The Minister for Urban Development, Phil Twyford, on behalf of the Eastern Porirua Regeneration Project partners, has appointed a seven-member independent advisory panel, Te Pae, as Kaitiaki (Guardian) of the vision and objectives of the Project.

The Eastern Porirua Regeneration Project is a partnership between the Crown (including the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development), Porirua City Council and Te Runanga o Toa Rangatira (Ngāti Toa) to invest in housing, infrastructure, community facilities, town centres, schooling, training, employment, and social services.

Further information on the project can be found on link)

Membership of the Panel

The members of the Panel reflect the diverse communities of eastern Porirua, and their backgrounds bring a set of wide-ranging skills and experience.

Ranei Wineera-Parai (Chair)

Māori (Ngāti Toa). Porirua resident. Tū Ora Compass health (Team Leader); Whāngaia Ngā Harakeke (Co-director); Tumai Hauora Ki Porirua Alliance (Manager)

Lynell Huria

Māori (Ngāti Ruanui, Ngā Ruahine Rangi, Ngā Rauru). A J Park, Intellectual Property Lawyers & Consultants (Principal), Te Awe Māori Business Network (Member), Skidroc Ltd (Director), Crown Forestry Rental Trust (Trustee), directorship at Te Pitau Limited

Danny Mareko

Samoan. Eastern Porirua resident. Etu Ao Pacific Early Childhood Service (Founder and Manager), Pacific Whanau Ora (Contract Manager), Engaging priority Families (Contract manager), O A’u O Le samoa (Enrolment manager), Lavalava A Samoa Trust (Founder)

Simon Phillips

Māori (Ngāti Ruanui, Ngā Rauru, Atiawa, Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Whatua). Porirua resident. Maraeroa Marae Health Clinic (Chief Executive Officer)

Tuaine-Nurse Robati

Cook Islander. (Te Auaha, Whitireia New Zealand, Academic Advisor

Pacific Strategy Team, Wellington Institute of Technology

& Whitireia Community Polytechnic

Maria Uluilelata

Samoan. Porirua resident. Statistics New Zealand (Community Engagement Lead, Lower North and Southern Region)

Shayne Warren

Manager of the Whitireia Carpentry Programme, Manager of the Porirua Apprenticeship Trust, Marker Moderator / Trainer for Sitesafe, Specialized Vehicle Operation Trainer for the NZ Police, Area account manager, specialist trades for lower North Island for Skills NZ

The Role of the Panel

Te Pae’s role is to work with the eastern Porirua community to provide advice to the Project partners and Kāinga Ora (the lead delivery agency) on regeneration activities that, in tandem with the physical redevelopment of housing, infrastructure and physical amenity, will improve economic, social and environmental outcomes for the community.

Te Pae also has a role in reporting through to the responsible Minister, Porirua City Council and Ngāti Toa.  

While Te Pae does not have any financial responsibilities, they can, hold the delivery entities to account to ensure that they are delivering on the objectives in an integrated and timely manner.

Te Pae will report through to the responsible Ministers, Porirua City Council and Te Rūnanga o Toa Rangatira Inc (Ngāti Toa). It is intended that Te Pae remain in place for the entire length of the project.