Te Ohu Kaimoana Chief Executive Dion Tuuta Returning to Taranaki

23 September 2020

Media release

Kua hoki te manukura o Te Ohu Kai Moana ki tōna whenua taurikura, ki tōna kāinga papatupu. E te kaihautū, e te kaiurungi, nei rā te reo whakamiha ki a koe.

After four and a half years Dion Tuuta is stepping down as Chief Executive of Te Ohu Kaimoana to return home to Taranaki where he will take up the role of Pouwhakahaere/CEO of Te Kotahitanga o Te Atiawa.

Dion joined Te Ohu Kaimoana following the 2015 statutory review process which resulted in Te Ohu Kaimoana developing into the largest fisheries policy unit outside of Government and taking a much firmer stance on Treaty rights protection.

Te Ohu Kaimoana Chair Rangimarie Hunia said Dion had re-established Te Ohu Kaimoana as a strong national collective voice for Iwi fisheries and marine resources.  The Board paid tribute to Dion by saying he was the perfect person to lead Te Ohu Kaimoana through the post-statutory review period.

The Board is pleased that he is returning to the place he loves to work with his people and that his time with Te Ohu Kaimoana has prepared him for this important role.

His last day with Te Ohu Kaimoana will be Friday 18 December 2020. Recruitment for Dion’s replacement will begin immediately.


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For further information please contact our Kūrae Kōrero (Communications Manager) Bede Dwyer on 021-0739684 or via email: bede.dwyer@teohu.maori.nz

About Te Ohu Kaimoana – mō mātou:

Te Ohu Kaimoana was established through the Māori Fisheries Act 2004 and works to advance Māori interests in the marine environment, including customary, commercial and recreational fisheries and aquaculture as well as providing policy and fisheries management advice to iwi and the wider Māori community.