Teresa Tepania-Ashton

Teresa Tepania-Ashton 


CEO of Maori Women’s Development Incorporated


Teresa Tepania-Ashton is the CEO of Maori Women’s Development Incorporated – an inspirational and incredibly well-resourced organisation that provides loans and wraparound support for Wahine Maori in business, and their whanau. She was previously the CEO of Te Runanga-a-Iwi o Ngapuhi from 2004 – 2011.

After a 12 year career working internationally with Citibank (during which time she rose from Service Assistant to Vice President) she put her decades of community and corporate governance experience to work for her people.

Teresa would never say it, but the people she works with describe her as mindful, decisive, astute and a nurturing and empowering leader. This shows when you consider the awards she’s received:

 - 2016 New Zealander of the year – Local Hero

 - 2016 Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for service to Maori and business

 - 2015 & 2016 finalist New Zealand Woman of Influence

 - 2009 Dame Mira Szaszy Alumni (University of Auckland)

With credibility in hapu and iwi development, Reo Maori development, and governance across all sectors, she is truly a contemporary wahine Maori leader.