Pahia has three children and three mokopuna and lives at home in Whanganui with his partner Njela.
Pāhia Turia is of Ngā Wairiki – Ngāti Apa, Whanganui and Ngāti Tuwharetoa descent, and is currently the Chair of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Apa. He has been involved in Iwi governance for over 20 years and is passionate about whānau development. Through his active involvement in the Iwi Chairs Forum Pahia has been appointed to the recently established Te Pou Matakana Board for Whānau Ora. He is also the Chair of a newly formed Agribusiness venture called Te Hou Farms Limited Partnership which owns a $24m farming operation in the Rangitīkei District. He holds several directorships and trusteeships on other whānau, hapū and Iwi boards spanning health, education and economic development.
Pahia is also a successful project consultant and entrepreneur having lead projects in health, housing, youth development, education and suicide prevention alongside of his own interests in real estate. He has developed extensive networks locally, regionally and nationally.
Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Apa has just completed a joint project called Te Kete Tū-Ātea which is an Iwi information framework, and within which the Iwi is now looking at how data requirements will be met. Pahia is involved in this and a number of projects that grapple with the challenges of defining and measuring outcomes for our people, and also with harnessing the collective bargaining power of our people through our Iwi registers in a way that adds value to the everyday lives of our whānau.