Kaiarataki; Te Hihiri - Strategic Advisor; Māori
Tel: +64 7 903 0064
Post Graduate Environmental Evaluation, University of Waikato
Bachelor of Science, University of Waikato
Certificate in Kawai Raupapa (Maaori customs and language), Te Wananga o Aotearoa
Chair, Kaitumutumu Marae
Chair, Tangata Whenua Working Group for NZTA Waikato Expressway
Chair, Te Roopu Putaiao – Marae Environmental Governance Forum
Member, Te Whakakitenga o Waikato Inc,
Trustee, Graeme Dingle Foundation
Technical Advisory Group Waikato Tainui Endowed College Research Project
Norm is affiliated to Waikato Tainui Iwi, and Ngaati Whaawhaakia, Ngaati Naaho and Ngaati Mahanga are his hapuu.
A competent qualified environmentalist with over 15 years’ experience in a wide range of projects including environmental management, strategy and research, river and biodiversity restoration, environmental compliance, law enforcement and best practise corporate –cultural relationship engagement.
Norms technical expertise is complemented by a range of Governance roles for both iwi and community organisations. These roles include being a member of the Waikato Tainui Tribal Parliament called Te Whakakitenga O Waikato, current chairman of Kaitumutumu Marae, a trustee of the Graeme Dingle Foundation (a not for profit organisation delivering leadership programmes in schools) He has held previous roles of chairman of Waikato Rivercare (a not for profit trust undertaking riparian restoration along the Waikato River) He has been appointed to a number of environmental committees in Waikato.
He has previously worked for the Department of Conservation, and was responsible for co-ordinating the Conservation Accord Implementation Strategy between Waikato Tainui and Department of Conservation. The strategy provided mechanisms that enable Waikato Tainui to assert their relationship with the Waikato River and associated natural resources.
He is currently a Technical Advisor for two research projects called Nga Tohu o te Taiao – which is managed by Waikato Tainui Research College, University of Waikato and Landcare Research. These projects aim to develop a tikanga/cultural based framework, models and monitoring tools for freshwater planning and management.
The knowledge and skills that Norm has acquired in these roles ensures he is well qualified and effective in the role of bringing cultural values and understanding to a project.