Board of Trustees
The trust is governed by 15 trustees representing the eleven Affiliates that are elected by their respective hapu/iwi. Representation includes one trustee from nine of the affiliates and the two bigger Affiliates; Tūhourangi and Ngāti Pikiao each have three trustees on the board. The Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson are elected by the TPT board. A re-election of trustees occurs every three years, the last re-election was held in 2016.
Karen Vercoe – Chairperson
Eru George – Deputy Chair
Ngāti Kearoa Ngāti Tuara
Tuhourangi Ngati Wahiao
In 2014 Merehira was a Project Manager for Ngati Tuwharetoa Settlement Trust (TST) and is currently contracted with Ngati Tuwharetoa Hapu Forum as Negotiation Support. Merehira believes in a collective vision of wanting to make things happen and whilst strategic sustainability is a critical part of planning, this must have a connection to the aspirations and needs to our people.
Tūhourangi Ngati Wahiao
In 1988 I embarked on a television, film and broadcasting career which spanned for 25 years, commencing at TVNZ before moving to independent television programme production, including documentary, drama and entertainment programmes broadcast on mainstream television.
From 1994-2000 I was Television Manager at Te Mangai Paho, responsible for distribution and management of funding for Maori Television programmes broadcast on all channels. I returned to independent television production in 2001.
In 2002, I established my own production company producing programmes for broadcast on Maori Television. In 2004, I joined Maori Television and held several senior management roles before promotion to HOD Acquisitions and Commissioning’s in 2008. In 2012, I left Maori Television to return to Rotorua for whanau reasons but continue to take on independent television producer/consultant roles.
Since returming to Rotorua, I have held the following iwi positions:
2013-present: Trustee, Tuhourangi Tribal Authority (2 terms)
2013-2015: Trustee, Te Arawa River Iwi Trust
2013-2015: Director, Tarit Holdings Ltd
2015- present: Director, Te Puia/NZMACI Ltd (Ministerial Appointment).
Tūhourangi Ngāti Wahiao
He hopes to ensure that Maori as a people are enabled to follow their dreams in his time as a TPT Trustee. He also hopes to tear down barriers and build our people up to thrive and prosper to become a productive member of the hapu/iwi.
He currently holds governance positions on a number of Maori land trusts and incorporations, post settlement entities and commercial companies.
Laurance has a Post Graduate Diploma in Business from the University of Auckland.
Ngati Tahu Ngati Whaoa
Hinemihi na Te Rangitakaroro, a
Ka ki ano, he tangata.
Tihei mauri ora.
Tena ra koutou,
I have the privilege of being the Ngati Tarawhai Affiliate representative on TPT and Chair of Ngati Tarawhai Iwi Trust.
Having spent a lot of time alongside my grandparents, I developed a deep interest in hapu and Iwi history with our whanau connections to Ngati Tarawhai coming through our Ehau and Pango tupuna.
I look forward to utilising the skills and experience I have gained as a business owner and educator in progressing our Iwi goals.
Ngati Tura/ Ngati Te Ngakau
Ngati Te Roro o Te Rangi