Pauline Eunice Tangiora, JP, QSO, QSM
P.O. Box 33, Mahia, Hawke’s Bay, Aotearoa/New Zealand
Te Uri o WaiKaremoana
Raurimu National Park
Gisborne Te Hapara
Napier Girls High School
Twelve months in Dannevirke as Nanny to four children. Whilst in Dannevirke played basketball for Matamau, netball and marching team member, and member of Dannevirke Amateur Athletic and Cycling Club and Dannevirke Swimming Club.
Kuia (Elder), Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother
Massey University Paper 36102 Human Development
Massey University Paper 36215 Stage II (1986)
Certificate: Artificial Inseminator of Cattle (1974)
Certificate: Trained Family Counsellor (1971)
Involved in the establishment of Kohanga Reo and Te Reo Maori Programmes. Wider interests include the preservation of the environment and conservation from the Holistic perspective. This has been done through uplifting other's awareness of the frailty of our land, forests and sea through disseminating material and speaking at overseas conferences. Monitoring as well as presenting submissions from a Maori perspective that will benefit all people of Aotearoa, now and for the future.
Current Positions of Responsibility:
Pauline Tangiora is involved in many areas of participation in both the Pakeha and Maori world e.g. Runanga Kuia, Women's, Environmental, Health and Spiritual groups. She is involved in various community advisory events as an elder and counsellor. She continues to attend many international fora on Human Rights, Spiritual Leadership, Peace and Conflict Resolution and Indigenous issues.
2015 Awarded Eastern Institute of Technology Medal of Distinction for Service to EIT and the Community
2013 Founding Member Rising Women Rising World
2007-9 Member of World Futures Council
2008-9 Member of World Forum for Fisher Peoples
2006-9 Ambassador to the 13 International Indigenous Grandmothers’ Council
2007-9 Ambassador to the Earth Council International
1995-2009 Vice-President Aotearoa Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
2004 -2009 Maori Advisory Committee to National Library Aotearoa (NZ)
2003-2009 Kaiwhakamana ( Official Prison Visitor)
1991-2009 International Affairs Liaison Person for Maori Women's Welfare League - represented MWWL at various international hui/meetings
1993-2009 Patroness, Aotearoa/New Zealand Foundation for Peace Studies
1997-2009 Chairperson Maori Consultative Committee Eastern Institute of Technology
1990-2009 Kuia for Eastern Institute of Technology
1991-2009 Kaiuku Marae Trustee
1988-2009 Appointed Justice of the Peace and marriage celebrant
1983 -2009 Member Hawke's Bay Cultural Trust Museum Committee and Kuia
2001-2009 Director PET Southern Star Trust
2002-2009 Advisor to Journey to the Heart Conferences
2008-2009 Grandmother to Arboleda de Gaia, Spain.
Past Positions of Responsibility
1993-2008 Member, Earth Council
2004-8 Trustee Mahanga Marae
2003-7 Trustee Tuahuru Marae
2002-7 Member Public Advisory Committee on Disarmament and Arms Control
2001 Awarded Queen's Service Order
2001-3Wairoa Safety Community Council
2000-7 Co-Chair World Forum for Fisher Peoples
1997-2006 Commissioner Earth Charter
1994 Member of Rigoberta Menchu Tum Committee: Indigenous Initiative for Peace. Later accompanied this committee on a peace mission to Chiapas, Mexico during the revolution.
1999-2000 Member of Indigenous Committee advising on Hanover 2000 World Expo and the Indigenous Display
1988-2001 Trustee, Te Whanau-O Rongomaiwahine Trust
1985-1987 Hawke's Bay Polytechnic Council
1982-1986 Involved in support groups for unemployed and rehabilitation of youth
1967-2009 Actively involved in Prison visiting and counselling of those in these institutions both in official and unofficial capacities. Was involved in advising the Justice Department on the recommendations in the Roper Report, and Maori in the Justice System.
Chronology of Other Positions of Responsibility:
2003 Visited Iraqi communities to be alongside women, children and families with the fear of looming war with the US.
2000 Keynote and plenary speaker, Just Peace? Conference, Auckland
1997-1999 Chairperson and Trustee for Nga Wahine Pasifika, organiser for the Pacific Women's Court, Auckland, September 1999.
