Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga Board of Trustees
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 is:
Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga – Chairperson
C2C2B7 Land Trust – Chairperson
HBRC Māori Standing Committee – Deputy Chairperson
Alternate Representative for Heretaunga on the Board of Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Inc
Kahungunu Audit Committee – Chairperson
HB Museum Trust – Member
HB Health Trust – Member
Ruahapia Marae - Committee Member
Te Whare Wānanga Tapere o te Waka Takitimu – Trustee
IoD – Member
IoD East Coast Sub-branch – Member
Waingākau Housing Development - Director
Ngāti Kahungunu Asset Holding Company – Deputy Chairperson
Te Matau a Maui Voyaging Trust – Chairperson
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.
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
Hawea Historical Park
Waiora is a well-known Ambassador for IronMāori, and is passionate about the health and welling of Māori, having worked in the health system for 20 years.
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
Elected by Houngarea
Tu is a Major Events Manager. Her work has included operational involvement in national events such as the Rugby World Cup 2011, Pasifika Festival, Te Matatini, and numerous regional events around the country.
Tu has skills in strategic development, executive management, senior project management and corporate administration. She is currently contracted to the Houngarea Marae Hapū Trust, responsible for implementing all aspects of the 2023 Strategic Intent - Whakakotahi Ararau.
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 Runanganui 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
Elected by Rūnanga
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.
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
- Te Kohanga Reo o Nga Pa Harakeke
- EIT council
- Aotearoa Whanau, Hapu 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.