James Te Puni (Ngāti Porou)
James Te Puni (Ngāti Porou) is the Kaiwhakahaere Matua for Te Āhuru Mōwai and has been the Chair of Barnardos NZ since 2015.
James Te Puni was appointed by the University Council to a four year term commencing 1 January 2021.
Mr Te Puni has held a number of senior management roles across a broad range of sectors. He is the Kaiwhakahaere Matua for Te Āhuru Mōwai, a Ngāti Toa-led initiative that delivers social housing in the Porirua/Tawa area, and has been the Chair of Barnardos NZ since 2015. His previous roles include Chief Executive of the Hurricanes and Wellington Rugby, and General Manager Māori at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.
James is an alumnus of Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington and has previously served as an external member on the University’s Te Aka Matua Committee and MBA Advisory Committee.
1 January 2021–31 December 2024
Number of previous terms