Grantmaking and Te Tiriti o Waitangi 2017
Kim Penetito and Joe Waru
Auckland Facilitators

Kim Penetito has nearly 20 years’ experience in community development—fostering cooperative relationships between government agencies and community organisations. She has a masters in social work and education, which she applies in her work supporting Māori and Pacific islanders to succeed on many levels. Kim has mentored leaders throughout teams and organisations, and continuously pushes for positive change. Kim’s cultural knowledge and overall perspective has led her to work with many NGOs, facilitating discussion around issues of race and disempowerment. She is an Associate of LEAD – Centre for not-for-profit leadership and the Co-Director of Haua Partnerships Ltd developed the tool BRAVE CONVERSATIONS, to aid the facilitation of whakawhitiwhiti Korero between Maori and non-Maori.

Joe Waru is currently employed as a Cultural Worker with Kari Centre (ADHB) working with adolescent mental health. He has a strong background in social work including such roles as: Coordinator Rūnanga o Kura Kaupapa Māori in Auckland, Youth Justice Coordinator working with youth offenders, Care and Protection Social Work and Northern Regional Māori Practice Leader PSN.

Joseph has long been involved with the Kōhanga Reo and Kura Kaupapa Māori movements and has spent six years facilitating Treaty workshops, bicultural organisational development, cultural supervision and cultural responsiveness awareness for organisations. Joe is a proud father and grandfather.

Sacha McMeeking
Christchurch Facilitator

Sacha McMeeking is Head of Aotahi, the School of Māori and Indigenous Studies at the University of Canterbury. She brings a serial entrepreneur's approach to working with and for iwi Māori. From instigating United Nations proceedings to architecting a Māori social enterprise fund and leading commercial negotiations, she is known for solution-building that meets Iwi Māori aspirations. In a previous role as General Manager of Strategy and Influence with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Sacha was responsible for government relations, public policy, strategic planning, stakeholder engagement and inter-Iwi collaboration which included commercial opportunities. In 2010, Sacha was awarded the Fulbright Harkness Fellowship for emerging and established leaders, which she used to develop kaupapa Māori asset management and tribal development tools (available at