(front row) Denise Hapeta, Rachael Selby (Acting Chair), Willis Katene (standing) Anne Carter, Barry Lyver, Hera Eparaima, Troy Hobson (General Manager)

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.

 

Retirement

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.

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.

Willis Katene

Willis Katene is from Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Ngāruahine, and Ngāti Tūwharetoa.  She lives in Ōtaki with her husband Huia Winiata and four children. 

Until recently, Willis was Te Hauāuru Regional Manager for Te Puni Kōkiri. Previously she has held positions in the tertiary education sector. 

Willis is currently a board member on Te Rūnanga o Toa Rangatira, a member of their Audit and Risk Committee and chair of the Toa Rangatira Education Committee. 

Willis has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree from Victoria University and holds and Masters of Māori and Management degree from Te Wānanga 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.

Hera Eparaima

Nō Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Huia, Ngāti Pareraukawa, Ngāti Tūranga tēnei. Hera is the kaihautū of Te Whare Tūhono that services students and staff on the operational side of Te Wānanga o Raukawa.

She is also the Secretary for the Paranui Marae Trustees Committee and the Treasurer for Himatangi 1A & 2AHC Trust.

A previous Ōtaki and Porirua Trusts Board scholarship recipient, Hera appreciates the opportunity to give back to the kaupapa of the Ōtaki Porirua Trusts Board. She is interested in kaitiakitanga practices for sustainable and responsible land use to nurture and preserve the whenua for whānau, hapū and iwi into the future.

Hera has a Bachelor of Arts in Social Policy and Māori Studies and is passionate about supporting aspirations for health and wealth for whānau, hapū and iwi.

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