Paul is Wakatū Incorporation's Chairman and has been a Board member since 1986. Paul holds a number of commercial directorships and has also been a member of various Government appointed advisory groups and industry initiative groups. Paul is a member of the Audit & Risk and HR Committees and is Chair of the Kono Board. Paul is of Ngāti Rārua and Te Māhurehure descent.
James chairs the HR Committee and is a Director on the Kono Board. He was the Chief Executive of Tohu Wines for over a decade and has contributed to the recognition and growth of the brand in New Zealand and internationally. James has a background in Human Resource management. He lives in Lower Hutt where he is also a Justice of the Peace. James is of Te Ātiawa descent.
Rore is a member of the HR Committee and Manaaki Board, as well as the Board Kaumatua, which requires him to represent the Board and owners at various hui throughout Te Tau Ihu and Aotearoa. Rore resides in Maniapoto and is actively involved in local Marae committees. He is of Ngāti Rārua, Kinohaku, Ngāti Tama and Ngāti Maniapoto descent.
Barney is the local Iwi Manager for the Department of Conservation and resides in Nelson. He is a Director on the Whenua Board and Chairs the Manaaki Board. Barney is of Ngāti Rārua, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Ngāti Tama, Te Ātiawa and Ngāi Tahu descent.
Johnny is a previous Associate Director of Wakatū. He sits on the Audit & Risk and Human Resources Committees, and is a Director on the Kono Board. Johnny’s professional qualifications include a Masters in Education Research. He lives in Wellington and is Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand. Johnny is of Te Ātiawa and Ngāti Rārua descent.
Miriana was previously an Associate Director and Scholarship recipient of the Incorporation. Miriana is a Director on the Whenua Board, the Wawata Board (which oversees a JV relationship with ENZA), and is a member of the Audit & Risk Committee. Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts in New Zealand History and a Law Degree, majoring in Commercial Law. Miriana holds external directorships in a public and private capacity. Miriana was born and raised in Motueka and is of Ngāti Rārua, Ngāiterangi and Ngāti Ranginui descent.
Jeremy is a previous Associate Director of Wakatū. He has an Honours degree in Computer Science from the University of Otago and his commercial experience includes running and growing software businesses. Jeremy is of Ngāti Rārua, Rangitāne and Ngāti Kuia descent.
Kerensa is the Chief Executive of Wakatū Incorporation, and she joined as its Incorporation Secretary and General Counsel in December 2012. Kerensa is a lawyer who has worked as a solicitor in the private sector, a legal academic at the Faculty of Law, University of Auckland, where she specialised in Māori legal development, public law and land law and as a Barrister. Kerensa is a graduate of Victoria University, where she was awarded a BA in History and a LLB. She has a Masters in Laws in International Law (First Class Honours) from the University of Auckland. Kerensa is a member of the International Association of Corporate Counsel, Corporate Lawyers’ New Zealand and Te Hunga Roia. Kerensa is of Ngāti Tama, Ngāruahine and Ngāti Whāwhakia descent.
Rōpata has been with the Incorporation since 2002 and in the role of General Manager Manaaki Sector since 2007. Rōpata is a graduate of Otago University and has previously worked in the education sector at secondary and tertiary level. He also holds various Trustee and Director roles within the local community and Iwi.
Ngāti Rārua, Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Tama, Ngāti Koata
Scottish by birth, Iain arrived in New Zealand in 2010 along with his young family. Iain has an Honours Degree in Forestry Management, a Masters in Land Economy and is a professional member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Iain is a keen tramper and cyclist
Katrina was born and (predominantly) raised in Te Tau Ihu, but has strong whakapapa links to Taranaki. Following ten years overseas working for large law firms, Katrina returned to the “pocket paradise” of Te Tau Ihu to start her family. She then joined Wakatū, and her position encompasses all aspects of governance, together with communications and Head Office management.
Celia is a graduate of Waikato University where she attained a Masters degree with honours. She has extensive experience in teaching te reo Māori, from pre-schoolers through to adults. Celia is passionate about all things Maori and is the the proud mother of six children and ten grandchildren. She joined Wakatū in September 2009 in the role of Owner Liaison.
Ngāti Koata, Ngāti Kuia, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Toa, Ngāti Apa, Ngāti Whakamana and Rangitāne