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Governance members of the Trust Board are elected from and by Trust Board beneficiaries aged 18 years and over. The Board consists of up to ten Board Members and a Board Secretary. Each member is appointed for a term of three years.

Current members of the Trust Board

John Bishara


Hon Dame Georgina Te Heuheu

Deputy Chairman

Heemi Biddle

Board Member

Judy Harris

Board Member

Tangonui Kingi

Board Member

Danny Loughlin

Board Member

Ngahere Wall

Board Member

Channey Iwikau

Board Member

Te Takinga New

Board Member

Trish Otimi

Board Member

Our Staff

Chief Executive

  • Acting Chief Executive & Commercial Development: Rakeipoho Taiaroa

Executive Assistant

  • Executive Assistant: Raina Ferris-Bretherton

Commercial Development

  • Acting Chief Executive & Commercial Development: Rakeipoho Taiaroa


  • Communications Manager: Bronson Perich

Corporate Services

  • Administrator - Tūrangi: Journey Whaiapu
  • Administrator – Database & Systems: Courtney Marshall
  • Administrator – Taupo: Casana West
  • Administrator – Finance: Michelle Taiaroa
  • Administrator – Finance: Angela Puru
  • Corporate Services Manager: Kim Alexander

Natural Resources

  • Environmental Coordinator : Jesse Rihia
  • Kaiawhina - Karapiti Implementation : Mahora Manuel-Hepi
  • Natural Resources Manager: Peter Shepherd
  • Environmental Coordinator: Cher Mohi
  • Project Coordinator: Sarah-Jane Cuthers

Strategic Initiatives

  • Project Coordinator : Paris Gray
  • Strategic Manager: Marie Otimi
  • Project Coordinator: Adriana Fletcher
  • Administrator – Records & Archives: Janet Galbraith

Special Projects

  • Project Coordinator: Lauren Fletcher


  • KPMG Hamilton


  • Kahui Legal