Trustees - Pukeroa Oruawhata Trust
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Malcolm Short

appointed 1981

Ngati Whakaue,  Ngati Tuwharetoa

Malcolm is an original Trustee and has been Chairman of the Pukeroa Oruawhata Trust for the last 33 years.  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, Ngati Whakaue Education Endowment Trust and First Sovereign Trust Ltd.


David Tapsell

elected 2003

Ngati 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), Ngati Ruanui Group (2008 to 2010) Chairman – Ngati 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.


Monty Morrison

elected 2014

Ngati Whakaue, Ngati Tuwharetoa

Monty has been serving Ngati Whakaue and the Rotorua community for more than 25 years.  Monty is currently Kaumatua for Ngati 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 Ngati Whakaue Education Endowment Trust.  Monty is a Trustee on Mangorewa-Kaharoa Trust and Kauae Cemetery Trust Board.


Tina Ngatai

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 Ngati 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 Ngati 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.


Tanira Kingi

elected 2016

Appointed to the Trust in 2016. Other Te Arawa board appointments include committee of management member of Ngati Whakaue Tribal Lands, chair of Whakaue Farming Ltd, chair of the Te Arawa Primary Sector Group, director of Te Arawa Management Ltd and trustee of Manaaki Ora Trust. Professional background is a researcher in agricultural economics and development and is currently a Research Leader in primary industry systems with Scion Research Ltd. He has been an advisor to regional and central government agencies on Māori land development and was a member of the 2005 and 2015 Te Ture Whenua Māori Ministerial Advisory Groups. 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.


Rawiri Waru

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.


Peter Faulkner

General Manager

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.


Helen Crawford

Personal Assistant to GM and the Board

Te Arawa waka, Ngati Whakaue, Ngati Pikiao

Helen provides support in all areas of office administration as well as to the General Manager 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.


Alexander Wilson

Financial Account Manager

Te Arawa waka, Ngati Whakaue, Ngati 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.

Property Management and Administration Team


Steve O'Sullivan

Property Manager

We welcome Steve to the Property Management Team as Property Manager. Steve brings over 20 years’ experience in the management of commercial property assets, tenancy management and facilities management. In addition, Steve has provided project management services on a wide range of commercial office and retail projects. Steve is married to Shelley and has two children and two grandchildren.

Contact Steve on direct dial 072822725 or mobile 027 439 3624.


Gary Herbert

Facilities Manager

We welcome Gary to a new position within the Property Management team of Pukeroa after having worked for Deloitte (HPSSL) as the Assistant Property Manager since 2004. Gary can be found on Level 1, Pukeroa Oruawhata House and contacted on 027 569 7267.


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.

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