Pauline Kumeroa Kingi

Ngāti Whāwhākia, Ngāti Mahuta, Ngāti Pikiao, Te Arawa, Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Toa, Ngāti Maniapoto

1951 -

Pauline Kingi has worked as a Barrister and Solicitor; she was admitted to the bar in 1980. She has also worked as a Corporate Director, with membership of both the Institute of Directors and the New Zealand Institute of Management. Her extensive community and public sector involvement has spanned over 28 years. She had been awarded the Zonta Women of the Year Award, Chicago; The New Zealand Law Society Bicentennial Scholarship for Outstanding Māori Law Student; the Harkness Commonwealth Fund of New York Award; and the 21st Century Trust Fellowship (United Kingdom). She was a National Director for Te Roopu Tomokia, the Māori Land Research Programme to assist Iwi-Māori with land-related problems across the country. She held this position for three years, working through the National Council of Churches, Māori Section, with funding provided by the World Council of Churches, Programme to Combat Racism, and the Christian Conference of Asia. She is the Auckland Regional Director for the Ministry of Māori Development, covering an area that extends from Te Hana in the North through to Meremere in the South-Franklin area and encompassing the Hauraki Gulf through to the South and North Kaipara. Ms Kingi is a former Regional President of the Māori Women’s Welfare League and is now a life member of the Arahina Branch. She has also held executive roles and chaired the New Zealand Healthcare Standards Council for Accreditation of Health Services in Hospitals and Community. She is a past Chair of the Auckland Institute of Technology; she lodged the application for AIT to become the first University of Technology in New Zealand. She is a current member of the AUT Council, and until recently has been the Convenor of Māori Education for the University. She was recognised for services to the AUT with an Honorary Associate Award in 1999.

She has been a Director and Trustee for the Aotea Centre Board of Management, Moana Pacific Fisheries, and the Furniture Industry Training Organisation. Her work now extends to a Trustee role of the Tamaki Pathways Youth Trust, and Deputy Chairperson for the Paerangi Limited Māori boarding Schools Company. She is a former member of the Auckland Transport Action Group, and a member of the Auckland Regional Land Transport Committee of the Auckland Regional Council. She was a founding member of the Strategic Leadership Group for the development of the Auckland Regional Economic Strategy (AREDS), through to the Implementation Phase. In 2003 – 2004, she assisted in AREDS, the identification of the Māori Programme Manager to develop the Māori Workstreams for this regional economic initiative. She has also advised the Implementation Leaders’ group on the selection of Māori Economic Projects. Since 2004, she has continued to provide advice and support to the new ARC Council on the direction of the new Auckland Regional Development Forum and representational interests. She attended the inaugural meetings of the America’s Cup Stakeholder’s Forum convened by Auckland City Council in the lead up to the final Defence Series for the Cup. She is a member of the Auckland District Advisory Taumata; her role is to assist the Auckland District Commander of Police on sensitive issues involving the Māori Community and Policing. She has assisted the Auckland District Police with the selection of the Superintendent Operations for Auckland. She is currently assisting with Intelligence Training for Policing Operation, and the selection of the new Area Commander for the Counties Manukau Region. She provides the strategic leadership of the Public Sector Regional Intersector Forums across the Tamaki Makaurau Region with relevant policy issues.

As a member of the Auckland Transport Action Group, she has worked with colleagues from the business community and local government to identify a strategy to address the critical issue of Auckland transport.

In June 2004, she was elected to the New Zealand Institute of Management, Auckland Division; she is the first Māori to be appointed to this body. She see that NZIM’s 150 programmes have the potential to provide Māori with a range of managerial tools that will assist Māori development. She sees her membership on this body as a strategic opportunity to promote access to such knowledge. In May 2004, she was nominated for the NZIM Fellowship Award and was presented with the FNZIM in July 2004.

