Nga Ngaru is the National Maori Authority established to advocate on behalf of Maori when it comes to economic, social and environmental issues. Nga Ngaru is a member based organisation comprised of individuals, Iwi and community based organisations, Maori business and industry, academia and researchers. As one of the Registered Maoris Organisations our work spans a wide range of fields from research and analysis to the development of economic development strategies in support of our members while also focusing in on innovative approaches to innovation around social services. The Authority also runs workshops, forums and events to ensure our members are both well informed and educated when it comes to hot button issues, governance and management training, best practice and the development strategies and programs that improve the way organisations operate. Nga Ngaru is also the owner of the quality assurance and development platform known as Koru Quality.
Our team consists of some of Maoridom's modern day leaders who have more than a hundred years of experience between them. The Authority is Chaired by Matthew Tukaki who is also the Executive Director of the New Zealand Maori Council and formerly the head of the World's oldest, and one of the largest, employment companies, Drake International. Our Directors include Norm Dewes CEOTe Rūnanga o Ngā Maata Waka, former Te Runanga o Kirikiriroa chief executive Mere Balzer, Martin Kaipo, Chief Executive Officer at Te Hau Awhiowhio o Otangarei Trust, Toa Fanva, CEO of Te Rūnunga and is also a member of the Māori Reference Group that oversees E Tū Whānau and George Ngatai, Director of the Whanau Ora Community Clinic. Our operational and specialist management staff include Diane Tuari, former Deputy CEO of Waipereira, Pam Armstrong (who leads our Koru Quality services) and Frana Botica (who looks after the office and administration).