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