Board Members

Denise Hapeta

Denise’s Iwi affiliations are to Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Whakaue and Muaupoko. Denise currently holds the position of Kaihautu for Marae Based Studies at Te Wānanga o Raukawa.

She was previously Kaihautu of Te Reo.  Denise has been employed by Wānanga-o-Raukawa for 15 years.    Denise also served as the Manager/Secretary of the Ōtaki and Porirua Trusts Board for 10 years from 1998.   Denise is a strong proponent of Te Reo.

She is actively involved with the many issues and developments affecting Ngāti Maiotaki and Ngā Hapu o Ōtaki.   Denise and her Tahiwi whānau  maintain their close association with Raukawa Marae in Ōtaki.   Denise is a member of Te Rūnanga-o-Raukawa.  Denise is married to James and they have two adult children.



Whatarangi Winiata

Whatarangi has been a champion of Māori self-determination for most of his life.

In 1957 he graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from Victoria University, and followed that with an MBA and PhD completed at the University of Michigan. He married Francie Aratema (Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Awa) in 1961, and they had four children. By 1975 the family had returned home to New Zealand, and amidst the general climate of Māori political activism, embarked on a project of restoration and revival of their marae – Ngātokowaru in Levin.

Themes of self-determination, economic independence and cultural revitalization were formulated by Whatarangi into a 25 year tribal developmental plan known as “Whakatupuranga Rua Mano: Generation 2000.” The purpose being to advance iwi and hapū economically, socially and educationally culminating in the establishment of Te Wānanga-o-Raukawa in 1981. Whatarangi served as Tumuaki for Te Wānanga-o-Raukawa from 1994-2007.

His advocacy for Māori political representation was translated into a bi-cultural model of constitutional reform, adopted by the Anglican Church of New Zealand in its administrative arrangements. Whatarangi has been appointed to many boards and organizations; New Zealand Māori Council, Te Pihopatanga o Aotearoa, Te Rūnangao Raukawa, Ōtaki and Porirua Trust Board, Crown Forestry Rental Trust, General Synod of the Anglican Church, St John’s College Trust Board and Broadcasting Corporation of New Zealand.  He has been instrumental in progressing a number of key Treaty of Waitangi claims against the New Zealand Government including the Fisheries Claim, Radio Spectrum, Broadcasting and others.  Whatarangi was appointed Professor Emeritus, by Victoria University of Wellington.  Whatarangi continues to progress aspirations of Māori political self-determination and has served as past President of the Māori Party.

Willis Katene

(Ngāti Toa, Ngāruahinerangi, Ngāti Tūwharetoa) currently holds the position of Director, Te Kupenga at Whitireia Community Polytechnic, Porirua, responsible for the academic programmes within Te Wānanga Māori and also student support services.

She was previously Kaihautū of Iwi and Hapū Studies at Te Wānanga o Raukawa. Willis is a board member on Te Rūnanga o Toa Rangatira, chairs their Finance Committee and is a member of their Education Committee.

She is a member of Te Mana Whakahaere for Te Wānanga o Raukawa, and a Trustee for Ōrotokare: Art, Story, Motion.  In addition, Willis is of course a member of the Ōtaki and Porirua Trusts Board. Willis has a BA from Victoria University, and holds a masters degree in management from Te Wānanga-o-Raukawa.  She, and her partner Huia Winiata, have four children who attend Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Rito, and Te Wharekura o Te Rito.


Rachael Selby

Rachael is a researcher and lecturer at Massey University.  Rachael is from Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Huia and Ngāti Pareraukawa.  Rachael chairs the Ngatokowaru Marae Committee, is a Raukawa Trustee and a member of Te Rūnanga o Raukawa. Rachael is a Justice of the Peace.

Rachael has a background in Governance, teaching, research and management. As a recipient of an Ōtaki and Porirua Trusts Board Scholarship in the 1960s, Rachael attended a Māori Anglican Boarding School.

Rachael is keen to contribute to the development of the Board and to share a vision for a future which ensures the land left by our ancestors is a business we can be proud of. She is keen to explore organic farming on the Ōtaki land and varied innovative investment opportunities for the Trusts Board.



Anihaera Armstrong

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 Anihaera is currently the Kaiwhakahaere of Te Kura a Iwi o Whakatupuranga Rua Mano.  She is from Ngāti Raukawa and Ngāti Koroki.

Anihaera has a strong background in financial and administration services. She is a Justice of the Peace and has previously beed a volunteer for victim support and Womens refuge in Auckland.  

Anihaera now lives in Levin with her husband John. They have two children and three grandchild.




Hemi Sundgren

HHemi photoemi currently lives in New Plymouth where he holds the position of Advisor/Research for Taranaki Iwi Trust. He has a strong background in  management and

Māori Development. Hemi holds numerous board appointments which include chairing the Te Ati Awa ki Whakarongotai Charitable Trust, he is also a Director of the

Te Ati Awa ki Whakarongotai Asset Holding Company.

Hemi is a nationally recognised artist which has seen him become a Board Member for Toi Māori.



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