Meet the Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust Elected Representatives.
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.
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.
Precious is the Chief Executive of Maurea, an organisation that uses Māori culture to drive Aotearoa forward. The Te Kaa Māori cultural competency training programme has won accolades from some of New Zealand’s biggest businesses. Precious is passionate about our reo, tikanga, education, housing and financial success and brings her networks, energy and extensive governance experience to our board.
Renata is Chair of Te Reu Roa, a member of the Treaty Protection Committee and member of the Risk Audit and Assurance Committee. He is a Council member for AUT University, a Trustee for Eden Park Trust and is General Manager Māori Business at BNZ.
Graham Tipene is a Tā Moko artist who has been involved as a consultant and key artist on civic and Council-led projects throughout Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. His public work brings Māori kaupapa into the built environment of the city, with major projects including the Waterview tunnel, Victoria Park, Auckland Library, and Tirohanga Whānui Bridge in Albany.
Sharon is a 3rd term Elected Representative and brings a wealth of governance and lived experience to the Trust Board. Sharon has had a long career in Maori media and broadcasting and advancing the rights of Ngā Uri o Tuperiri in Tāmaki and wahine Māori. She is the Trust representative on Whai Maia Board
Appointed as a Commissioner on the Royal Commission of Inquiry in 2020 and in 2022 she chaired the Inquiry’s Māori survivor hearing. A director on Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua Commercial Ltd and a member of the Institute of Directors AK Committee. A Simpson Grierson alumni and has worked as General Counsel for Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. Prior to law, she worked in commercial banking both in NZ and abroad.
Arekatera Maihi born and bred in Ōrākei was rasied by his whānau, hapū and iwi. He is a highly skilled carver and artist. This is his first time term on the Trust Board and brings with him a wealth of historical and cultural knowledge.
Tama brings with him a wealth of knowledge in governing large health and education organisations, previously ADHB, and now Comprehensive Care PHO, Emerge Aotearoa and Auckland Hospital Foundation. He is the Poutaki Mātauranga Māori at Uni Services – Waipapa Taumata Rau and runs Ahikaroa Enterprises which provides Kaupapa Māori supervision, Te Tiriti and Māori Health Models trainings and cultural audits. Tama is also a whānau director on the Whai Māia board.