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Elections for the 2022-2024 Te Haaro board of trustees of Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga commenced in October 2021 and were announced on 28 October.  

Voting for the Chair and Deputy Chair positions commence 1 December 2021 and close on 15 December 2021.   Click here to find out more about the 2021 Election Process.

Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga Board of Trustees


Mike Paku
Board Chairperson

Mike has a lifelong connection to his marae, Ruahāpia. Apart from serving on numerous marae committees he has also been the grounds-keeper for the past 30 years. This is what helps him remain humble, with his feet on the ground.

Mike has had extensive governance and director experience. He has been a board member of TToH since 2003, serving the past eight years as Chairperson. He has also been on the board of Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Inc since 2010.

Mike believes that good governance principles and a good dose of common sense go a long way together. This has led to his involvement with numerous boards and committees representing the interests of Iwi and Hapū. He feels privileged and honoured to have been given these opportunities.

His current register of interest and commitments are :

  • Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga - Chairperson
  • C2C2B7 Land Trust - Chairperson
  • HBRC Māori Standing Committee – Deputy Chairperson
  • NKII Board - Alternate Heretaunga Representative
  • HB Museum Trust - Member
  • HB Health Trust - Member
  • Ruahāpia Marae - Committee Member
  • Te Whare Wānanga Tapere o te Waka Takitimu - Trustee
  • IoD- Member
  • IoD East Coast Sub-branch – Member
  • Waingākau Housing Development Ltd – Director


  1. Ngāti Kahungunu Asset Holding Company – Deputy Chairperson

  2. Te Matau a Maui Voyaging Trust – Chairperson


Christine Hilton
Deputy Chair

Christine is Treasurer for the Kahurānaki Marae Committee, after becoming a Marae Trustee last year. She is also on the Board of Trustees for Henry Hill Primary School, Napier.

The skills she brings to the TToH board are professionalism and analytical thinking. After serving as TToH Trustee for the past six years, she has a sound knowledge of the organisation and an appreciation of its role in empowering whānau, hapū and iwi.


Waiora Rogers

Elected by Waipatu

Waiora is the Booking Officer for Waipatu Marae, having previously served as Chairperson. She also represents Waipatu on the following:


  • Heretaunga representative on the board of Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Inc.
  • Te Mata Park Trust Board - Mana Whenua

  • HBA&P Society

  • Hawea Historical Park 

Waiora is a well-known Ambassador for Iron Māori, and is passionate about the health and wellbeing of Māori, having worked in the health system for 20 years.



Donna Keefe

Elected by Mihiroa and Taraia

Donna is a kaitiaki for Mihiroa and Taraia Marae. She is also a member of the TToH Audit and Risk Committee, and feels “lucky and privileged” to be part of TToH.

She sits on Awhina Whānau Services Board as a Trustee, and served on the Flaxmere College Board of Trustees for four years from 2004 to 2008.

Donna loves to see whānau succeed in whatever they do. Her other mahi is:

  • Pouaka for Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiarangi, delivering Tourism Maori LV3 and 4

  • Kaitiaki o Waimārama Maori Tourism

  • Pou Tikanga o Hastings Girls’ High School

  • Kaiāwhina for Hawke’s Bay Regional Hospital/Child Health Team at Flaxmere


Aberielle Robin

Elected by Mangaroa

Aberielle is a Kaiako and support person at Ao Te Rangi Kōhanga Reo.

She is a marae co-ordinator and marae tutor for Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi programmes and is also currently on the Te Rūnanganui o Heretaunga Board.

Aberielle has governance experience in te kōhanga reo and marae, and is actively involved in whānau, hapū and marae activities and events.

Her core competencies are in management, networking, strategic planning, team building, staff training and Mātauranga Māori.

Moana-Lee Mackey

Elected by Omāhu

Moana is a teacher at Omāhu School, and has held governance roles on the school board of trustees.
Before training as a teacher at Massey University, she was employed by the early Māori Affairs Department, Te Tira Ahu Iwi, and Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga.

She is humbled to have been elected by her Omāhu whānau and hapū to participate in the development of Kahungunu.


