Mr Pouroto Ngaropo, of Whakatane, MNZM for services to Māori and governance
Pouroto Ngaropo is Chairperson of Te Tāwera Hapū Trust and drove the re-establishment and upgrading of Iramoko Marae. He has been Deputy Chairperson of Te Runanga o Ngāti Awa, was involved in Ngāti Awa Treaty settlement negotiations, held positions on Ngāti Awa’s Arts Council, and was Chairperson of Ngāti Awa Education Grants Committee. He has been involved with kapa haka in a range of roles and has held numerous cultural advisory positions. Mr Ngaropo has been Chairperson of the Māori Mataatua Consultative Committee for Pacific Health, Pōkerekere Māori Lands Trust, Te Kohika Art Collection, Whakatane District Council Iwi Liaison Committee, and Eastern Bay of Plenty Primary Health Organisation.