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Te Wānanga o Raukawa Foundation Governance and Management 

Governance and management include: (left to right):

Name

Representation

Position

Emma Winiata

 

Kaihautū

Mereana Selby

Current sitting Tumuaki of Te Wānanga o Raukawa

Trustee

Tā Matiu Rei

Ngāti Toa

Trustee, Te Wānanga o Raukawa Foundation Chairperson

Jeanette Grace

Ngāti Toa

Trustee, Te Haaro o te Kahu Chairperson

Margaret Winiata

 

Foundation Accountant

Ann-Maree Ellison

Te Atiawa

Trustee

Ani Parata

Te Atiawa

Trustee

Robin Hapi

Current sitting Chairperson of of Te Wānanga o Raukawa

Trustee, Te Puna Wai o Rangiātea Chairperson

John Barrett (absent)

Ngāti Raukawa

Trustee

 

Sir / Tā Matiu Rei

Sir / Tā Matiu Rei

Executive Director and Chief Executive:
Ngati Toa Rangatira since 1990.

Chair - Te Wananga o Raukawa Foundation
Member - Te Manawhakahaere o Te Wananga o Raukawa.
Kaumatua – Ngati Toa Rangatira

Matiu has  been actively involved in the leadership of Ngāti Toa for over 40 years. His early tasks included the development of the Rūnanga and its constitution, Drafting the initial Statement of Claim to the Waitangi Tribunal, and then leading the Claim through 3 sets of hearings (Port Nicholson, Te Tauihu and the special hearing to  address Ngai Tahu’s challenge against Ngāti Toa’s claim south of Paranui-o-whiti anf Kahurangi Point).

Prior to the Waitangi Tribunal hearing’s he represented Ngāti Toa in the NZ Railway Claims which resulted in a partial settlement.  Matiu was also chair of Te Ope Mana A Tai, a pan Iwi group that led the court challenge, as to the Crown’s authority over the foreshore and seabed. One of the outcomes of this challenge was the 2004 Iwi Aquaculture settlement.

Through this period of time Matiu has also been Chair of Takapuwāhia Marae and Te Ohu Kai Mōana. He has also developed and grown the many assets and activities of the Rūnanga, Toa Rangatira Trust, Takapuwāhia and Hongoeka marae. 

Robin Hapi (QSM)

Robin Hapi (QSM)

Chair of Te Puna Wai o Rangiātea:
The Audit, Investment and Risk Committee

Chair of Te Mana Whakahaere

Robin Hapi and his whanau are from Foxton where Robin and his wife Kathy reside on a small lifestyle block. They have four children and 24 grandchildren and Great grandchildren.

Robin is of Kahungunu descent and Kathy is Rangitaane. Robin is a professional Director and serves on a range of private, public and voluntary boards. These include Chair of the Maori Economic Development Advisory Board, Deputy Chair of Callaghan Innovation, A Board member of NZ Trade and Enterprise, A members of the Asia Pacific advisory Board for Serco, Chair of Kahuranaki Trust at Te Hauke, President of the Foxton Rugby Club and actively involved with voluntary social, cultural and environmental issues in Foxton. Robin also has an interest in thoroughbred race horses as an owner.

Robin has an MBA (with Distinction) from Massey University, the recipient of a Massey Medal and a distinguished Alumni and is also a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit. He is keen to see the Foundation grow its capital base and assist Te Wānanga o Raukawa in all its aspirations.

Jeanette Grace

Jeanette Grace

Chair of Te Haaro o te Kahu:
Strategy, Planning, Relationship and Resource Committee

  • Tribal Affiliation(s): Ngati Toa Rangatira, Ngati Koata, Ngati Tuwharetoa.
  • Important Positions: Mother, Grandmother, Past Iwi Trust Chair, Past member Marae Committee, President Toa Waka Ama.
  • Key Areas of Experience: Education and Health Sector, Indigenous Training and Education.
  • Foundation Goal(s): To support the ability of our people and Te Wananga o Raukawa to be self-sufficient and self-determining.
  • Personal Interests/Hobbies: Whanau, whenua, waka ama.
John Barrett

John Barrett

Ngāti Raukawa

John Barrett is the managing director and founder of Kapiti Island Nature Tours- and Nature Lodge, a family operated tourism business located on one of New Zealand’s premier nature reserves – Kapiti Island.

