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 TE APAAPA-A-RANGI MARAE

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RONGOMAIWAHINE IWI TRUST MARAE TRUSTEE REPRESENTATIVES

KAYA COOPER

AHIKAA

I moved home four years ago after completing my masters degree in Marine Biology and Conservation. I am also a kaitiaki for Horokaka Mataitai.

Why did you want to be a trustee?

To ensure all beneficiaries are represented and heard.

What plans do you have whilst
in this role?

To listen to what our beneficiaries would like and to do my best, as a trustee, to meet their needs and wants. 

Ko wai ahau?

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CONTACT KAYA

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CONTACT ELIZABETH

ELIZABETH PALMER

TAURAHERE

Ko wai ahau?

I was born in Tauranga and raised in Wairoa. I’m the eldest of three siblings. My mother is Josephine Kopu of Iwitea, Wairoa, my father is Hoani Palmer. I have two children and six grandchildren.

My Wairoa whakapapa spans from Mohaka (Ngāti Pahauwera), to Mahia (Rongomaiwahine), to Te Urewera (Tuhoe). And my Tauranga whakapapa is Matakana Island (Ngāi Te Rangi).

I have been involved in the Treaty settlement for Te Wairoa since 2011 with Te Wairoa Tapokorau Whānui and Te Whakaki Nui a Rua. I’m a trustee on Matangirau Reserves Board, legislative body for Tātau Tātau o Te Wairoa and Wairoa District Council (WDC), on Māori Standing Committee - WDC representative for Te Matangirau Takiwa. Other trustee interests include Māori land trusts/incorporations of whānau whenua, Marae and Sporting club.

Why did you want to be a trustee?

In January 2019, I was nominated to Rongomaiwahine Iwi Trust Board by my whānau at Te Apa-Apa-A-Rangi Marae as Taurahere representative. In supporting whānau hapū and marae, I demonstrate a number of skills and qualities that has and will be extremely important for me as a trustee of Rongomaiwahine Iwi Trust. This includes:

• STRENGTHEN our partnerships with Whānau Hapū and Marae as a priority

• EMPOWER our Whānau Hapū and Marae through succession development, decision making that is inclusive, ethical, and transparent

• GOVERNANCE AND LEADERSHIP SKILLS

Ability to make high-level decisions and leading teams

• EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION

Including engaging with trustees, partners and stakeholders, meeting and attending Marae hui

• MĀTAURANGA MĀORI

Including whakapapa to whenua wai and tāngata

What plans do you have whilst
in this role?

My aspirations for whānau hapū iwi and marae are focused on the values and principles of Rongomaiwahine Iwi Trust and Rongomaiwahine Iwi Charitable Trust. Restoration of our health and wealth, revitalisation of our environment, protection of our cultural identity, and building an economic base. Our strategic plan reflects this. In conclusion, as trustee for all beneficial owners my goal is to uphold our mana motuhake and tino rangatiratanga within Rongomaiwahine Iwi Trust.

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