Initial Trustee (Chair)
Ngāti Paoa, Ngāti Hauā
Gary has been a servant of Ngāti Paoa for more than three decades. Gary was elected onto the governance of the Ngāti Paoa Trust Board in 2006. He remained a trustee of the Trust Board until resigning to become an interim trustee and chair of Ngāti Paoa Iwi Trust which was confirmed as the Post Settlement Governance Entity for Ngāti Paoa in 2013.
Gary has been at the helm of the Ngāti Paoa Iwi Trust since then and has been fortunate to have great support from the new Initial Trustees. He is also supported by a very strong and highly competent commercial, legal and operational team.
Gary has held Project Management and leadership roles within the health sector for almost 20 years. He worked at Waitemata DHB, Northern Regional DHB, Cancer Network and the Midland Regional Health Network.
Gary is currently employed as the Kaiwhakarite for Community Waikato joining the organisation in 2014. Gary’s role focuses entirely on Māori Development projects and programmes with a particular focus on marae development.
Gary completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Māori Development in 2009 and a Master of Management from the University of Auckland in 2011.
Gary’s other governance roles include holding the position of Deputy Chair for Hei Āhuru Mōwai, Māori Cancer Leadership Aotearoa since its establishment in 2012. In 2009, Gary was appointed as a member of the Ministry of Health National Screening Unit, Māori Monitoring Equity Group. He is also a member of the Ministry of Health National Māori Bowel Screening Network.
Gwen Te Pania Palmer
Tainu, Ngāti Whanaunga, Ngāti Paoa,
Marae Wharekawa –Kaiaua raua ko Te Aupouri Ngapuhi/Ngāti Kahu
Gwen is a knowledgeable, well informed, and accomplished New Zealand health/social sector professional having started her career as a registered Nurse in 1984. She progressed through the ranks and now has more than twenty years of experience in the funding and management of hospitals and related community-care services.
Her achievements include the creation and empowerment of some of New Zealand’s most durable Population Health Initiatives. Between 1992 and 2000 she led the establishment and integration of a wide variety of non-governmental provider organisations supported and governed by community leadership, such as the funding and establishment of Hauora Maori health service provider organisations.
Gwen has also been involved in the strategic management of medical, nursing and allied health workers and the implementation of various changes required both by Government policy or continuous quality improvement principles. Some of these changes have seen the initiation of groups such as the Maori Doctors Association, the National Council of Maori Nurses, the transition of the largest Maori disability service provider in the country, from the Mangere Psychopaedic hospital to the community of South Auckland and beyond.
She was formerly the secretary for the Wharekawa Marae, is member of the Institute of Directors (NZ) and her current governance roles include:
Tania is a lawyer by profession having practiced in the areas of commercial law, governance and in the Waitangi Tribunal. She has a B.Com/LLB from the University of Auckland and was admitted to the bar as a Barrister and Solicitor in 2008.
Tania’s background is specialising in economic development, she has specific capabilities and experience in strategic leadership, policy development and relationship management at senior levels within central and local government.
Tania is currently the Group Director (Mana Whakahaere) of Partnerships and Inclusion at Emerge Aotearoa, an NGO that works in the Mental Health and Addictions sector. Prior to joining Emerge, Tania led Maori Economic Strategy and Outcomes at Auckland’s Regional Economic Development Agency, ATEED and led the Maori economic development programme for Auckland Council. Before that, she led strategic projects and oversaw the implementation of the 2014 Tamaki Makaurau Treaty Settlement for the Department of Conservation in Auckland. Tania’s career has been spent at the interface of iwi Maori and mainstream organisations, acting as a conduit between world views and perspectives.
Outside work, Tania is committed to Maori Development and in particular economic, social and cultural restoration of Ngāti Paoa and her hapu Te Uri Karaka. She serves on several boards and Trust bodies that advance this cause.
Born and raised in Manurewa, Tania maintains a close affinity and affection for the communities of South Auckland. Her favourite place in the world is alongside her husband Charles (Royal), next to Tikapa Moana at their home in Kaiaua, located just down the road from Wharekawa Marae.
Te amorangi ki mua, te hapai ō ki muri
E nga mana, e ngā reo, e ngā karanga maha o te motu, tēnā koutou katoa.
Ko Jasmine Castle toku ingoa.
Ko Ngāti Paoa, ko Tainui ōku iwi.
Ko Makomako, ko Wharekawa, ko Hukanui ōku marae.
I would like to firstly acknowledge those who believed that I would be a suitable trustee for the iwi board and your messages of support and encouragement influenced my decision to accept the trustee nomination. Tēnā koutou katoa.
My introduction to Ngāti Paoa was in the late 80’s leading up to the 1990 Waitangi celebrations when my father Cyril, my brother Jae and our uncles joined the waka taua crew under the guidance and expertise of uncle Jake Puke and uncle Eugene Rawiri. In reflection, this journey grounded and exposed me to te ao Māori. I began learning about my iwi, my marae, my waka, tikanga and te reo Māori. I will always be grateful for the amazing experiences Ngāti Paoa have given my whānau and I and for the opportunity to give back to my iwi in a trustee capacity.
