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Trustees Election


Leisha Andrew Leisha Andrew

My Name is Leisha Andrew, my Mum was Anne Te Arani Andrew-Duggan (Nee Purukamu/Bluegum), my Grandfather was Keremete Purukamu and my Grandmother was Kimioranga Purukamu. My Mum was very much involved with the Whenua that her and her extended family had been gifted and I would love to carry that on for all my Whanau.
Being part of the Kokako Trust would mean a lot to me; it will give me the opportunity to learn more about the Whenua and also to add what skills I have to help make good decisions for everyone's interests and benefits. I am currently a Trainee Trustee with Kokako helping with forestry. I have been in business for over 15 years, which is a Forestry business and a clothing business. I have also just setup a small land management business in February 2022,
Whenua and Forestry Management, which is going really well so far. I have a Level 3 Qualification in Health & Safety, certificate in Forestry fundamental and a Diploma in Fashion and Pattern drafting. Both businesses are so different but work hand in hand with each other. I think I have a lot to offer Kokako and I would love the opportunity to be part of the trust that is already doing a fantastic job currently.

Jade Hohaia Jade Hohaia

Waikato Māori Female Governance
I am a descendant of Ngāti Āhuru, from the three houses that make up Ngāti Āhuru of Raukawa and Waikato – Ngātira, Whakaaratamaiti and Mangakeretū marae. I am the lead digital communication co-ordinator for all 10x marae within Te Kaokaoroa o Pātetere (Pātetere Hī, Pātetere Hā).
I am the current Director of Hohaia Innovations – a Māori Communications Consultancy Company currently working with the Wilberforce Foundation, Pouhono Trust, Transform Aotearoa and NZ Police.
I was previously the Communication Manager for Waikato-Tainui and I lead the Social Sector Trials in the South Waikato (from 2011-2013) for Raukawa Charitable Trust. I am a graduate in Psychology and Social Work from the University of Canterbury, and I am an accredited PRINZ (Public Relations of New Zealand) Member.
I am a Te Whakakitenga representative for Te Roopu Manaaki – Waikato University Te Tiriti o Waitangi iwi leadership Board (recent appointment endorsed by Kiingi Tuheitia/Māori King’s office). I am the Ngātira Marae representative for Te Whakakitenga o Waikato (Tribal parliament), plus a Board Member for Parenting Place NZ. I am also an Alumni member/Cultural Consult for Transform Aotearoa Charitable Trust (powered by Trinity Lands and Longview Trust). I have previously also been in the roles as Chair of the NZ Youth Crime Governance Group and a board member of NZ Prison Fellowship.
I am passionate about good stewardship (of whenua, pūtea and tangata), Māori led ethical business (with integrity, transparency and good communications),whānau transformation through innovation, indigenous knowledge and values-based leadership.

