TE KOTAHITANGA O TE ATIAWA TRUST
In 2010 the Crown and Te Atiawa recommenced negotiations to settle the historical Treaty claims of Te Atiawa. In February 2010 Te Atiawa Iwi Authority (TAIA) was given the mandate to negotiate a deed of settlement with the Crown. In June 2013, Te Atiawa resolved to establish Te Kotahitanga o Te Atiawa Trust (Te Kotahitanga) as the post-settlement governance entity (PSGE) for Te Atiawa. Te Kotahitanga is a private Trust that has the purpose of receiving Treaty settlement assets and holding, managing and administering the Trust Fund for the benefit of members of Te Atiawa (irrespective of where members live). It was also resolved in June 2013 that, following the signing of the Deed of Settlement, Te Kotahitanga would take up the primary functions for Te Atiawa and become the representative entity for the collective interests of the iwi.
Your current Trustees are;
Te Atiawa, Taranaki, Maniapoto
I was born, raised by my grandparents Val and Ted Tamati and educated in Taranaki prior to attending Waikato University and completing a BA (Māori) and LLB. Following the completion of my law degree I have been practising law with a strong focus on Waitangi Tribunal, Māori land, Treaty of Waitangi settlements and Māori governance issues. In 2010 I was seconded from my law firm to work with Taranaki Iwi on their Treaty settlement negotiation and post-settlement governance entity establishment.
In addition to my significant legal background, I have extensive governance experience having served on a range of governance boards including Māori Land Trusts, Puketapu Hapū, Te Reo o Taranaki Charitable Trust, Tūhono Trust, Tui Ora Ltd, and Conservation Boards.
My upbringing has instilled in me a sense of responsibility to uphold and honour the legacy of our tūpuna as Te Atiawa enters the next phase of our journey. I am honest, hardworking, a strong leader and communicator, and have a passion for and dedication to the development and empowerment of our people.
I have been the caretaker Chairperson of Te Kotahitanga o Te Atiawa Trust since its establishment in March 2014 and involved in progressing the Treaty Settlement process for Te Atiawa to its conclusion. I would consider it a privilege to continue to serve my iwi as a trustee on Te Kotahitanga o Te Atiawa Trust.
lwi: Te Atiawa, Taranaki, Ngāti Awa
Qualifications: M.Ed.Admin, BEd, BA, Secondary Teaching Diploma
Personal Interests: Whanau, Reo, Waiata, Kapa Haka, The Arts, Surfing, Iron Māori, Rugby
Community Involvement: Marae activities, Sports, Festivals
Skills & Experience: I am the current chairperson of the Te Atiawa Taranaki Settlements Trust and as a trust we have ensured our fish quota and assets have been effectively managed. I am the interim Deputy Chair of Te Kōtahitanga o Te Atiawa (TKOTA) and over the last 18 months we have worked hard to ensure TKOTA is ready to receive and manage our settlement assets. I am also the current deputy chair of the Taranaki Māori Trust Board.
My present employment is senior team leader at CORE Education a national education provider managing a large team of educators who work in schools supporting leaders and teachers. My wife and I are Directors of Tihi Ltd an Event management and Education consultancy company which has a national and international profile. Leading and managing teams and resource of this size has put me in good stead to transfer those leadership, management and governance skills into the tribal space.
I am also committed to building our cultural capacity in te reo and tikanga and supporting our hapū and marae so our Te Atiawatanga and our Taranakitanga are secure. Most importantly I want to ensure that Te Atiawa has a profile and provides courageous leadership into the future.
Our families, our children, our people – building our future together
- Social Welfare
- Affordable housing
- Retention of our cultural practices
- Greater access to medical services
This can be best achieved through partnerships or joint ventures with;
- Regional and District Council
- Education providers and educators
- Successful iwi
- Other Taranaki iwi
- Government departments
I’m currently General Manager Toi Maori Aotearoa – Maori Arts New Zealand, a Wellington based charitable trust with two subsidiary commercial companies. The trust specialises in national and international projects that promote Maori art and artists. Since 2005, I have led projects with Tourism New Zealand, Air New Zealand, New Zealand Post, Ministry of Culture and Heritage, Te Puni Kokiri and Creative New Zealand. International projects with Canada and USA as well as the Netherlands have led to sustainable relationships for the artists. Relationship management with funders, sponsors, private and public organisations is my key role.
Governance and Management Experience: 1998-present: General Manager Toi Maori Aotearoa-Maori Arts New Zealand 2004-present: General Manager Toi Maori Ltd 2013-present: Trustee Manaaki Taonga – Te Maori Trust 1972-present: Trustee Matarikoriko Urupa Trust 1990-present: Trustee Wahapakapaka PT 7C Blk III 2014-present: Chairman Ngati Te Whiti Whenua Toopu Trust
Imagine an Iwi which contributes considerably towards better life outcomes for its people. That is my vision for Te Atiawa.
My name is Shaun Keenan. I am a descendant of Hikemapu and William Keenan, E Wai and James Heberley and Miritatana Te Keha. I am the brother of Wikitoria Keenan.
I believe Te Atiawa Iwi can achieve much for our people through influential leadership, robust and transparent processes, maximising of assets, and the formation of effective partnerships, both with our people and external organisations. Underpinning this, the Iwi must be socially responsible and committed to Te Ao Maori.
