Auckland hapū, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, has appointed two aspiring future leaders as part of its Future Directors’ succession and governance programme.
Faiz Salim and Otene Hopa have been welcomed to the board of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Whai Rawa, the commercial arm of the hapū, in the third intake of their Future Director programme.
Otene, Maori Advisor, an orator in both Te Reo Māori and English, and renowned kapa haka exponent, is thrilled to be given the opportunity to further his connection with Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei and share whakaaro (ideas) that explore a range of possibilities for the betterment of the hapū.
“I was raised in Whangārei so this role allows me to reconnect to my Ōrākei taha. I look forward to spending more time at the marae while I learn about our commercial interests, expand my knowledge and gain insight into the property portfolio,” says Otene.
Faiz, a Project Manager in Civil Engineering, sees this role as a chance to sit alongside leaders in the industry and get a sense of how decisions are made that impact whānau.
“I want to get a better understanding of governance and how that differs from the management level. It will be great to be involved in setting the direction for Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Whai Rawa,” says Faiz.