Arihia Bennett

Arihia Bennett MNZM (Ngāi Tahu – Ngāi Tūāhuriri, Ngāti Waewae, Ngāti Porou) is the CEO of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, a $1.6 billion iwi entity.  She was appointed to the position in August 2012 following the role of CEO at He Oranga Pounamu, the iwi-mandated organisation responsible for health and social services in Te Waipounamu. A key driver for Arihia is her passion for enabling and empowering whānau and papatipu rūnanga to take control of their own lives, find their own voice and be the best they can be. Her role as CEO of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu enables her to implement practical programmes and initiatives that will grow communities and create a better tomorrow for Ngāi Tahu whānau.