Ko Wai Who we are
Ko motu tohora i whaka kōhatu nāia Te Tai Tonga
Ko ngā Taratara o Toi te Huatahi Te Tai Tokerau
Ko motu Rangiahua Te Tai Hauāuru
Ko Kaitoke kōhatu Te Tai Rawhiti
Hirakimatā te maunga tapu waenganui
Aotea moutere rongonui
Aotea taonga maha
Tihei wā mauri ora
The Ngāti Rehua Ngātiwai ki Aotea Trust Board was incorporated as a charitable trust on the 11th of September in 1985. We acknowledge the many whānau who have fulfilled past roles on the board as leaders and kaitiaki for our people. At the heart of our collective mission is the need to safe guard our whenua and our people. Through protection of our air and water, of our land itself, and of the health and existence of our communities, we reinforce the message that the old values of looking after the welfare of our future generations still has meaning and, perhaps most importantly, still remains…
Nicola is Ngāti Rehua through her tupuna Hone Paama also known as Pumare Paama and through her father Dawson Rata she connects to Whananaki and Takahiwai. She is also of Te Rarawa and Te Atiawa through her mother. She is a national manager for the Wise Group, and is a branch president for the Māori Women's Welfare League. Nicola has a Masters in social psychology and degrees in education and health. Nicola is married to Gordon and they have two young children: Ataria and Kawa.
Portfolio lead: Business development and Investment
Kris MacDonald is Ngāti Rehua through his tupuna Kere Rangiwhakaahu Rangitukiwaho, whose mother was Kapu of Ngāti Rehua and father was Rangitūkiwaho of Ngātiwai and Ngāti Toki ki-te-moana. He is also an elected Trustee of the Ngātiwai Trust Board on behalf of Te Whānau ā Rangiwhakaahu Marae at Matapōuri. He is a senior manager of the Ministry of Education and a company director. Kris has an MBA as well as several qualifications in business, research and te reo Māori.
Portfolio lead: Community Development
Catherine is a spatial designer and teacher with strong interests in community development, culture and heritage, art/architecture. She has the following qualifications: BDVA, BA (Maori), GradDip Teaching.
Portfolio lead: Environments and Heritage, Co-lead: Treaty Settlement
Rodney lives at Kawa bay on Aotea. He is one of the driving forces behind the development and completion of Kawa Marae. He is a proud father and grandfather and is passionate about retaining our Ngāti Rehuatanga.
Portfolio lead: Finance and Policy
Takaweera Skipwith (nee Wiki) is of Ngātiwai, Ngāti Rehua, Ngāti Hine, and Te Aupouri descent. She was raised in Whangarei and Te Whana o te Nanakia, and now resides back in Whangarei after many years away. Her intent, with the support of her Tame Palmer whānau, is simply to serve our people. Taka has worked in accountancy for the last ten years and prior to that she has 15 years of corporate and office management experience.
Board Secretary and Financial Support
Kiripai Kaka (nee Wharemate) has a background as a legal secretary and English teacher. She is committed to quality in all that she does, and "I can do it" is her motto. In the spirit of manaakitanga she is happy to continue serving whānau to achieve their best as individuals or in a united cause.
Chief Treaty Negotiator
Spencer is descendant of Heemi Ngawaka. He is a director and partner of Koning Webster law firm based in Tauranga. He specialises in Treaty Settlements and Māori land law. Spencer is married to Andrea Waetford, is the proud Dad of 7 children and enjoys long walks on the beach.
Valmaine is a legal academic with Te Piringa, Faculty of Law, University of Waikato. She is also an Expert Member on the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Her writing, research and teaching lies within the area of Indigenous Rights. Valmaine has three children: Kiri, a solicitor with Chapman Tripp; Tama, a law student at the University of Auckland and a member of the NZ High Performance Athletic Squad; and Taumata, who attends Auckland Grammar School.
Ngātiwai Trust Board Marae Representative - Motairehe Marae
Andrea Munro is a daughter of the beautiful Hope Munro, secretary for Motairehe Marae and sister to Catherine Munro (Trustee, Ngāti Rehua Ngātiwai ki Aotea). Her background is in nursing and she is self-employed and runs an OH&S consultancy. She specialises and has a Masters degree in business management. Her interests are mainly enjoying her gorgeous two year old grow up and sharing valuable time at home with her whānau, walking the dog, reading and property investment.
Ngātiwai Trust Board Marae Representative - Kawa Marae
George Ngawaka is self employed as George Ngawaka Maritime & Logistics Support, and has extensive experience skippering vessels and driving all size vehicles. He is a past Chairman of Kawa Marae, and a past Trustee on the Ngāti Rehua Ngātiwai ki Aotea Trust Board, and is currently the elected Kawa Marae representative on the Ngātiwai Trust Board. George is also on the Ngātiwai Fisheries sub-committee. George lives on the North Shore and has three daughters and four grandchildren.
We actively support and encourage our young people to co-create innovative, fun and youthful strategies and events. We meet regularly and if you would like to join and get involved please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org