Denise Hapeta, Dr. Arini Loader, Barry Lyver, Dr. Rangi Nicholson, Keelan Ransfield, Rachael Selby (Chair), Anne Carter and Mark Taratoa.

New Trustees in 2019

The Ōtaki & Porirua Trusts Board has welcomed Anne Carter and Barry Lyver as new trustees in mid-2019. Anne, who is Ngāti Kapumanawawhiti, brings a strong background in governance and experience on a range of Boards. Barry Lyver, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, has a background in banking and financial management. Barry and Anne are the new members of the Audit, Investment and Risk Committee, working closely with General Manager, Troy Hobson.



Over the past year the Board has farewelled retiring members Anihaera Armstrong, Doug Logan, Whatarangi Winiata and Whare Akuhata. Their contribution has been acknowledged by the Board and the Ministry of Education which recommends appointments to the Board. Ngā mihi ki a koutou.


Board Meetings

The Board meets monthly.

Board Members

Board members Robert Kuiti and Hera Eparaima have completed their terms on the Board. Rob was a representative of the Minister of Education and has now been replaced by Dr Arini Loader. The Board has expressed gratitude to Hera Eparaima for her contribution over the past years and to Rob Kuiti for his role and input. 

Dr Rangi Nicholson and Mark Taratoa were confirmed as trustees, as was Dr Arini Loader, from the 18th March 2020. They have been appointed for a three year term.  Denise Hapeta and Rachael Selby have been re-appointed from June 2020 to June 2023 The Board is now confirmed as: Rachael Selby, Denise Hapeta, Arini Loader, Mark Taratoa, Rangi Nicholson, Barry Lyver, Anne Carter.  After the 2020 October election, we anticipate  the remaining vacancies will be filled. 

Rachel Selby (Acting Chair)

Rachael is from Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Huia and Ngāti Pareraukawa. Rachael chairs the Ngatokowaru Marae Committee, is a Raukawa Marae Trustee and member of Te Rūnanga o Raukawa. Rachael is also a registered Justice of the Peace.

Rachael has a background in governance, teaching, research, and management. As a recipient of a 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 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 lands and varied innovative investment opportunities for the Trusts Board.

Denise Hapeta

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

Denise has been employed by Te 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 Māori.

She is actively involved with the many issues and developments affecting Ngāti Maiotaki and Ngā Hapū 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.

Anne Carter

Anne Carter is from Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Kahungunu. 

Anne has held leadership and management roles in the New Zealand public sector, including Te Puni Kōkiri , the Office of the Auditor General,  Chief Executive of the Ministry of Youth, and Deputy Secretary of Local Government and Community within the Department of Internal Affairs.  She was a Local Government Commissioner from 2012 – 2016. 

Anne is currently a member of Te Mana Whakahaere of Te Wānanga o Raukawa, Chair of the Voice Arts Trust, a member of the Occupational Therapy Board of New Zealand, and a Director of Wairarapa Moana Incorporation, a large dairy and forestry operation.

Anne firmly believes in our role as Kaitaki of our whenua, through the sustainable management of our assets  for future generations.

Barry Lyver

Barry Lyver (Ngāti Toa, Ngai Tahu) holds a business degree from Massey University and is currently a Commercial Manager for the ANZ Bank based in Manawatū.

He has over 25 years’ experience in commercial banking and finance. His areas of specialisation include commercial property, Aged Care and Māori/Iwi business. Prior to working for ANZ he held roles with Kiwibank, Nationwide Finance Ltd and BNZ Property Finance. He also ran his own finance consultancy business when living in Kāpiti.

He is actively involved in coaching age group rep teams for cricket and back in the day himself played a few games for Central Districts and Wellington.

Barry and his wife Rowane have three teenagers, a daughter and twin boys which keep them very busy.

Dr. Arini Loader

Dr. Arini Loader (Ngāti Maiotaki, Ngāti Kikopiri) is a senior lecturer in Māori history at Te Herenga Waka, Victoria University of Wellington where she has held a variety of teaching and research positions since 2003. 

Arini specialises in tangata whenua history: the history of Aotearoa New Zealand, Māori literary history and Māori historical methods, and maintains active intellectual connections within the broader indigenous world. 

Arini believes in the transformative power of education and hopes to make a meaningful contribution to the continued educational development of te iwi Māori.

Dr Arini Loader Board of Trustee OPTB
Dr Rangi Nicholson OPTB
Rev Dr Rangi Nicholson
 Rev Dr Rangi Nicholson is from Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Toarangatira, Ngāi Tahu and Ngāti Kahungunu. Rangi is an educator and a sociolinguist who has spent almost fifty years working in the area of Māori language revitalisation.  He has taught at four universities and worked with many iwi, church and government organisations on Māori language planning and policy issues. Rangi has also been an ordained clergy person in the Anglican Church for over twenty-five years.  He has held senior management positions including Chief Executive of Te Whare Wānanga o te Pihopatanga o Aotearoa, the Anglican Māori degree-granting tertiary institution, and Principal of the Anglican Māori Ministry School based in Rotorua.
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