Mokonuiarangi Guy Kingi Mokonuiarangi Guy Kingi

E ngā Kaitiaki, e ngā mana whai kii ki runga i te Kokako Trust, tēna koutou katoa. E mihi ana ki ngā mana o te whenua i tu ai tēnei ropū ki te tiaki, ki te manaaki me te whakatutuki i ngā wawata o rātou mā, hei oranga mo ngā uri whakaheke. E tuku atu ana i tēnei tono, i roto i te ngākau iti, i te ngākau māhaki. E whakapounamu ana i ngā whakaaro nui o tō mātou whaea a Inez Haereata Kingi kia tere mātou ki te whakarata i ō mātou wairua ki ngā mahi Kaitiaki whenua e ora tonu ai te whanaungatanga i waenga i ngā uri whakaheke.
Nō reira, ko Whakaue Kaipāpā, Tutanekai, Whatumairangi, Ariariterangi, Te Kata, Rangiiwaho, Nā Rangiiwaho, ka puta ko Taewhakaea, nā Taewhakaea ka puta ko Te Whareiti, nā Te Whareiti, ka puta ko Te Koiki (Ana), nā Te Koiki ka puta ko Kiharoa (Merania Te Tiwara), nā Kiharoa ka puta ko Taumata Haereata (Wiremu Matene), nā Taumata Haereata ka puta ko Te Aoerere (Raureti Paerau Mokonuiārangi), nā Te Aoerere ka puta ko Riripeti Te Kumete Raureti (Cecil Hayward), nā Riripeti Te Kumete ka puta ko Inez Haereata Kingi (Pihopa Kingi), ka puta ko au ko Mokonuiārangi Kingi. E tono ana au mo te tūranga Kaitiaki kua wātea mai nei. E mihi ana i roto i ngā manaakitanga a te runga rawa, kia piki te ora ki a koutou katoa.
He Kupu Whakataki
My history of involvement and working with Māori entities including tribal commercial entities begins from a young age working for Ngāti Whakaue and amongst other things assisting my parents and other elders on the development and reconstruction of the Rukuwai wharekai at Tunohopu in the mid 1970s. Currently I chair a group tasked with the development of Ōhinemutu, Te Manatōpū Hau Kāinga o Ōhinemutu (Incorporated Society). I am a member of the Mana Social Services board of trustees and Te Taumata o Ngāti Whakaue Iho Ake Trust.
I was previously a Police officer for over 10 years 10 years, spending three of those years as an Iwi Liaison Officer working with Iwi and Hapu. My kaumatua at that time was my uncle and past chairman of Kokako Trust, Te Wano Walters. I hold degrees in Leisure Studies (Sport and Recreation) and Law, having been admitted to the Bar in December 2012 and working and practicing in the area of Māori land claims and the establishment of post settlement governance entities. I am currently employed as a Kairaranga a Whanau for Oranga Tamariki as a cultural adviser.
For three years I worked as the Project Manager to establish the Te Arawa Primary Sector (TAPS) collective of Māori land governance entities, of which Kokako Trust is an affiliated member. An integral part of the TAPS philosophy is good governance, accountability, transparency and collective economic cooperation. I believe that I bring those qualities to any governance role that I hold, and I will continue to apply those qualities to ensure that Kokako Trust continues to grow and prosper for its people.

Danielle Marks Danielle Marks

Kia ora mai tatou e te whanau whanui.
I te taha o toku mama, he uri au no Ngati Whakaue, Ngati Pikiao, Tonga, Fiji hoki. I te taha o toku papa, he uri au no Ngati Kearoa Ngati Tuara, Ngati Tuwharetoa, Tuhourangi Ngati Wahiao, Ngati Rangatihi hoki.
Ko Sonia Cooper nee Kennedy toku kuia. Nona whakapapa, ka tu ake au i taku hononga ki Kokako. I am 24 years old with a degree in Law and Political Science, as well as a diploma in Te Reo Maori from Te Whare Wananga o Waikato. It is with Kokako Trusts putea that helped me get the pukapuka and kai needed to get through that degree which I am always thankful for. I was born and raised ki Te Rotoruanui a Kahumatamomoe. I am fortunate enough to work for Waikato Regional Council, helping iwi Maori grow in their aspirations in the environmental space as Kaiwhakarite ofTreaty Settlements. Throughout my entire time as a tauira, I was in positions of leadership within the University. I was fortunate to serve as a secretary for the Maori Law Students Association and the Waikato Basketball Club. I was an organiser for law competitions. I have represented Te Whare Wananga o Waikato at the Pasifika Law Conference in mooting after being second place at Waikato. I am currently a rangatahi representative on Te Tatau o Te Arawa, having spent a year on Rotorua Lakes Council's Strategy, Finance and Policy committee ensuring rangatahi voices are not dismissed or overlooked. I am a teina to the Tuia Programme under the guidance of Hamilton City Council's Mayor Paula Southgate that is helping guide me as a leader of today through a kaupapa Maori lens. I am a board member for Go Eco -Waikato's largest environmental centre where we work with mana whenua and local communities to mana whakahaere their kaupapa in environmental protection and development. These are all spaces that I have created positive change, and given my insight as a rangatahi Maori looking to enforce matauranga of tino rangatiratanga.
My skills lie in facilitation, strategising, and long-term solutions. I have campaigning experience at a local government level as well as a national level, on various kaupapa such as welfare inequality, treaty issues, and climate action.
Heoi an6, I am still learning and growing in this space and would love to be a part of the Trust as a Trustee, if you are inclined to have me around the tepu.
No reira, tena tatou, tena tatou, tena tatou katoa.

