Emma Winiata

Pouhere | Chief Executive, Whāia Legal


Emma has a legal and consulting background, more recently, having shifted into executive management.

For the last two years, she was the Kaihautū of Te Wānanga o Raukawa Foundation – an educational foundation set up to deliver on the aspirations of Te Wānanga o Raukawa. She has recently started a new role as Pouhere (Chief Executive) of Whāia Legal – a kaupapa-based law firm that provides tailored legal services through a uniquely Māori lens.

Emma holds two governance positions – Deputy chairperson of Raukawa ki te Tonga Trust and Ohu Whakahaere member of Te Kura-ā-Iwi o Whakatupuranga Rua Mano. She drives several key initiatives in both roles and is looking forward to adding matauranga to her kete though He Tukutuku Koiora to better deliver on her governance commitments.

Emma’s “why” is to add her contribution to Whakatupuranga Rua Mano – an initiative spearheaded in the 70s to grow capability within Ngāti Raukawa and ultimately grow confident Māori speaking leaders who can contribute to their Marae and communities.

Amonuku Placement

Moana New Zealand

Moana New Zealand is the largest Māori–owned fisheries company in New Zealand (Aotearoa). They work in harmony with nature to ensure the sustainability of our fisheries for future generations.