1997-1999 Chairperson Ministry of Commerce-Life Form Focus Group
1999 Speaker and Delegate to the Hague Appeal for Peace Conference, The Hague, The Netherlands
1999 Speaker at World Peace Inner Peace Conference, The Hague, The Netherlands
1999 Opening speaker at the State of the World Forum, Grace Cathedral, San Francisco
1997 Attended State of the World Forum, San Francisco
World Council Indigenous Peoples' Women's Section Regional Representative
Vice President, Aotearoa Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF).
Chairperson and trustee Te Whanau o Rongomaiwahine Trust.
(1988-2002: Founding member and Trustee of Te Whanau o Rongomaiwahine Trust).
1989-1994 President, Aotearoa Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)
1994-1995 Co-President, Aotearoa WILPF
1996-1998 Consultative Committee member to Senior Traffic Inspector
Member of Maori Development Group, Justice Department to review Te Ara Hou - Maori in the Justice System and Roper Report
1993 Delegate, Working Group Indigenous Peoples, Vienna
Delegate, UN Human Rights World Conference, Vienna
Coordinator, Indigenous Peoples Conference, Vienna
1986-1998 Attended several meetings:
Human Rights Technical Meeting, Geneva
Working Group Indigenous Peoples, Geneva
1993 Delegate, 2nd Summit Indigenous Peoples, Mexico
1992 Attended Various Conferences
New Zealand Maori Council Delegate to International Indigenous conference, Brazil - UNCED
WILPF accredited delegate to UNCED, Brazil
WILPF accredited delegate, Indigenous Conference, Kari Oca, Brazil
Member, Executive, World Council of Indigenous Peoples Women's executive
1991-1993 Mahia Maori Committee Member
1990-1994 Standing Committee National Council of Women (NCW) on Cultural Affairs (corresponding member)
Standing Committee NCW on International Affairs (corresponding member)
Standing Committee NCW on Social Welfare (corresponding member)
1990-1993 International Steering Committee Health for Minorities Year 2000
1992-1996 Consultant to International Steering Committee World Court Project
1990 Awarded New Zealand Commemoration Medal
1990-1996 Member, World Court Project Committee Aotearoa
1990-1995 Appointed to Board of Management New Zealand Traffic College
1990 Moved back to Mahia
1990-1994 Councillor with ACC on sexual abuse
1989-1991 Chairperson, Tamaki-nui-a Rua District Maori Executive
1988-1989 Member Central Fisheries Committee
1988 Awarded Queen Service Medal for Community Service
1988-1989 Foundation Chairperson, Palmerston North Executive Committee Social Welfare
1987-1990 Hawke's Bay Polytechnic Council Member
1987-1996 Director, Maori International
1987-1991 Chairperson, Te Ahu-a-Turanga Woodville Maori Committee
1986 Honoured by Piscataway Nation to be made Grandmother of Piscataway Nation
1986-1987 Along with her late husband, in the Maori dimension, supportive in the role of Kaumatua to Kohanga Reo, Matua Whangai; Tutor Hawke's Bay Community College in the Maori areas of nursing and health, and Pakeha liaison in the understanding between our people.
1986 Life member of the Maori Women's Welfare League
Extra mural student Massey University
1986-1991 Assistant Area Representative, Ikaroa Maori Women's Welfare League
1986-1989 Representative to Runanganui o Takitimu Matua Whangai
1986-1987 Once-a-term Visiting Lecturer Massey University- Multiculture in Education paper
1986-1989 Tamaki-nui-a-Rua Matua Whangai Care Management Committee Member
1986-1987 Chairperson DEC- District Executive Committee, Palmerston North
1985-1987 Appointed to District Distribution Committee, Community Organisations Grant Scheme
1985-1992 Kaumatua/Kuia, Te Puna Wai-Ora i te Whanau Hostel, Palmerston North
1985-1991 President, Ikaroa Maori Women's Welfare League
1985 Te Maori Exhibition to San Francisco , USA, as Te Tira o Takitimu Group
1985-1989 Transferred to Dannevirke Lioness Club
1985-1987 Transferred as Volunteer to Department of Social Welfare in Palmerston North
1985-1991 Transferred to Woodville Maori Women's Welfare League (MWWL)
1985-1991 Delegate, Tamaki-nui-a Rua Executive Committee
1985-1991 Delegate, Takitimu District Maori Council
1985-1987 Member, Te Ahu-a Turanga Maori Committee
1985-1991 Moved to Woodville
1983-1989 Member, Hawke's Bay Hospital Board's Advisory Committee Parenting and Obstetrics
1983-1985 Member Education, Justice and Development Committee, Thomas Moore Parish, Napier
Committee Member Maraenui Trust
Long-time Committee Member with unemployed
YMCA Administrating/Supervisor Life Skills Module
1982-1995 Hon Community Officer Department Maori Affairs assigned to Courts. Government changed the Act in 1995 - now defunct.
