Te Kahui Tumuaki Profiles

Kāpō Māori Aotearoa is governed by Te Kahui Tumuaki (National Executive Board), which is accountable to Tangata members for providing Strategic Leadership of the organisation.

Te Kahui Tumuaki members are elected at the General Meeting.

If you would like to talk with a board member, please contact 0800 770 990 or email info@kapomaori.com

Nigel Ngahiwi


Of Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Pare-te-kawa and Ngāti Ngutu descent, Nigel has been a member of Te Kahui Tumuaki since 2001. Nigel has a Bachelor of Literary Performing Arts, Diplomas in Te Reo Māori and Māori and Management and is currently studying for a Masters in Matāuranga Māori. Music, Māori performing arts, education and tinkering with electronic gadgets are among Nigel's other interests.

Gaylene Te Rauna

Vice President

Of Tuhoe descent, Gaylene was appointed to Te Kahui Tumuaki in June 2008, Gaylene is actively involved with Te Upoko o te Ika Roopu and currently holds the position of Secretary. Gaylene comes from Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori office in her position as Personal Assistant to the Chief Executive. Gaylene has taken up a newly appointed challenge with Whānau Care Services, Wellington Hospital.

Vic West


Of Kāi Tahu and Ngāti Mamoe descent, Victor was appointed onto Te Kahui Tumuaki in November 2011. Victor is an active member of Te Ora o Waihopai rōpū iti as well as a number of other kāpō consumer and general disability advocacy organisations.

Stevie Stevens

Executive Member

Of Ngāpuhi descent, Stevie was appointed to Te Kahui Tumuaki as Treasurer at Hui a Tau 2005. Stevie was a member of Ngāti Kāpo ki Otautahi rōpu having held the positions of Treasurer and Vice Chairperson. Stevie is a keen sports enthusiast with particular interests in rugby, cricket and golf.

Lance Girling Butcher

Executive Member

Of New Zealand descent Lance was appointed to Te Kahui Tumuaki in September 2013. Lance, a former newspaper editor and District Council member lives in New Plymouth with his wife Ali and guide dog, Yogi. Lance is an active member of Te Irirangi Kapo Tangata rōpu iti and a number of other kāpō, disability and able-bodied local community committees.