Ngāti Rangi Trust Chair Shar Amner is pleased to be able to announce Kemp Dryden - Ngāti Rangi, Te Atihaunui-a-Pāpārangi and Ngāti Rongomaiwahine - has been appointed as Ngāti Rangi's new Pou Ārahi.
Following a wide recruitment programme of which there were many quality applicants, the appointments panel undertook a thorough and robust interview process resulting in the Trust being very pleased to be able to appoint a leader who brings an intimate, working knowledge of Ngāti Rangi's tikanga and mahi.
As a Trustee for eight years, Chair for four and former Department of Conservation Strategic Māori Partnerships Manager for the Whanganui and Taranaki region, Kemp not only brings a background of relationship-building from within whanau, hapu and iwi but also an extensive, professional working knowledge of our wider community and it's stakeholders.
From the Trust's perspective, on a professional level Kemp brings all the fundamental skills needed and we are very lucky to be able to appoint someone who already has an intimate understanding of our aspirations as we move forward with our mahi and Treaty settlement.
This is complimented with a full understanding of our tikanga, the history of Ngāti Rangi and a deep passion and aroha for our aspirations, he is the ideal person to step up and drive our team at the Operations level.
Having already held many positions on behalf of Ngati Rangi, for Kemp himself it's a true honour to be appointed to the position of Pou Ārahi – General Manager. Kemp acknowledges his strong corporate background and associated skills, he is just as quick to note that growing up and contributing at the grass roots level has been just as important. He is honoured and humbled to be selected for the role and excited by the opportunity to continually grow Ngāti Rangi.
Kemp replaces Andy Gowland-Douglas following the announcement of her shift to Westport to take up the position of Chief Executive with the Buller District Council.