A life-long Wellingtonian, Holden Hohaia was appointed by the post settlement governance entity of his iwi, Taranaki Whānui ki te Upoko o te Ika.
Holden is a qualified lawyer and Māori language interpreter.
He is currently General Manager Te Tiriti Strategy at Manaaki Whenua (Landcare Research).
In previous years he held a similar role on our Council’s executive leadership team and spent some time as Support Manager for CitiOperations business unit.
He is currently the Chair of the Ngāti Maru Post Settlement Entity – Te Kāhui Maru, and is the immediate past Chair of Taranaki Whānui ki te Upoko o te Ika.
He has also served on a number of boards, for example Experience Wellington, one of our Council Controlled Organisations, as well as being an advisory trustee for Te Aro Pā Trust, and a director for Predator Free Wellington.
Holden is passionate about his Ngāti Maru and Taranaki Whānui ki te Upoko o te Ika identity, which connects him both to Te Whanganui-a-Tara, and to his ancestral homeland in Taranaki.