11 nominations have been received by the closing date of 29 July 2022 for two available trustee positions for Te Tumu Kaituna 14 Trust.

The candidates are:

Colin Hemana Bennett

Matire Duncan

John Fenwick

Arthur Flintoff

Renee Kiriona

Tahi Patrick Kelly

Paora Maxwell

Colman Rauhihi

Geoffrey Rice

Kramer Ronaki

Georgina Whata


Nero Panapa at GHA, Chartered Accountants is the independent returning officer for the postal vote. A voting pack containing candidate profiles and voting papers has been posted to owners that the Trust has addresses for.

Owners that have not received voting papers can contact the returning officer for re- issue of voting packs.

Voting is on the basis of one vote per registered owner in the Trust. You may vote for one or two candidates but not more than two.

Completed voting papers must be returned to the returning officer by 4pm on Friday 30th September 2022 by post to:

P.O. Box 1712, Rotorua 3010

Or deliver to

GHA Chartered Accountants, Level 1, GHA Centre, 1108 Fenton St, Rotorua.

Voting papers may be scanned and emailed to nero@gha.co.nz.


Candidate profiles


Colin Hemana Bennett

Tēnā koutou i roto i ngā āhuatanga o te wā.

Te Arawa te Waka
Tamatekapua te Tangata
Ngongotaha te Maunga
Te Papaīouru te Marae
Ngāti Whakaue te Hapū
Ko Colin Hemana Bennett tōkū ingoa.

I runga i te ngākau iti kei te kimi au i te tautoko mai i a koutou kia whakanōhia ahau ki tētahi o ngā tūru wātea e rua i te Taratī Kaituna 14.

Philosophy on the land use:

Develop economic wealth to empower shareholders and their whānau to succeed through education, employment, whānau business, and housing. With the housing piece ultimately we need to be in a position to buy the houses we want to live in, in
the places we want to live, and we need to be capable as a shareholder group of doing that. And where we want to live may not neccessarily be on the Te Tumu Kaituna 14 Block.


  • Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS) Waikato University 1995
    Diploma of Teaching (DipT) Waikato University 1999

Relevant Experience:

  • Various Māori land trusts and property development and investment sub‐committee roles including the Ngāti Whakaue Endowment Trust, Tūreporepo Lands Trust, Te Papaiōuru Marae
    Successful whānau business, kaupapa Māori evaluation
    Policy analyst various government departments

I believe we need to have a good team that moves forward with aroha, capability, and commitment, and with a sense of service to others focused on collective success.

Heoī anō ngā mihi nui, tēnā koutou katoa.



Matire Duncan

Ko Mauao toku maunga, Ko Tauranga toku moana, Ko Rangataua toku tahuna
Ko Waitao toku awa, Ko Ngai Te Rangi, Ngati Ranginui, Ngati Pukenga, Nga Potiki a Tamapahore, Ngati Whakaue me Ngati Uenukukopako oku iwi.
Ko Matire Duncan toku ingoa, Ko te taha o taku whanau ko Farrell
No reira tena koutou tena koutou tena ra koutou katoa.

Tena koutou nga whanaunga, whānau whanui o te whenua Tumu Kaituna 14. I will have the opportunity to address you all in person at the next TK14 meeting if I have the opportunity to be elected as your new Trustee. I am a candidate running for one of the two positions for Trustee on Tumu Kaituna 14 Trust and I want to share with you why I think I will be suitable for the role of trustee. My key areas of experience are in environmental and resource management, local government, Māori issues,
engagement, consultation and collaboration.

My proficiencies that I can offer the Owners and the Trust are:

• Understanding of Iwi Māori & Local government decision making processes.
• Demonstrated knowledge of political administrative processes & structures.
• Knowledge & experience with Māori governance as well as the Māori Land Court.
• Experience in relationship management & engagement of Mana Whenua & other key stakeholders.
• Excellent communication skills open and transparent.
• Support the owners of TK14 by ensuring the Trust discharges its responsibilities fairly and without risk.
• Consider strategic priority areas facing our whenua and consider a pathway forward.
• Ensure tikanga is applied at all levels and all mediums.