I am a proud mother to two beautiful young men who have also had opportunities to participate in Ngāti Paoa waka initiatives. After completing my Bachelor of Education, Māori Specialisation degree, I gained employment as a kaiako at Te Puna Kōhungahunga Māori Medium Early Childhood centre under the mana of Te Whare Wānanga o Tāmaki Makaurau. The past five years with this establishment has enhanced my pedagogy and motivation for Māori language revitalisation and success within this sector.
I aspire to uphold the values and goals of the Ngāti Paoa Iwi Trust and will do my best to perform to the best of my ablility.
Tēnā koutou katoa.
Tēnā ra koutou āku whānau whānui o Ngāti Paoa
Ngā kaihoe e whakarewa mai nei i a kōtuiti tuarua kia hautu ai i a Tikapa Moana
o Hauraki. Tēnei te mihi matakuikui ki a koutou otirā ki a tātou te tangata, kāti.
Ko Kohukohunui me Taupiri ōku maunga
Ko Whakatīwai me Waikato ōku awa
Ko Ngāti Paoa rāua ko Ngāti Māhuta ōku Iwi Hapu
Ko Jim Ratahi ahau
Ko aku kupu nei e tākai ana ngā mihi ki a koutou ra i whai wahi mai kia rongo
ki taku tono kōrero.
For the last 15 years I have worked across many creative roles in film, TV production and business and I have acquired an in-depth understanding of production. I have also turned my interest to new innovative technology 360 camera, augmented and virtual reality and drone technology. I am passionate about my māoritanga, my whakapapa and our reo I am very involved with my whānau and actively participate with our marae and Iwi activities.
I would like for Ngāti Paoa to stand as one of the leading iwi within the Hauraki and Tāmaki rohe. I see our people as progressive and innovative and it is these characteristics that will allow us to navigate through this modern world with our Paoa world view.
Initial Trustee (Independent)
David has 40 years’ experience as a senior executive, CEO, board member and board chair in organisations across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors in New Zealand.
Over the past 20 years, David’s focus has been as a consultant and coach to Māori organisations, having worked with almost 100 entities in that time. These entities have ranged from very large (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Porou) down to very small hapū- and marae-based entities. He has designed a number of entities from scratch, and was engaged by the Crown to provide advice in the design of a new class of Māori entity (the ‘Waka Umanga’ project). In recent years, he has led independent reviews of the post-settlement governing bodies of several iwi.
Whilst David’s work tends to focus on governance, it also encompasses strategy formation, organisation development and people and culture. He has worked in an executive capacity for several Māori organisations and was the chief executive of Waikato Raupatu Lands Trust, Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust, The Ngāti Paoa Trust and TupuToa.
In addition to his work with Māori organisations, David has been a governance consultant to several Crown organisations, including Te Puni Kōkiri (Ministry of Māori Development) and the New Zealand Law Commission. Over the years, he has been appointed to consulting panels for governance services by the Ministry of Education, Sport New Zealand, Callaghan Innovation and Te Puni Kōkiri.
Earlier in his career, David was the inaugural head of corporate banking for ASB Bank, a director of KPMG Consulting, CEO of YMCA New Zealand and principal of his own human resources consultancy.
Initial Trustee (Independent)
Bryce Heron currently operates his own accounting / business consulting practice. Bryce also is currently involved in a number of businesses across a variety of industries including Clothing, Food and IT. Although Bryce originally qualified as an accountant, he chose the General Management of SME Business instead. Starting out in 1982 with a Textile importing company leading to his first start up business in the Stationary industry in 1991.
In 2009 Bryce opened an accounting office in Papakura after the sale of his previous enterprise and it was through that office in 2011 that he was introduced to Ngāti Paoa. In 2013 he was invited to become the first independent Trustee for the Ngāti Paoa Iwi Trust.
Director (Ngāti Paoa Group Investments)
Ko Tainui te waka.
Ko Kohukohunui te maunga.
Ko Tiikapakapa te moana.
Ko Makomako te marae.
Ko Taumore te papakainga.
Ko Wii Rhind raaua ko Emire Rangimakanga Castle ooku maatua tuupuna.
Ko Ngaati Paoa te iwi
Noo Puukorokoro ahau.
Ko Brett Rhind te ingoa.
I am 48, married to Neisha and together we have 4 boys, 2 currently attending Auckland Grammar, 1 at primary & the youngest aged 3.
I have been a director on Ngaati Paoa Group Investments Ltd since 2016 and Ngaati Paoa Group Holdings Ltd since 2013.
I have almost 30 years of experience within the Banking industry & nearly 20 of those years working directly within Business Banking Division. My specialist skills are in:
Both Director & Business Partner roles have also enabled me to use my knowledge of Maaori tikanga & reo.