Tom Roa

Tom Roa (Ngāti Maniapoto, Waikato) is a Tainui leader and Ahonuku / Associate Professor in the University of Waikato’s Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies and is a familiar figure on marae throughout Tainui and the country. He is a member of the Waitangi Tribunal and Heritage New Zealand’s Māori Heritage Council and was chair of Ngā Pae o Maumahara, helping to coordinate many of the activities commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Waikato invasion in 2013–14. He has held many prominent leadership roles within Waikato-Tainui and Ngāti Maniapoto, and as a pre-eminent tribal historian and kaumātua of Ngāti Apakura has been heavily involved in efforts to commemorate the February 1864 attack on the settlement of Rangiaowhia.