Ōku Tupuna: Te Petera Hiwirori Maynard Hatea, Te Atarangi Heperi.
Ōku Matua: Hiwi Maynard Jnr – Te Rina Waipare Wyllie/Waere
Occupation: Station Manager – Te Reo Irirangi o Tūranganui ā Kiwa
Born and bred in the rohe of Rongowhakaata I am totally committed to my community, Marae, Whānau, Hapū and Iwi. I was involved with the Manutuke Play Centre, Manutuke Youth Club, Rongowhakaata Kōhanga Reo and Te Kura o Manutuke during which time, as chair, I fully supported the establishment of the Whānau Reo unit. I was a trustee on the GBHS Board of Trustees, chair of the Rongowhakaata Ngai Tāmanuhiri Kōkiri and Te Rūnanga o Tūranganui ā Kiwa including a period as chair and as a director of Cedenco Foods Ltd. I have been a committee member, chairperson and am presently trustee of Whakato Marae and Hurimoana Urupa and have actively supported YMP Rugby Club in many roles over the years. I am also currently a committee member of Maraetaha Incorporation, executive member of the National Federation of Te Whakaruruhau o Ngā Reo Irirangi Māori and a director of Māori Media Network. Involvement in the claims research reinforced my deep concern for what Rongowhakaata lost and strengthened my resolve to see us return to our previous levels of pride, passion and prosperity making for a better future for our tamariki and mokopuna where they can all stand proud and strong in Te Ao Māori and the Pakeha world. To achieve this I believe we need to maintain our strong Rongowhakaata cultural base; strengthening the ownership and development of our ancestral lands, Kōhanga Reo, Kura, Marae, cultural, religious and sporting groups and, most importantly, our people.
Clearly the Trust will need a robust and accountable structure to sustain a strong economic future without compromising our cultural integrity. As a newly elected trustee I am committed to providing the critical skills, passion and time required during the Trust’s transitional period and will ensure that I keep our Marae and our wider Whānau fully involved and informed.
Grandparents: Eruera Paraone = Erena Te Ahuahu Maynard
Occupation: Police Officer
What an exciting time for Rongowhakaata. I am fortunate to have the support of a strong and close whānau in my role on the Rongowhakaata Iwi Trust. I have a wide range of experience in governance roles on management committees and boards. I am a senior manager in my work role and I am familiar with budgets, project management, strategic planning, appointment process, policy writing and working as a team. Transparency is a key governing philosophy for me.
There is a huge amount of work ahead of us and we have been very busy getting our heads around the transition to the new trust. We are also learning to work together as a team and working on the vision and strategies designed by the previous team.
I have a passion for our Rongowhakaata whānau and believe that we as Māori need to start designing our own destiny.