Governance Bio
Teresa Tepania-Ashton
Appoint Professional

Teresa Tepania-Ashton

10 Years
Paid or Unpaid Roles

Interested In:


Private company
Incorporated Entity
Community Group
Government Sector Org
Non Governmental Organisation
Council Controlled Organisation
Iwi Organisation


Board Member
Committee Member
Governance Roles


He Kai Kei Aku Ringa / PWG Te Mangai Penapena Putea

January 2014 - Present (3 years)

Māori in partnership with Government seeking sustainable pathways for Māori focussing on financial capability and savings.


Te Aupouri Fisheries Limited

January 2011 - Present (6 years)

Previously Te Aupouri Asset Holding Company, owns & manages the Fisheries Settlement assets


Te Aupouri Commercial Development

January 2011 - Present (6 years)

Developing the commercial assets and interests of the Iwi


Ngapuhi Asset Holding Company

July 2007 - December 2011 (4 years)

The Ngāpuhi Asset Holding Company was formed as a separate commercial company in 2007 and operates with a board of six directors who have a wide, valuable knowledge base. The company strives to balance economic growth with the values and long term objectives of its parent body, Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi. In the short history of the company it has concentrated on the diversification of its investments. Its long term vision is to protect the financial future of Ngāpuhi and provide opportunity for growth and development.


Ngapuhi Iwi Social Services

January 2006 - December 2010 (4 years)

Operated in an Executive Director role, assisting the organisation through a Change Management period, re-negotiating government contracts and implementing sustainable practices.



November 2004 - December 2010 (6 years)

An Iwi Chief Executive collective initiative delivering anti-violence strategies throughout the Taitokerau


Putea Whakatipu

September 2004 - April 2009 (4 years)

The primary focus of Te Putea is on education, training and research including matters that relate to fisheries, fishing and fisheries-related activities. The Trust must be made available as widely as possible and give regard to: Māori who do not associate with their iwi or do not receive benefits from a mandated iwi organisation. the extent to which mandated iwi organisations are providing similar benefits.


Ngāpuhi Fisheries Limited

November 2003 - December 2008 (5 years)

As a Chief Executive Officer implemented at a Governance level the overall strategy of the Company as the largest quota management owner throughout New Zealand, as well as fulfilling the obligations of the Māori Fisheries Act 2004.

Executive Roles

Chief Executive Officer

Māori Women's Development Inc

November 2011 - Present (6 years)

A unique, indigenous financial institution formed by Māori women, controlled, managed and operated by Māori women, for the economic development of Māori Women and their Whanau. To provide loans to Māori women and their whānau to enable and assist them to enter into and commence business and/or to expand and restructure their existing businesses. To establish, maintain and conduct a society for the promotion, advancement and encouragement of Māori women and whānau into business throughout NZ. To provide developmental training programs for Māori women and their whānau to empower and enable them towards economic and financial independence To empower Māori business women and their whānau through sharing information and knowledge To assist, support and foster the development of business ideas, opportunities and up-skilling amongst Māori women and their whānau To encourage and support Māori women and their whānau into general wealth through business development.

Chief Executive Officer

Te Runanga A Iwi O Ngapuhi

June 2004 - December 2010 (6 years)

Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-O-Ngāpuhi is the organisation that works on behalf of all Ngāpuhi to promote the interests and aspirations of our people everywhere. The Rūnanga’s role is to lead the cultural, social and economic growth of Ngāpuhi, Aotearoa’s biggest Iwi. It reaches across Northland, strengthening our Hapū and up-grading our marae. We provide scholarships, discretionary and sponsorship funding, as well as financial and other support for Hapū development. Rūnanga subsidiary Ngāpuhi Iwi Social Services - one of Aotearoa’s larger providers - touches and improves the lives of thousands of Ngāpuhi whānau and tamariki. Its programmes and skilled workers support the social upliftment of our communities. The Rūnanga takes a leadership role in ensuring Ngāpuhi are heard and have influence in every facet of the nation’s life. From resource management and Māori water rights, to the review of Aotearoa’s constitution, to Northland economic summits, local government representation, the Iwi Chairs Forum and Government select committees … the Rūnanga proudly represents the interests of Ngāpuhi at these and many other fora. Education and Ngāpuhitanga have been identified as a Rūnanga cornerstone, as we strive towards rangatiratanga. A proposed Ngāpuhi Education Authority will advance this important work. Charged with protecting and growing our core assets – including our fisheries interests – is the Rūnanga’s subsidiary Ngāpuhi Asset Holdings Company, which provides the essential revenue streams the Rūnanga needs to deliver programmes to Ngāpuhi.

Māori Business Development Manager

Hort Research

April 2002 - June 2004 (2 years)

Assisting Māori land owners with accelerated pathways to market, utilising innovative solutions

Project Manager

Manukau Enterprise

April 2000 - June 2002 (2 years)

Business Mentoring assisting Māori wishing to establish and/or expand their businesses.

Vice President, Transactional Banking


September 1983 - September 1998 (15 years)

Various roles over a range of 12 years, working with top Corporates throughout Australasia, pioneering an electronic goal transactional product and team.

Office Manager

Niro Atomizer

April 1974 - September 1983 (9 years)

A Danish Engineering Company developing spray dryers for the Dairy Industry. Travelled extensively to Head Office.