Tame Te Rangi (Ngāti Whātua / Ngāpuhi)

Tame has been a mentor for our Education Māori programme and the Tāmaki Makaurau Education Forum for a number of years before taking on the role as COMET Auckland - Te Hononga Akoranga's Amohau. 

As a representative of Te Rùnanga o Ngāti Whātua, Tame provides mana whenua advice to Auckland Council as well as the Council Controlled organisations. 

He has chaired the selection panel for council’s Independent Māori Statutory Board for the initial three appointment cycles. 

Tame is an director [independent] of Hōkai Nuku, formed in 2010 as the mandated voice of four mana whenua entities to collaborate on Ara Tūhono, the NZ Transport Agency's Pūhoi to Wellsford roading project.

Rereata ‘Ral’ Makiha (Te Mahurehure, Te Arawa)

Rereata is a long-standing COMET supporter, providing Education Māori advice for our SouthSci and waka hourua projects for many years.

A pou tikanga/cultural adviser for the Auckland Council, Rereata has ties to many marae across Auckland, particularly Te Mahurehure Marae in Pt Chevalier. 

The former broadcaster and journalist is a leading authority, writer and speaker on Mātauranga Māori - particularly the Maramataka or Māori Lunar Calendar, and Māori star navigation.

Rereata is a member of the Society of Māori Astronomy Research and Traditions and a co-founder of Te Potiki National Trust, which administers the Māori Maps website that connects Māori descendants with their marae. Rereata is also vice president at the Māori-Malay-Polynesian Secretariat.