Ngāti Rehua Ngātiwai ki Aotea Trust
Ngāti Rehua Ngātiwai ki Aotea Trust determines the vision and tikanga of the Tū Mai Taonga project.
It arranges and safeguards project funding from the project sponsors and appoints the Project Steering Committee.
The project receives support from the trust’s Kaiwhakahaere (General Manager) Charles Nepia. You can find out more on the trust website.
Project Steering Committee
The Project Steering Committee will approve operational plans based on options identified in a feasibility report and project team advice. It monitors the delivery of project milestones and reports to the Ngāti Rehua Ngātiwai ki Aotea Trust through its Kaiwhakahaere.
The members of the steering committee are:
• Opo Ngawaka (Chair) - Mana Whenua - NRNWKA Trust
• Matthew Ngawaka - Mana Whenua - Kawa Marae
• Marylin Stevens and Paula Williams (alternative members) - Mana Whenua - Motairehe Marae
• Sue Daly - Community - Nominee
• Izzy Fordham - Community - Local Board
• Kate Waterhouse - Community - Nominee
A small project team is helping get the project up and running.
Finance and Administration
Admin & Comms Asst
Technical Advisory Group
A Technical Advisory Group provides expert advice and peer review of the feasibility study and operation plans for the Tū Mai Taonga project.
Charles Nepia - Kaiwhakahaere, Ngāti Rehua Ngātiwai ki Aotea Trust. Te Ao Maōri and mātauranga knowledge.
Fiona Cameron - Marketing, data analysis, community survey expert, including the 2020 North Aotea resident survey.
Biz Bell - Ecologist and pest management expert with national and international experience, including long term monitoring of Aotea’s tākoketai/black petrel.
Judy Gilbert - Windy Hill Rosalie Bay Catchment Trust manager with 20 years on-island pest management and monitoring knowledge.
John Innes - Leading NZ pest mammal and forest ecologist, experienced with sanctuaries and biodiversity monitoring.
John Parkes - Vertebrate pest ecologist, consulting internationally including feral cat eradication planning.
Scott Sambell - Conservation technology and GIS specialist, ex Glenfern Sanctuary manager and experienced rodent dog handler.
Kat Strang - Studied feral cat behaviour on islands, now working on a landscape scale animal pest management project to protect kiwi and kōkako.
The Tū Mai Taonga project is reliant on the support of many collaborating organisations including:
Aotea Great Barrier Environmental Trust
Aotea Great Barrier Island Local Board
Department of Conservation
Glenfern and Kotuku Peninsula Trust
Jobs for Nature
Motu Kaikoura Trust
Okiwi Community Ecology Project
Predator Free 2050
Windy Hill Sanctuary and Rosalie Bay Catchment Trust
And landowners and residents around the motu.
The Tū Mai Taonga project will be recruiting new staff in 2022 to help deliver its operational plan. Keep an eye out for vacancies posted on the News section of the website.