Te Poari Newton Te Poari Newton

Iwi Ko Tura ko Ngati Raukawa koTe Arawa tooku Iwi
Ko Te Ngakau,Ngati Ahuru,Ngati Te Whatumairangi tooku hapu Ko Parawai me Tarukenga tooku marae
Ngongotaha te maunga Ngongotaha te awa
Ko TePoari taku ingoa
na roto i taku kuia ka hono ahau ki te whenua
Providing my knowledge to grow and enhance the capacity for Maori progress
Construction design & build Commercial, Industrial, civil,residential and marae construction. Cad Design architecture NZS 3604 engineer design, Resource management consultant for Native Ideas Ltd
Whenua Fruits Lp Development manage Research and genetics for fresh fruit berry cultivars
Tumu Kawa Lp director creation of Te Pourepo 27-hectare wetlands on the Kaituna Papamoa
Nga Hua O Parawai 2million commercial project development Ngongotaha
Kaimai Kaponga development of a Conservation professional team of 10 for sustainable protection of native taonga utilizing Te Ao Maori tikanga
Manaaki Kaimai mamaku Trustee kaitiaki of nga whenua Kaimai 250,000 hectares
Nga Iwi Toopu trustee
Okoheriki 2C4C3 Trustee leading a 50 house papa Kainga
Seeking a change to the District Plan allowing to remove restrictions on the use of Maori owned land.
General Manager for Tura Ngati Te Ngakau Iwi Hapu Trust.
Norm Brunning Regional Counciler
Moko Gillet Nga Iwi Toopu Chairman
Charles Te Kowhai Project manager Kaimai Kaponga
John Gifford Project Executive Kaimai Kaponga
Rawiri Bahna Te Komitnui o Ngati Whakaue Chairman
Phillip Samuals Ngati Hinerangi
Guy Ngatai historian kaumatua
Harvey Hall Whenua Fruits science and genetics
Max Simpkins Lawfirm partner Lance Lawson

Geoffrey Rice Geoffrey Rice

Toku Tupuna nui a Wahine
Ko Rangiuru toku Maunga
Ko Maketu toku Moana
Ko Kaituna toku Awa
Ko Tia toku Tupuna Whare
Ko O-Hine-Ota toku Tunua Kuia Ko Ngāti Marukukere toku Hapū Ko Tapuika toku Iwi

Appointed to two Rotorua Lakes and Reginal Council Boards
Trustee on Maori Land Trust Boards – Chairman of two
Executive member of TAFOMA (chair) and RCOC
Director and Major Shareholder of several companies

Past & Present
Tapuika Iwi Authority Trustee & Claims Negotiator
Kapiti Beach FM Radio Station
Slimetone Beauty Therapy Clinic Ltd
Waikanae Finance Ltd
Gold Coast Investments ltd
Denn Investments Ltd t/a Cosmic Car Court
Centre Produce Markets Porirua Ltd 1971 t/a CPM Kiwi Ltd

Experience Overview Timeline
Current Chairman – Ngāti Tura Ngāti Te Ngākau Hapū Trust
• NTNT Holdings Ltd
• Te Akatea Ltd
• Nga Hua o Parawai LP
• Whenua Fruits
Appointed to Rotorua Lakes Nitrogen Incentives Board (a board of five with a 40m budget)
Appointed to Rotorua Lakes Council Wastewater Treatment Steering Committee
Elected, Ngāti Tura Ngāti Te Ngākau Hapū Trust, the as representative to Te Pumautanga o Te Arawa
Tapuika Iwi Authority Claims Trustee / Negotiator commissioned to negotiate with the Crown for Whenua, Forestry Commercial and Residential Projects
Elected Trustee and Chairman of working committee, Ngāti Marukukere (Tia) Te Paamu
Purchased several buildings in Rotorua CBD
Development of current Kiwifruit Orchard

