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Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Harawira "Wira" Tiri GardinerKNZM (born 1945) is a former professional soldier, senior public servant and writer. He is of Maori descent, his tribal affiliations are Ngati AwaNgati PikiaoWhakatohea and Te Whanau-a-Apanui.

Gardiner's public service career spanned 12 years from 1983-1995. During that time he was founding director of the Waitangi Tribunal, the founding (and only) General Manager of the Iwi Transition Agency and the founding chief executive of the Ministry of Maori Development (Te Puni Kokiri). He has also been National Director of Civil Defence, Chair of Te Mangai Paho, and deputy chairman of Te Ohu Kaimoana, the trust responsible for advancing the interests of iwi in the development of fisheries. He is the fourth ministerial appointee to the Council of Te Wananga o Aotearoa, and is deputy chair of council at Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi.

Gardiner was Chair of the Tertiary Education Commission from May 2010 to July 2012 and he was appointed Chair of the Board of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in November 2010.

He was made a Knight of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2008 for his services to Maori.

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