Koromatua Representative Board Member

Kingi Biddle – Koromatua Representative (Chairperson)

Kingi is the current chairperson of Te Komiti Nui o Ngati Whakaue and was elected in 2018. Kingi was born and raised in Rotorua, he and his family live in Koutu, Ōhinemutu. His wife Wendy comes from Tainui, Mataatua and they have four beautiful tamariki and two “strikingly amazing” mokopuna. Kingi is the son of Robert Bully and Linda Biddle, both of Ngāti Whakaue and descends from the two Tupuna, Pango through his son Hamuera and Te Amohau through his son Paora. Being on the Committee is a way to seal the past and future for our iwi.

Hokimate Kahukiwa, TKN Trustee, Koromatua Representative

Koromatua Representative Board Member

Hokimatemai Kahukiwa – Koromatua Representative

Hoki was born in Rotorua and raised between Ohinemutu and Koutu.  He is from Ngati Tunohopu, Ngati Rangiiwaho, Ngati Taeotu and Ngati Turipuku.

Hoki served in the Royal New Zealand Infantry for 22 years. He served in Malaysia and Vietnam. Hoki attained the rank of Warrant Officer 1st Class.

Koromatua Representative Board Member

Hamuera Mitchell – Koromatua Representative

More info to come.

Rawiri Bhana,

Koromatua Representative Board Member

Rawiri Bhana – Koromatua Representative (Ngāti Te Roro o te Rangi)

I am a product of my upbringing.

I am a product of the love, the support and the guidance shown to me by my parents, my koroua, my kuia, the Pā. These people, our people, this place, our place have all ensured that I have had a solid grounding not only in our kawa and tikanga but that I was also educated to the highest standard, ensuring I would not feel out of place walking in either worlds.

I’m a problem solver and a relationship specialist who can offer insight and strong direction to creating successful outcomes for all. I firmly believe that strong leadership doesn’t need to compromise a strong value based belief system when dealing with people.

I believe that your current Trustees of Te Komiti Nui o Ngāti Whakaue can within the next 3-5 years bring a settlement from the Crown back to our people, our marae, our hapū, our iwi.

Ultimately I believe in “Mokopuna Decisions”, which is exactly what our tupuna believed in. The decision making process that take into account the intergenerational view as opposed to the now mentality.

Joseph Edwards, Koromatua Representative

Koromatua Representative Board Member

Joseph Edwards – Koromatua Representative

More info to come.

Maru Tapsell, Koromatua Representative, TKN Trustees

Koromatua Representative Board Member

Maru Tapsell – Koromatua Representative

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Ray Pou Poasa, Ngapuna Representative, TKN Trustee

Ngapuna Representative Board Member

Ray Pou Poasa – Ngapuna Representative

Ray was born in Rotorua and raised in Ngāpuna and is married to Lorraine Hall. They have three daughters, Hiraina, Rauoriwa, Kaihau and one son, Tamati. His parents are Tuisano and Theresa (Hine) Pou, his Grandparents are Pou and Te Poki (paternal side) and Paurini Mutu and Parehu Hamiora (maternal side).  His Great Grandparents are Poasa and Salome (paternal side) and Hiraina Herewini and Mutu Kawhena (maternal side) and his Great Great Grandparents are Pohiri Hamiora and Kaihau Te Pere.

Selwyn Insley, Ngapuna Representative, TKN Trustee

Ngapuna Representative Board Member

Selwyn Insley – Ngapuna Representative

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Te Poari Newton, Horohoro/Mamaku Representative, TKN Trustee

Horohoro/Mamaku Representative Board Member

John Te Poari Newton – Horohoro/Mamaku Representative

Ngongotaha te maunga, Ngongotaha te awa, Tarukenga me Parawai nga marae, Te Whatumairangi raua ko Te Ngakau oku whare tupuna, Parehina raua ko Hinetai oku whare manaki, Ko Tura ko Te Arawa ko Whakaue nga Iwi, Ko Ngati Te Ngakau ,ko Ngati Pukaki nga hapu, Ko TePoari taku ingoa

I am married to Pipi of thirty years we have seven children my family are intergenerational ahi-kaa of Ngongotaha through our tupuna Hinetai, Te Ngakau, Te Aokahira Te Putu and Turi Te Atuaherangi.

I am a Carpenter Joiner by trade with qualifications in project management development and CAD design, The knowledge I have obtained in local government processes specifically RMA and town planning with on the ground research