Trustees - Pukeroa Oruawhata Trust
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Trustees/Directors

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Malcolm Short

First elected 1984

Ngāti Whakaue,  Ngāti Tuwharetoa

Malcolm is an original Trustee and has been Chairman of the Pukeroa Oruawhata Trust since 1984. Over this time the Trust has grown its asset base to $225m with portfolios covering commercial, residential property, and most recently the tourism Spa sector.

In 2006 Malcolm was awarded an Officer of N.Z. Order of Merit for services to Maori. He is Chairman, Trustee/executive member and/or Director of many non Pukeroa Trusts, companies and authorities and in particular the Te Arawa Federation of Maori Authorities, Ngāti Whakaue Education Endowment Trust and First Sovereign Trust Ltd.

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David Tapsell

First elected 2006

Ngāti Whakaue

David has 25 years’ experience as a commercial lawyer, Trustee and Director. He has been a Pukeroa Oruawhata Trustee for the last 14 years providing valuable experience in law, governance, investments and strategy. He is well connected with key politicians and CEO’s in Wellington as well as other Iwi organisations.

David’s Directorships include Lotto NZ (2016 – current), The Public Trust (2013 to November 2015) Chairman – Governance and Remuneration, Te Puia NZMACI (2015 – current), Ngāti Ruanui Group (2008 to 2010) Chairman – Ngāti Ruanui Group Management Ltd, Te Arawa Management Limited (3 years – 2006 to 2008) as Chairman. David also worked for Fletcher Challenge Canada (Vancouver and Victoria) in the in-house legal team and was seconded to the New Zealand Securities Commission.

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Monty Morrison

First elected 2014

Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Tuwharetoa

Monty has been serving Ngāti Whakaue and the Rotorua community for more than 25 years. Monty is currently Kaumatua for Ngāti Whakaue and Te Arawa and is employed at the Rotorua Lakes Council as Cultural Advisor to the Chief Executive and Mayor. Past President of the Rotorua Sunrise Rotary Club, former Teacher and Principal. Founder of ‘Creating Moments of Magic’ which was a finalist in the 2009 NZ Events Business of the Year.

Monty holds the position of Chairman on Te Pukenga Koeke o Te Arawa, and Chairs the Education Subcommittee for the Ngāti Whakaue Education Endowment Trust. Monty is a Trustee on Mangorewa-Kaharoa Trust and Kauae Cemetery Trust Board.

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Tina Ngatai

First elected 2015

Iwi Affiliations: Ngāti Whakaue, Tapuika, Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Rangiwewehi, Ngāti Porou

Tina was born and raised in Koutu, Rotorua and has 4 children and 10 mokopuna. She enjoys travel, gardening, technology and is an avid reader.

Pukeroa Oruawhata Trust and the Group is one of the leading trusts for Ngāti Whakaue and contributes significantly each year to the shareholders and to those who affiliate to the six koromatua. Ensuring that the Group continues to grow whilst remaining resilient and sustainable with best practice Governance and Management is the area that Tina is particularly focused on.

She holds an MBA (with distinction) through Waikato University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business – Maori Development from Auckland University. She has held several senior positions in Government and currently sits on a number of other Trust Boards in order to contribute to her Iwi and community, these include:

  • Chair of the Hauora, Manaaki Ora Trust (Hauora)
  • Trustee of Te Taumata o Ngāti Whakaue Iho Ake Trust (Education and Housing)
  • Maori Trusts: Onuku Maori Lands Trust and Pukaingataru B12 Trust
  • Other: Deputy Chairperson of Arawa Arataua (Maori Primary sector group. Member – Bay of Connections Leadership Group and ToiEDA for the Eastern Bay of Plenty.

She is very concerned about Maori inequalities in health, education and the justice system and is a vocal advocate for Maori and other vulnerable people in the community. She is also involved in the development of Maori freehold land through her current role with Te Puni Kokiri.

