Ko Wai Who we are

Ko motu tohora i whaka kohatu naia Te Tai Tonga

Ko nga Taratara o Toi te Huatahi Te Tai Tokerau

Ko motu Rangiahua Te Tai Hauauru

Ko Kaitoke kohatu Te Tai Rawhiti

Ko Hirakimata te maunga tapu waenga nui,

Ko te Moananui o Toi Te Huatahi te moana,

Ko Rehua raua ko Te Rangituangahuru nga tupuna

Ko Tukaiaia; ko te Tuatara; ko te Mango-pare nga Kaitiaki

Ko Ngati Rehua-Ngatiwai ki Aotea te mana whenua

Ko Ngati Wai te iwi

Tihei wa 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…


Te Poari

  • Nicola MacDonald

    Nicola MacDonald


    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 descent 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 MacDonald from Matapouri, they have two young children; Ataria and Kawa.

  • Kris MacDonald

    Kris MacDonald

    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.

  • Catherine Munro

    Catherine Munro

    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.  


  • Rodney Ngawaka

    Rodney Ngawaka

    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.

  • Taka Skipwith

    Taka Skipwith

    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.

  • Hillarey McGregor

    Hillarey McGregor


    Hillarey is the daughter of Whetu Marama McGregor from Aotea. Hillarey lived on Aotea since 1975 until 2011. Hillarey has been a secretary with the Aotea Tribal Maori Committee, is the applicant to bring the outer rocks and islands of Aotea into Customary Ownership, was Chairperson for the Kawa Marae Trust plus a variety of other roles. Hillarey is a pasionate, proud descendant of Ngati Rehua in her own words " Here is where I grew up, fell in love and raised 4 children with the principals of tikanga, conservation and sustainability".

Rōpū Tautoko

  • Ngaire Pera

    Ngaire Pera

    Interim Administrator
    Ngati Whakaeke, Ngati Tautahi, Ngati Kura nga hapu Nga Puhi te Iwi

    Ngaire Pera has a background in Governance, Management and Administration within Maori Education, Health and Social Services.

    She is passionate and committed to assisting in the development and implementation of kaupapa Maori services that will increase the health and wellbeing of whanau and hapu. Ngaire is currently the Deputy Area Representative for Tamaki Makaurau Regional Maori Womens Welfare League.

    "Ka ora te tangata, ka ora te whenua, ka ora te whenua, ka ora te tangata"



  • Rawiri Wharemate

    Rawiri Wharemate

    Board Kaumatua

    Rawiri has been a past Chairman and Trustee. Rawiri is a Kaumatua to the Board whom provides invaluable cultural advice and guidance. He is a very active contributing person who sits on various boards nationally. Rawiri is a highly respected Kaumatua.

  • Spencer Webster

    Spencer Webster

    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.

  • Michael Beazley

    Michael Beazley


    Micheal has been a past Trustee and Chairman of Ngati Rehua Trust Board. Micheal is appointed as our researcher and historian to assist with our Treaty Settlement. Micheals passion for tribal histories and knowledge was inspired by his kaumatua and whanau. He is a proud Dad and Papa to his many mokopuna.

  • Andrea Munro

    Andrea Munro

    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 children watching over them growing up and sharing valuable time at home with her whānau, walking the dog, reading and property investment. 

  • Phillip Ngawaka

    Phillip Ngawaka

    Ngātiwai Trust Board Marae Representative - Kawa Marae

    Phillip Ngawaka is currently the elected Kawa Marae representative on the Ngātiwai Trust Board.

    Phillip comes from a building and construction background and is particularly interested in housing and papakainga development.

  • Rangatahi Rōpū

    Rangatahi Rōpū

    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 rangatahi.ropu@ngatirehuangatiwaikiaotea.co.nz