We wish to acknowledge the leadership and lasting contribution Paul Silich has made to Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Tama, bringing us closer to achieving better outcomes for Ngāti Tama. He helped steer Te Rūnanga through turbulent times, not losing sight of the greater gains for the iwi.
Known for his low key, thoughtful yet determined approach, Paul successfully kept Te Rūnanga focussed on the business in hand. His stand-out contribution was leading Te Rūnanga since 2016, on the journey that saw the iwi-wide major transaction vote, resulting in support for Te Ara o Te Ata: Mt Messenger Bypass agreements. The benefits of these agreements for Ngāti Tama include the return of Ngarautika (120ha property), $7.7 million compensation, iwi employment, training and business opportunities for the project, onsite cultural monitoring and oversight of pest management in perpetuity across 3,650 hectares.
Paul’s mission was to ensure Te Rūnanga does its best by Ngāti Tama. With the agreements in place and Te Ara o Te Ata underway, he has now passed the baton on and stepped down from the board. But that's not the end of Paul's involvement in iwi activities. He's organising Ngāti Tama teams for Taranaki Tū Mai to be held later this year (4-6 November 2022) in Hawera.
He kaupapa kotahi, he ara whakamua
A shared vision is a pathway forward