Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungungu, Rongowhaakat
Hurimoana Dennis is the Chairperson of Te Puea Memorial Marae, and leader of the Māori marae-based emergency housing initiative, that voluntarily cared for 181 homeless people including families in 2016. He is a member of the tribal groups of Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungungu and Rongowhaakata, and has been the chairperson of Te Puea since 2010. Mr Dennis brings a wealth of experience to his leadership at the marae. He has worked in law enforcement for 30 years, specializing in reducing Maori participation in crime as victims and/or offenders. He is well known nationally for leading the courageous initiative at Te Puea Marae, and his outspokenness on homeless issues in Auckland. Last year, Mr Dennis’ efforts at Te Puea Marae were recognized as a recipient of New Zealand’s premier community award, the Kiwibank New Zealand Local Hero of the Year.