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Board Members / CEO

Te Wānanga o Raukawa trustees are appointed by the founding iwi and Te Wānanga o Raukawa. Members include: (left to right):

Robin Hapi: Amokapua, Te Mana Whakahaere – Te Wānanga o Raukawa, Chair:  Te Puna Wai o Rangiātea, Mereana Selby: Tumuaki - Te Wānanga o Raukawa, Whatarangi Winiata: General Trustee, Ani Parata: Te Ᾱti Awa representative, Tā Matiu Rei: Ngāti Toa Rangātira representative, John Barrett: Ngāti Raukawa representative, Queenie Rikihana/Hyland: Acting - Secretary, Jack Morris: Kaihautῡ/CEO, 

Absent: Jeanette Grace, Ngāti Toa Rangātira representative, Chair: Te Haaro o Te Kahu, Ann-Maree Ellision, Te Ᾱti Awa representative.

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 Ngati Toa for over 40 years. His early tasks included the development of the Runanga and its constitution, Drafting the initial ‘State 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 Ngati Toa’s claim south of Paranui-o-whiti anf Kahurangi Point).

Prior to the Waitangi Tribunal hearing’s he represented Ngati 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 Runanga, Toa Rangatira Trust, Takapuwahia 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.
Whatarangi Winiata

Whatarangi Winiata

General Trustee (Ngāti Raukawa) PHD, MBA, BCm, PpMR

Emeritus Professor Whatarangi Winiata, Ngāti Raukawa, completed a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and a Doctorate in Finance specialising in American Investment in Japan at the University of Michigan where he also taught finance.  He, his wife Francie and their family moved to Vancouver seven years later to join the University of British Columbia where he spent a further seven years teaching and engaged in research. On his return to Ōtaki, he was appointed to the Raukawa Marae Trustees and where he initiated an Iwi development programme in 1975 known as Whakatupuranga Rua Mano: Generation 2000 the objective of which was to prepare the ART Confederation for the 21st Century. 

An offspring of this programme was Te Wānanga o Raukawa established in 1981 of which in due course he became Tumuaki, a post he held for fourteen years concurrently with the position of Professor of Accounting at Victoria University of Wellington.  

Dr Winiata was the founding President of The Māori Party, is the Ahorangi and a Purutanga Mauri at Te Wānanga o Raukawa.  Professor Winiata also holds a number of Iwi-related governance roles and has been an active member of Te Hāhi Mihingare and the General Synod of the Anglican Church for the last four decades.  In recent years he has turned his attention to research and supporting Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga in their pursuit of their Waitangi claims.

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.
Mereana Selby

Mereana Selby

Tūmuaki, TWoR

  • Tribal Affiliation(s): Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Huia, Ngāti Porou.
  • Important Positions: Tumuaki of Te Wānanga o Raukawa, Co-Chair of Te Mātāwai.
  • Key Areas of Experience: Education, Management.
  • Foundation Goals: To grow the Foundation and its assets so that it can assist Māori to fulfill their education aspirations.
  • Personal Interests/Hobbies: Sport (particularly netball), reo revitalisation, whānau.
Jack Morris - Kaihautū / CEO

Jack Morris - Kaihautū / CEO

  • Tribal Affiliation(s): Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa,  Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Rangitāne.
  • Important Positions: Marae Committee Trustee, CentrePort Asset Manager, Wellington City Council Treaty Relations Manager.
  • Key Areas of Experience: Business Case Development, Management, Infrastructure Asset Management.
  • Foundation Goals: To grow the Foundations capital funds and support lifting the educational achievements of Iwi/Māori.
  • Personal Interests/Hobbies: Whanau, mountaineering, sports.

Retired / Resigned Trustees

Fiona Wilson


Iwikatea Nicholson

Ngā Purutanga Mauri, TWoR

Pita Richardson

Ngāti Raukawa