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.
Blanche Reweti
Trustee
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
Trustee
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.

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.
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. The Business Analyst role is new for Te Arawa Fisheries, but CEO, Chris Karamea Insley says Tamaaio brings a fresh perspective to the organisation’s financial mahi and his strong analyst, trading and finance skills have already proven beneficial to their operations. “At Te Arawa Fisheries, we face enormous challenges falling out of COVID-19 with disruption to supply chains and global markets, I am clear that the best and indeed only response to these new challenges is to recruit and grow a world class team in Te Arawa Fisheries Group and critically creating space for Tamaaio.” Tamaaio says he has an overwhelming desire to make sure organisations are sustainable for the future and enjoys analysing investments to mitigate risk. “Since starting with Te Arawa Fisheries I have been able to apply my skills and help share fundamentals with the rest of the team. I’ve been given so many opportunities to grow already and I’m proud to be working for such an innovative organisation that benefits Te Arawa descendants,” he says. “I’m privileged to be working with a diverse range of people who each have different skill sets. Together we are learning from each other and can make a bigger impact collaboratively.” Outside of mahi, Tamaaio enjoys keeping fit, playing golf, helping out his grandparents and getting out for a fish!
Bridget Mullan
Board Secretary
With a background in executive assistant roles, banking, real estate and project administration,
With a background in executive assistant roles, banking, real estate and project administration, Bridget brings a wealth of transferable skills to Te Arawa Fisheries. Bridget started as the Board Secretary in October 2020 to provide support to the CEO in the day-to-day activities and the Trust’s various kaupapa. Bridget’s attention to detail, loyalty and local knowledge ensures we continue to give back to beneficiaries and futureproof our assets. Born and bred in Rotorua, Bridget enjoyed eight years in the United Kingdom before returning home to reside in Ohinemutu. Outside of mahi, Bridget is passionate about her whānau, enjoys keeping fit and spending time in Maketu feeling the fresh sea breeze.
Te Oha Hancock
Online Shop Assistant
Ngāti Rangiwewehi
Te Oha joined the Te Arawa Fisheries team in October 2020 as the online shop assistant
Te Oha joined the Te Arawa Fisheries team in October 2020 as the online shop assistant to help support our venture into the online kaimoana market. CEO, Chris Karamea Insley says Te Oha is a practical example of their kaupapa to grow and support Te Arawa rangatahi who go off to study and get educated and then are welcomed home directly into their organisation bringing with them the knowledge that Te Arawa Fisheries needs to advance their ‘ka pū te ruha’ strategy. “COVID-19 has changed the way we will operate going forward – new digital technologies are now a foundation for our business and include e-commerce in our retail stores. Te Oha will play an important leadership role for us embedding this technology into the way we do business.” With a background in tourism and childcare, Te Oha has a Bachelor in Tourism, majoring in Tourism Management and Māori and Pacific Development and looks forward to bringing her expertise to Te Arawa Fisheries. “I have a passion for working for my people and I take pride in the mahi I do for my Iwi.” “I’m familiar with the awesome mahi Te Arawa Fisheries does and I’m really looking forward to working alongside the team and growing with my role.” Bringing with her a strong attention to detail and a drive to help support the business and its re-evaluated post-COVID focus, Te Oha is the perfect person for the job. Outside of mahi, Te Oha is a proud aunty, enjoys walking the various tracks around the rohe and spending time with her whānau.

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

To lead people is to walk beside them.