Ema Williams



Ema Williams

Ema lived in Australia for close to 30 years, before returning to New Zealand in 2016. With her husband Ray, they head up two small businesses. They have four children Chayce, Atatu, Tepanaea and Waireti. Their two youngest children attend Omarumutu Kura where Ema's husband is a member of the board of trustees.

“Our great nation of Aotearoa New Zealand faces off against unprecedented world events brought to the fore by Covid.”

Ema has continually set the standards of business and entrepreneurial excellence in her corporate career; in the areas of retail and wholesale technology in the FMCG sectors, education, childcare, aged care and disability services. She is currently serving on the Whakatohea Trust Board as the Ngati Ruatakenga Fisheries Advisor and the Rawea Lands Trust as an Advisory Trustee.

Ema has been actively involved in the fight against child abuse, modern day human trafficking, suicide, domestic violence, and the oppression of minorities. She was a critical part of the founding efforts of niche ‘not for profit’ community organisations in Australia - IndigenousWise Incorporated, Te Kohanga Reo, Campbelltown Iwi Festivals and the Maori Wardens in Sydney. She also contributed towards Campbelltown Rugby Club, Church in the Fields, William Cooper School Limited, Kikivi Education Centre, and the Sovereign Yidindji Government.

Ema has been vocal in the public arena, supporting debate on topics such as indigenous rights, diversity and equality in society.

Ema’s interests include the guardianship of people and the planet.