Tūhoe, Ngāti Manawa, Te Arawa
Poia Rewi is a professor and Dean of Te Tumu, School of Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies, University of Otago. He is co-principal investigator of Te Kura Roa, a Ngā Pae o Te Māramatanga funded Pae Tawhiti initiative that examines the value of the Māori language and state and community responsiveness to Māori language revitalisation efforts. Poia leads the Waiaro project on state responsiveness. His main areas of research and teaching are te reo Māori, tikanga Māori, Māori oratory and Māori history.
Professor Rawinia Higgins is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Māori) at Victoria University. She is a widely acknowledged expert on the revitalisation of te reo Māori, has strong relationships with Māori communities and agencies and provides strategic advice that has influenced Māori policy development. Rawinia has held many roles on boards, advisory groups and working parties during her career. She is currently a board member of Te Mātāwai, Ngā Pae o Te Māramatanga and a member of the Waitangi Tribunal. She chaired the Māori Language Advisory Group for the Minister for Māori Development, which influenced and shaped the Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Act 2016.
In addition, Rawinia is Deputy Chair of the Tertiary Education Commission’s Māori Knowledge and Development PBRF (Performance-Based Research Fund) panel.