Rongowhakaata Iwi Trust - Trustees

Moera Brown

Rongowhakaata Iwi Trust

Chair - Whakatō Marae

Moera was re-appointed Chairperson of Rongowhakaata Iwi Trust in June 2018. Her leadership philosophy is one of inclusiveness and based on collective decision making which is supported by the present Board through the distributed leadership model adopted and currently in practice.

She is very passionate about building and growing the capacity of Rongowhakaata; which is exemplified through her current and past involvement on various committees, her active participation at marae and hapu level; and her association through kura kaupapa and Tairawhiti sporting clubs.

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LeRoy Pardoe

Rongowhakaata Iwi Trust

Trustee - Ōhako Marae

LeRoy currently holds elected governance roles with several trusts and incorporations, including being the current Chair of Arai Matawai Inc. He has a background in Senior Management in Agriculture, Seafood and Food Processing Operations; and believes the utilisation of our people in the development, restoration and protection of our resources is essential and achievable. The opportunity to introduce some fresh thinking on how we might realise some of our aspirations is a key part of what LeRoy would like to accomplish as the Ohako Marae appointed Trustee to Rongowhakaata Iwi Trust. He is also determined to be part of a team that moves Rongowhakaata forward from historical problems and challenges which he believes must be faced in good faith with courage and humility.

I am a respectful and considerate member, a clear accurate communicator, and I am relentless in my advocacy for those whose interests I have been elected to represent. I am confident I can make a positive contribution – LeRoy Pardoe

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Staci Hare

Rongowhakaata Iwi Trust

Trustee - Manutūkē Marae

Occupation: Senior Investment Analyst, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

My father is Kevin Hare (Snoopy) and mother is Mere Kingi Hare, through my mother I belong to the Ria, Whaitiri, Halbert and Wyllie whānau. I am of the Ngati Kaipoho, Ngati Maru and Ngai Tawhiri hapu of Rongowhakaata.

I was raised to understand the value of hard work. My parents were horticulturalists and my grandfather was a shearer. Hard work, honesty and an integrity of purpose means I am a driven individual, who is very focussed on ‘getting things done’.

I was raised in Manutuke, went to Manutuke Primary School, Gisborne Girls High School and later Victoria University in Wellington. There, I completed a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology. Over the past 5 years, I have been working in roles that focus on policy and strategy in the Public Sector. This has entailed a focus on Maori economic development and investment in New Zealand.

My passion for the whenua and moana is implicit in my innovation and forward thinking in the development of our people, assets, culture and economy. My role as a trustee is not fixed and is in a constant state of transformation, my values will guide me and keep me grounded because they are tika, pono and timeless.

Kia ora – Staci Hare

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Lisa Taylor

Rongowhakaata Iwi Trust

Trustee - Te Kuri a Tuatai Marae

It is a privilege to be on the Rongowhakaata Iwi Trust representing Te Kuri a Tuatai Marae. I’ve served as trustee on the Rongowhakaata Charitable Trust for our marae from October 2008 till October 2010, as a trustee on Te Rūnanga o Tūranganui ā Kiwa and a director on Tūranga Health. I’ve been extensively involved with the marae since returning home in 2004 and my contribution to the marae is evident in the vast improvements that have been made there, both physically and financially.

I bring to this role 20 years of experience in logistics, inventory management and having worked in various financial systems over the years. My key focus will be on the well being of my whānau, marae, hapū and iwi, by sustaining and growing our taonga and forging relationships beneficial to us as a region.

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Te Aturangi Nepia-Clamp

Rongowhakaata Iwi Trust

Trustee - Te Pahoe Marae

Te Aturangi is a motivated self-starter with a proven track record in management, has specific interests in cultural projects and community development. Has managed highly complex projects over 20 plus years and has continually and consistently completed projects within agreed timeframes and budgets of up to 10 million. Te Aturangi has worked in government departments, non-government organisations and in private sector management roles locally, nationally and internationally.

He holds a Bachelor of Health Studies Degree (BHS); is a Winston Churchill Fellowship Award recipient and has received various art awards, commissions and grants as a carver/sculptor. Currently a Trustee on Tairawhiti Voyaging Trust, Te Haa Sestercentennial Trust and Arts Access Aotearoa.

Te Aturangi is very proud of his Rongowhakaata whakapapa and is committed to utilising his cultural, community, social, economic development, management and governance knowledge to assist our Iwi.

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Adam Maynard

Rongowhakaata Iwi Trust

Trustee - Iwi Elected Candidate

Growing up Adam spent a lot of time at Whakatō Marae and was privileged to hear the stories of our Rongowhakaata tupuna from our kaumātua first-hand. Adam believes the Trust is the ideal vehicle to foster and cultivate our traditions; and is committed to being part of the continued growth and development of our Iwi, hapu and whanau in order to advance the needs and aspirations of Rongowhakaata.

Adam brings skills in project management, public policy and communications and a wealth of experience in past governance roles as a Massey University Council Member, President of the Massey Students’ Association and as the Rongowhakaata Claims Coordinator.

I am committed to working towards the cultural, social and economic advancement of us as Rongowhakaata people. Together we need to maximise what we have received from our Treaty settlements through sustainable business ventures for the cultural and economic prosperity of us as an Iwi, now and for our future generations – Adam Maynard

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John Rapiata Moetara

Rongowhakaata Iwi Trust

Iwi Elected Candidate

Through the strong values instilled by John’s grandparents and parents; and own self-sense of duty - his appointment to Rongowhakaata Iwi Trust has been a natural extension of his passion, commitment and pride to further improve the well-being, growth and development of the Iwi, whanau and hapu.

The vision and aspirations of Johny as a Trustee is to be part of the strategic thinking for the legacy we are caretakers of - to be at the forefront to create, develop and improve relationships through whakapapa and whanaungatanga in order to provide a positive working platform for growth - to manage and administer affairs and assets of our Iwi while ensuring our initiatives result in cultural and social benefits that can reach each of our Iwi members; and to feed into decisions about our rich artistic histories - restoration, re-creation, relocation, repatriation of our taonga lost and found worldwide

I offer my service and am very humbled to be a Trustee on our Iwi Trust. I bring innovation, practical thinking and commitment to seeing us progress forward. It is through my heritage and active connections to our people and lands that keep me grounded and fuel my soul – Johny Moetara

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Marsha Wyllie

Rongowhakaata Iwi Trust

Iwi Elected Candidate

Living in Turanga means you see and feel the impacts of our people being almost invisible in our own backyard. While a few get ahead the many make do, which is why I think accountability is something we should be demanding of ourselves which was an opening remark when Marsha put her hand up to become one of the Trustees on Rongowhakaata Iwi Trust.

Whilst Marsha resides in Manutuke she stood as one of the Iwi Elected candidates due to her belief the new representation model was still being tested given the newly made amendments to the Rongowhakaata Iwi Trust Deed in late 2017. Marsha is committed to applying her energy to develop an innovative approach to leading which is informed by collective thought and action. She worked for Turanga iwi in the pre-settlement era and has since worked in the public service for the last sixteen years. Marsha went to Victoria and Waikato University’s completing a BA and Post Graduate Diploma in Communication.

We need to change the way we do things and why we do them – Marsha Wyllie

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