Waikato-Tainui appoints Tania Simpson to TGH Board

Waikato-Tainui Te Kauhanganui Inc., the tribal parliament of Waikato-Tainui has today announced the appointment of experienced Hamilton-based director Tania Simpson to the Board of Directors for Tainui Group Holdings (TGH), the intergenerational investment arm for Waikato-Tainui.
 
Patience Te Ao, Chair of the tribes Appointments Committee says Tania Simpson will bring extensive governance experience and a strong Maaori development perspective to the TGH Board.
 
While serving in a governance capacity on a wide range of iwi and commercial entities, Tania Simpson has always held on to a strong vision for iwi development and recognising Maaori values within business, Patience Te Ao says.
 
Governance roles held by Tania Simpson over the past 20 years include government, iwi and private sector entities including the Crown Research Institutes of AgResearch and Landcare Research. She served on the Board of Mighty River Power for more than 13 years and was appointed as the first Maaori director on the Board of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand in 2014. She is a member of the Waitangi Tribunal and sits on the Board of Global Women NZ.
 
Tania Simpson has Tainui tribal affiliations through Ngaati Raukawa and Ngaati Maniapoto and has previously served on the Board of the Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development among a number of other tribal connections.
 
After serving Waikato-Tainui in other capacities Tania Simpson is encouraged by the opportunities for TGH to make a positive impact for all 67,000 tribal members.
 
This is a good time to be joining the TGH Board. TGH has built a strong foundation over the past 15 years. As a result of this hard work there are many commercial opportunities for the tribe to continue to build a prosperous future for the present and future generations of Waikato-Tainui, says Tania.
 
Her appointment has been welcomed by TGH Chairman Sir Henry van der Heyden.
 
We are delighted to have a director of Tanias calibre join the TGH Board. We welcome Tanias perspective as an experienced director, as well as her involvement in tribal development and she brings further diversity to our Tainui Group Holdings Board, Sir Henry says.
 
The appointment also brings the TGH Board up to its full complement of six directors.
As a Te Kauhanganui appointment to the TGH Board, Tania Simpson joins existing directors; Sir Henry van der Heyden (Independent Chair), Hemi Rau and Tukoroirangi Morgan (from Te Arataura, the executive committee of the tribe), and independent directors Mike Allen and Matthew Cockram.
 
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