Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Whai Maia Directors

Dame Paula Rebstock | Tama Davis | Sharon Hawke | Mel Hewitson | Shirley Ikkala Malcolm Paterson | Joseph Royal | Robert Small 



The Whai Maia Board has seven directors, three are independent directors, three are whānau directors and one trustee representative. We also have a future director position that is filled by a hapū member.

The Whai Maia Board is responsible for monitoring Whai Maia management processes and systems to assure accountability to the Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust. 

The Whai Maia Board meets at least 10 times a year and seeks advice on matters of tikanga, kaupapa and kawa from the Taumata Kaumātua through the presence of Te Puna Tumahai at board meetings and presentations to the Taumata Kaumātua where appropriate.

Our Board has a wealth of knowledge across a broad range of sectors including social, economic, financial, environmental, health and cultural advancements of communities and nations. 

Dame Paula Rebstock - Board Chair

Dame Paula Rebstock is one of New Zealand’s leading governance figures, who chairs ACC, Ministry for Children, Auckland DHB Audit Committee and the Vulnerable Children’s Board. She has significant experience and networks in social agencies and youth welfare. 

Tama Davis - Whānau Director

Tama's work experience spreads over the fields of mental health and addictions (within DHB, NGOs and iwi providers) and cultural leadership on behalf of the hapū.  His academic background includes Indigenous Studies and he has graduated from the University of Auckland with a postgraduate diploma in Maori Business Development. He is the Pou Arahi/Cultural Supervisor for Homecare Medical, and director at Ahikaroa Enterprises Ltd.

Sharon Hawke - Trust Representative


Mel Hewitson - Independent Director

Mel is an experienced director, motivated by public involvement and giving back to New Zealanders.

Mel is currently an independent director of Simplicity NZ and Heritage Trustee Company, Deputy Chair of Foundation North and a trustee of Auckland Foundation.  She Chairs The Centre for Social Impact and the Nominating Committee for the Guardians of the NZ Super Fund.

Shirley Ikkala - Whānau Director


Malcolm Paterson - Whānau Director

Malcolm Paterson is Ngāti Whātua of Ōrākei and Kaipara. Malcolm is qualified as a medical doctor  as well as environmental management. Malcolm is currently the Tumuaki (Chief Executive) for Ngā Maunga Whakahii o Kaipara Ngahere Ltd (the commercial arm of the post-settlement entity focused on managing Kaipara's interests related to its forest lands).

Joseph Royal - Future Director


Robert Small - Independent Director

Rob Has had a distinguished career in Local government with a particular focus on Parks Recreation and the Environment. He has a passion for Auckland having been the Director of Regional Parks and Botanic Gardens in Auckland. In this role, he was responsible for the acquisition of a number of our regional parks. He has over ten years’ experience as a chief executive in Both local government and private enterprise. He has been a world President of the International Parks and Recreation movement and has been a trustee and head Judge for the world’s most liveable Cities competition. He has a strong passion for social and environmental issues and in particular those associated with first peoples.


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