I have an extensive background in governance, working with a range of Maori organizations in the fields of health, education, farming and social needs. I constantly work in successfully organizing the appropriately appointed committees to achieve the aspirations of their stakeholders. Many of the positions I hold, show that I have commitment and integrity with an appetite for hard work. I have developed excellent people skills that are essential for putting together teams that achieve the required out come.
RONGOPAI MARAE: POTATUTATU BILL RURU (DEPUTY CHAIRMAN)
Bill has been a Te Aitanga a Mahaki Trustee since it was established in 1988. He has been involved in the Seafood Industry for over 10 years and is one of the customary fisheries Kaitiaki for the iwi. Annually, he negotiates the best return for the iwi from its fishing quota and he was elated when Te Aitanga a Mahaki became one of the first iwi in the country to receive its interim fisheries allocation. Education and training iwi are a priority for Bill, he is a registered Seafood Industry Training Organisation Assessor and has qualifications in Aquaculture and Customary Fishing. He is involved with Trustee training and also visits Kohanga Reo and Primary Schools to share his expertise in nga tini a Tangaroa.
TAKITIMU MARAE: PETER TUPARA
I am currently the representative to Mahaki Trust Board from my marae and have been for the last 6 years and would like to continue. I sit on the marae as the chairperson for our working committee. I know the trust is heading in the direction for the betterment of our people so would like to be involved and also to contribute to it as well.
RANGATIRA MARAE: CHARLES HARONGA BROWN
Charles has been involved in Rangatira Marae committee for a number of years. Charles has been the Te Aitanga a Mahaki Trustee since the Trust was set up. Charles is part of the Fisheries Management group and is involved with the Gisborne District Council regarding the waterways.
TARERE MARAE: PHILLIP GULLY
Ki nga mihi o te Tau hou kia koutou nga pononga o Tarere me nga whanau whanui o Te Aitanga a Mahaki. Tena koutou Tena koutou. I am the current Te Aitanga a Mahaki Trustee for Tarere. I have been nominated by our marae committee for a further term of 3 years according to the new voting system. I acknowledge the confidence shown for my nomination by the whanau. I am the marae committee chairperson; I also look after Tarere marae, the grounds and take the bookings. I am a Ringatu minister, also as a Te Aitanga a Mahaki Trustee I am the kaitiaki for fish permits. I have a passion for Tarere's future and the future of our iwi. Tena koutou, Tena koutou, Kia ora tatou.
MANGATU MARAE: OWEN LLOYD
Owen has a military Background of 27 Years and has developed strong Leadership skills in that time. Since leaving the military he has developed many more skills within the community and Maoridom. He has skills in Senior Health Management, Employment, Training and Governance (he has completed the NZ institute of directors and Chairs courses) Has a diploma in Business Studies alongside trade, Leadership and Management qualifications. Has a strong background in Maori and tikanga. He is presently involved with Forestry, Investments, Social, Police, Health, Education and Treaty Negotiations. Owen is a strong advocate for Maori development.