I hold a number of governance and leadership roles as follows:

• A certified independent Commissioner
• Chair – Te Rangapū Mana Whenua o Tauranga Moana (17 Iwi & Hapū)
• Mana whenua member – Tauranga City Council Strategic Finance Audit & Risk Committee
• Chair & trustee – Pāpāmoa 10B Trust
• Chair & trustee – Farrell Whanau Trust
• Co-chair & trustee – Mangatawa 13B2B Trust
• Trustee – Whakapoungakau 162B2G2D Trust
• Mana whenua member – Tangata Whenua / Tauranga City Council Standing Committee
• Mana whenua member – Smartgrowth Leadership Group
• Māori caucus member – Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital
• Trustee & Deputy Chair – Tahuwhakatiki Marae Trust
• Committee member – Te Ara Rau Tangata
• Mana whenua member – Combined Tangata Whenua Forum (Smartgrowth)
• Director – He Manukura Limited – consultancy service

I very much will appreciate your consideration by voting for me as your new trustee and I will ensure that I am of service to my whanau.

Mā mua ka kite a muri, mā muri ka ora a mua. Those who lead give sight to those who follow, those who follow give life to those who lead.

Ma te Atua koutou e tiaki, e manaaki, e nga wā katoa.

Nga mihi
Matire Duncan


John Amarama Fenwick

Ko John Fenwick tōku ingoa
Ko Whakapoungakau e tu ana
Ko Kaituna e rere ana
Ko ngā kāhui hapū katoa o Te Arawa
Oku kārangaranga hapū o Ngāti Rangiteaorere, Pikiao, Whakaue, a ka haere me Ngati Porou i Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki

Tena ra koutou katoa

I firstly wish to acknowledge past and current Members of the Committee of Management who have worked tirelessly over the years to get us all to this point. I am tertiary educated in Agricultural and Geological sciences and have extensive commercial and industrial business development experience.

Te Tumu Kaituna lies in the same rohe of Otukawa Whenua Limited Partnership of which I Chair, and which is facing the same developmental pressure from its neighbours, giving me a unique understanding of mid-to-long term decision making and the consequences of not analysing all opportunities available.

My Trusteeship, Committee of Management, Maori Land Governance and Directorship experience spans some 35+ years and ranges from dairy farming, mining and mineral processing, geothermal power development, forestry estate management, native forest conservation, and directorships on tourist attraction entities and Rotorua Regional Airport.

I believe I possess the necessary skill sets, appropriate levels of knowledge and experience in commercial business and management practices associated with residential, commercial and industrial property development. I am currently undertaking a 54-lot residential development programme in an established suburb of Rotorua. I am an owner in Te Tumu Kaituna 14 Trust whenua.

Combining my Governance and commercial experience, I wish to continue the mahi that my mama diligently but respectfully undertook to bring all the shareholder aspirations into reality. I know I can make a positive contribution to the Trust and a positive contribution towards the value of your share and growth of your assets.

I respectfully therefore seek your support and your vote.

Mauriora ki a tatou


Arthur Bennett Flintoff

Ko Whakapoungakau te maunga, ko Rotorua nui ā Kahumatamomoe te moana. Ko te Arawa te waka, ko Ngati Whakaue tōku iwi, ko Ngati Te Roro O Te Rangi tōku hapū. Ko Owhata tōku marae.

Ko Rotorua tōku hau kainga. Ko Papamoa tōku noho kainga inaianei.

Ko Rex Flintoff tōku papa. He uri tōku whaea nō Ngai Te Rangi iwi. Ko ahau te mātāmua o tōku whānau.

Ko ahau hei kanohi mō te Rex & Uru Cooper/Flintoff Whanau Trust.

I am the current Co-Chair on both the Ngapeke A1C & A2B Aggregate Block and Mangatawa 13B2B2 Ahu Whenua Trust. The former is about to harvest 112 hectares of Pinus radiata and the latter is a new trust undertaking investigation into land use

I am a registered member of the New Zealand Planning Institute and the New Zealand Association for Impact Assessment. I bring a Bachelor in Social Science majoring in Sociology and a Masters in Environmental Planning (MEP) with a specialty in policies and strategies regarding whenua Māori.

I completed an internship with the Bay of Plenty Regional Council, was Kaitiaki on the Resource Management team for Ngā Pōtiki ā Tamapahore Trust. I have been Kaitohutohu Hangarau (Technical Advisor) to several environmental and urban planning forums and bodies.

I am the architect behind the Western Bay of Plenty Tangata Whenua Spatial Plan and also serve as technical advisor to Smartgrowth’s Tū Pakari Advisor. This important project will give mana whenua more resources and authority under the newly
drafted Resource Management reforms.

