Our Trustees

 

manaaki whenua, manaaki whanau

Phillip Samuels

Chairperson

Ruthana Begbie

Secretary

He hōnore he korōria ki te Runga Rawa, he maungārongo ki te whenua, he whakaaro pai ki ngā tāngata katoa. He mihi tuatahi ki te Atua nāna nei tātou katoa e manaaki. Ka mihi ki a Kīngi Tuheitia e noho ana i runga i te ahurewa tapu o ōna mātua tūpuna. Ka huri ki a koutou katoa kua wairuatia, haere, haere, haere atu rā. Kia tātou nei te mahuetanga iho, ngā mihi o te wa.

Over the last decade, the Trust has blossomed into a robust enterprise committed to sustainable and meaningful outcomes. Transparency, Accountability, Strategic Development, and Sustainability are some of the core values that underpin our organisation. We hope that with the establishment of our new website, our beneficial owners and key partners are able to learn more about the work of the Trust, its socio-economic goals, and cultural imperatives.

Ko Tainui te waka 
Ko Waikato te awa
Ko Wharepuhunga te maunga
Ko Raukawa te iwi                      
Ko Ngāti Huri te hapū 
Ko Pikitu te marae 
Ko Kapu te tangata
He piko he taniwha, he piko he taniwha 
Waikato taniwharau.....tihei mauriora!

Born at Pikitu Marae and raised in Te Waotu, Ruthana serves not only as a trustee, but also as the Trust secretary. Ruthana is well versed in the management of Māori Land, and is also a foundation trustee of the Te Hanga South Land Trust based at the foot of the Kaimai Ranges in Te Poi. She was also the initial administrator of the Te Waotu Lands Trust. Her technical experience, and local knowledge  has proved invaluable to the Te Raparahi Lands Trust over her many years of dedicated service. Ruthana attended Putaruru High School and went on to  complete three years at Hamilton Teachers College. She then returned to Putaruru & surrounding areas to teach before settling down to raise a family

Along with serving on the Trust, Ruthana plays an active role on her marae, within the local community & with the Raukawa Settlement Trust.

Hine Rauwhero

Responsible Trustee

Tanui Te Arawa Matatua O Nga waka

Ngāti Hinerangi, Raukawa, Ngāti Pikiao, Ngai Te Rangi 

Nga Maunga teitei ko Weraiti

Ko Tainui te waka

Ko Weraiti te maunga

Ko Māhina-a-rangi te awa

Ko Raukawa te iwi

Ko Ngāti Kirihika to hapu

Ko Te Omeka te marae



 

Thomas Smith

Responsible Trustee

Ko Tainui te waka
Ko Weraiti te maunga

Ko Māhina-a-rangi te awa
Ko Raukawa te iwi
Ko Ngāti Kirihika to hapū
Ko Te Omeka te marae

Thomas has served diligently on the Trust for a number of years, and also serves as a trustee for Ngamanawa Incorporation in the lower Kaimai - a large forestry trust. Thomas is a leading figure in the Te Poi & Matamata community, and is activley involved in local matters. He also represents Raukawa interests on the Manawhenua Forum (Matamata-Piako District Council), the Waiariki Police Advisory Group (Rotorua), and the Matamata College B.O.T. Furthermore, he has served as a past Chairperson for Raukawa Trust Board - which is now the Raukawa Settlement Trust.

Born at Ratana Pa and was raised in Te Poi, Matamata, he spent his early years in a rural setting. After his  father passed away, Thomas took over the family farm (95ha) at the age of 14. His knowledge and experience in agriculture stems from a very practical application, and resonates perfectly with the strategic goals of the Trust.

"I hope that our mahi at the Trust will help our owners to develop and utilize their lands in a way that meets our tikanga and our economic aspirations."

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Debbie Gisby

Raparahi Financial Advisor