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Tanira Kingi

First elected 2016

Iwi Affiliations: Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Rangitihi, Ngāti Awa

Tanira has over 30 years’ experience in board governance and as a research academic. His current governance roles include a commissioner on the NZ Climate Change Commission, director of Lancorp Farming Ltd (Pamu), Ngāti Whakaue Tribals and chair of Whakaue Farming Ltd, chair of Te Arawa Arataua (Te Arawa Primary Sector Group), and director of Te Arawa Management Ltd. Past roles have included the NZ Qualifications Authority, Agriculture ITO, Waerenga Incorporation and Manaaki Ora Trust. He is currently a Science Advisor to the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) and the Ministry for the Environment (MfE), an Emeritus Scientist with Scion and the research lead on programmes funded by the NZ Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre (NZAGRC) and Our Land & Water (OLW) National Science Challenge (NSC). Tanira has been on a number of government advisory groups including Te Ture Whenua Māori reform in 2005-2007 and 2015-2016, and Kahui Wai Māori from 2018 – 2021. Tanira grew up in Koutu and Ohinemutu and now lives at Maketu. He has worked in the forestry and sawmill industries and on orchards in Rotorua in the 1970s and 1980s before moving into consultancy and then academia with Massey University in the early 1990s. Tanira has a PhD in agricultural economics and development from the Australian National University and a MApplSc(Hons) in agricultural systems management from Massey University.

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Rawiri Waru

First elected 2018

Iwi Affiliations: Te Arawa Whānui, Ngāpuhi,Te Whānau ā– Apanui, Ngai Tahu

Kei aku iti, kei aku rahi,
Kei ngā uri o roroa mā, o nunui mā
Tēnā rā koutou katoa.

Being Rotorua born and bred, it was only natural for me to find a way to contribute to my iwi tupu using skills that I have acquired over time. I have a passion for my people, Te Reo Māori me ōna tikanga, kaupapa Māori development, business, education, science and the media industry. I hold a number of leadership roles which require well-honed people skills, effective communication, well-informed decision making, vision and sound financial management.

I was made a Director of Pukeroa Oruawhata Holdings Limited and Pukeroa Properties NO 2 Limited as part of the POT Directorship Programme in 2015 and have now taken a seat as a result of the 2018 election, at the Pukeroa Oruawhata Trust board table. My time as a Director provided a great opportunity to learn, understand and contribute positively to the kaupapa. Although I have achieved many things at a local, regional, national and international level, my highest achievement is being married to my wife Teri, and being father to our children, Daniel and Isaac.

E kore e mutu te rere o kupu whakamihi, o kupu whakamiha ki a koutou katoa.

Management Team

Meet the team that keeps the wheels turning.

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Mark Gibb

Chief Executive

Mark joined the Pukeroa team October 2021. He is an experienced Chief Executive and leader with a demonstrated history of performance in working within the property, aviation and agricultural sectors.

In recent years Mark has held roles as Chief Executive Rotorua Airport, a Director of NZ Aiports Association and General Manager Global Property for Fonterra.

Outside work, Mark is a keen fly fisherman and holds an interest in mountain biking and masters rowing.

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Helen Crawford

Personal Assistant to CE and the Board

Te Arawa waka, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Pikiao

Helen provides support in all areas of office administration as well as to the Chief Executive and the Board.

Helen is actively involved on a number of land trusts and community groups bringing her knowledge and understanding of the complexities of Maori Land and governance to the team.

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Alexander Wilson

Financial Account Manager

Te Arawa waka, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Karenga

Alex resides in Rotorua and is a father of three children, Matahiapo-Waimarie, Terry and Manawakurariki.

Alex is the lead client service partner for the Pukeroa Oruawhata Group leading a team to meet the needs of the Groups financial function. He is also a director on Maori Investments Limited, a Trustee for Rotorua Continuing Care Trust (Whare Aroha) and board member for Heart Kids New Zealand Incorporated.

