Renée Perkins

Advisor to the Commissioner of Police, NZ

Kia ora, I descend from the tribes of Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga, Rangitaane and Muaūpoko from the Central North Island of Aotearoa/New Zealand. I am also of English descent. I have been a Police officer for 25yrs, in roles including close protection, road policing, training and advisory, Justice Sector Liaison Officer and am currently Principal Advisor to the NZ Police Commissioner. In 2019, I completed the degree of Master in Māori and Indigenous Leadership, wth distinction, at Canterbury University. I was privileged to travel to Alaska and Hawai’i to visit and learn within indigenous communities as part of my studies. I believe our collective wisdom brings unity and strength “ma tini ma mano ka rapa te pai – many hands may light work” I am motivated to help indigenous communities to thrive, working to increase language and cultural competence within NZ Police by improving understanding of Māori lived experience, and providing strategic, tactical and policy advice. This year, I was humbled to win the inaugrual Mana Wāhine Award for most outstanding wahine leader. I am an advocate for transformation of the criminal Justice system in New Zealand. I contribute to my iwi in a governance role, and support my whānau (family) to reconnect with our Māori culture and language. I’m also a mum, daughter, homeopath, yoga teacher and life-long student.