Board of Trustees

Kani Edwards

(Rangitahi Marae – Ngati Hui – Chairman)

Kani who is the current Chairman of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Manawa was born and bred in Murupara who grew up in and around the surroundings of Rangitahi Marae.

Kani was in the New Zealand Police for 19 years before becoming a Housing Service Manager for Housing New Zealand.  Kani then moved onto Crown Forest Rental Trust where he became the Regional Team Manager for the CNI, Tamaki Makaurau, Te Moana Nui a Toi and Hauraki rohe.  Before becoming an elected Trustee on the Rūnanga, Kani had a 6-month secondment with the Rūnanga where he oversaw the Commercial arm of the comprehensive settlement for Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Manawa and a director in the Tukia Investment Group which was the commercial arm of CNI Holdings.

Pat McManus

(Painoaiho Marae/Ngāti Koro – Vice Chairman )

Patrick McManus was elected onto the Rūnanga back in 2009.  Patrick graduated from Auckland University with a Bachelor of Arts and then went on to obtain his Teacher’s Certificate where he became a secondary school teacher for 25 years.

Patrick has also been a member on the Ngāti Manawa Incorporation, Nga Huinga Motumako Trust where he was Chairman for 10 years, a Marae Delegate to the Waiariki Maori District Council and a member of the National Iwi Leadership Group.  Patrick also was the chairman of the Painoaiho Marae Committee for a number of years.  Patrick was also a former Chairman of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Manawa.

Taiarahia Taitoko

(Tipapa Marae/Ngai Tokowaru – Treasurer)

Taiarahia was elected onto Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Manawa in 2014 by her Marae Tipapa.  Taiarahia brings with her over 30 years working experience where he has gained skills in areas of Maori Land administration, Operations of governance bodies, Office Management, Financial and Strategic Planning.

She has also been involved in helping whanau members through Maori Land Court processes, Treaty Claims, contributed to post-settlement governance structures and strategic planning and was a trustee on the Ahu Whenua Trust.  Currently, Taiarahia is living in Rotorua where she is a Share Registry Manager at Deloitte, Rotorua.

Bert Messent

(Tipapa Marae/Ngai Tokowaru)

Bert is a father of two girls and a koro with two boy mokopuna.  Bert was first elected onto Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Manawa back in 2011 and is currently serving his second term as a Trustee on Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Manawa as he was re-elected by his Marae Tipapa in 2014.

Bert went to school in Murupara where he attended Tawhiuau Primary then went onto Rangitahi College.  Bert worked extensively within the forestry industry then went onto becoming a prison officer at both Tongariro/Rangipo and Waikeria prisons. Always a sporting person Bert represented Murupara, Bay of Plenty and NZ Maori in an array of sporting codes including rugby, table tennis, softball and cricket.

John Porima

(Moewhare Marae)

John was born and bred and grew up in Murupara around all our marae in Ngati Manawa (NM). John is the longest serving trustee elected to the Runanga, of the current three serving trustees appointed by Moewhare Marae.

John is currently the Chairperson and Director of the NM Charitable Trust which distributes funds and grants to beneficiaries as well as improves the health and welfare of Ngati Manawa Iwi. John is also the Ngati Manawa Iwi representative on the 18 Iwi represented Bay of Plenty District HealthBoard Maori Health Runanga which meets quarterly with the Bay of Plenty District Health Board at a Governance and strategic level. John is also the Performance and Quality Manager for his organization’s  Medical and Community health services in Te Puke. John has experience in Quality fields as well, as a Lead Auditor for ISO 9001:2008 series as a Lead Auditor for NZ Health and Disability Sector Standards . He has also successful achieved Cornerstone Accreditation for his organisation’s Medical Clinic through the Royal New Zealand College of Practitioners. He is trained and certified as proficient in the NZ  Privacy Act and is also trained NZ  Health and Safety Representative.

Laurie Porima

(Moewhare Marae)

I have been and currently, am involved in both profit and non-profit governance roles. I have a very good understanding of governance and management and a strong understanding and practical application of strategic thinking.

This has been fashioned through my military training, involvement in Treaty of Waitangi settlements and various directorships.

I am an independent evaluation and research consultant. I have specialised primarily in evaluation since 2000.

Maurice ToeToe

(Rangitahi Marae – Ngati Hui)

Maurice has represented Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Manawa and his Marae Rangitahi for many years.  Before his time on the Rūnanga, Maurice was a part of the forestry industry from labourer, then managing his own forestry gang and then onto being a forestry trainer/assessor.

He has been President of the Murupara Rugby and Sports Club and Vice Chairman for Rangitahi Marae.  Maurice was involved in timber gathering and rebuilding of Apa-Hapai-Taketake and other buildings within the Ngāti Manawa Rohe.  He served as Chairman for Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Manawa for 2 years also was a Cultural Advisor.  Today Maurice is the Mana Whenua Team Leader and a Director on the Development Company.

Lenoard Grace

(Painoaiho Marae/Ngāti Koro)

Leonard who’s known to most as Ducky was also born and bred in Murupara and is the eldest son of the late John Grace and Dianne Grace.  Leonard has been involved in many areas over the years.

He has been a Probation Officer/Alcohol Drug Abuse Programme facilitator in Manukau and an outdoor instructor for Montgomery House in Hamilton who dealt with offenders prior to their re-integration into the community.  From there Leonard moved onto working at the Ports of Auckland for 7 years. Leonard has been a part of forestry advisory committees such as the Turanganaia Forest and Waiohau Ngāti Haka/Patuheuheu Forest.  He has been a contractor for Tuhoe Trucking and is the founder and managing director of Koru Group Transport Limited.