Waaka Vercoe resigned as Chairman of the Trust in 2017 but still remains a Trustee and is actively involved in iwi economic development with a long standing track record on a range of Ngati Awa commercial entities. Waaka has extensive knowledge of Te Ao Māori and is a well-known Kaumatua within Ngati Awa and beyond.
Charlie Elliott was elected Chairman by the board in 2017. Charlie also serves on Māori Investments Limited and Putauaki Trust and has a background in the primary sector, particularly dairy farming and agriculture.
Joe Mason has been a trustee for many years and is widely renowned as a Ngāti Awa orator and leader. Joe is also the Chairman of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa and brings strong leadership and direction to the Trust.
Jane Waldon was appointed as a Deputy Chairperson in 2017. Jane is currently employed as the Manager Internal Services for the Regional Council and actively participates in a range of governance roles in and around the Te Teko community.
Gina O’Brien was appointed as a Trustee in July 2014 having served previously as an Associate Trustee. Gina has a background in Māori economic and social development and is the current Representative for Ngā Maihi on Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa and a director of Ngāti Awa Group Holdings Limited.
Pru Elliott is the Trust Manager for Omataroa Rangitaiki No 2 and also serves on a number of Te Teko land trusts and community groups. She has extensive experience of working with Māori Trusts and Incorporations with a background in financial management and operations. Pru is passionate about Māori economic development and is committed to serving the needs of the Trust and its owners.