Phone: 0275822317

Hineamaru Ropati

Ngāti Hine

Hineamaru has worked in all sectors of our communities, locally nationally and internationally specializing in building capacity, programme development and delivery.

A game changer in many sectors that assists in revitalizing our Reo, our Tikanga and enhancing our Wellbeing in life.


Diversity of Experiences

Currently Leads the following:  2021

  • Chairperson of Papatuanuku Kokiri Marae, sustainable model in South Auckland
  • Board of Trustee Kura Kaupapa a Rohe o Mangere Trustee, (over 19 years)
  • Board Project Lead for $10 million-dollar New Build
  • Researcher Wai-a-ta-tui Research AUT
  • Lecturer for Te Wananga o Awanuiārangi

Current Boards:

  • Te Waka Kai Ora Trustee
  • Maata Waka Representative for Southern Initiative Board
  • Police Culture Advisory Board (South Auckland)
  • Miria Marae Trustee (Far North)
  • Treaty Settlement Team for Ngati Hine


Between herself and her husband Aubrey (Ngati Ranginui / Hamoa) they have 6 children ranging between the ages of 19 and 30.  (3 Tane / 3 Kotiro) and mokopuna that dominants their lifestyle with goodness and aroha.  This is what drives her passion and commitment to making this world a better and more sustainable world to live in.

Papatuanuku Kokiri Marae (Mangere)

Under the leadership of the Late Whaea Mere Knight and many Kaumatua she was able to assist in building the infrastructure of Papatuanuku Kokiri Marae on the smell of an oily rag.  Today this Marae is renowned for its diversity and their unconditional values of manaakitanga.  Its known as “A pounamu among the rocks”, centre of Mangere, the capital of fast foods.  Quietly but surely making a silent impact on the political world as they oppose Genetically Modified substances entering our food sources, Pollution ruining our waterways, the impacts of the impurities entering our airways through petrol and diesel emissions.

Te Waka Kai Ora (Indigenous Global Organisation)

Hineamaru has met so many people from around the world that share the same values of Food Sovereignty and the Tikanga Values of Hua Parakore.  One of the many highlights was when she was invited to present at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAG) United Nations Conference in Cusco, South America 2014 on behalf of Te Waka Kai Ora.

M.O.K.O (Researcher)

Researcher for Te Wai-a-ta-tui Marae Ora Kainga Ora allows us all as a Marae whanau to collate our dreams and aspirations as to move into and beyond the future of Post Covid.

A Research Project with 5 South Auckland Marae.

Her world in the field of Transport

Manukau Urban Māori Authority (MUMA)

Hineamaru built the MUMA Driving School from the humble beginnings of servicing the needs of South Auckland where the recidivist unlicensed drivers were dominating the Courts of Manukau.  A very successful business under the wing of Manukau Urban Māori Authority.  Over 3500 unlicensed and reoffending drivers were processed through this school in less than 4 years.

During her time with MUMA, she carried the voice of Māori at a political platform in the Transport Industry. Leading the charge of having the first Driver Licensing Tests delivered on the Marae.

During this time Hineamaru also sat on Advisory Boards for Land Transport NZ and other boards Chaired by the Toyota CEO and also was part of the working committee when the new licensing regime came into place.


Prior to coming to MUMA Hineamaru had completed two trades, a Motor Mechanic in the late 1980s and then went on to complete a Trade in Electronics with Sanyo.  Winning a National Black Pearl Award in 2002


She learnt so much more from her Mentor and dear friend Dame June Jackson, the former longtime Maunuka Urban Māori Urban Authority CEO and longest serving Parole Board Member in this country mentored her about the Business World, the Political World and importantly Hineamaru learnt how to create a culturally safe environment for those who needed to have a voice.

ACC (Accident Compensation Corporation) Safer Rohe

Hineamaru after 17 years with MUMA was invited to attend a meeting with ACC.  This led to a new pathway. 

A career pathway into ACC was appealing because it was based around seeking cultural equity and access for Maori.  A career choice that led her into the Civil Servant area.

This role was tailored to working in South Auckland, (over 67 000 Maori).  A task that had its challenges however there were more benefits and opportunities.  Working with a great team of all different cultures and ethnic backgrounds.

During her time with ACC she developed a program that went into over 3000 homes in South Auckland and the Far North called “My Home is My Marae”.  An Injury Prevention program working towards reducing Falls in and around the Home.  This program was written up into a Medical Journal by their research company.


Hineamaru will only take on a task if it has clear guidelines and if that’s not possible then at the very least she would like to work with a team of diverse and challenging people.

She is able to work with anyone in our community, she has worked across all sectors and will work with anyone no matter what their iwi may be, what their ethnicity is as long as there is a commitment to uplifting the lives of people in the community.

Nga mihi