John Merito
Trustee
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.