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Trust Members

Meet the Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust Elected Representatives.

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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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Graham Tipene

 

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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 mana whenua amongst other iwi and within Tāmaki Nui. She has been appointed as the Trust representative on the Whai Māia Board.

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Julia STEENSON

Julia is a Commissioner for the Royal Commission of Inquiry into historical abuse in State and faith based care; the largest inquiry ever held in Aotearoa.  She is also a member of the Data Ventures – Advisory Board, a commercial subsidiary for Statistics New Zealand. 

Having previously established the General Counsel position at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, she presented on indigenous rights and intellectual property at the World Indigenous People Conference on Education in Toronto and produces a podcast called NZFreeLaw advocating for better access to legal services. 

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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.

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Tama DAVIS

Tama fills the Trust Board vacancy, as the next candidate with the most number of votes at the election. This is his first term on the Trust Board and brings with him a wealth of knowledge in governing large health organisations including ADHB, Northern DHBs, Comprehensive Care PHO and Supporting Families Auckland. Tama is also a whānau director on Whai Māia board.