Toitū Te Tiriti

Arohatia Te Tangata

Our mission is to elevate racial consciousness through interracial dialogue.

Grounded in Te Tiriti, we offer a protocol for healthy and productive conversations about race and racism, deepening our collective understanding of racial equity.

The Foundation assists and supports communities throughout Aotearoa New Zealand to pursue authentic treaty-based relationships, racial healing and social justice.

What Others Are Saying

“As a wahine Maori, being a part of the ROAR whanau gave me experiences with race validation in ways that I had never known before. It helped to broaden my capacity to think outside of myself and my own ethnic group.”

— Jordan, ROAR Fellow

“By working together with other amazing wāhine toa in our group Rangatahi Organised Against Racism, I was able to grow more confident in myself and become more conscious of how race plays out within my life. It’s also good to be surrounded by so many fantastic women as we find ourselves in this ever changing world.”

— Gia, ROAR Fellow


“I discovered the Courageous Conversation framework at the time of the horrific events in Christchurch, where it totally opened my heart and my mind in a way no other leadership curriculum has done before. It prompted me to roll out the program within my U.S., based multinational company and I can not recommend it enough. For any leader truly wanting to understand how to lead towards racial equity and true inclusion – this curriculum is life changing”

Sarah Robb-O’Hagan – Executive, author, activist and entrepreneur

Our Leadership Team

Ripeka Evans
Ngāpuhi, Te Aupōuri, Ngāti Kahu, Ngāti Porou
Executive Director

Ripeka Evans is a change maker, strategic adviser, mentor, commentator, director and trustee. She is known for her work to recognise Mana Wāhine and advocacy for Treaty and human rights, anti-racism, social justice and equity. She is a lead claimant in the Mana Wāhine Kaupapa Inquiry and Chair of the Joint Research Committee for the inquiry.

She  is Chair of NorthTec and Deputy Chair of Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology. She is also Deputy Chair of Tupu Tonu -the Ngāpuhi Investment Fund – and is a member of the Te Ao Māori Strategy Committee of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, and Chair of Te Aupouri ki Poneke.

From 1985-87 Ripeka worked with Dame Georgina Kirby to establish the first Māori Women’s Development incorporation. She also worked for the Māori Economic Development Commission to establish the first tribal and urban Māori enterprise, employment and training schemes. In 1987 Ripeka worked with Dame Mira Szaszy, to set up the first Māori and Māori Women’s secretariat in a government department. At Television New Zealand in 1988, she established Kimihia, the Māori Broadcasting training programme for 50 Māori women and men. In 1989 she wrote the business case for the establishment of the imminent Māori Television Service. In 1993 she became the first Chief Executive of Te Māngai Pāho, the Māori Broadcasting Funding Agency.

She has also been Chief Executive of Toi Eastern Bay of Plenty Economic Development Agency and a director and trustee with Te Aupōuri Fisheries Limited and Te Rūnanganui o Te Aupōuri.

In 1977 she was banned from presenting a joint submission to a parliamentary subcommittee on children and young person’s legislation after calling out abuse of Māori and Pasifika children in state care. During the 1981 Springbok Tour,  Ripeka joined with other Māori women to lead the protest that stopped the game in Hamilton. In 1983 Archbishop Desmond Tutu gave evidence in a trial that was instrumental to Ripeka and her co-defendants acquittal on several charges arising from their protest action during the 1981 Tour.

Kat Poi
Tainui; Te Arawa; Tonga

Co-Executive Director

Professionally grounded in Aotearoa New Zealand’s education sector, Kat Poi has leadership and governance experience in mainstream higher education, prison education and training, and Māori-medium primary education settings.

Kat is Equity Transformation Specialist – Indigenous, for Courageous Conversation South Pacific Institute.

Her specialist areas of work are systemic racial equity transformation; anti-racist adult professional learning, development and coaching; and anti-racist programme design and delivery.

Glenn E. Singleton
Trustee

Glenn Singleton has devoted over thirty years to building racial equity worldwide and developing leaders to do the same. He is the author of Courageous Conversations About Race (© 2006, © 2012, © 2016), creator of the Courageous Conversation Protocol © and facilitator of Beyond Diversity, the curriculum that has taught hundreds of thousands of people how to effectively converse about race and address racial disparities.

As Founder and President of Pacific Educational Group, Inc. (PEG), Glenn has created an agency that has developed racially conscious leaders in a variety of sectors: education, government, business, law enforcement, and community organisations among them. The work has been transformative and far- reaching.

In September 2015, PEG was selected to train law enforcement leaders throughout Western Australia. In March 2016, Glenn launched the first Institute for Courageous Conversation – in Aotearoa. His passion for equity flows to and through his civic life as well. He is the founder of the Foundation for a College Education of East Palo Alto, California, an agency responsible for the collegiate admission and graduation of hundreds of students. In 2017, he founded the Courageous Conversation Global Foundation and serves as chairperson of its board of directors. Accolades for his work include The 100 Black Men of the Bay Area Community Service Award in 2015 and The Eugene T. Carothers Human Relations Award in 2003. 

Glenn earned his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and his M.A. from Stanford University.