I bring a broad outlook, strategy and skills to leverage the best return for owners and our future generations of mokopuna. That involves ensuring our tikanga is reflected not only in our block but also the mauri of our taiao katoa in which our tūpuna left us to reign as mana whenua over. We are in a unique opportunity to achieve much.

Mana Tūpuna
Mana Whenua
Mana Tangata
Mana Motuhake


Renee Kiriona

Kia ora e te whenua whānau whānui on Tumu Kaituna 14.

He uri au o Tapuika, Ngāti Rangiteaorere, Ngāti Uenukukopako, Ngāti Te Roro o Te Rangi, Ngāti Whakaue me Taranaki, Ngāti Apa.

I’m standing to be a trustee because I want to see as many owners reconnected with this whenua before anyone else does. That means putting owners at the top of the list for everything – housing, business, cultural spaces, camping and other developments. I want the owners to retain not just ownership and control of the whenua, but genuine mana whenua and mana motuhake that can be seen, heard and felt when on the whenua.

The strongest skills and qualities I bring are my expertise in communications and my passion for tikanga Māori across land and environmental protection.

I have more than 20 years in communications having worked in both the private and public sector. Over the past three years I have used those skills to campaign for the retention of the whenua and highlight concerns about the mining of it. As a trustee, I’ll ensure owners are kept updated and informed before major decisions are made. That I can promise you.

My knowledge of tikanga Māori comes from being raised by a whakapapa that is all about mana motuhake on all fronts especially in the land, language and environmental spaces. It is here where I’ll acknowledge my māmā Blanche Hohepa-Kiriona who passed away recently. Mum’s dream was to see this whenua retained and controlled by the owners and to be developed into a space where the Māori owners are seen and heard on the whenua.

I am māmā to a 9-year old son. A few years ago I took him to this whenua. He didn’t want to leave. One day soon, I hope he’ll be able to play on this whenua with your tamariki and mokopuna because whakapapa is everything.

Mauri ora

Renee Kiriona


Tahi Patrick Kelly

IN THE MATTER of the ELECTION OF TWO TRUSTEES for Tumu Kaituna 14 Trust

I have been nominated by my mother Ani Kelly for the role of Trustee, for the land block TUMU KAITUNA 14 TRUST. I have accepted this nomination and believe I can contribute and be meaningful in this role.

I am of Ngatihine/Te Arawa decent and was born and raised in Rotorua. I am the oldest of 4 with 3 younger sisters. I am 46 years old.

I am interested in this role for a number of reasons. I care about my family, I care about our people, and I see a need for change.

I have never been a trustee before, but I am willing to learn and follow the path of every “first timer”

I have ideas but at the end of the day I am just a spokesperson for the shareholders. I need to be able to listen, communicate, and keep them informed and updated. I see this as my primary role.

Other skills I can bring to the role include, great work ethics, excellent communication, honesty and integrity, fresh new approach and ideas, transparent, down to earth and approachable.

I am currently employed as a 12D Civil Designer for GHD pty ltd. based in Townsville.

Thank you for considering my application. I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,
Tahi Kelly


Paora Maxwell

Tēnā koutou katoa, tēnā koutou me ngā ahuatanga o te waa. Ō tātou nei mate, noho mai I te ao wairua, tātou o te ao ora Kiaora tātou katoa. Ko ōku iwi ake ko Ngāti Rangiwewehi, Ngāti Rangiteaorere, Ngāti Pikiao, Te Ure o Uenukukopako me ngā karangatanga maha o Te Arawa.

It is my privilege to stand as a Trustee as to me this whenua is precious to us all, he taonga tuku iho, a treasure left to us by our respective ancestors. In my case, through my grandparents on my fathers side, I am a direct descendant of six original owners in the block. I understand the history of the block and it is our job as owners and Trustees to preserve this whenua for future generations. Whilst I appreciate in any discussion about ‘development’ there is a fine balance between the social and commercial objectives, nevertheless I am committed to the paramount principle of not one hectare of this land being sold. To me this whenua whilst preserving the history and the ecosystem of this coastal environment can potentially provide, amongst other things, housing, employment, education and business opportunities for owners. This is what I pledge to give my commitment to is always placing owners as the ultimate beneficiaries of this whenua whether they be material benefits or spiritual benefits.

