Our People

OUR TRUSTEES

Roku Mihinui
Chairman
Tuhourangi
Roku was born and raised in the village of Whakarewarewa where contributing to the wellbeing…
of the Whanau and Hapu in the Marae setting was the norm. This was both complimented and challenged by a unique and natural geothermal environment that demanded understanding and respect to co-exist harmoniously. These experiences have provided a solid foundation for his personal growth and professional development in a wide range of sectors including forestry, tourism, justice services, social services, education, policy development, treaty settlements, agribusiness, natural biodiversity, environmental sustainability and freshwater fisheries. He sits on a number of boards that variously reflect his background and experiences that are complimentary to those organisations’ positive contribution toward the wellbeing of Maori, the environment and the community in general.
Willie Emery
Deputy Chairman
Ngāti Pikiao
Willie has a background in forestry and engineering and is the current Chairman of the Maketu Taiapure.
Willie has extensive involvement in water and fisheries groups, including being the Te Arawa Fisheries representative on Mai I Nga Kuri a Wharei ki Tihirau Coastal Iwi Forum. Willie also holds numerous other trusteeships with his marae and iwi.
Tangihaere MacFarlane
Trustee
Ngāti Rangiwewehi
Tangihaere was raised in a business environment.
She has extensive business experience as a Business owner, Business manager, Business tutor, and a Business consultant. Tangihaere was also the Inaugural co-ordinator for the Rotorua Maori Business Network. Tangihaere has held several positions within the health sector where she gained significant financial management experience. Currently Tangihaere holds several governance roles with both the Ministry of Health and Lakes District health Board.
Tere Malcolm
Trustee
Ngāti Tarāwhai
Tere previously worked in the engineering trade for over 50 years.
After retiring, Tere completed a Māori governance course at Toi Ohomai with the intention of becoming more involved in Iwi affairs. Tere is currently the Chairman of Waikohatu Marae. Tere is also employed as a part time Safety Officer focussed on monitoring and eradicating pests within Māori owned forests and land blocks. Tere is a keen fisherman and hunter that cares greatly about our environment and how it is preserved for future generations. As a trustee of Te Kotahitanga O Te Arawa Waka Fisheries Trust Board, Tere represents Ngāti Tarāwhai and is committed to the role through attendance at all meetings, and knowledge sharing to facilitate making good decisions.
Paeraro Awhimate
Trustee
Ngāti Makino
Paeraro has a background in the solid wood processing industry, sawmill, and remanufacturing.
This included quality processes, industry training, and assessing. Paeraro was a board member of the Ngati Makino Iwi Authority and Heritage Trust for numerous years.
Chris Clarke
Trustee
Ngāti Rangitihi
Chris is currently working as the Environmental Officer for Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi Trust.
He holds a Bachelor in Environmental Science and is currently completing a certificate in Resource Management, which, on completion, will give him one paper to gain a post-grad diploma in Natural Resource Management. Chris also represents Ngāti Rangitihi on Mai i Ngā Kuri a Wharei ki Tihirau and the Tarawera MoU.
Punohu McCausland
Trustee
Waitaha
Punohu has a background in education and has 25 years’ experience teaching…
and worked for the Department of Education training teachers. She holds several governance roles within the Bay of Plenty and has made significant contributions to the health and wellbeing of iwi by building and maintaining relationships between district health boards and Māori. Punohu is both a trustee, and a Director on the Te Arawa Fisheries Companies Board.
Dr Kenneth Kennedy
Trustee
Ngati Rangiteaorere
Dr Kenneth Cameron Kennedy(BMS, AUT, PhD- Philosophy(hon causa), USA ) represents Ngati Rangiteaorere on Te Arawa Fisheries.
He has many years in education at local ,regional and national level, holding senior management and Iwi governance positions in tertiary education. He is currently Co – Chairperson of Ngati Rangiteaorere Koromatua Council, Chairperson of Tikitere Trust, Te Maru o Wahiao,and Wahiao Tuhourangi o Whakarewarewa Trust, and Director on Te Puia MACI Management Ltd and Whakarewarewa Joint Trust.

