Our People


Roku Mihinui
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.
Tangihaere MacFarlane
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
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
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
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.
Dr Kenneth Kennedy
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.
Blanche Reweti
Ngāti Tahu-Ngāti Whāoa
Raised in Reporoa by her kuia and koroua, Blanche was educated in Reporoa…
before moving to Hamilton where she studied and graduated with a bachelor of business studies majoring in management. She works for her Iwi authority the Ngāti Tahu-Ngāti Whāoa Runanga Trust as the office manager. Having held governance positions in education, commercial and charitable organisations she has diverse knowledge in various industries, which she hopes will be useful whilst in her role at TAFL.
Pauline Tangohau
Uenukukopako / Ngati Whakaue
Pauline had a long employment history in the public sector particularly in housing…
with Housing Corporation and Housing NZ before finally spending her last 15 years before retiring with Te Puni Kokiri, Ministry for Maori Development, championing evidence based Maori housing need and challenging those barriers that have impeded Maori to utilise their whenua for sustainable housing solutions. This mahi resulted in securing a Maori housing budget allocation which Maori did have since the demise of Maori Affairs Department. Pauline’s governance experience includes in a pre- and post-settlement environment with Ngati Whakaue and Ngati Rangiwewehi, providing strategic thought leadership anchored to whanau aspirations. Pauline is a Director for Zymbl Innovation Ltd a team of like-minded, self-motivated and passionate people supporting Maori led initiatives with a rigorous approach to creativity and innovation. Pauline is committed to open and transparent communication, being honest and constructive and demands excellence and integrity whilst valuing debate to achieve outcomes.
John Merito
Ngāti Pikiao
John Merito joined Te Kotahitanga o Te Arawa Waka Fisheries Trust in September 2022 as the elected member for Ngāti Pikiao.
He has extensive experience in the fishing sector, and was previously the General Manager at Te Arawa Fisheries from 2003 to 2011. In this timeframe he worked on the settlement process for Te Arawa with Damian Stone from Bell Gully (now Judge Stone). The legal structure included company establishment and fisheries quota management of 130+ species of deepsea and inshore fish. He has also led research visits in Te Wai Pounamu relating to koura and eel – short and long fin. John completed his MBA (masters in business) at the Manukau Institute of Technology in Tāmaki Makaurau in conjunction with Southern Cross University in Australia. . He has recently taught at Te Wananga o Aotearoa in Manukau in Postgraduate studies with an indigenous lens. John has chaired his marae komiti for 25 years and has land trustee and company director roles. John and Pare have eight children and thirteen mokopuna and they both live in the Pikiao rohe at Otaramarae Bay. I value the relationships that Fisheries enables and empowers as we manage and protect our Fisheries resource. I acknowledge previous Trustees Willy Emery and Punohu McCausland for their guidance and knowledge of Iwi and look forward to working on the Trust Board.


Peter Rice
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.
Trevor Stuthridge
Trevor Stuthridge was appointed to Te Arawa Fisheries’ Commercial Board in May 2023, with extensive science, research, sustainability, technology and start-up experience.
He spent six years as a General Manager at Crown Research Institute, Scion, and two years as a Director of the Waste Advisory board for the Ministry for the Environment. After time as Director of Research for Crown Research Institute AgResearch, he is now CEO and co-founder for Cetogenix – a New Zealand climate tech company dedicated to transforming low-value organic wastes in high-value renewables.
Sunil Kadri
Sunil Kadri is a marine biologist with a 40-year passion for aquaculture and sustainable seafood production.
With roots in Rotorua and Maketū, Sunil has a deep connection with Te Arawa and its role as kaitaiki of our turangawaewae. He has held senior management and board positions in technology start-up and scale-up organisations across the world and specialises in challenging the norm and finding solutions for the challenges facing the aquaculture sector. In March 2023, he took up a full-time academic role as Professor of Aquaculture at Charles Darwin University where his top priority has been supporting indigenous aquaculture ambitions in Northern Australian. Alongside this, Sunil retains strategic roles in tech companies serving the Norwegian, Scottish and Chilean aquaculture markets.


Tamaaio Stewart
Business Analyst
Ngāi tahu, Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti, Whāngārā, Waihirere
Born in Rotorua and raised in Gisborne, Tamaaio has returned to the rohe following three years study
Born in Rotorua and raised in Gisborne, Tamaaio has returned to the rohe following three years studying a Bachelor of Business Analysis majoring in Finance and minoring in Digital Business at the University of Waikato. Following his graduation, Tamaaio obtained a full-time internship with Peter Rice/Clearpoint and Te Arawa Fisheries and has now gone on to secure a permanent job share position with the two organisations. Outside of mahi, Tamaaio enjoys keeping fit, playing golf, helping out his grandparents and getting out for a fish!
Nicole Pakau
Science & Operations Manager
Ngāti Tuwharetoa (iwi), Ngāti Hikairo ki Tongariro (hapu)
Nicole Pakau is the Science & Operations Manager at Te Arawa Fisheries.
Born in the King Country and raised in Rotorua, two places my heart considers home. I took up this role after progressing through the ranks and staying true to my passion to grow Te Arawa Fisheries and the people. Outside of work, you will find me at the gym, cooking up a storm or with my nose buried deep in a novel.
Ngapera Nichols
Te Arawa Mahi Operations Assistant
Tūhourangi, Ngāti Pikiao and Tūwharetoa
Ngapera has returned to Rotorua from a stint overseas and has joined Te Arawa Mahi.
With the titles ‘journalist’, ‘globetrotter’, ‘mum’ and soon to be ‘psychologist’ under her belt, Ngapera has taken on the Operations Assistant role to make a positive impact on her people’s lives. She says working for an iwi organisation was a big drawcard for her as its holistic work culture fits in well with her life as a mum of two. Ngapera is always keen to learn new things and looks forward to absorbing everything Te Arawa Mahi can teach her.

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

To lead people is to walk beside them.