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Peter Faulkner

Consultant

Peter is and has been an integral part of the Pukeroa team for the last 21 years (14 years as our banker). Peter was fulfilling the role of General Manager for 6 years as our Client Manager at Deloitte, until his engagement as our full time General Manager in September 2016.

Peter decided to semi-retire in 2021 and now provides Consultancy services for the Wai Ariki Hot Springs & Spa project.

Property Management and Administration Team

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Gary Herbert

Senior Property Manager

Gary has taken on the role of Senior Property Manager, bringing with him over 18 years of facility & property management of Pukeroa’s assets. Gary can be found on Level 1, Pukeroa Oruawhata House and contacted on 027 569 7267.

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Racheal Ellery

Property and Facilities Manager

Te Aupōuri, Ngāpuhi

Racheal moved to Rotorua from Tāmaki Makaurau in December 2019.

Racheal brings with her over 25 years of experience in the construction and property industry principally in project and facilities management working for various companies and government agencies in Aotearoa. Racheal loves our caring community in Rotorua and thrilled to be working for Pukeroa Oruawhata!

Racheal can be found on Level 1, Pukeroa Oruawhata House and contacted on 027 2122 219.

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Lee Emery

Property & Account Administrator

We welcome Lee to the Property Management team of Pukeroa, after having worked for Deloitte as Pukeroa’s Property Administrator since 2015. Lee and her husband Kevin have two adult tamariki and three awesome mokopuna who whakapapa to Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Unu, Ngāti Maniapoto and Ngāti Pikiao. Lee can be found on level 1, Pukeroa Oruawhata House and contacted on 07 348 8990 or DD 07 282 2726.

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Hiria Bowsher

Accounts Payable Administrator

Ngāti Tuwharetoa, Ngāpuhi

Hiria joined the Pukeroa Team January 2022 in the Accounts Payable and Analytical role. Hiria is currently Trustee and Treasurer for Mangamingi Marae in Raetihi and is also Chair for the Oranga Marae Committee. Hiria has worked in Kaupapa Maori workplaces for over 15 years. Hiria and her husband Karl have a son, Kaya. Both Karl and Kaya whakapapa to Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Tuwharetoa and Ngāti Whatua. Hiria can be found on level 1, Pukeroa Oruawhata House and contacted on DD 07 929 9516.

Previous Trustees, Accountants and Secretaries

Back row, left to right: Jackie Aratema, Malcolm Short, David Tapsell. Front row, left to right: Alec Wilson, Pihopa Kingi (dec’d), Stuart Harris (dec’d).

We remember previous Trustees and thank them for their contribution to our journey:

* denotes original Trustees

  • Albert Frederick Arthur Orme 1981 – 1982*
  • Grace Dorina Thearesa Dorset 1981 – 1983*
  • Anthony Te Uruhi Wihapi 1981 – 1983*
  • Basil Corbett 1981 – 1982*
  • Akuhata Kakuere (Bubba) Morrison 1981 – 1983*
  • Stuart Rotohiko Te Haupapa Harris 1981 – 2014*
  • Andrew Shane Gibbons 1983 – 1998
  • John David Rangitauira 1982-  2010
  • Maxine Rennie 1982 – 1983
  • Hamilton Manaia Pihopa Kingi 1983 – 2015
  • Ted Hayward 1983 – 1988
  • Robert (Bob) Clarke1983 – 1986
  • Jackie Aratema 2011 – 2016

Malcolm T Short and James Alexander (Alec) Wilson are original Trustees still continuing the mahi.

We remember previous Accountants and Secretaries:

  • Anthony Te Uruhi Wihapi (First Secretary) 1981 – 1982
  • T. B. Nikora 1981 (Accountant) 1982 – 1989 (Accountant & Secretary)
  • Keith Hinton (Secretary) 1989 – 1995
  • Ian Hulton 1970 – 2013
  • Murray Lloyd Patchell (Secretary & Accountant) 1995 – 2017