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The Commissioners

Pita ParaonePita Paraone MNZM (Chair)  

Pita was appointed chair of the Commission in November 2018.

Pita was a Member of Parliament from 2002 to 2008 and 2014 to 2017. 

He has been a public servant including serving as a Regional Director for Te Puni Kōkiri and as CEO of Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori | Māori Language Commission. 

He was a member of the Waitangi National Trust Board for a number of years, and served as chair from 2009 to 2017. 

He is currently chair of the board of directors of Waitangi Ltd, a subsidiary of the Waitangi National Trust. 

Janie AnnearJanie Annear ONZM

Janie was appointed as a temporary member of the Commission in April 2014 and as a full member in July 2014.

Janie was first elected as a member of the Timaru District Council in 1995 and 

then served as Mayor of Timaru from 2004 to 2013. 

She has experience across a wide range of private sector, local government and central government roles. 

Currently she is also deputy chair of the Ara Institute of Canterbury Council.

Brendan DuffyBrendan J Duffy ONZM, JP

Brendan was appointed as a temporary member of the Commission in March 2017 and as a full member in June 2018.

He was Vice President of Local Government New Zealand for 3 years and chair of its Rural Provincial Sector for 6 years.

Brendan was first elected as a member of the Horowhenua District Council in 1995 and served as Mayor of Horowhenua from 2004 to 2016. 

Currently he is also Deputy Chair of the Mid Central DHB, a board member of MITO (an industrial training organisation) and a trustee of the Electra Trust.