Experience; Āku mahi

I have had a vast array of experience, both past and present, in company executive roles and also company and organisational governance roles. Amongst others I was on the board of Te Putahi Paaho which established the Maori TV service and I was the International Chair for the worldwide indigenous broadcasters network. The relevant governance roles I hold today are sitting as a Trustee on three whenua Trusts as well as Chair of my grandparents whanau Trust which has land interests throughout the entire Arawa rohe. I currently sit as a board member on the Ngati Rangiwewehi Charitable Trust, Te Whare Whakaruruhau o Te Arawa and on the Maori Spectrum Working Group. The essence of governance & trusteeship for me is always looking to the vision for the Trust and making sure that any strategic objectives benefit owners both materially and spiritually. A key to good governance is communication and I also pledge that I would endeavour to ensure that the Trust keeps all owners informed of what Trustees are proposing.

Education; Mātauranga

I graduated from University of Otago with a BSc ( Physiology) 1980

Studied for Diploma of Business at Auckland University 1995

Graduated from NZ Institute of Directors Governance course in Governance 2017.

Most of my experience comes from life and work experience working in many companies & organisations.


Colman Rauhihi

I am a Ngati Whakatere descendent. I have lived in Shannon for my formative years. I was educated at Dannevirke High. I completed my Mechanical Engineering training with the New Zealand Railways, Hutt Workshops. I graduated with an Advanced Trade Certificate. Started my Engineering Company in early 1980’s. When in Wellington I played in the U21’s at the Petone Rugby Club coached by Andy Lesley. In essence my experiential experience has been with Waiora Trust as Instructor/Mentor in the 1990’s.


Geoffrey Nelson Rice


Toku Tupuna nui a Tane
Ko Ngongotahā toku Maunga
Ko Rotorua toku Moana
Ko Kaituna toku Awa
Ko Te Whatumairangi toku Tupuna Whare
Ko Parehina toku Tupuna Kuia Manaaki
Ko Ngāti Tura toku Hapū
Ko Whakaue toku Iwi

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 Manaaki Kuia
Ko Ngāti Marukukere toku Hapū
Ko Tapuika toku Iwi

Ko Te Arawa toku Waka


• Appointed member Te Ihu o Te Arawa Waka
• Appointed member SmartGrowth Board BOP
• Trustee on Maori Land Trust Boards – Chairman of two
• Executive member of TA FOMA (chair)
• Director and owner of several companies
• Past
o Tapuika Iwi Authority Trustee & Claims Negotiator
o Kapiti Beach FM Radio Station
o Slimetone Beauty Therapy Clinic Ltd
o Waikanae Finance Ltd
o Denn Investments Ltd t/a Cosmic Car Court
o Gold Coast Investments ltd. “Property & mixed investment”
o Centre Produce Markets Porirua Ltd 1971 t/a CPM Kiwi Ltd “Orchardist”

Experience Overview Timeline as at 2022

• Current Chairman – Ngāti Tura Ngāti Te Ngākau Hapū Trust
• Director
o NTNT Holdings Ltd
o Te Akatea Ltd
o Nga Hua o Parawai LP
o Whenua Fruits
o Rotoiti 15 LP Otukawa Farm

Historical appointments

• 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 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


Kramer Ronaki

Teenaa koutou te whaanau o Tumu Kaituna 14 Trust 2022

Mai te uri o Tapuika ahau
Ko Rangiuru tōku maunga
Ko Kaituna tōku awa
Ko Maketū tōku moana
Ko Te Arawa tōku waka
Ko Tapuika tōku iwi
Ko Tapuika rāua ko Ngāti Pikiao ōku hapū
Ko Ngaati Mako , ko Tawakepito, ko Paruaharanui, ko Tapuaeharuru ōku marae
Ko Tango Kokiri Ronaki rāua ko Sophie Te Peae Ronaki ōku mātua
I whānau mai ahau ki Te Puke, i tupu ake ahau i reira hoki
Nō Te Puke ahau
Otira, e noho ana ahau ki Onewhero inaianei
Ko Kramer Rawharetua Kokiri Kihirini Ronaki tōku ingoa
Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou kātoa

I am 49 years old, a father to four tamariki and a husband to my wife Anna. We live in Onewhero, which is close to Te Puuaha o Waikato, on the west coast, in a farming community. After spending 10 years in the UK, playing and coaching rugby we decided to move back to Aotearoa with our two eldest children, to a life where we wanted to raise our tamariki. We are both currently teaching at Onewhero Area School. I am employed as a Physical Education teacher an Outdoor Education teacher and a kaiako of te reo Maori. I have been teaching YR 7 to YR 13 students for nearly 13 years, and I still love it!

