board member

Simon Wi Rutene

Board Trustee

Simon joined the UNICEF NZ Board in November 2017

Simon is an, accomplished and decorated International and Olympic athlete, company director, trustee, publisher and an enrolled barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand. Simon currently works in the Negotiations and Settlement Team at the Office of Treaty Settlements.

As well as qualifications in Law and Commerce, Simon has a post graduate certificate in career counselling elite performers in sports, music and dance and has been awarded a further 3 certificates and 2 diplomas in honour of sporting achievement. Simon is adept at supporting people to clarify their dreams and aspirations and breaking these into achievable goals.

Since 2000 he has focussed a considerable portion of attention to high performance mentoring and administration. Simon is a New Zealand snow-sports selector and International Ski Federation Technical Delegate expert in the application of all aspects of the international competition rules and event management.

On the UNICEF NZ Board Simon brings deep knowledge of Tikanga Maori, networks and relationships that mean UNICEF NZ can operationalise its Child Rights Strategy in Aotearoa NZ. Simon has wide international networks in a range of diverse communities, including sport, corporate, government, and enterprise. Simon is focussed on performance and overcoming barriers in strategic implementation. Simon’s mediation and negotiation skills make him a powerful resource to the Executive team in corporate partner relationships.