Governance Bio
Te Ari Awa
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Te Ari Awa

Paid or Unpaid Roles
Waikato   |   Waikato

Interested In:


Private company
Iwi Organisation


Committee Member
“I have spent the last 6-7 years working in a variety of Human Resources and Executive positions to put myself through university. I am developing my craft as a Human Resources Practitioner working full-time for Oji Fibre Solutions (NZ) Limited. People are “the business” to me. I have always believed that given the right environment and leadership, people can mak”

Special Interest Groups

Governance Roles

Participant - Committee Member

Te Whare Hukahuka

August 2016 - November 2016 (3 months)

Te Whare Hukahuka gave me the opportunity to complete a 4 month Governance programme with a select cohort of emerging from the ashes, Māori leaders. In this programme (Ka Eke Poutama) we covered various components of governance including: Roles & Responsibilities, Risk Management, Strategic Thinking, Measuring & Monitoring Progress and Effective Communication, as well as useful tools to assist with asking good questions, strategic planning, and building a board. In terms of next steps, its about looking for opportunities to reinforce this learning.


Large Manufacturing

August 2016 - December 2016 (4 months)

I have no prior governance experience. I am really looking for a mentor. My overarching governance goal is to become a member of a board in 5 years time that aims to achieve world class results for its manufacturing organisation. Areas of interest includes: : - Governance 102 Mentor (a must) - Working knowledge of governance compliance in all areas. - Board experience. - Managerial experience. - In depth knowledge of Accounting, Finance and Economics (business overviews perspective). - Governance technical capability. I have the willingness to reinforce my governance learning. This field has best practice models to guide my thought processes however, my added value to boards would be my unique skill set and life experience. This skill set comprises of being 23 year old Māori female practicing HR in a predominantly male dominated industry. My real value adding contribution to a board is my commitment to people, compliance and continuous improvement.

Executive Roles

Human Resources

Oji Fibre Solutions (NZ) Limited

April 2016 - Present (2 years)

▪ Experience working in x3 large manufacturing organisations either a part of the NZ Primary Industries or servicing the NZ Primary Industries. My experience within large manufacturing has a portfolio of up to 600 employees largely unionised. Relations with a number of key New Zealand unions and industrial relations. ▪ Risk management from communications, people and performance perspective(s). This includes liaising with all parties to the employment relationship which includes being involved with union consultations. I have had to manage risk more than ever before in my present organisation and practice this skill on a daily basis. ▪ Reporting on absenteeism, turnover, performance, change management and more to analyse data, map out trends taking more of a proactive HR approach as opposed to being in a reactive space. ▪ Driving continuous improvement for our HR department by creating air tight processes that eliminate non value adding activities

Human Resources Consultant

Adecco Personnel Limited

March 2015 - March 2016 (1 years)

▪ As an HR Practitioner, creating financial means (funds) to enable businesses to train and develop its employees. For two organisations I have made a contribution of 300K approximately for training and development initiatives. ▪ Business partnering with operations across multi sites in New Zealand to drive consistent and effective HR processes for 600 employees nationwide. ▪ Project management experience. Working with key business stakeholders to implement training strategy across the organisation. This training includes industry specific qualifications from Level 2 qualifications, Apprenticeships to further tertiary study.

Human Resources

Auckland Meat Processors Limited

August 2012 - March 2014 (1 years)

As an HR practitioner, I was fortunate enough to successfully create financial means (funds) to enable businesses to train and develop its employees. For two organisations I have made a contribution of 300K approximately for training and development initiatives. I have 6 years HRIS, Payroll and LMS experience. While at AMPL the organisation transitioned from a QMS that was purely manual to an entirely new HRIS system. The transition started in 2012 and estimated to finish in quarter 4 of 2016. I also worked in Payroll, Accounts and Finance at where I investigated timesheets, pay rates, bonus structures and solved payroll discrepancies across the business. I produced monthly reporting to for all relevant unions. I have had experience with a number of LMS software applications. At another organisation there is a wealth of e-learning initiatives each Consultant offers to candidates for development purposes. I ran three separate e-learning portals and managed the learning and compliance of my associates. I started in 2012 managing Adult Numeracy and Literacy training with 56 learners that increased to approximately 150 learners. Key areas of training were based in health and safety, numeracy and literacy training.


Auckland University of Technology

Bachelors of Business, Human Resources, Employment Relations and Generalist Management with a Minor in International Business (2014 AUT Graduate).

2011 - 2014