The Commission is governed by a Board, with members appointed by the Minister for Agriculture.
Korotau (Peho) Tamiana Maihana-Tait
(Tuhoe, Te Arawa, Tuwharetoa, Ngāti Kahangungu)
- Maungapōhatu te maunga
- Taiturakina te tangata
- Waikare me Tauranga ngā awa
- Ko Tamakaumoana te iwi
- Te Mapau te marae
- Te Tane-a-nuirangi te whare
Korotau is the Walking Access Commission’s kaumātua. He has worked decades opening up tracks and trails for New Zealanders. Notably he led the first team of people to create the trails that opened up the Urewera National Park to the public. His knowledge of Māori access routes, and links to the outdoors is comprehensive.
John Forbes is Mayor of Opotiki District and a former Co-Chair of the Rural/Provincial Sector of Local Government New Zealand. He has a good understanding of the agricultural, horticultural, forestry and rural sectors. As committee chairman of a rural council for 18 years and a Mayor since 2001, John has had significant experience in governance processes, public consultation and representing rural communities. He was a member of the Walking Access Consultation Panel and the Walking Access Advisory Board.
Hilary Allison brings a wealth of experience in local economic development and strong governance in Otago and Southland. Currently a Director of Beltex New Zealand, Hilary was previously the National Operations Manager for the Community Employment Group amongst other public sector economic development roles. She is a governance specialist, holding Board offices for Otago Hospice, Dunedin PHO, Otago Community Trust, a MANA Authority Board and a major Dunedin social service delivery agency. Hilary trained as a general nurse and a social worker.
Lisa Chase is currently a contract consultant, working with organisations including Massey University and Te Manu Atatu-Whanganui Māori Business Network. She has previously worked for Farmsafe, has a strong lifelong farming background and is part of Agri Women’s Development Trust-Escalator programme. Lisa has a Post Graduate Diploma and a Bachelor with Honours in Computer Graphic Design.
Peter Coburn is from Westport. He is a passionate outdoor recreationalist and was the private secretary for Rural Affairs from 2006 to 2008. In this role he managed and monitored key rural issues including overseeing Walking Access legislation through parliament and developing the ‘Rural Proofing’ policy. He has considerable management experience in the maritime industry and conservation sector and has helped to establish marine reserves in the West Coast region.
Pierre Henare is currently the director for Tairawhiti Pharmaceuticals, a position he has held for more than 27 years. He has also worked for a range of government departments in both advisory and management capacities.
Helen Mexted has a background in corporate, NGO and local government leadership roles, predominately in advocacy, marketing and communications with organisations such as Local Government New Zealand, Public Trust, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and Federated Farmers. Helen holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Business Studies and is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors.
Raewyn Tipene established He Puna Marama Trust in 1997, and has been its Chief Executive Officer since 2006. Prior to this, she was a National Manager at Housing New Zealand, and an advisor with the Community Employment Group. She is completing a Masters in Indigenous Studies, and has a Post Graduate Diploma in Management, and a Bachelor of Science.
Celia Wade-Brown QSO lives in the Wairarapa and was the Mayor of Wellington from 2010 to 2016 and previously a city councillor. She founded the walking advocacy group Living Streets Aotearoa and is currently its secretary. She is also a trustee of Walk21, the international charity dedicated to improving walking conditions, and a trustee of Te Araroa Trust.
Ms Wade-Brown is a keen walker, cyclist and kayaker, and has walked the full length of Te Araroa Trail.