Ngāi Tahu strategic relationships group head
Dec 07, 2021
Rakihia Tau
Ngāi Tahu strategic relationships group head

Rakihia Tau MInstD, MBA, B.Com

Rakihia Tau grew up on Tuahiwi Pā, north Canterbury. He is of Ngāi Tahu descent with whakapapa links to multiple rūnanga.

He is the group head for strategic relationships for Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. Throughout his career he has held a diverse range of leadership, management and operational roles including:

  • Ngāi Tahu Negotiator for the Ngāi Tahu Claim (Te Kerēme);
  • Senior governance roles in New Zealand and Australia, such as current chair of the Crown Forestry Rental Trust, current director of Hilton Haulage (transport and logistics) and previous chair of a State-Owned Enterprise (SOE);
  • Various iwi directorships, including within the fishing and property sectors;
  • Director and Founder of his own consultancy company;
  • Executive roles such as Investments Manager for Ngāi Tahu Holdings Corporation; Commercial Development Manager for the publicly listed company, Shotover Jet Ltd, until its delisting in early 2000; and Executive member for the Federation of Māori Authorities (FOMA).

He is also a qualified marine engineer and holds an Advance Trade Certificate in fitting turning and machining.

Rakihia’s current role as Group Head covers a broad range of kaupapa including strategy, protection and advancement of Ngāi Tahu Treaty Settlements, legislative reform, litigation, rights and interest, communications, and economic/commercial opportunities and development.