John whakapapa’s to Ngati Raukawa, Te Ati Awa and Ngati Toarangatira. He has 35 + years of management and governance experience in a range of private and public organisations and enterprises, and is currently active as a founding member on the Leadership Council of WINTA- World Indigenous Tourism Alliance- Recently retired Director of Tourism NZ, NZ’s tourism marketing organisation- Past Chair of NZ Maori Tourism Council, Past Member Te Mana Whakahaere -Te Waananga o Raukawa and currently Chair of Raukawa Whanau Ora Ltd and member of Ati Awa ki Whakarongotai’s Taiao Komiti.

Not surprisingly, John’s interests (when time away from whanau, and the whanau business permits) are; nature based tourism, Maori and International indigenous tourism development- local/regional economic development- Indigenous higher education and conservation practice and education.

John’s strong ambition for TWOR Foundation, is to enable ART uri the opportunity to reach their full potential through strengthening education and Iwi /whanau relationships.

Ann Maree Ellision

Ann Maree Ellision

Te Āti Awa

  • Tribal Affiliation(s): Te Ati Awa ki Whakarongotai, Ngati Toa Rangatira, Ngati Raukawa, Nga Tahu.
  • Important Positions: Whakarongotai Marae Trustee, Raukawa Foundation, Te Ati Awa Charitable Trust, Cultural Heritage Liason Group M2PP, Te Whakameninga o Kapiti, To Ohu Taiao, Town Centre Working Group, ART Forum, Maori Economic Development Board, Ara Tahi, Te Upoko Taiao, an accredited Environmental Commissioner.
  • Key Areas of Experience: Education and Environmental Management.
  • Foundation Goals: Lifting the educational achievements of Iwi/Maori. 
  • Personal Interests/Hobbies whānau etc: Trailing, mountain biking and tramping the width and breath of Aotearoa enjoying its beauty,  health and well being with yoga, hauora taha tinana, taha hinengaro, taha wairua taha whanau.
Ani Parata

Ani Parata

Te Āti Awa

  • Tribal Affiliation(s): Te Āti Awa ki Whakarongotai.
  • Important Positions: Grandmother, Whakarongotai Marae Trustee, Founding member of Te Wānanga o Raukawa.
  • Key Areas of Experience: Education and Youth Education and Development.
  • Foundation Goals: To support education initiatives which ensure Iwi/ Māori are confident in both worlds.
  • Personal Interests/Hobbies: Whanau, Revival of things Māori.
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Mereana Selby

Mereana Selby

Tūmuaki, TWoR

  • Tribal Affiliation(s): Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Huia, Ngāti Porou.
  • Important Positions: Tumuaki of Te Wānanga o Raukawa and member of Te Mātāwai.
  • Key Areas of Experience: Education and management.
  • Personal Interests/Hobbies: Whānau, revitalisation of te reo Māori, netball.
Emma Winiata

Emma Winiata

Kaihautū

He uri tēnei no Ngāti Raukawa, no Ngaruahine.

Emma and her partner Rob recently moved home to the Kapiti Coast where they live with their 4 tamariki.

Emma was employed as Kaihautū of the Foundation in August 2019.  Emma has a legal and consulting background being fortunate enough to have worked for boutique kaupapa Māori legal/consulting firms in her career.  She is the current deputy chair of Raukawa ki te Tonga Trust. 

"The Foundation has grown its asset base considerably since inception.  Growth has been exponential in the last 2 years under the leadership of the Board and the management of Jack Morris.  This has allowed the Foundation to make significant distributions to Te Wānanga o Raukawa and the three Founding Iwi.  My long-term desire for the Foundation is for it to continue to give back at the same rate at which it grows its putea.  I want to see a direct correlation between the educational and reo Māori growth of our people and the contribution of the Foundation to this".

 

Retired / Resigned Trustees

Fiona Wilson

General

Iwikatea Nicholson

Ngā Purutanga Mauri, TWoR

Pita Richardson

Ngāti Raukawa

Whatarangi Winiata

General Trustee.  Resigned in December 2018.