She has received the recognition of a Suffrage Honour for services to women in 1994. In 1999 she received the Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to New Zealand. In 2000 she was selected for an inaugural Manawahine Award from the Māori Women’s Welfare League; she received this Award from Te Arikinui, Dame Te Ata Rangikaahu. In December 2001, in recognition of voluntary work for New Zealand and Manukau City, she received a Certificate for the International Year of the Volunteer from the Honourable George Hawkins and Sir Barry Curtis, mayor of Manukau City Council. She is an advisory trustee for the Tamaki Pathways Trust, a collaboration between Rotary, Judge Peter Boshier, the Justice Department, Tamaki College, Auckland Police and Te Puni Kokiri; in this position, she works with and develops models for community diversion of youth at risk, including Rangatahi from the East Auckland Community of the Auckland Region. She is assisting the development of Leadership New Zealand, a community leadership programme for future leaders, to create and foster social capital in New Zealand. She has received certificates of appreciation from the Waitakere City Council, the Tamaki Pathways Trust (2004) and the NZ Māori Wardens’ Association 1996 and 2004 for her services to these community organisations.

"She is currently working in Te Puni Kōkiri as the Regional Director for Auckland, the largest region in New Zealand under one director."

Biographical sources

  • Correspondence from Pauline Kingi on 25 June 2004, 4 and 7 October 2005.
  • Te Ha Questionnaire.
  • Tu Tangata 13 (1983): 16.
  • 7 September 2016


  • The Challenge of Education. Te Puni Kokiri. No further details.
  • Te Whanau o Waipareira Trust. Te Whanau o Waipareira Trust. ßNo further details.
  • Historical Report on the Orakei Marae Education Centre. No further details.
  • Produced for the OMEC.
  • Māori Planning Kit. [Auckland, N.Z.]: Auckland, N.Z. Māori Planning Committee, 1981.
  • Co-authors Pauline Kingi and George Asher.
  • "The Treaty - A Day Off or a Rip Off." Tu Tangata 4 (1982): 27.
  • Kingi looks at the conflict of morality and legality in Treaty issues and offers some solutions for current Treaty grievances.
  • Nga Whaakaro: A Viewpoint on Māori Issues. Ed. Rona Waitai. [Wellington, N.Z.: New Zealand Planning Council,] 1982.
  • Kingi is a contributor to the debate contained in this publication.
  • Planning for Māori Needs. Written with Rea Anderson, John Long, and Julie Wade. 1983. No further details.
  • New Zealand Landscape Special Edition On Māori Land Values. Ed. Pauline Kingi, 1986. No further details.
  • New Zealand After Nuclear War. New Zealand Planning Council; Platform Publishing, Aug. 1987. No further details.
  • Auckland Regional Authority Future Bulk Water Supply Study. Stage 1. Report of the Independent Review Panel. Members of panel: Ms. Pauline Kingi, Professor Warren Moran, Mr. John Lello, and Dr. Bruce Melville. Auckland, N.Z.,: Auckland, N.Z. Regional Authority, 1989.
  • "Review of the Bulk Water Proposals for the Auckland Regional Council 1988-1989." No further details.
  • Kingi chaired the Review Panel and wrote its report.
  • "A Celebration of Diversity." 1840-1990: A Long White Cloud? Essays for 1990. Ed. Tom Newnham. Auckland, N.Z.: Graphic; Citizens’ Association for Racial Equality, 1989. 88-92. Rpt. in One Nation, Two Partners, Many Peoples. Jim Anderson et al. Porirua, N.Z.: Whitireia, 1996. 27-30.
  • Kingi writes of her explorations into her Māori and Pakeha family backgrounds. She looks at the issues of partnership in New Zealand during the last 150 years. Kingi argues that the total ‘[r]edress of past injustices will never happen totally.... But the future is all about realistic solutions and compromises that both can live with.’
  • "Indigenous Rights." Te Reo o Te Tiriti Mai Rano: The Treaty is Always Speaking. Ed. Bernard Kernot and Alistair McBride. Wellington, N.Z.: Tertiary Christian Studies Programme of the Combined Chaplaincies, Victoria U, 1989. 79-92.
  • A Study of the Orakei Marae Centre: Kia Kotahi. Pauline Kingi. [Orakei, N.Z.]: Orakei Marae Centre for Education and Cultural Exchange, [1992]
  • "Educating Māori: Key to Our Future." Te Māori News 1.11 (1992): 10.
  • Informing the Market: Māori Health Statistics in the Auckland Region. [Prepared by Health Research and Analytical Services for the Auckland, N.Z. Māori Strategic health Forum and Te Puni Kōkiri, Auckland, N.Z. Region] Wellington, N.Z.: Te Puni Kōkiri, 1993.
  • Review of the Options Available to Alleviate Auckland’s Water Shortage 1994. R.P. Carter, P.K. Kingi, D.M. Hill. [Auckland, N.Z.,: Review Panel, 1994]
  • Auckland Drought Zone Action Kit. Auckland, N.Z.: Auckland Watercare Services, 1994.
  • "The Treaty of Waitangi and Mental Health." Mental Health News Summer (1994): 11-12.
  • National Māori Ethics Report. Te Puni Kokiri Publication/Ministry of Health Publication, 1995.
  • The Marae Census Publication. Te Puni Kokiri, 1997.
  • "We Must Fight the Tyranny Against Motherhood." New Zealand Doctor 5 Aug. 1998.
  • Environment Report on Resource Management – Kaitiakitanga. Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner, 1999.
  • "In View of the Ministry of Education Report Entitled ‘Adult Literacy in New Zealand’ What is Your Agency Doing to Address the Issues Raised in the Report?" Nga Kete Kōrero: Journal of the Adult Reading and Learning Assistance Federation Aotearoa NZ Inc 11/12 (1999): 14-17.
  • Integrated Youth Strategy Kokiri Paetae. Te Puni Kokiri, 2000.
  • The Fish Rots from the Head. Bob Garratt. Harper Collins Business, 1996. Rev. ed. 2003.


