Curriculum Vitae

Pauline Eunice Tangiora, JP, QSO, QSM

P.O. Box 33, Mahia, Hawke’s Bay, Aotearoa/New Zealand

Tribe: Rongomaiwahine

Affiliated to

Ngai Tamanuhiri

Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki

Ngati Porou



Te Uri o WaiKaremoana

Primary Education:

Hastings Central

Napier Central

Taradale Primary

Raurimu National Park

Gisborne Te Hapara

Secondary Education:

Napier Girls High School

Twelve months in Dannevirke as Nanny to four children. Whilst in Dannevirke played basketball for Matamau, netball and marching team member, and member of Dannevirke Amateur Athletic and Cycling Club and Dannevirke Swimming Club.

Kuia (Elder), Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother

Tertiary Qualifications:

Massey University Paper 36102 Human Development

Massey University Paper 36215 Stage II (1986)

Certificate: Artificial Inseminator of Cattle (1974)

Certificate: Trained Family Counsellor (1971)

Personal Statement

Involved in the establishment of Kohanga Reo and Te Reo Maori Programmes. Wider interests include the preservation of the environment and conservation from the Holistic perspective. This has been done through uplifting other's awareness of the frailty of our land, forests and sea through disseminating material and speaking at overseas conferences. Monitoring as well as presenting submissions from a Maori perspective that will benefit all people of Aotearoa, now and for the future.

Current Positions of Responsibility:

Pauline Tangiora is involved in many areas of participation in both the Pakeha and Maori world e.g. Runanga Kuia, Women's, Environmental, Health and Spiritual groups. She is involved in various community advisory events as an elder and counsellor. She continues to attend many international fora on Human Rights, Spiritual Leadership, Peace and Conflict Resolution and Indigenous issues.

2018 Awarded Wisdom Fellowship Award by the Sacred Fire Foundation, Berkeley US.

2017 Awarded International Bremen Peace Award by the Schwelle Foundation, Germany.

2016 Finalist for Kiwibank New Zealand Local Hero of the Year

2015 Awarded Eastern Institute of Technology Medal of Distinction for Service to EIT and the Community

2015 Honorary Director 1Earth Institute Inc

2013-17 Founding Member Rising Women Rising World

2007-16 Board Member of World Futures Council, (Honorary Board Member 2017)

2008-9 Founding President of the World Forum for Fisher Peoples

2006-17 Ambassador to the 13 International Indigenous Grandmothers’ Council

2007-17 Ambassador to the Earth Council International

1995-2017 Vice-President and Life Member of Aotearoa Women's International League for Peace and Freedom

2004 -2017 Advisory Committee Maori to National Library Aotearoa (NZ)

2003-2017 Kaiwhakamana ( Official Prison Visitor)

1991-2017 International Affairs Liaison Person for Maori Women's Welfare League - represented MWWL at various international hui/meetings

1993-2017 Patroness, Aotearoa/New Zealand Foundation for Peace Studies

1997-2009 Chairperson Maori Consultative Committee Eastern Institute of Technology

1990-2017 Kuia for Eastern Institute of Technology

1991-2017 Kaiuku Marae Trustee

1988-2017 Justice of the Peace and Marriage Celebrant

1983 -2017 Maori Committee Member and Kuia of the Hawke's Bay Museum

2001-2017 Director PET Southern Star Trust

2002-2009 Advisor to Journey to the Heart Conferences

2008-2017 Grandmother to Arboleda de Gaia, Spain.

Past Positions of Responsibility

1993-2008 Member, Earth Council

2004-8 Trustee Mahanga Marae

2003-7 Trustee Tuahuru Marae

2002-7 Member Public Advisory Committee on Disarmament and Arms Control

2001 Awarded Queen's Service Order

2001-3Wairoa Safety Community Council

2000-7 Co-Chair World Forum for Fisher Peoples

1997-2006 Commissioner Earth Charter

1994 Member of Rigoberta Menchu Tum Committee: Indigenous Initiative for Peace. Later accompanied this committee on a peace mission to Chiapas, Mexico during the revolution.

1999-2000 Member of Indigenous Committee advising on Hanover 2000 World Expo and the Indigenous Display

1988-2001 Trustee, Te Whanau-O Rongomaiwahine Trust

1985-1987 Hawke's Bay Polytechnic Council

1982-1986 Involved in support groups for unemployed and rehabilitation of youth

1967-2009 Actively involved in Prison visiting and counselling of those in these institutions both in official and unofficial capacities. Was involved in advising the Justice Department on the recommendations in the Roper Report, and Maori in the Justice System.

