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Pou Tikanga

Cultural Adviser

John Barry (JB) Heperi-Smith

JB is the Pou Tikanga (cultural adviser) at Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga, and a member of the Executive Management Team.

He is responsible for cultural support and development at Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga, and plays a key role in the community-development work of Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga, helping to develop effective relationships with whānau, hapū and marae.

JB is a member of the board of Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Inc, representing Tamatea Taiwhenua.

He is also an executive member of the Heretaunga and Tamatea claims group He Toa Takatini, and a kapahaka leader and trainer.

His iwi are Ngāti Kahungunu and Ngāti Porou.

JB is father to Te Kikiri o te Rangi and Te Aiokura

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