In 2021, Wellington City Councillors agreed to appoint two representatives of its Tākai Here partners to Council committees and give them voting rights for the 2022-2025 triennium.
The new mana whenua representatives are Liz Kelly and Holden Hohaia (both pictured).
A life-long Wellingtonian, Holden Hohaia was appointed by the post settlement governance entity of his iwi, Taranaki Whānui ki te Upoko o te Ika.
He is a qualified lawyer and Māori language interpreter. He is currently General Manager Te Tiriti Strategy at Manaaki Whenua (Landcare Research).
In previous years, Mr Hohaia held a similar role on our Council’s executive leadership team and spent some time as Support Manager for CitiOperations business unit.
He is currently the Chair of the Ngāti Maru Post Settlement Entity – Te Kāhui Maru, and is the immediate past Chair of Taranaki Whānui ki te Upoko o te Ika.
He has also served on a number of boards, for example Experience Wellington, one of our Council Controlled Organisations, as well as being an advisory trustee for Te Aro Pā Trust, and a director for Predator Free Wellington.
Wellington City Council’s mana whenua representative, Liz Kelly, is a former Porirua Deputy Mayor and represents Ngāti Toa Rangatira on Wellington City Council’s committees.
The Council says she brings vast knowledge from her former local government roles, where she worked within Strategy and Finance, the District Plan Review, Employment and Economic Development, Joint Waste Water and Landfill and the Sister Cities portfolios.
Ms Kelly has also held leadership positions for many years and has developed extensive management experience across a diverse background including health, social services and education.
She has established a successful family business that continues to grow and actively promotes and supports Māori business.
She is a former Certified Resource Management Commissioner, a current Justice of Peace and remains the CEO for the Porirua Whānau Centre, where she has grown the Trust to include the establishment of a registered social housing provider as well as a registered Early Childhood Education (ECE) for 65 tamariki.