Since becoming CEO of NZ Māori Tourism (NZMT) Pania has focused on highlighting the unique opportunity that a Māori experience offers manuhiri (visitors) domestically and internationally.
Having grown up in business with her parents in the Hawke’s Bay and then owning businesses, Pania understands intimately both the pains and joys of a 24 hour personal and financial commitment. Fast forward to the mid 90’s she moved on to local and central government where she gained an appreciation of the important role that policy plays in our every day lives.
Pania has used all that she has learned over the years (and continues to learn) to position Maori Tourism as a key contributor, participant and influencer within the tourism industry today.
Married to Evan (Te Roroa), between them they have 8 children and live in Wellington splitting their downtime between Mahia and Northland.