Lisa Tumahai


Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu

Lisa Tumahai is the Kaiwhakahaere of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, the corporate tribal entity representing the interests of Ngāi Tahu, the largest iwi in Te Waipounamu. She has held a number of governance roles in the community and voluntary sector as well as various company directorships over the past 18 years. 

As a highly respected leader, Lisa is known for her ability to motivate others to work in unison, creating innovative and tactical solutions that drive change and deliver tangible results for the communities she represents.  She is passionate about ensuring the sustainability of resources and the wellbeing of future generations of Ngāi Tahu Whānui. As part of her ongoing commitment to learning, Lisa has successfully completed the Executive Program in Women’s Leadership through Stanford University – Graduate School of Business, and a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Management from the University of Canterbury.

Her current governance roles include: the Interim Climate Change Committee (Deputy Chair), the West Coast Primary Health Organisation, Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Waewae, Arahura Holdings (Chair), Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency, FLCD Ltd and He Toki GP Ltd.