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Board of Trustees


Archdeacon Harvey Ruru, Chairperson

Archdeacon Harvey Ruru, Chairperson

Te Ātiawa Manawhenua Ki Te Tau Ihu Trust Foundation Trustee since 1993. Former Chairperson, Vice Chairperson and Co Director on Tainui Taranaki ki Te Tonga Ltd to progress our Waitangi Tribunal Claims Settlement alongside Ngāti Tama, Ngāti Rārua, Ngāti Koata and Wai 56 (Wakatu Inc). Submitted personally 3 Waitangi Tribunal Claims for Te Ātiawa hearing and one Hough whānau claim yet to be heard as part of the Waikanae Waitangi Tribunal Claims.

I continue to enjoy all the challenges which many changes have presented over the years. Te Ātiawa presently has huge tasks ahead to ensure the future of our mokopuna is sustained. Many wonderful and beautiful people have been and continue to be on this journey to secure the best for our mokopuna and Te Ātiawa nui tonu.


Ron Riwaka, Vice Chairperson

Ron Riwaka, Vice Chairperson

Ko Piripiri te maunga
Ko Waitohi te awa
Ko Tokomaru te waka
Ko Waikawa te marae
Ko Puketapu te hapu
Ko Te Ati Awa te iwi
Ko Ron Riwaka toku ingoa.

Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi Engari, he toa takitini 
Success is not the work of one, but the work of many

My parents, Taare and Huriana Riwaka, lived in Waikawa. I grew up at Waikawa Pa with my siblings and many cousins.

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Billy Reeves

Billy Reeves

Occupation : Carpenter.    

Interests : Diving, Te Reo Māori, Golf, Waikawa Marae, Diving for local hui & tangihanga.  

I was born and have lived most of my life here in Waikawa.  My parents are Bill and Lily Reeves. I am married to Dawn McLaren and have three sons and four mokopuna.  I am a qualified carpenter and in the past have run my own business quite successfully.

In the past four years I have been studying Te Reo Māori with the aim of speaking on Waikawa Marae and representing our Marae at hui.  I am now in a place in my life where I feel I can contribute to my Iwi. I have a passion for all ‘things’ Māori, and have a desire for my Iwi to succeed at all levels.


 Harry Love

Harry Love

Kia ora Whānau,

I am privileged to have been elected to Te Ātiawa o Te Waka-a-Māui Trust.

I will endeavour to the best of my ability to ensure that the Governance and Management of Te Ātiawa o Te Waka-a-Māui will continue at the highest level.

Open honest communication with the iwi are necessities for a strong and stable iwi.

I have lived in Waikawa Bay since 2009. My mokopuna attend Waikawa Bay School and Queen Charlotte College. My daughter is on the Waikawa Marae Committee.

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Cindy Batt

Cindy Batt

Occupation : Kaiako (Te Ataarangi), Educator (Nelson Provincial Museum), Information Management Librarian (Nelson City Council).    

Over the years I have been involved in several youth and community development programmes and view these programmes as an investment for all Māori. More recently I have been involved in educating the wider community in all aspects of ‘Te Ao Māori’.

I believe I offer a fresh perspective and skills base to aid the direction of Iwi and descendants into the future.

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John Katene (JK)

John Katene (JK)

For several years I have held the position of Te Ātiawa Director to Tiakina te Taiao (RMA), and was on the Ngāti Rārua Ātiawa Iwi Trust for 20 years.  I am married with four children and eight grandchildren.  I work with the Youth at Risk, helping them get their hours done and try to build their self-esteem.  I would like to think that I'm an honest person, and am accountable to the Te Ātiawa people.  I have a good sense of humour but am really serious about getting down to doing the work for the beneficiaries.  My aim is to help build.


Joy Shorrock

Joy Shorrock

Occupation: Director, ‘Whenu Limited’, Careers portfolio

Interests: Mahi toi, Kura Kaupapa Māori

Iwi representative for the Nelson Marlborough Conservation Board, Kaiteretere Recreation Reserve Board, Motueka Museum and am a Trustee at Te Āwhina Marae, Te Hauora o Te Āwhina Marae and the Māori representative for Creative communities (Tasman)

Protection of the environment, natural resources, taonga species (and continued access to these), retention of and passing on of matauranga, kawa, tikanga, mahi toi and ngā taonga tuku iho is what I am most passionate about.

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Vennessa Turama Ede

Vennessa Turama Ede

Occupation: Group Financial Accountant, Wakatu Incorporation, Nelson. 

Education: Graduate Diploma in Business (Grad Dip Bus) – Massey University; Bachelor of Commerce and Administration (BCA) – Victoria University 

Interests: Family, Iwi, Friends, Rugby, Horses, Home, Waikawa Bay, Māori Economic Development

Ko Piripiri te maunga, Ko Waitohi te awa, Ko Waikawa te marae, Ko Ngāti Te Whiti tōku hapū, Ko Tokomaru te waka, Ko Te Ātiawa tōku iwi, Ko Island Moutere Love me ko Patricia Huriata Love ōku maatua, Ko au te mokopuna tuatahi o Moutere raua ko Patricia Love. Heoi ano he tamaiti whāngai au o raua. Ko Marlene Turama Love tōku Whaea whanau. Ko Vennessa Turama Ede taku ingoa.

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