Ngāi Tahu Kaumātua, Upoko Rūnanga, Te Rūnanga o Awarua
Tā Tipene O’Regan led the Ngāi Tahu Claims process before the Waitangi Tribunal from 1986, culminating in a notable settlement with the Crown in 1998. He was an architect of the Treaty Fisheries Settlements in 1989 and 1992 and Chaired Te Ohu Kai Moana, the Māori Fisheries Commission, in 1989, and its successor, the Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Commission until 2000. He has been chairman and director of public and private sector entities and has held major board appointments in both the heritage and environment sectors. In more recent years, Tā Tipene has become a widely recognised participant in the discussion on the need for a “New Zealand constitution”, the shape of the Māori economy and modernising iwi governance models.