  • "Creative Insights." New Zealand Management 51.9 (2004): Sup. 23-25.
  • "First for AIT Council." Kia Hiwa Ra: National Māori Newspaper 29 (1995): 3.
  • "Harkness Fellow off to Harvard." Tu Tangata 11 (1983): 16.
  • Māori Achievers. [Picture] Devonport [N.Z.]: Michael Leyden, [1994].
  • 10 study prints and one teacher’s handbook in English and Māori containing portraits and biographies of 10 Māori role models.
  • "Lawyer Makes History at Harvard." NZ Herald June 1984. No further details
  • "Pauline Kingi." Celebrating Women: New Zealand Women and Their Stories. Produced by Mediawomen of New Zealand. Whatamongo Bay, Queen Charlotte Sound, N.Z.: Cape Catley, 1984. 14-17
  • This article is taken from a series of biographies and interviews of 50 women from over 600 nominations for the Mediawomen’s Awards conferred on Suffrage Day, 19 September 1982.
  • "Pauline Kingi: Catalyst for Change." New Zealand Management 51.5 (2004): 8-9.
  • Tumahi, Paris. "Pauline Kingi - Your Winning Bet." Te Māori News 1.8 (1992): 20.
  • Puru, Bill. "Mayoral Candidates." Te Iwi o Aotearoa 39 (1990): 7.
  • "Qualifications is the Key." Auckland District Law Society Article on Harkness Award March 1982. No further details.
  • "Reaching Out to Auckland". Kōkiri Paetae 41 (2002): 6.
  • Calder, Peter. "Reality Rules the Day." New Zealand Herald 2 May 1989: 3.
  • Silmone, Robert. "A Star is Rising." Auckland Star Oct. 1979. No further details.
  • "Te Puni Kokiri Appoints New Management." Te Māori News 1.4 (1992): 6.
  • Corbett, Jan. "The Class of 1980." Metro 9.100 (1989): 248-253.
  • "Women in Top Level Management at TPK." Te Māori News 2.21 (1993): 18-19.
  • Woodhouse, A. "Pauline Kingi - American ‘Prelude’." NZ Woman’s Weekly 18 Nov. 1985: 76-78.
  • Erai, Michelle, Fuli, Everdina, Irwin, Kathie and Wilcox, Lenaire. Māori Women: An Annotated Bibliography. [Wellington, N.Z.]: Michelle Erai, Everdina Fuli, Kathie Irwin and Lenaire Wilcox, 1991. 16.
  • Reviews

    Māori Planning Kit.
  • Scott, Noel. Tu Tangata 9 (1983): 26.