The Commission is governed by an eight-person board. Board members are 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 is a retired public servant, whose last position was Acting National Operations Manager for the Community Employment Group with the Department of Labour. Currently she is the Director of Beltex New Zealand. Hilary is a registered General Nurse, has qualifications in many areas including social work, and has been a member of educational institutions such as Otago Polytechnic.
Peter Brown is affiliated to a number of Tairāwhiti iwi and currently works as the Māori Health Manager at Tairāwhiti DHB. He is a part-owner of a whānau land block which provides free public access to East Cape Lighthouse. Peter is also the chairman of a tribal farming incorporation, a director of a medicinal herb company and has his own orchard block. He holds qualifications in law, management and the environment and is certified in dispute resolution. Peter is also a former Waitangi Tribunal member.
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.
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.
Robin McNeill has had two decades of involvement in outdoor sector issues as a keen tramper, mountaineer and occasional hunter. He is a past president of Federated Mountain Clubs and served for ten and a half years on the Southland Conservation Board. Robin played an important role in development of the Walking Access Mapping System as a member of the mapping system's technical advisory committee.
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.