Tanira is a Senior Research Scientist with Scion. Tanira holds a number of directorships within Te Arawa and Rotorua. Tanira has extensive experience in governance, both within Te Arawa and on national boards and advisory groups. Tanira specialises in developing economic development platforms for iwi and developing policy frameworks with Regional Councils to reduce the environmental impacts of agriculture. Tanira grew up in Ohinemutu Rotorua and has had a long association with Tipu Ora and Te Utuhina Manaakitanga through his parents, Bishop and Inez Kingi.