April Nepia-Su'a

Pou Ārahi – Māori Development Leader

Nō Rongowhakaata, Ngāti Porou, Ngā Puhi rātou ko Ngāti Ruanui

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‘Ko au te taiao, ko te taiao ko au’  

April joins NIWA from The Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa as Pou Tikanga for the Iwi in Residence Exhibition – “Ko Rongowhakaata”, where she was responsible for Tikanga Māori protocols, enhancing the organisation’s cultural capability and awareness, along with a myriad of engagements with mana whenua, iwi and Pacific networks, national and international dignataries. She brings experience in the government, corporate, retail, public and travel industries where she held  positions at Taura Whiri i te reo Māori, Waitangi Tribunal and Air New Zealand.   

April’s role is iwi engagement in the central region,  building enduring relationships with NIWA and favourable outcomes for Te Ao Māori, and to strengthen and invigorate NIWA staff  with Mātauranga Māori raising further awareness of NIWA as a strong Treaty partner.