Tania Pouwhare

Tania Pouwhare is a Ngāi Tūhoe woman from Waiohau in the Bay of Plenty, Aotearoa, currently residing in Auckland.

‘My social change proposal is to radically re-imagine an economy for South Auckland that is just, inclusive, circular and regenerative so that prosperity is more equitably shared.’


After working in policy and strategy roles in women's rights NGOs in both Aotearoa/New Zealand and London, Tania moved back to Auckland in 2011 to take up a strategy role at Auckland Council. There she focused on community and social strategy, before becoming a Social Intrapreneur in the council's social innovation team, The Southern Initiative (TSI). Tania currently leads The Southern Initiative's economic development work and has the freedom to innovate and experiment with radical solutions to some of the country's most pressing socio-economic challenges.


‘My vision is a socially just and environmentally sustainable local economy in South Auckland where all Māori - and particularly the poorest Māori - prosper. There’s no doubt that Māori have borne the consequences of successive economic and social policy failures, largely experiencing life as victims of economic change rather than its protagonists. Clearly, this must change – but how might we reimagine South Auckland’s economy for the future?’