Profile: Marshall Tangaroa

Marshall Tangaroa is the deputy convenor of Te Rūnanga O Ngā Toa Ȧwhina.

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Ko wai au?

Ko Matātua me Aotea te waka.

Ko Putauaki me Tauakira te maunga.

Ko Ohinemataroa me Mangawhero te Awa

Ko Ngati Awa me Te Ati Haunui Ȧ Paparangi te Iwi

Ko Patuwai me Uenuku te Hapū.

No Whanganui ahau.

Ko Marshall Tangaroa taku ingoa.


I have been a loyal member of the PSA since I started work as a Prison Officer in 1990 at Whanganui Prison. To be honest my involvement with the union in those days was non existent. I was like allot of our members who chose not to be involved with union business leaving it to others however in 2002 I made a decision to become a site delegate.

Since then I have been involved at Site, Regional and National Delegate levels. I was elected as a National Delegate for Corrections 2004 and now I hold the position of Māori Enterprise Delegate on the Corrections Advisory Group. I was elected to the Komiti (Committee) of Te Rūnanga O Ngā Toa Ȧwhina in 2006 representing Māori on the then Infrastructure Sector now restructured as the Public Service Sector Committee. I am currently the Deputy Convenor for Te Rūnanga O Ngā Toa Ȧwhina Komiti.

Being involved at this level of the union has given me a wealth of knowledge, experiences and opportunities. Experiences I have been involved in have been Select Committee submissions in Parliament, participated in different forums with both the Minister and Associate Ministers of Corrections. On the membership front this experience has enabled me to exert influence to support and assist our membership not only in Corrections but the union as a whole.

A major goal for me in the next 2 years is to build Māori capability, understanding and awareness in Te Ao Māori (Māori World View) within our union. The PSA adheres to the principals of the Treaty of Waitangi so I want to ensure that all members are informed, kept culturally safe and supported when working within these principals. 

Outside of work and union business I have been a Board of Trustee member at Primary and Secondary Schools. I have been a sports coach and been on numerous sporting committees. Voluntarily I am a Community Representative for the Whanganui Restorative Justice Trust and an Iwi Representative on the Whanganui Museum Board of Trustees.

I am a broken down rugby player now days but I do a bit of cycling to maintain some order of fitness. The Taupo Cycle Challenge is an annual event I like to attend.

I am married to Jevada and we have two adult children Aaron and Whitney.

Finally the next three years will be a challenging period for our union. If we stand together and support each other I am confident we will be able to get through the challenges the future may present.


Kotahi ano te kaupapa ko te oranga o te Iwi.

There is one purpose to our work it’s the well being of the people.