Horiana Williams

Elected by Waimārama

Horiana has a passion for working with communities. She has dedicated more than 10 years to the sustainable development of communities within Hawke’s Bay, with a particular focus on bridging health inequalities for Māori.

Her experience in governance has come from the Kairākau Lands Trust (eight years) as Secretary; the M.A.C Executive Board (two years) as Junior Rugby Convenor; HBRU Junior.

Rugby Committee (two years) as M.A.C Representative; Anahera o Te Rangi Charitable Trust (five years) including three as Chair.


Bridget Paku

Elected by Ruahāpia

 Bridget is the Kaiwhakahaere of Camberley Community Centre for the Hastings District Council.

She brings to TToH her previous governance experience such as:

  • Four years as a Parent Trustee on the Board of Trustees at Kowhai Special School

  • Committee Member of Camberley Sports Club

  • Treasurer of many boards

  • Business owner of Heywood Fish n Chips (Australia)

  • Co-owner of Pohatu Mobile Crutching (Australia)
  • Bridget graduated with a Diploma in Applied Business from EIT in 2018, and is currently studying Level 2 Te Reo Māori part-time at EIT.


Leah Hapuku-Annan

Elected by Kahurānaki

Leah’s aspiration is to support her people in the way her tipuna supported her. She brings experience in:

  • Procedural operations training

  • Health and Safety as a Health and Safety Advisor and trainer

  • Committee Member

  • Kurawaka Retreat Centre with Te Raina Ferris

She is also involved with:

  • Te Uranga Waka

  • Te Pae Oranga

  • Kahurānaki Marae Committee

  • Health and Safety Audit Committee


Ripeka Kireka

Elected by Matahiwi

Ripeka first worked in Te Kohanga Reo in the 1980s under the korowai of Aunty Chum HungaHunga ki Te Kohanga Reo o Omāhu. She has continued to work with tamariki over the years, including Porse and seven years at Te Tirahou Childcare Centre at TToH.
She is passionate about creating innovative, interactive holistic programmes for tamariki, and counts herself fortunate to have had Wi Te Tau and Te Okanga Huata, along with Te Ao Peehi Kara, Kemara Pani and Tuhakia Keepa to fill her kete with inherited knowledge. Ripeka is also passionate about alternative healthcare, and worked on a programme of kaumātua mirimiri.

She is currently a trustee beneficiary owner for Wellington Tenths Trust, Port Nicholson, Te Tumu Paeroa and Tuaropaki.
E noho ki runga ki te whenua Haumoana ka rere tangaroa ki te tai Te Awangawanga Te Matau a Maui Tikitiki Ataranga


Monica Kendrick

Elected by Rūnanga



Amo Puha

Elected by Te Āwhina

Amo is a caregiver.  She is enthusiastic and keen to learn more about governance.  Her aspiration is to help whānau as much as possible.


Kararaina Kire

Elected by Te Aranga

Kararaina Kire is a social work supervisor with Roopu A Iwi Trust. She has had wide experience in governorship roles including:

  • Te Reo irirangi o Ngati Kahungunu
  • Trustee at Te Aranga marae
  • Māori Womens Welfare League
  • Māori Womens Refuge
  • P.A.C.I.F.I.C.A
  • Te Kōhanga Reo o Nga Pa Harakeke
  • EIT council
  • Aotearoa Whānau, Hapū and Iwi Indigenous practitioner

Kararaina brings with her the skills of fluency in Te Reo Māori and Tikanga. She has many networks within Heretaunga and Ahuriri community agencies, organisations and among a variety of ethnicities.


Christine Tamati

Elected by Korongatā



06 871 5350Or contact us here.


Phone 06 8715352
Fax 06 8715353
 Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga 

821 Orchard Road, Hastings 

PO Box 718, Hastings 4122,

Aotearoa New Zealand   

P: 0800 TAIWHENUA or 06 871 5350
F: 06 871 5351

Hauora Heretaunga 

  821 Orchard Road, Hastings 

  P: 06 871 5352


 Waipukurau Centre

 Cnr Ruataniwha and Herbert Streets


  P: 0800 153 240 or 06 858 9559

  F: 06 858 9225



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