The Directors of Tutaiao Ltd are a dynamic husband and wife team with nearly twenty years of senior level experience across the local and central government sector, and in Treaty of Waitangi partnership development and management.

Rawiri Faulkner

Rawiri hails from Maketu in the Bay of Plenty and has affiliations to Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Huia, Ngai Te Rangi and Ngāti Toarangatira.  He has a Bachelor of Arts degree (Māori Resource Management and Geography Major) from Victoria University of Wellington and has held a number of roles in local and central government.  Rawiri’s strengths are in relationship management and facilitation services, policy advice and implementation, contract negotiation and performance management, as well as in transformative thought leadership for which he has been invited to speak at many conferences, seminars and workshops.

Although new to the full time Directorship of Tutaiao Ltd, Rawiri has in recent years provided consultancy services to the following organisations:

  • Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment – research proposal and programme review committees
  • Tertiary Education Commission – Māori Centre of Research Excellence Selection Panel
  • New Zealand Qualifications Authority – Degree Monitor for Te Wānanga o Raukawa
  • Western Bay of Plenty District Council – Iwi Engagement Review; Community Facilitation

Until recently, Rawiri was General Manager Māori Partnerships at Greater Wellington Regional Council overseeing and directing the Council’s work with its Treaty of Waitangi partners in the region.  Previous to this role Rawiri was General Manager Māori Strategy at GNS Science and he has also held roles at the Ministry of Research Science and Technology (MoRST), Foundation for Research Science and Technology, as well as Wellington City Council.  These roles provided Rawiri with extensive networks and a wealth of experience in governance, staff and financial management, stakeholder and project management, facilitation, science investment strategy, and policy advice.

Rawiri is also a member of the Institute of Directors and a qualified Independent Environmental Hearing Commissioner having served on several resource consent and plan development hearings.  Rawiri is currently chairing the Waikanae School Board of Trustees and has previously held a number of governance roles including as a member of Te Upoko Taiao and Policy and Strategy Committee’s at Greater Wellington, Chair of Orotokare Trust, Kapiti Island Tours Ltd, Whitireia Park Board, Chair of Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngā Mokopuna.

Rawiri has also supported numerous iwi and hapū groups in the management of planning, research facilitation and business development projects.

Linda Faulkner

Linda is of Ngāti Rangi and Whanganui descent from the southern central plateau region and the Whanganui River.  She has worked for many years in the environmental management sector and has spent much of her career seeking to facilitate the recognition and application of mātauranga Māori in mainstream environments.

In the last 12 months Linda has and continues to provide consultancy and contract services to the following organisations:

  • Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge – Programme Leader
  • Te Ātiawa o Te Waka-a-Māui – policy and planning advice and development
  • Productivity Commission – relationship and engagement management advice
  • Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment – research proposal and programme review committees

Linda’s most recent agency role was as General Manager Māori at the Environmental Protection Authority where she gained extensive experience in the area of environmental and cultural risk assessment and management.  Previous to this role, Linda worked at the Environmental Risk Management Authority, Te Papa Tongarewa, and HortResearch (now Plant & Food Research Ltd).  These roles gave Linda senior experience in strategic policy and planning, staff and financial management, relationship facilitation and management.

Linda has significant experience in working closely with Board’s and governors both for agencies, iwi and educational organisations.  Linda also held roles within her own iwi and is passionate about developing sustainable environmental partnerships for the benefit of generations to come.

Rawiri and Linda have four children and a granddaughter and are keen and dedicated members of their Kapiti Coast community.