Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa is pleased to announce the appointment of Leonie
Simpson as their new CEO. Leonie will assume full responsibilities today.

Leonie has previously been part of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa from 2005
until 2012 and has led the development of Ko Ngāti Awa te Toki
– Iwi Vision 2050 while also being responsible for the Ngāti Awa Community
Development Trust.

Ms Simpson said she is looking forward to the role.

“We are ten years on from our Tiriti o Waitangi settlement. We
have a lot to celebrate, and more to work on,” said Ms Simpson.

Chair of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa, Dr Joe Mason said that the Board had
unanimously supported the appointment and were very pleased to have Leonie
on board.

In March 2005, the Ngāti Awa Claims Settlement Act was passed, settling the
long standing Tiriti o Waitangi Claims and established the Rūnanga as a new
governance body under the Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa Act 2005.

There are over 19,000 registered members’ of Ngāti Awa.