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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





Project Team

A small project team is helping get the project up and running.

Makere Jenner

Project Lead

Dave Braddock

Finance and Administration 

Tim Higham


Jo Ritchie

Project Advisor


Chris Giblin

Operations Manager 


Hannah Gale

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.

Collaborating agencies


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


Auckland Council


Department of Conservation


Glenfern and Kotuku Peninsula Trust

Jobs for Nature


Kawa Marae


Motairehe Marae


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.