(Two, Three year term trustee positions)

The following are profiles of the nominees wishing to stand for election this year.  All nominees will attend a Candidates meeting to be held at Hei Marae, Saturday 18th July commencing 10.00am.  The Candidates meeting is an opportunity for the Candidates to present to the beneficiaries, and for the beneficiaries to ask questions. 

A secret ballot vote by beneficiaries will occur at this meeting to approve which candidates will stand as Trustee.  Voting forms will be issued at the Candidate meeting. Only those who attend this meeting will be able to vote.

All beneficiaries are encouraged to notify the Trust if you wish to check that your record details are correct for mailing.  We would also ask that if any whanau members have recently passed away that you check with us to ensure we were notified and their registration record updated.

Congratulations to all nominees, and we thank whanau for your participation in the election.



Currently the Chair and of Te Kapu O Waitaha, and Waitaha Charitable Trust.  Also the Board representative as a Director on Waitaha Group Holdings and Waitaha Asset LTD partnership companies.  Over the past seven years, further portfolio consist of Board representation at Waitaha koeke hui, and Waitaha-hui-A-iwi, including the pae tapu at Hei.  

Tapua views that a Trustee must have a sound understanding of our Treaty Settlement Claim, tikanga and  governance in order to manage the mandated Board responsibility in respect of the whanau, and mokopuna that it is responsible for.  To lead and front those things requires active participation not only at Board level, but also at the iwi/hapu level, and must be consistent.  Not all things go smoothly, there are many challenges. These take some wisdom in knowing how to manage those things in a productive and professional way so the Board and iwi come out of it intact.  I have accepted the nomination to stand for re-election for a further term with the desire to continue the progress and efforts of the Trust toward achieving a better future for nga mokopuna o Waitaha-A-Hei. 



Retimana Te Moni is dedicated to seeking what is best for the iwi as a whole, and is looking to keep tikanga at the forefront of all discussions.  He also promotes the importance that whanau views be considered equally.  Retimana has lived on Manoeka Road, Te Puke for over 45 years, and has been employed within local Health Services for over 20 years as a Drug & Alcohol Counsellor, Mental Health and Social Worker. He is also the Chairman of the Wharepouri Te Moni Ahuwhenua Trust committee, set up to assist in the succession and dissemination of the whanau land.  Retimana has also served on the Board of Trustees at the Te Puke High School.  The time spent in serving the community and iwi has been a genuine honour and hopes to continue to do so as a future Trustee of Te Kapu O Waitaha.



Kuini was elected last year filling a causal vacancy. Kuini brings to the table the voice and views of the younger generation, and is highly motivated toward creating opportunities that contribute to the lives and community of Waitaha-A-Hei.  Kuini is also the Board representative for Waitaha hui-a-iwi, is proactive in the community is involved in the Rangiuru Sports Club, and supports Hei marae.  Kuini believes that good Governance requires commitment, and preparation in order to fully participate and contribute at the Board table effectively.  She is standing for re-election with a strong desire to continue her contribution to the iwi as a Board member of Te Kapu O Waitaha.