Chronology of Other Positions of Responsibility:

2003 Visited Iraqi communities to be alongside women, children and families with the fear of looming war with the US.

2000 Keynote and plenary speaker, Just Peace? Conference, Auckland

1997-1999 Chairperson and Trustee for Nga Wahine Pasifika, organiser for the Pacific Women's Court, Auckland, September 1999.

1997-1999 Chairperson Ministry of Commerce-Life Form Focus Group

1999 Speaker and Delegate to the Hague Appeal for Peace Conference, The Hague, The Netherlands

1999 Speaker at World Peace Inner Peace Conference, The Hague, The Netherlands

1999 Opening speaker at the State of the World Forum, Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

1997 Attended State of the World Forum, San Francisco

World Council Indigenous Peoples' Women's Section Regional Representative

Vice President, Aotearoa Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF).

Chairperson and trustee Te Whanau o Rongomaiwahine Trust.

(1988-2002: Founding member and Trustee of Te Whanau o Rongomaiwahine Trust).

1989-1994 President, Aotearoa Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)

1994-1995 Co-President, Aotearoa WILPF

1996-1998 Consultative Committee member to Senior Traffic Inspector

Member of Maori Development Group, Justice Department to review Te Ara Hou - Maori in the Justice System and Roper Report

1993 Delegate, Working Group Indigenous Peoples, Vienna

Delegate, UN Human Rights World Conference, Vienna

Coordinator, Indigenous Peoples Conference, Vienna

1986-1998 Attended several meetings:

Human Rights Technical Meeting, Geneva

Working Group Indigenous Peoples, Geneva

1993 Delegate, 2nd Summit Indigenous Peoples, Mexico

1992 Attended Various Conferences

New Zealand Maori Council Delegate to International Indigenous conference, Brazil - UNCED

WILPF accredited delegate to UNCED, Brazil

WILPF accredited delegate, Indigenous Conference, Kari Oca, Brazil

Member, Executive, World Council of Indigenous Peoples Women's executive

1991-1993 Mahia Maori Committee Member

1990-1994 Standing Committee National Council of Women (NCW) on Cultural Affairs (corresponding member)

Standing Committee NCW on International Affairs (corresponding member)

Standing Committee NCW on Social Welfare (corresponding member)

1990-1993 International Steering Committee Health for Minorities Year 2000

1992-1996 Consultant to International Steering Committee World Court Project

1990 Awarded New Zealand Commemoration Medal

1990-1996 Member, World Court Project Committee Aotearoa

1990-1995 Appointed to Board of Management New Zealand Traffic College

1990 Moved back to Mahia

1990-1994 Councillor with ACC on sexual abuse

1989-1991 Chairperson, Tamaki-nui-a Rua District Maori Executive

1988-1989 Member Central Fisheries Committee

1988 Awarded Queen Service Medal for Community Service

1988-1989 Foundation Chairperson, Palmerston North Executive Committee Social Welfare

1987-1990 Hawke's Bay Polytechnic Council Member

1987-1996 Director, Maori International

1987-1991 Chairperson, Te Ahu-a-Turanga Woodville Maori Committee

1986 Honoured by Piscataway Nation to be made Grandmother of Piscataway Nation

1986-1987 Along with her late husband, in the Maori dimension, supportive in the role of Kaumatua to Kohanga Reo, Matua Whangai; Tutor Hawke's Bay Community College in the Maori areas of nursing and health, and Pakeha liaison in the understanding between our people.

1986 Life member of the Maori Women's Welfare League

Extra mural student Massey University

1986-1991 Assistant Area Representative, Ikaroa Maori Women's Welfare League

1986-1989 Representative to Runanganui o Takitimu Matua Whangai

1986-1987 Once-a-term Visiting Lecturer Massey University- Multiculture in Education paper

1986-1989 Tamaki-nui-a-Rua Matua Whangai Care Management Committee Member

1986-1987 Chairperson DEC- District Executive Committee, Palmerston North

1985-1987 Appointed to District Distribution Committee, Community Organisations Grant Scheme

1985-1992 Kaumatua/Kuia, Te Puna Wai-Ora i te Whanau Hostel, Palmerston North

1985-1991 President, Ikaroa Maori Women's Welfare League

1985 Te Maori Exhibition to San Francisco , USA, as Te Tira o Takitimu Group

1985-1989 Transferred to Dannevirke Lioness Club

1985-1987 Transferred as Volunteer to Department of Social Welfare in Palmerston North

1985-1991 Transferred to Woodville Maori Women's Welfare League (MWWL)

1985-1991 Delegate, Tamaki-nui-a Rua Executive Committee

1985-1991 Delegate, Takitimu District Maori Council

1985-1987 Member, Te Ahu-a Turanga Maori Committee

1985-1991 Moved to Woodville

1983-1989 Member, Hawke's Bay Hospital Board's Advisory Committee Parenting and Obstetrics

1983-1985 Member Education, Justice and Development Committee, Thomas Moore Parish, Napier

Committee Member Maraenui Trust

Long-time Committee Member with unemployed

YMCA Administrating/Supervisor Life Skills Module

1982-1995 Hon Community Officer Department Maori Affairs assigned to Courts. Government changed the Act in 1995 - now defunct.

