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.
Don Cameron is Mayor of Ruapehu District and a representative on the national council of Local Government New Zealand. He is a keen mountain biker with a wealth of experience in rural and recreation access issues. He is a member of Ruapehu-Whanganui Rural Support Trust and Rural Health Alliance NZ, is the co-Chair of the Road Controlling Authority and recently helped to set up the Ameku Road cycle and walkway in Raetihi.
Hilary Allison brings a wealth of experience in local economic development and strong governance in Otago and Southland. Hilary was previously the National Operations Manager for the Community Employment Group amongst other public sector economic development roles. She is a governance specialist, having held Board roles for Beltex New Zealand, 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 has worked extensively in international brand and marketing in Europe and Japan and returned home to farm her own sheep and beef properties in the Rangitikei. Later working in corporate agri-marketing across Aotearoa including FarmSafe. Previously regional economic development senior advisor for Te Puni Kōkiri, Te Tai Hauāuru. More recently a consultant working on Māori economic development for Tūwharetoa. She has a passion for the regions and farming, is a graduate of the Agri-women’s Development Trust - Escalator programme and has a Honours post-graduate diploma 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 (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Hine) is the current Board Chairman and a founding Director of Tairāwhiti Pharmaceuticals Ltd Group. He has also held Board positions with Māori Incorporations, Māori Land Trusts and with the Māori Advisory Boards to Tairāwhiti District Health and Midlands Health. Pierre has also worked for a range of government departments in both advisory and management capacities.
Helen Mexted has significant strategic leadership and governance experience in public and private sector organisations such as Land Information New Zealand, Local Government New Zealand, Greater Wellington Regional Council, Public Trust, 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. 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.