After returning home from the UK, I rediscovering my love for my iwi, hapu and whanau with regard to our whenua left to us by our ti”puna. This triggered me to delve deeper into learning more about speaking te reo, understaning tfkanga and building long lasting whanaungatanga with our local koro ma and kuia ma in the local area of Ngaati Tiipa and my haukainga, Tapuika. This “burning flame” lead me to join the Tapuika lwi Authority in 2020. For me I see this as an honour to be able to represent my whanau with regard to the decision making and ongoing developments and manaakitanga of our whenua. This experience has allowed me to understand what I need to do to voice the opinions of our people. Making the right choice for our people allows us, as land owners, to move forward in today’s growing economy and changing world. Being a trustee for Tumu Kaituna 14 keeps the ahi ka burning within me so that if elected I make the right decisions for our iwi, hapu and whanau. I will do all I can to be a positive, informative and active trustee for all land owners of this block.

Kei a mātou ngā tangata whenua o tēnei whenua tūuturu o ou tātou tīpuna. Hei manaakitia mātou te whenua, te awa, te moana ara ka piki ake te wairua o to tātou iwi kātoa. E āwhinatia ana mātou te ahi kā e pā ana ki tēnei kaupapa. Otira he kaupapa tūturu tēnei mo o tātou tamāriki o tātou mokopuna kei te haere mai. Kia kaha te whānau.

Nei rā te mihi ano ki ngā whānau kātoa o Tumu Kaituna 14

Kramer Ronaki


Georgina Whata

General Manager
Partnerships & Engagement
Strategy & Change Lead


• Over 20 years’ experience in both the public and private sectors primarily in advisory roles to senior managers including CEOs and Ministers of the Crown. I offer extensive expertise in management, strategy development, stakeholder engagement, communications and legal frameworks.
• Oversee the development and delivery of a range of commercialisation projects. I have led a team of commercial analysts and project managers and contribute to organisation governance and strategy work as a member of the senior management team.
• I have held GM positions (Sustainability & Innovation, and Corporate Services) and as Legal Counsel providing quality, accurate and relevant advice on a wide range of legal matters to the Trust, including those pertaining to the Māori Land court.
• As General Manager, Sustainability and Innovation I managed a budget of approximately $5m – $10m (depending on the range of projects). I have also led a team of 18 staff across four divisions (Sustainability Centre, Culture and Legacy, Monitoring, and Communications).
• As General Manager Corporate Services I managed a budget of approximately $3m – $8m (depending on the project). Sourcing and implementing systems and processes that automated and improved workflows was a key focus.
• As a Senior Advisor at Callaghan Innovation I helped develop the Māori Economy Team involving extensive cross-government relationship building. I have significant experience developing robust, multistakeholder engagement strategies and partnership frameworks, helping Crown agencies establish relationships and create meaningful dialogue with Māori, and Māori enterprises.


  • Leadership – Strategy, People, Operations
  • Budget Management & Financial Reporting
  • Project Management
  • Communications
  • Data Analytics
  • Crown-Māori Relationship Management
  • Government Advise & Ministerial Reporting
  • Business Process Design & Development
  • Indigenous Farming Governance & Administration
  • Agribusiness & Primary Sector

Governance roles

I am the whānau representative for our whānau trust and have been tasked with taking on the responsibilities that our papa, Tabu [David] Whata-Wickliffe carried. My governance roles include the following.

  • Chair – Haumingi 1A2 Incorporation 2009 – Present
    Chair – Paengaroa Sth 5 1999 – Present
    Trustee – Tokerau 14B2 & Tokerau A15 Reserves 1997 – Present
    Trustee – Whakapoungakau 24 2014 – Present
    Trustee – Te Arawa Lakes Trust 2021 – Present
    Trustee – Rotoiti 15 Trust 2020 – Present
    Director – Tikitere Holdings Limited 2016 – 2020
    Board Member – Wellington Community Law Centre 2008 – 2016
    Board Member – NZ Māori Council 2012 – 2016
    Committee of Management – Ruahine Kuharua Incorporation 2011 – 2015