Governance Bio
Hinerangi Edwards
Appoint Professional

Hinerangi Edwards

Hawke's Bay
13 Years
Paid or Unpaid Roles
Taranaki   |   Ngā Ruahine

Interested In:


Private company
Listed company
Incorporated Entity
Community Group
Government Sector Org
Non Governmental Organisation


Advisor / Advisory Board
Board Member
Committee Member
Company Secretary
“Maori success is NZ success. I am passionately about both. My board experience includes roles in agribusiness, iwi, NFP, tertiary education and regional economic development. I'm looking for national board roles where I can help build/reinforce a success culture through vision, strategy and a mahi tahi/inclusive work ethic. Nga mihi.”

Special Interest Groups

Governance Roles

Board Member

Funding Information Service

May 2013 - Present (6 years)

The Funding Information Service is a social enterprise established in 1992 that lists over 700 funders and their offerings. There's information for scholarship seekers, community groups who are looking for funding as well as help for corporate citizens who want to give with the best affect. FIS' primary purpose is to create equitable access to resources. This is done through providing searchable tools which match resources to needs.


Agri Women's Development Trust

March 2013 - Present (6 years)

AWDT offer leadership training and support within the agricultural sector. The trust's programmes focusses on assisting the NZ agri sector grow and utilise a significant proportion of its workforce who are not engaged in governance and leadership opportunties, ie women. Some programmes are offered to men and women, recognising partnership and complementarity in the sector. Please visit

Advisory Board Member


May 2012 - Present (7 years)

Appoint is an online service for organisations who wish to attract potential board members. Appoint enables individuals to register online for free, then emails board listings (that suit their fields of interest) for them to consider applying for. As of 6 March, 2013, Appoint had 1768 registered directors, trustees and board members: 50% are female, 47% under 45, 28% non NZ European and they total 12,088 years of governance experience. One of the key points of difference of Appoint is that it actively supports diversity through reducing the barriers of access to vacancies (no subscription fees for members). It spreads the word - casts the net wide - so your board might get interest from people outside your current network. As an advisory board member I provide support and advice to Appoint's CE and founder Simon Telfer (Springboard, Stimulus). I endorse this service that opens door for diverse, high-performing boardrooms.


PKW Trust

November 2008 - Present (11 years)

Charitable trust that provides education, cultural and leadership development support of its beneficiaries, namely descendants of the iwi of Taranaki. PKW Trust was established in 1983 through the philanthropy of PKW Inc shareholders. It currently distributes approximately $200k per year in scholarships, grants and community support. We are looking to establish the tuakana-teina network (alumni) and wish to connect with past tertiary scholars. Please contact with your current contact details and when you received a scholarship from PKW Trust.


PKW Farms Ltd

October 2007 - Present (12 years)

PKW Farms produces around 2.3m kg of milksolids per year. That's about 32,000,000 litres of milk, making PKW Taranaki's biggest supplier of milk to Fonterra. My role is to assist with the setting and reviewing of PKW Farm's strategic goals. These include growing the economic welbeing of our shareholders through the use of sustainable farming practices, land acquisition and management as well as workforce development. PKW Farms is a subsidary of Parininihi Ki Waitotara Inc.

Committee Member

Parininihi Ki Waitotara Incorporated

January 2007 - Present (13 years)

PKW has assets circa $200m including 18,000ha of Taranaki land leased out in purpetuity which PKW gets rental income from and 2,400ha actively farmed via 13 dairy units and 2 drystock units. Other investments include lobster quota (koura). PKW has 9000 shareholders, the vast majority with being descendants of Taranaki's iwi. I was elected to PKW Inc in October 2007 and re-elected in October 2010.


R & R Edwards Whanau Trust

January 2006 - Present (14 years)

In this role I support the aspirations of our trust and wider whanau to grow trust assets and maintain connection of our whanau to the land for the benefit of beneficiaries.

Trustee /Chairman

Maunga Tu Maunga Ora

January 2001 - January 2004 (3 years)

MTMO was Taranaki's Maori business network and economic development organisation, in a time prior to iwi settlements or other significant regional Maori economic activity. Like other Maori business networks our board consisted on busy professionals who supported because we saw the need. Being new to business, I enjoyed the mutual support network Maunga Tu created, with many relationships enduring from that time.

