Chair - Reginald Proffit

Nei ra te whakamaunga o te mihi manahou ki a koutou katoa
Hikurangi maunga, Waiapu awa, tehei mauri ora

Reginald has been persist in the establishment and growth of Papa Pounamu, its reach and influence in challenging the core of NZPI and planning practise in NZ. The core being matauranga Maori and Maori cultural environmental values valued equally alongside western science and western planning frame. Recognise the knowledge and strength of who we are together, to go forward as one.

Secretary - Nassah Steed

Ko Maungapiko te maunga, Ko Waitiki te awa, Ko Parengarenga te moana, Ko Kurahaupo te waka, Ko Ringamaui te hapū, Ko Ngāti Kuri te iwi


Nassah is a Programme Leader at Toi Moana (Bay of Plenty Regional Council) based in Whakatāne. Nassah is responsible for managing the Bay of Plenty Regional Policy Statement review and implementation projects. Nassah’s team manages Toi Moana’s involvement in district plan consents and plan change processes. Nassah’s specialist areas involve iwi resource management, matters of national importance and statutory acknowledgements.

Vishal Chandra

Vishal has 12 years of experience in preparing and processing resource consents, notices of requirement and plan changes across New Zealand. He has also undertaken volunteer and research work within the Pacific Islands. Vishal values and welcomes cultural world views in his work.


Vishal works for Babbage Consultants Limited as the planning lead for the North Island. Vishal has worked for local authorities, infrastructure providers and private consultancies in senior and principal roles. The combined experience from which provides him with detailed understanding of policy development, plan implementation and governmental processes. His experience extends to working with mana whenua groups, stakeholder and communities from diverse cultural backgrounds.


Vishal is a Full Member of the New Zealand Planning Institute who has been active and passionate about voicing the Pacifika planning professionals views and values in New Zealand and within the Pacific Islands. Vishal was on the organising committee of the “Sustainability in the Pacific Conference 2016” held in Fiji, which tabled environmental, economic, social, cultural and climate change issues to the conference forum in the Pacific context.


Vishal runs a LinkedIn group for Pacifika Professionals connecting professionals within the Pacific. The group provides a forum for discussions, raising issues and networking, which continues to grow. He also undertakes coaching, mentoring and volunteer work within Auckland and in the Pacific.


Vishal joined Papa Pounamu at its launch in 2015. He is now the primary contact for progressing Pacific initiatives, views and values at the Papa Pounamu committee. 

Siani Walker

Siani is currently the Programme Lead of the Maori Heritage Programme at Auckland Council, and has come on board the Papa Pounamu committee as the primary contact and facilitator for the Tamaki Makaurau branch.

Siani has a Master of Planning degree with a strong interest in Indigenous Planning, and is passionate about connecting people with places to make great places through planning integration.

Norm Hill

Ko Waikato te iwi, Ko Ngaati Whaawhaakia, Ngaati Naho, Ngaati Mahanga ngaa hapuu

Norm works at Boffa Miskell in Hamilton as the Kaiarataki (Strategic Maori Advisor) in the Te Hihiri team. A competent qualified environmentalist with over 15 years’ experience in a wide range of projects including environmental management, strategy and research, river and biodiversity restoration, environmental compliance, law enforcement and best practise corporate –cultural relationship engagement, Norm is also the primary contact and facilitator for the Waikato branch of Papa Pounamu.

Shad Rolleston

Ngati Ranginui | Ngai Te Rangi | Ngati Haua

Shad is Director for Rolleston Advisory Services, which is based in Tauranga. Shad works in cultural engagement processes and assessments for both policy development and consenting programmes with and for local authorities, as well as for various resource users.

Shad is the primary contact and facilitator for the Papa Pounamu Tauranga-Moana branch.


Jade Wikaira

Te Whanau-a-Apanui | Ngati Tūwharetoa | Ngāpuhi

Jade currently works at Boffa Miskell in the Wellington office in the roles of Strategic Advisor Maori and Resource Management Planner.  She has extensive experience in strategic policy, governance and relationship development, where she held policy positions in central and local government.  Previously, Jade also held a role advising the Minister of Maori Affairs on environmental resource management and Maori community development matters.  


Jade is particularly interested in working on collaboration and strengthening relationships across the region.  Jade is the interim primary contact for the Te Whanganui a Tara branch of Papa Pounamu and would love to hear from you if you are interested in presenting on a relevant kaupapa Maori related topic at an upcoming event or on how you can be involved in Papa Pounamu in Te Whanganui a Tara. 

James Whetu

Ko Pirongia raatou ko Tongariro ko Maungatautari ooku maunga

Ko Waikato raatou ko Ngaati Tuuwharetoa ko Ngaati Raukawa ooku iwi

James Whetu joined Papa Pounamu in August 2014. James is Director and Planner for his consultancy Whetu Consultancy Group, which has a particular focus on incorporating Maaori values, perspectives, and maatauranga aa iwi/hapuu into resource management processes and outputs/outcomes. James has harnessed his expereince and knowledge as a result of various roles over his 13 year professional career, where he started as a planning consultant in a survey and engineering firm, and progressed through territorial and regional authorities and an iwi authority. 

James is involved in Maaori advisory committees, with an appointment on the Environmental Protection Authority's Ngaa Kaihautuu Tikanga Taiao, as well as community focused committees, such as the Ngaaruawaahia Community Board.

James is the primary contact and liaison on the committee for the establishment and advancement of Papa Pounamu branches around New Zealand.

Kataraina O'Brien

Ko Pūtauaki te Maunga, Ko Rangitāiki te Awa, Ko Mataatua te Waka, Ko Ngāti Awa te Iwi

Kataraina is the Strategic Engagement Manager for Toi Moana (Bay of Plenty Regional Council) in Whakatāne. Part of her role is to provide Māori Policy Advice, Treaty advice (on the implications of Treaty settlements for Council), coordinating Māori engagement across the region and supporting Councils Māori Constituent Councillors, Komiti Māori and Co-Governance Forums.

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Papa Pounamu has been established to support the strategic and planning initiatives undertaken by the New Zealand Planning Institute by providing technical guidance to ensure Maori and Pacific peoples perspectives co-exist in resource management practices in New Zealand. Papa Pounamu is not a relationship management group.


About Us

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