1982-1985 Board Member YMCA, Napier

Founded Steps Programme YMCA

1982-1985 Portfolio YMCA Tu Tangata Awards

1982-1985 Member Maraenui Trust

1982-1984 Treasurer, Napier Branch MWWL

Treasurer, PACIFICA Hastings, Hawke's Bay

Volunteer Hawke's Bay Hospital Board Extra Mural Services

1982-1991 President, Ikaroa MWWL

Secretary, Heretaunga D.C. MWWL

1982-1985 Secretary, Runanganui-o-Ruawharo

1981-1984 Christian Doctrine Teacher, St Patrick's School, Napier

1981-1983 PTA Committee Member St Patrick 's Convent, Napier

1981 Transferred to Napier Branch MWWL

Treasurer and member for several years, PACIFICA , Hawke's Bay

1980-1985 PTA Committee member Napier Girl's High School

1977 Accident on Farm which caused severe spinal damage which curtailed previous sporting and farming activities.

Whilst in Kaitaia, Member MWWL, Mangonui Golf Club

Toastmistress Club

1973-1977 Speech Teacher, Marist Convent School Waitaruke- Kaeo

1972-1978 Moved to Kaitaia and Ventured into a Braham Breeding Cattle Business for domestic and international export

1970-1972 Foundation member and President Manunui MWWL (King Country)


Palmerston North, married and had a family

Moved to Taumaranui - different positions held and interests include:

King Country Netball Association Office Holder

Member Taumaranui Choral and Operatic Society

Organiser of Youth Club and Youth Groups

Involved in Marae activities

Itinerant Reporter for 3 years: Taumaranui Press

Manager, Taumaranui Antique Shop (2 years)
Member Catholic Women's League

7 years with family Export Wool and Skin business

15 years as a Wool Classer

5 years Secretary King Country Primary Sports Association

Secretary Taumaranui Athletic and Cycling Club

Secretary Taumaranui Swimming Club


Mrs Tangiora has submitted various papers and workshops on Health- Environment and Indigenous Issues, Spiritual Well-being and Peace.

Tangiora, Pauline. "Prayers for a Thousand Years", published in Hope for the New Millennium : Inspiration from Leaders and Visionaries around the World, Harpers, San Francisco , 1999.

Tangiora, Pauline. "Weaving Maori Women's Lives", published in Pacific Women Speak Out: for Independence and Denuclearisation , ed Zohl de Ishtar, Raven Press, New Zealand, 1998.

Tangiora, Pauline. "An Indigenous Perspective on One Aspect of Reconciliation", Chapter 23, published in Constructive Conflict Management Asia-Pacific Cases, editors Fred.E.Jandt and Paul Pedersen, Sage Print Publications, London, 1996.

Tangiora, Pauline. "Our right to be as one in community", published in Look at the World Through Women's Eyes: Plenary Speeches from the NGO Forum on Women Beijing 1995, ed Eva Freidlander, 1996, New York .

Tangiora, Pauline. Essay published in: Choosing our Future: Visions of a Sustainable World, eds Tanvi Nagpal and Camilla Foltz World Resource Institute, 1995.

Tangiora, Pauline. "Tino Rangatiratanga", Chapter 9, published in Tu Galala: Social Changes in the Pacific, ed David Robie, Pluto Press, Australia 1992.

Tangiora, Pauline. “Traditional Reconciliation”, published in Securing a Peaceful Pacific, ed John Henderson and Greg Watson, Canterbury University Press, Christchurch, 2005.


Gallagher, Kathleen. Tau Te Mauri –Breath of Peace film interviews Pauline Tangiora about her peace work. Available from

Lennon, Julian and Kim Kindersley. Producers of The Gathering: Return of the Whale Dreamers – a film featuring Pauline Tangiora and other indigenous elders. 2006. Available from Winner of Best International Film Festival at 2006 Wairoa Maori International Film Festive, New Zealand.