Desmond Ripi QSM
As the National Senior Advisor Kaumatua for the Department Of Corrections, Des Ripi advises a wide range of political and community leaders on cultural issues and initiatives that relate to tikanga Maori.
In 2005 Des was awarded the Queens Service Medal for outstanding work achieved in the community through his work with prison inmates. Des is a senior member of the Executive Management Team to the Hon Jim Anderton; Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industry and Regional Development. He is also Senior Kaumatua to the Tu Tahitanga Maori Advisory Group for the Waitemata Policing District, and a senior Kaumatua to the Albany Junior High and Primary Schools.