Tania Tarawa

Tania is a lawyer by profession and has practiced in the areas of commercial law, governance and in the Waitangi Tribunal. With a background in economic development, she has specialised in strategic leadership, policy development and relationship management at senior levels within central and local government.

Prior to joining Emerge Aotearoa, Tania led Māori economic strategy and outcomes at Auckland’s regional economic development agency, ATEED, and led the Maori economic development programme for Auckland Council. Before that, she led strategic projects and oversaw the implementation of the Tāmaki Makaurau Treaty Settlement for the Department of Conservation in Auckland. Tania’s career has been spent at the interface of iwi Māori and mainstream organisations, acting as a conduit between world views and perspectives. As a strategist and advisor, she is particularly interested in organisational planning, performance management, and the development of cultural competency frameworks.

Outside work, she is committed to the development of her iwi, hapu and whānau and serves on several boards that advance this cause. Born and raised in Manurewa, she maintains a close affinity and affection for the communities of South Auckland. Her favourite place in the world is alongside her husband, next to Tikapa Moana, at their home in Kaiaua, within the tribal homelands of Ngati Paoa.