Board of Trustees
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.
I was appointed to the Trust Board in 2006 and have enjoyed working for the Trust and our iwi over the last seven years. Within the governance role my main involvement and interest has been with Marlborough Resource Management (former Chairperson RM Komiti Marlborough) and the commercial and economic development of the Trust during the Waitangi Claim Settlement negotiations process. This is a strong and ongoing interest to assure sustainable and economic capacity into the future to enable the enhancement and wellbeing of our iwi me ngā whanau.
I also hold a number of Trustee and Directorship positions with other Māori and community organisations and in addition to my Te Ātiawa trustee role. These roles have allowed me the opportunity to gain solid governance experience and also participate in promoting economic and social opportunities for others, our iwi, whānau and community.
Over the last 13 years I have worked as an Accountant in the Marlborough Nelson Region and I am a registered Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA) with the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA). Last year I was given and accepted the amazing opportunity to work for the Wakatu Incorporation as the Group Financial Accountant. The role is based in Nelson and I do a weekly commute from our family home in Waikawa (shared with my husband and our two children).