The role of the Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) Rūnanga is underpinned by Te Tiriti o Waitangi principles of mana Ōritetanga (equity), Kāwanatanga (governance) and Rangatiratanga (leadership).
It meets monthly from February to November every year to give advice and strategic guidance on all matters that impact tauira, kaimahi Māori and communities as tangata whenua. The Runanga is a principle advocate for cultural development and understanding of Te Tiriti at MIT with an emphasis on Kaupapa, Te Reo, Tīkanga and Mātauranga Māori.
Members include nominee representatives from Tainui manawhenua (Te Whakakitenga o Waikato), other Māori tribes (Mātāwaka), Urban Māori community (Taura Here), education (Wharekura), business & industry leaders, and local Māori organisations.
The Runanga has representation from MIT including Kaumatua, the Executive Director, or a delegated appointee, Director Māori Education, an elected kaimahi representative and a tauira nominated by the Student Council.
Co-chair: Jonaan McLeod
Jonaan McLeod (Ngāti Rua, Ngāi Tamahaua o Te Whakatohea) has a background pursuing equity in tertiary education, Māori business development and law. She is currently the People Capability and Performance Manager at Papakura Marae.
Jonaan played a key role in managing the drive-through COVID-19 vaccination centre at Papakura marae. Prior to that, she held roles with Te Puni Kōkiri and University of Auckland. Jonaan is a barrister of the High Court and is an executive committee member of Te Pou Herenga Waka Ama Club.
Co-chair: Eru Morgan
Eruera (Eru) Lee-Morgan (Ngāti Rangiwewehi, Tapuika, Tūhourangi, Ngāti Tāwhaki, Ngāti Hako, Ngāti Tara Tokanui, Ngāti Naho, Ngāti Potūkeka, Waikato) is committed to raising cultural consciousness, aspirations and achievement for Māori whānau, hapu and iwi.
Eru has an extensive media background with over thirty years’ experience in broadcasting, radio, film, television, digital media and as a strategic leader, manager and board member. He has been an acting Board Member for Ngā Aho Whakaari and was Deputy Chair on the Board of Trustees at Ngā Puna o Waiorea - Western Springs College. He is currently a Principal Māori Consultant for global infrastructure company, Stantec.
Member: Wyndi Tagi
Wyndi Tagi (Te Ati-Hau-Nui-A-Paparangi) has a background in business and finance and is the CEO and Co-founder of WE Mana. Her mahi has seen Wyndi win multiple business, advisory and governance awards.
She has served on number of governance bodies in a diverse range of areas including Aotearoa Sports Foundation Trusts, Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum Indigenous Women’s Business Network and St Peter’s College Board of Trustees. Wyndi also had a sporting career as a representative cyclist at both national and provincial level.
Member: Tipi Arthur
Tiparere (Tipi) Arthur (Tainui, Ngāti Toa) has a background in the NZ Police and Community Support Services. He is currently a Senior Community Development Facilitator for the Ōtāhuhu Ward of the Auckland Council.
He is a proud Ōtara resident and has contributed to many local initiatives including establishing the community gardens and organising neighbourhood events for the Auckland Council and Ōtara Network Committee Action Committee. Prior to his work with local government, Tipi was a Police Officer for 22 years with a focus on community relations and youth development.
Member: Parehuia Enari
Parehuia Enari (Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki, Rongowhakaata, Ngāti Porou and Ngāti Ruapani) has a background in education. For more than 25 years’ she has worked in primary and secondary education with an emphasis on centring culture in learning.
She is currently Co-Principal of Pacific Advance Secondary School and President of the Ōtāhuhu Principals’ Association. She also has a background in cultural responsiveness Advising Groups and has worked with World Rugby and Moana Pasifika Super Rugby.
Member: Brendon Green
Brendon Green (Ngāti Hikaro, Waikato Tainui, Ngāpuhi) has a background in chemical engineering. He has worked internationally in the electricity, dairy, water, energy and infrastructure sectors.
He currently holds a number of key governance positions including as a Board Director for Watercare, Tainui - Kawhia Incorporation, the Workforce Development Council for Infrastructure and Construction and a member of the Taumata Aronui Advisory Panel. Brendon is also co-chair of the Waikato Regional Skills Leadership Group.