The Executive Committee is a smaller panel of delegates chosen from the National Committee who meet more regularly and prepare recommendations for the National Committee.
The Executive comprises the Chairman, four delegates elected by the National Committee, and the delegate of the host region for the upcoming festival.
Chairman: Selwyn Parata
Four delegates: Annette Wehi (Host - Tāmaki Makaurau), Te Kahautu Maxwell (Mātaatua), Maui Tangohau (Te Tairāwhiti), Te Teira Davis (Te Whanganui a Tara)
Annette Wehi is a senior lecturer of Māori Performing Arts at Indigenous University Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi in New Zealand where her passion is to recognise the potential in Māori as they strive towards excellence in Māori performing arts. Annette’s current research kaupapa focuses on te reo Māori me ōna tikanga (Māori language & culture), Te wehi o te tū (performance excellence) and whanaungatanga (relationships) as the determining factors in successful kapa haka leadership.
As a Board Member of Te Matatini the national organisation responsible for the traditional Māori performing arts, Annette has lead delegations to the Shanghai World Trade Expo, the Venice Biennale in Italy, America’s Cup in San Francisco, the Merrie Monarch in Hawaii, the Royal Edinburgh Tattoo and Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland and the inaugural awards dinner of ANOC (Association of National Olympic Committees) in Bangkok.
During the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand in 2011, in the role of Artistic Director, Annette co-created Arohanui – The Greatest Love for the Real New Zealand Festival.
In 2007, Annette won the University of Auckland’s Mira Szaszy Award for Māori Business Leadership and in 2013 Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi’s CEO’s award for Innovation and Cultural Leadership.
Since 2009, Annette was appointed as the co-leader of premiere kapa haka Te Waka Huia, five time national champions and recognised cultural ambassadors of the prestigious biennial festival Te Matatini.
The role of Te Waka Huia’s co-leader includes composing haka, poi and a variety of waiata for the traditional Māori performing arts festivals and competitions, choreographing works presented in national competition formats and for international events, as well as teaching and motivating the performing teams which range from six performers through to competitive teams of 40.
Whakatōhea, Ngāi Tai, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāi Tūhoe
BA Waikato, BMPA Awanuiarangi, MA Hons Waikato Translators License, Interpreters License Te Taura Whiri i Te Reo Māori.
Te Kahautu is a member on a number of governance boards. He is an Associate Professor at the University of Waikato specialising in Te Reo Māori, Tikanga, History, Māori Development and Māori performing arts. Te Kahautu is a Ringatū Tohunga and an exponent of whaikōrero and mōteatea. He is a composer of waiata and haka. Te Kahautu is currently the Pou of Ōpōtiki Mai Tawhiti.
Te Aitanga a Hauiti, Tuhoe, Te Whanau a Apanui, Te Aitanga a Mahaki, Ngai Tahu
Whanau: Married, 3 Tamariki, 12 mokopuna
Current: Chairman and 41 years Tairawhiti Cultural Development Trust – Tamararo
9 years Executive member Te Matatini.
Affiliations: Te Aitanga a Hauiti ki Uawa Kapa Haka
I have a passion in kapa haka within Tairawhiti and at the national level. With a background in Trustee Management there has been a long involvement in Maori land entities, hapu, iwi, hahi, community and marae.
A current role in the hahi mihingare has provided a balance within whanau, work, hobbies and social involvements.