My strength is leadership, strategic thinking and relationship building from corporates to whanau. I have been heavily involved in Iwi and Hapu organisations for the last thirty years and have gained significant governance experience with both Maori and non-Maori organisations. My background in telecommunications, law and law enforcement compliments these skills, as well as my formal qualifications in engineering and economics.
I am currently CEO of Ngati Te Whiti Whenua Topu Trust which includes the project co-ordination of Ngamotu Marae Project. I am a Trustee on Te Atiawa Settlements Trust, Parihaka X Ahu Whenua Trust, and am Chairperson of Waitapu Urupa Trust, Tutaki Youth Trust and Stratford Parents Centre.
I am committed, available and have the skills and knowledge to be an effective Trustee on Te Kotahitanga O Te Atiawa as we strengthen and build momentum.
No reira, nga mihi nui ki a koutou katoa.
With your food basket and my food basket the people will thrive
I am a daughter of Te Atiawa, the child of Tom and Heather Kopu and mokopuna of Agnes and Edward Kopu. My tane, Ray Masila and I have three children, and have recently welcomed our first mokopuna to our whanau.
I am a lawyer, and after practicing with two leading employment law firms, I now head the employment law function for ASB. Being passionate about the development and representation of Maori, I am involved in leading the Mana Wahine programme at ASB, a member of the Maori Lawyers Association and mentor emerging Maori leaders. I have also incorporated Maori rōpū at two prominent Auckland colleges, and sit on the Board of one as the Maori representative.
My journey is focussed on utilising the expertise I have developed to benefit the wider whanau. If successful, I will bring to the Board my aroha for our people, our land and our future. I will also bring legal and corporate expertise with skills in employment relations, innovation, risk / operational and change management and strategy.
It would be an honour to represent my whanau through Te Kotahitanga o Te Atiawa. My experience, values and commitment to the development of Maori and Te Atiawa, enable me to make a positive contribution to the Board whilst fulfilling a personal vision to contribute positively to the future of our tamariki and their tamariki.
Tribal Affiliations: Te Atiawa, Taranaki iwi, Ngāti Raukawa Ngāti Rahiri hapū (Lulu Coulter tōku kuia) Ngāti Te Whiti hapū (Mick Skelton tōku tupuna, Tony Skelton tōku pāpā) Puketapu hapū (Takaterangi Tamati tōku tupuna, Moana Tamati tōku māmā)
Occupation: Director, Solas Consulting
- Māori business development, Treaty settlement advice, project management, strategic planning, governance policy
- Currently Project Manager & Executive Leadership Team member, Crown Forestry Rental Trust
Current Qualifications: BA/LLB
Personal Interests: Whānau Whānau historian / Whakapapa researcher Gardening
- Te Kotahitanga o Te Atiawa Trust, Trustee 2014 – present
- Te Atiawa (Taranaki) Settlements Trust, current Deputy Chair, Trustee 2007 – present
- Greater Wellington Regional Council, Committee member 2012 – 2015
- Te Kura o Ōtari, Trustee & Finance Committee Convenor 2004 – 2010
- Wellington Ethics Committee, Lay member 2001 – 2003
Skills and Experience relevant to being a Trustee of Te Atiawa: E te iti mē te rahi o Te Atiawa, tēnā koutou katoa. I humbly seek your endoresment to serve as a Trustee and commit to always act in the best interests of Te Atiawa.
I offer my legal, business, strategic, and people skills combined with extensive governance experience, including managment of settlement assets. As Deputy Chair of the Fisheries Trust, I have worked hard to ensure Deed compliance, integrity in decision making and accountability to iwi members, through Annual Reports and the Distribution Policy.
My personal Atiawa vision is: Te Atiawa are vibrant, economically prosperous and culturally strong, at home and away.
I am currently a trustee on Te Kotahitanga o Te Atiawa. I am a Chartered Accountant and have a Masters degree in business administration (MBA). I have spent over 40 years working in chartered accountancy and various roles in commerce, and as an independent company director.
I have been or am currently Chair of Tui Ora Limited, Te Atiawa (Taranaki) Holdings Limited, Te Rau Matatini Limited, Hauora Taranaki PHO Limited, Allied Laundry Limited, Ngati Rahiri Management Committee and Te Aroha Medcare Limited.
In addition, I am currently or have recently been on the boards of Te Atiawa (Taranaki) Settlements Trust, Te Korimako, PHARMAC, Taranaki DHB and Massey University.
I believe that this blend of skills, qualifications and experience will allow me to contribute positively to Te Kotahitanga. I am honest, hardworking and open to new ideas. I recently organised the very successful Te Atiawa Investment conference, bringing together a wide range of options and ideas for iwi to consider.
I also have a wide network outside the iwi, which can help us to expand our commercial interests.
My vision for Te Kotahitanga o Te Atiawa is to develop an organisation that will increase the assets that have come through the settlement process, and strengthen the tikanga and reo of the iwi. This will support the members of the iwi and allow them to realise their dreams.
I live within Te Atiawa rohe and have two wonderful sons.
The Te Kotahitanga board members are appointed following a democratic voting process and are responsible for the governance of tribal assets and investments in tribal development.