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Trust Members

Meet the Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust Elected Representatives.

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Marama Royal (Chair)

Marama has been a Director since 2O1O and served as Chair since December 2O17. Marama has extensive experience in strategic planning, relationship management, leadership, governance, and organisational change. She is passionate about achieving positive outcomes for whānau, especially our kaumātua.

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Ngarimu BLAIR (Deputy Chair)

Ngarimu is the Deputy Chair, Chair of the Settlement Protection Team and the Trust’s appointee to Whai Rawa Limited. He was elected to the Trust in 2OO6 and is active across many kaupapa. He is passionate about Auckland tribal histories and kaitiakitanga.

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Precious CLARK

Precious runs her company Maurea Consulting Ltd which delivers Te Kaa, a training programme that ignites your Māori cultural competency. Precious led the development of Whātua Āhurutanga, our housing strategy. She is passionate about our reo and tikanga, education, housing and innovation in social impact.

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Renata BLAIR

Renata owns and operates the successful events management company Evitan. His company has over 4O staff and he employs a number of whānau. He is a passionate advocate for education, te reo Māori, and sports.

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Brenda CHRISTIANSEN

Brenda has extensive experience in public and private sector senior management roles in Aotearoa and Australia. She has held various positions for community services in health, early childhood and elderly care.

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Matt RUA

Matt was elected to the board, based upon a candidate statement which focused upon transparency. His efforts are ‘to openly share the appropriate info, so as whānau can co-design a robust business structure’. He hopes for beneficial owners to have free access to all information about their business.

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Sharon HAWKE

This is Sharon’s second term on the Trust after a four year gap. She devotes a lot of time to working with other hapū members building our profile as manawhenua amongst other iwi and within Tāmaki Nui. She has been appointed as the Trust representative on the Whai Maia Board.

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Julia STEENSON

Julia has background in law, finance, and e-commerce. Her commitment to making legal services more accessible to the public led to her founding the tech startup Ture.co.nz, a legal services search engine that connects people with lawyers. She also produces a podcast called NZFREELAW and is Chair of Kia Puawai Ltd a wellness charity.

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Arekatera MAIHI

Arekatera was recently elected. This is his first term on the Trust Board and brings with him a wealth of historical and cultural knowledge.