Leith Comer

Ngati Rangitihi, Ngai Tahu, Ngati Pahuwera, Te Arawa  

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Leith Comer is the current Chairman of Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi Trust. Leith has a comprehensive knowledge of the workings of government as well as leadership experience in the military, private and community sectors. He led Te Puni Kokiri (Ministry of Maori Development) from 2001 to 2012 and, previously, was the Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Economic Development.

Current responsibilities include being a member of the New Zealand Parole Board, Chairman of the EXCELRotorua Education Trust and Chairman of the Rotorua District Council Contracting Company. A graduate from the US Army General Staff College, Leith received the Eisenhower Award for academic excellence as top foreign student, culminating in his retirement as the Commanding Officer of the Second First Battalion Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment (2/1 RNZIR)