Director of the Waitangi Tribunal and as such has a firm interest in and grasp of Māori issues.

His previous work experience has been in Human Resources and Industrial Relations in both the private and public sectors.

Jacqui Rolleston

Jacqui Rolleston

Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Pūkenga

Ko Mātaatua, Takitimu, Tainui me Te Arawa ngā waka. He uri ahau nō Tauranga Moana. Ko Ngāti Ranginui, ko Ngāi Te Rangi oku Iwi. He hononga aku Ngāti Kahu ki Tauranga, Ngāti Pūkenga ki Tauranga, me Ngāti Whakaue ki Rotorua.

Jacqui serves a Director with the Regional Public Service Commission (RPSC) – Waiariki whose role is to strengthen regional system leadership by working to coordinate and align central government decision makers. The RPSC are focused on the planning and delivery of wellbeing outcomes in their regions and ensuring there is regional alignment and national level input where needed to achieve outcomes for communities. They bring together regional leaders to provide leadership and ‘eyesight’ including the development of regional and or local priorities and use the ‘convene, resolve and escalate’ framework to do this.

Jacqui’s portfolios include economic development; CDEM; local government policy; consents and compliance in environmental management; and data to inform equitable decision making within the region, particularly that for iwi Māori and Pasifika. Jacqui has over 20 years local government experience and is currently undertaking a Masters in Indigenous Studies through Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi.

Fuelled with a desire to support Māori business, she is also the co-owner Director of Mana Taiao Events Management Limited who curate learning and networking opportunities to enable and build the capability and capacity for Pakihi Māori.  In line with this, Jacqui is proud to serve as an active Board Member of the Tauranga Māori Business Association (TMBA), her Iwi (Ngāti Ranginui) and her hapū (Pirirakau).