Geoff Rolleston Geoff Rolleston

Tēnā kōtou,
Ko Geoff Rolleston ahau.
Ko Te Arawa me Mātaatua ngā waka, no Ngāti Whakaue me Tauranga Moana ahau.
Nā reira, tēnā kōtou katoa!
It is with pleasure I present my nomination for election as a Trustee on Kokako Trust.
My career spans leadership positions in manufacturing, construction, farming, and training.
I am now a full-time governor of iwi organisations in the Bay of Plenty, along with governance roles in local government. My current roles include governance positions on Te Arawa Management Limited (2 dairy farms Maketu) and Ngāti Whakaue Tribal Lands (3 beef and sheep fattening units Rotorua)
I have a collaborative working style. My practical thinking with a desire for action is the key to the way I work. I always commit to providing positive outcomes for my organisations, while understanding delivery within financial parameters.
My Current Roles:
Te Tatau o Te Arawa Partnership Board – Trustee representing Land Trusts and Incorporations
Te Arawa Lakes Trust – Interim Chair
Te Arawa Management Ltd – Director
Maketu Foods Limited – Director
Ngāti Whakaue Tribal Lands Incorporation – Committee of Management
Whakaue Farming Ltd - Director
Federation of Māori Authorities – Te Arawa Executive Committee Member
Rotohokahoka D North 4D Trust – Trustee
Rotorua Lakes Council CEO Performance Review Committee – Appointed Member
Rotorua Lakes Council Audit and Risk Committee – Appointed Member
InfraCore Limited – Director
Āwhina Management Ltd – Director
Māori Kiwifruit Growers Incorporated – Trustee (Tauranga Moana)

Andrew Rota Thompson Andrew Rota Thompson

Kia Ora koutou katoa.
My interest goes back to around 1980's when my father Rota Thompson was a responsible trustee on Kokako Lands Trust along with Morrison, Simmonds at the time. I was fortunate enough to get some historical information and record it from my dad around the beginnings of Kokako as they were told to me. .
I made an application and I was successfully selected to be one of the very first Trainee Trustee's to go on the Trust and learn basic introductions of a farming day to day dairy operations, Beef and Sheep drystock farming, part of the introduction of No. 3 Dairy Unit when the first Maori dairy milker was successful in a contract with Kokako Trust. .
I was involved in all facets of the farm visits and the full trust meeting held once a month, gave me a better incentive to conduct a Trust meeting under past Chairman Te Wano Walters. I was instrumental in making a submission to support, recommend the lease of the Ngatira Land Blocks which are still currently in existence today. .
I have submitted my name as a nomination for a trustee position with Kokako Lands Trust twice before and I was unsuccessful in both elections. So this will be my third application to date..
I bring a fresh set of ideas, based upon a lot of the historical values that Kokako has and the connection through our whakapapa our lwi Raukawa, rohe Te Kaokaoroa o Patetere our hapu Ngati Ahuru and our Marae Ngatira. I am following in the footsteps of my dad who began that journey to support and sustain Kokako.
Marae Committee Tama Pango Marae 1976 - 1980.
Secretary Hinerangi-Tawhaki Marae Committee - 1990 - 1995.
Marae Trustee - Te Kauri Marae - 1980 - 1990.
Member Raukawa Trust Board - 1990 -1994.
Trustee Te Waotu Lands Trust - 1990 -.
Delegate Tama Pango Marae on Nga Marae Toopu - 1995 -.
Nei ka mihi maioha Mauri Ora Anaru.


10:00 - 13:00

2022 AGM is scheduled for Sunday 4th December 2022. Venue to be advised.



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