Our Kaumātua

Philanthropy New Zealand has two Kaumātua who attend meetings of our Māori Advisory Committee and who also work closely with and advise our board and staff.

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Koro Montgomery Ahie

Koro Montgomery (Monty) Ahie (Taranaki, Ngā Ruahine and Ngāti Ruanui) is a retired mechanical engineer who is proud to serve as a Kaumātua for several Wellington schools as well as for Philanthropy New Zealand.

His interests include education and following the sporting fortunes of his family.


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Pekaira Rei

Pekaira Rei (Ngā Ruahine-i-te-rangi, Te Āti Awa, Taranaki Iwi, Ngā Rauru Kiitahi, Te Āti Haunui-ā-Pāpārangi, Taranaki Whānui-ki-te-Upoko-o-te-Ika and Te Atiawa-ki-te-Waka-a-Maui), is a Reo and History facilitator in the Wellington region for Te Reo o Taranaki, and Out of Office Support Parliamentary Services for Te Tai Hau-ā-Ūru MP, Adrian Rurawhe.

The Philanthropy New Zealand Kaumātua role is one of a cultural safety net, the cornerstone of working towards building and strengthening relationships with Mana Whenua throughout Aotearoa in the philanthropic world.

Pekaira’s interests include martial arts, iwi support work, her children and grandchildren.