OUR DIRECTORS

Dr Kenneth Kennedy
DIRECTOR
Ngati Rangiteaorere
Dr Kenneth Cameron Kennedy(BMS, AUT, PhD- Philosophy(hon causa), USA ) represents Ngati Rangiteaorere on Te Arawa Fisheries.
He has many years in education at local ,regional and national level, holding senior management and Iwi governance positions in tertiary education. He is currently Co – Chairperson of Ngati Rangiteaorere Koromatua Council, Chairperson of Tikitere Trust, Te Maru o Wahiao,and Wahiao Tuhourangi o Whakarewarewa Trust, and Director on Te Puia MACI Management Ltd and Whakarewarewa Joint Trust.
Peter Rice
Director
Peter has worked in law and finance sector for 25 years ( New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom).
Ko Ngongotaha Te Maunga Ko Rotorua Te Roto Ko Te Arawa Te Waka Ko Ngati Whakaue Te Iwi Ko Ngati Pukaki Te Hapu Ko Peter Rice tōku ingoa LLB (Law) – Auckland, BBus (International Business Economics) – Queensland University of Technology, MSc (Economic Development Studies) – University of London. He is the founder of Clearpoint Advisors Limited – a boutique regulatory, financial services and economics advisory firm in London, with a focus on banking and finance. Peter advises a number of blue chip multi-national companies, supporting their financing, investment and treasury operations. Peter was an advisor to the UK Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer (2017-2020) and co-authored a number of reports on financing investment, covering issues of climate change, sustainability, wealth creation and equality. Peter is an executive member of the Te Arawa Federation of Maori Authorities.
Chris Karamea Insley
Director
Chris is the CEO of Te Arawa Fisheries, with extensive training and education from leading New Zealand and international business schools
and more than 30 years of experience working with Indigenous groups, government agencies and international investors in a variety of roles in New Zealand around the world. His life-long focus has been to help Maori and Indigenous groups achieve long-term social and environmental well-being through better investment in and development of their natural assets. He is passionate about helping communities shape their sustainable, long term development plans and is a champion for growing whanau and rangatahi using commerce and trade as the vehicle to achieving this. When not working he can’t get enough time with his two young grandson Moko’s Joe and Legion.
Joe Kouwenhoven
Director
The son of Dutch immigrants that came to New Zealand in 1962, my parents installed in me a moral, loyal, fair and hardworking core, nothing comes from doing nothing.
I’ve carried this with me from when I left school at 16 and started my own business. From working in my families retail business from when I was six, seafood was in my DNA at a young age. Some 30+ years later I have built a business based around greenshell mussels and other seafood product that supplies product and services not only here in NZ, but around the world. With partnerships built here with Iwi in NZ and JV’s in Norway, China and Australia, I am looking forward to serving on the Te Arawa Board and serving the needs moving forward of the Te Arawa Whanau.
Tangihaere MacFarlane
Director
Ngāti Rangiwewehi
Tangihaere was raised in a business environment.
She has extensive business experience as a Business owner, Business manager, Business tutor, and a Business consultant. Tangihaere was also the Inaugural co-ordinator for the Rotorua Maori Business Network. Tangihaere has held several positions within the health sector where she gained significant financial management experience. Currently Tangihaere holds several governance roles with both the Ministry of Health and Lakes District health Board.

OUR STAFF

Chris Karamea Insley
CEO
Chris is the CEO of Te Arawa Fisheries, with extensive training and education from leading New Zealand and international business schools.
and more than 30 years of experience working with Indigenous groups, government agencies and international investors in a variety of roles in New Zealand around the world. His life-long focus has been to help Maori and Indigenous groups achieve long-term social and environmental well-being through better investment in and development of their natural assets. He is passionate about helping communities shape their sustainable, long term development plans and is a champion for growing whanau and rangatahi using commerce and trade as the vehicle to achieving this. When not working he can’t get enough time with his two young grandson Moko’s Joe and Legion.
Aroha Dorset
Commercial Manager
Aroha is the Commercial Manager for Te Arawa Fisheries, where she is developing…
and implementing growth strategies including new product development with Otago University, and is leading the group’s digital strategy. She oversees day to day operations within the group’s retail, and recruitment businesses. Aroha’s ability to navigate processes, and troubleshoot, ensures all systems are running at optimum. Prior to joining Te Arawa Fisheries, Aroha was the owner/operator of a small, local, seafood retail company alongside her husband Joe. A mum of two teenagers, Aroha loves to spend time with family outside of the office.
Kaylor Wharerahi
Administrator
Kaylor administers and overseas our Iwi Partnership program, koha fund, elections, and education scholarship.
Kaylor also manages the distribution of fish for tangihanga held on our Te Arawa Marae. Her role involves building and maintaining close relationships with key stakeholders including trustees, directors and beneficiaries. Kaylor has a background in Tourism/Travel and Event Planning. This has given her the experience, and skill, of working in a fast pace environment while ensuring the needs of our people are met. Born and bred Te Arawa, Kaylor lives and breathes Kapahaka. Mama of two beautiful children, she is passionate about her heritage, culture and the future of our people. Te Arawa māngai nui upoko takitaki e kore e nuku. Te Arawa waka, Te Arawa tangata, Te Arawa nui tonu.
Anthony Palmer
Seafood Manager
Anthony is the Seafood Manager for Te Arawa Fresh Seafoods.
Te Arawa Fresh is the retail arm of our organisation. Anthony has extensive experience in, and knowledge of, the fishing industry. Anthony has won the Golden Knife title for top fish filleter in the national fish filleting championships numerous times. His fishing connections and relationships mean he always has his finger on the pulse. Anthony is the heart of our retail business and his hands on work ethic speaks for itself.
James McCormack
Mahi Co-Ordinator
James is the Mahi Co-ordinator for Te Arawa Mahi. Te Arawa Mahi is the recruitment arm of our organisation.
James’ strength lies in the day to day operations of this business – he does it all, from recruitment to transport, it seems his work is never done. You will find James whizzing (at a safe speed) between regions as he mobilises up to 60 Te Arawa peoples a day to employment throughout the Bay of Plenty. James has made his work a family affair with his wife Anne, and even his daughters, ready to pitch in whenever necessary.

Ma te hikoi tahi me te iwi ka taea te arahi i a ratau

To lead people is to walk beside them.