1982-1985 Board Member YMCA, Napier
Founded Steps Programme YMCA
1982-1985 Portfolio YMCA Tu Tangata Awards
1982-1985 Member Maraenui Trust
1982-1984 Treasurer, Napier Branch MWWL
Treasurer, PACIFICA Hastings, Hawke's Bay
Volunteer Hawke's Bay Hospital Board Extra Mural Services
1982-1991 President, Ikaroa MWWL
Secretary, Heretaunga D.C. MWWL
1982-1985 Secretary, Runanganui-o-Ruawharo
1981-1984 Christian Doctrine Teacher, St Patrick's School, Napier
1981-1983 PTA Committee Member St Patrick 's Convent, Napier
1981 Transferred to Napier Branch MWWL
Treasurer and member for several years, PACIFICA , Hawke's Bay
1980-1985 PTA Committee member Napier Girl's High School
1977 Accident on Farm which caused severe spinal damage which curtailed previous sporting and farming activities.
Whilst in Kaitaia, Member MWWL, Mangonui Golf Club
1973-1977 Speech Teacher, Marist Convent School Waitaruke- Kaeo
1972-1978 Moved to Kaitaia and Ventured into a Braham Breeding Cattle Business for domestic and international export
1970-1972 Foundation member and President Manunui MWWL (King Country)
Palmerston North, married and had a family
Moved to Taumaranui - different positions held and interests include:
King Country Netball Association Office Holder
Member Taumaranui Choral and Operatic Society
Organiser of Youth Club and Youth Groups
Involved in Marae activities
Itinerant Reporter for 3 years: Taumaranui Press
Manager, Taumaranui Antique Shop (2 years)
Member Catholic Women's League
7 years with family Export Wool and Skin business
15 years as a Wool Classer
5 years Secretary King Country Primary Sports Association
Secretary Taumaranui Athletic and Cycling Club
Secretary Taumaranui Swimming Club
Mrs Tangiora has submitted various papers and workshops on Health- Environment and Indigenous Issues, Spiritual Well-being and Peace.
Tangiora, Pauline. "Prayers for a Thousand Years", published in Hope for the New Millennium : Inspiration from Leaders and Visionaries around the World, Harpers, San Francisco , 1999.
Tangiora, Pauline. "Weaving Maori Women's Lives", published in Pacific Women Speak Out: for Independence and Denuclearisation , ed Zohl de Ishtar, Raven Press, New Zealand, 1998.
Tangiora, Pauline. "An Indigenous Perspective on One Aspect of Reconciliation", Chapter 23, published in Constructive Conflict Management Asia-Pacific Cases, editors Fred.E.Jandt and Paul Pedersen, Sage Print Publications, London, 1996.
Tangiora, Pauline. "Our right to be as one in community", published in Look at the World Through Women's Eyes: Plenary Speeches from the NGO Forum on Women Beijing 1995, ed Eva Freidlander, 1996, New York .
Tangiora, Pauline. Essay published in: Choosing our Future: Visions of a Sustainable World, eds Tanvi Nagpal and Camilla Foltz World Resource Institute, 1995.
Tangiora, Pauline. "Tino Rangatiratanga", Chapter 9, published in Tu Galala: Social Changes in the Pacific, ed David Robie, Pluto Press, Australia 1992.
Tangiora, Pauline. “Traditional Reconciliation”, published in Securing a Peaceful Pacific, ed John Henderson and Greg Watson, Canterbury University Press, Christchurch, 2005.
Gallagher, Kathleen. Tau Te Mauri –Breath of Peace film interviews Pauline Tangiora about her peace work. Available from www.wickcandle.co.nz
Lennon, Julian and Kim Kindersley. Producers of The Gathering: Return of the Whale Dreamers – a film featuring Pauline Tangiora and other indigenous elders. 2006. Available from www.whaledreamers.com Winner of Best International Film Festival at 2006 Wairoa Maori International Film Festive, New Zealand.