Tania Pouwhare

SpecialityGeneral Manager, Community and Social Innovation, Auckland Council

Tania is the General Manager of the Community and Social Innovation department at Auckland Council. She is from Ngāi Tūhoe tribe on her father’s side and has Swedish, Irish, English and Scottish descent on her mother’s side.

Before moving to CSI seven years ago, where led the team’s portfolio of economic development work, she held other strategy roles within Auckland Council.

Tania is passionate about equity for women and girls and has a MA in Women’s Studies from the University of Auckland. Prior to working at Auckland Council, she lived and worked in Dublin before settling in London for a decade where she was head of policy and campaigns at the Women’s Resource Centre – the UK’s leading umbrella organisation for the women’s NGO sector and one of Britain’s most admired charities. Before her move abroad, she worked for the National Collective of Independent Women’s Refuges in New Zealand in a policy role.

Tania is a lifelong fellow with the Atlantic Fellowship for Social Equity and an honorary fellow of Engineering NZ. She is also the co-chair of the Māori Economic Development Advisory Board and a member of Te Kāhu Mātai WorkSafe Partners Council.