The following HAVE PREVIOUSLY provideD governance, management and administration for the Runaka.
I was born and lived at Otakou and throughout my life have maintained my linkage with the whenua and hapu of Otakou Runanga. From a young age I have been involved at the governance and management levels for the Runanga, Iwi and wider Maori community.
I was a member of the Ngai Tahu Trust Board for 17 years and am currently the Upoko runanga of Otakou, the Chairman of the Board of Directors for, Ngai Tahu Finance Ltd, Ngai Tahu Fisheries Ltd and Ngai Tahu Holdings Corporation. I have been since 1991 and remain the Manager of the Araiteuru Kokiri Centre and a Trustee of the Araiteuru Marae.
My whakapapa to Otakou is through my mother Roimata Josephine Whatu (nee Karetai) and the tipuna Karetai and Te Hu.
My long period of association and service with the Iwi and Runanga provides me with a significant insight into the representation required for the Runanga and the table of Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu. I always have the best interests of the Runanga foremost in my internal and external roles for the Runanga.
I can be contacted through the Otakou office