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Rukumoana Schaafhausen

Appointed July 2018

A lawyer, a director and an influential member of her iwi, Rukumoana Schaafhausen is renowned as a hard-working, principled “bridge builder” and a diverse thinker. Inspired by her tupuna (ancestors), Ruku has strived to make a difference beyond herself, and do what is right for the people of Aotearoa. Ruku is influenced by her Ngāti Haua ancestor Wiremu Tamihana, a leader largely responsible for establishing the Maori King movement in the mid-1800s, and she endeavours to emulate his qualities of peace-making, unity, strong values and faith in her own leadership journey. Indeed, Ruku’s strengths lie in working across corporates, communities and iwi to make positive social change for all of Aotearoa, and in championing young Maori women to become future leaders. She is now the chairperson of Te Arataura, the executive arm of Te Whakakitenga o Waikato, the tribal authority representing the people of Waikato-Tainui. 

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