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Trust Members

Meet the Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust Elected Representatives.

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Marama Royal (Chair)

Marama has been a Director since 2O1O and served as Chair since December 2O17. Marama has extensive experience in strategic planning, relationship management, leadership, governance, and organisational change. She is passionate about achieving positive outcomes for whanau, especially our kaumatua.

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Ngarimu BLAIR (Deputy Chair)

Ngarimu is the Deputy Chair, Chair of the Settlement Protection Team and the Trust’s appointee to Whai Rawa Limited. He was elected to the Trust in 2OO6 and is active across many kaupapa. He is passionate about Auckland tribal histories and kaitiakitanga.

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Precious CLARK.

Precious runs her company Maurea Consulting Ltd which delivers Te Kaa, a training programme that ignites your Maori cultural competency. Precious led the development of Whatua Ahurutanga, our housing strategy. She is passionate about our reo and tikanga, education, housing and innovation in social impact.

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Renata BLAIR.

Renata owns and operates the successful events management company Evitan. His company has over 4O staff and he employs a number of whānau. He is a passionate advocate for education, te Reo, and sports.

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Brenda CHRISTIANSEN.

Brenda has extensive experience in public and private sector senior management roles in Aotearoa and Australia. She has held various positions for community services in health, early childhood and elderly care.

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Wyllis MAIHI.

This has been Wyllis’ first term as a Director however he was on the Ngati Whatua Orakei Māori Trust Board for a term. He plays an important role on the Board overseeing our Marae and is Chair of the Komiti Marae Orakei Trust. Wyllis is a passionate advocate for Orākei and the hapū working together to advance and make gains.

 

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Joe PIHEMA.

Joe has spent over 2O years working in education and the heritage sector. Joe has a focus on building cultural capacity and skills within our hapū, as he believes this understanding is essential to the future social and economic growth of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei.

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Matt RUA.

Matt was recently elected to the board, based upon a candidate statement which focused upon transparency. His efforts are ‘to openly share the appropriate info, so as whanau can co-design a robust business structure’. He hopes for beneficial owners to have free access to all information about their business.

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Sharon HAWKE.

This is Sharon’s second term on the Trust after a four year gap. She devotes a lot of time to working with other hapū members building our profile as manawhenua amongst other iwi and within Tāmaki Nui. She has been appointed as the Trust representative on the Whai Maia Board.