Executive Roles


The Skills Organisation (formerly Learning State)

January 2005 - Present (15 years)

The Skills Organisation is the Industry Training Organisation (ITO). As a member of the AATEA team I have been a member of the Skills Org/Learning State National Moderation Team. The role of an evaluator/moderator is to make sure NZQA (workplace) assessment is valid, fair and consistent and provide constructive feedback.


AATEA Solutions

March 2000 - Present (19 years)

AATEA provides strategic support for Maori and non-Maori organisations who wish to grow their capability to communicate with and provide services for Maori. Areas include language services (translation, writing and quality assurance), research, training, evaluation and facilitating. We work within Maori conceptual frameworks to help us communicate and ensure the quality of our work. Our frameworks complement and reflect universal best-practice principles. We operate with the view that Maori success is NZ success - and that's good for the world.

Public Speaker


March 2000 - Present (19 years)

Invited speaker, panelist or MC, including 2013 AWDT Inspire Event, Cambridge, Waikato - inspirational speaker 2013 Dairy Womens Network Conference, Nelson - keynote speaker 2012 Agri Womens Development Trust, Wellington - graduation speaker 2012 Leadership New Zealand, Auckland - panelist 2012 Maori Women's Economic Leaders Summit, Hopuhopu - panelist 2012 NACEW Forum, Wellington - panelist 2011 'Shepherds', Masterton, dinner speaker 2010-11 Tatarakihi Regional Kapa Haka Festival, Taranaki - MC 2010 Small Towns Conference, Hawera - speaker 2010 NZX Agribusiness Conference, Taupo - speaker 2010 Business and Professional Women, Hawera - speaker/debater 2008 Parihaka Peace Festival Forum, Parihaka - speaker 2007 Waitangi Day Community Forum, New Plymouth - facilitator/MC 2007 National Community Development Conference, New Plymouth - workshop facilitator 2005-2007, Parihaka Peace Festival Forum - facilitator 2006 Regional Pae Rangatahi and Manu Korero Competitions, Hawera - MC 2006 Te Matarau Conference, New Plymouth - MC 2005 Hui Taumata, Wellington - panelist

Council Member

Western Institute of Technology, Taranaki (WITT)

October 2008 - December 2012 (4 years)

Initally I joined the WITT Council as a government appointee after a two year period where WITT was governed by a crown commissioner. I was reappointed as a community appointment in May 2010. At that time all polytechnic boards were restructed by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) with a focus on a smaller, skills based board table. The council is responsible for the goverance of this regional Polytechnic.

Personal Coach/Consultant

New Look South Taranaki

January 2002 - January 2008 (6 years)

I helped people acheive and maintain their personal goals. Involved one-on-one and group discussions and required me to share knowledge, help create good habits and keep motivation levels high.

Career Consultant

Career Services (now Careers New Zealand)

January 1998 - January 2001 (3 years)

I enjoyed the variety of clientel in this role and empowering people with the ability to choose their career path, with up-to-date and relevant information for their unique situation.

Employment Advisor

New Zealand Employment Service

October 1995 - October 1998 (3 years)

'Every encounter with us will bring a New Zealander closer to employment' was NZES' was the mission statement I believed in and worked to. What this meant practically was case managing long term unemployed people and exploring options with them to find the win-win. I also worked with employers to provide suitable candidates for vacancies, facilitated workshops, presented regularly on a live radio slot and other activities to help connect people with opportunities.

Talkshow Host/Producer

Te Korimako o Taranaki 94.8FM

March 1995 - March 1998 (3 years)

Co-founder of Te Ngaru, a weekly talkback show focussed on youth and their issues. The show was picked up by most iwi stations throughout NZ and continued until 2000.


Agri Womens Development Trust

Escalator, Leadership in Agri Sector

2010 - 2011

New Zealand Institute of Directors

Certificate in Company Directing (5 days), Governance

2007 - 2007

Te Reo o Taranaki / WITT

Kapunipuni Reo, Maori Language of Taranaki

2006 - 2006

Advancement of Maori Opportunity (AMO)

Ad Cert Leadership, Indigenous Development

2005 - 2006

Sookmyung Women's University, Seoul

APEC E-biz (5 days), Online marketing

2005 - 2005

Victoria University of Wellington

BA, Maori

1994 - 2000