Te Huarahi's role is to advise Māori members and to act as a channel for their concerns; to consider and represent those concerns to Executive; and liaise with Māori members, particularly the regional Te Reo-ā-Rohe network. Te Huarahi has the responsibility for making decisions that impact Māori members.
Te Huarahi is the national Māori body elected on an iwi geographical basis by Māori members of the Association (Rule 75). Te Huarahi annually elects three of its current members to serve on the National Executive.
Where Executive or Te Huarahi wishes to resolve a question about Ngā Take Māori, a group consisting of Te Huarahi's representatives and an equal number of Executive members meet to find an appropriate solution as Te Rōpū Matua.
Members of Te Huarahi are elected by members on PPTA's Māori electoral roll to represent the following tribal areas: Tai Tokerau, Tāmaki Makaurau, Waikato, Mataatua, Te Arawa, Tai Rāwhiti, Taranaki, Whānganui, Horowhenua / Manawatu, Ngāti Kahungunu, Whanganui-a-Tara ki Ōtaki, Ōtepoti / Murihiku, Waitaha, Te Tau Ihu o Te Waka a Māui.
Kaumātua and Whaea
The Kaumātua and Whaea are chosen by Te Huarahi to assist and support Association matters and are entitled to participate in all aspects of the Association.
Te Huarahi Māori Motuhake
Kaumātua: Hēnare Hūtana
Whaea: Gazala Maihi
Whaea Kaitautoko: Tihi Puanaki
Manu Tātariki (Honorary Member) : Moeke Paaka
PPTA field officer: Bill Anderson - Te Mataroa
PPTA field officer: Bill Harris
Awakairangi / Wairarapa: 1 Vacancy
Horowhenua / Manawatū: Patty Robinson, Freyberg High School
Mataatua: 1 Vacancy
Ngāti Kahungunu: Shona West, Hukarere Girls’ College
Ōtepoti / Murihiku: Josephine Kaio Clarke, Te Wharekura o Arowhenua
Tai Rāwhiti: Trish Tangaroa, Gisborne Girls’ High School
Taranaki: Hemi Haddon, Reliever
Te Arawa: Hemi Ferris-Bretherton, Te Kura o Hirangi
Te Taitokerau: Te Aomihia Taua-Glassie (Convenor), Tikipunga High School
Te Tau Ihu o te Waka a Māui: 1 Vacancy
Vincent Hapi, Wesley College
Pōwhiri Rika-Heke, Alfriston College
Waikato: Marino Hau, Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu
Waitaha: Daniel Hapuku, Christchurch Boys' High School
Whanganui-ā-Tara ki Ōtaki: Anthony Urwin, Aotea College