Pauline  Tangohau – Koromatua representative

Pauline is the current Chair and has been a Koromatua representative on the Board since its establishment in 2009. Pauline has been in the public service for the past 28 years or so and brings a valuable range of skills to the Board. Pauline says the work on this Board is challenging and her roles are to manage relationships, expectations and oversight of the negotiations in the wider interests of Ngati Whakaue katoa. Pauline also affiliates to Ngati Rangiwewehi and is a Board member on that Post Settlement Governance entity – Te Tahuhu o Tawakeheimoa Trust.


Te Kiri Mitchell – Koromatua representative

Te Kiri affiliates to Ngāti Hurungaoterangi, Ngāti Tunohopu, Ngāti Pukaki, Ngāti Te Rorooterangi and Ngāti Taeotu. Te Kiri’s koroua and kuia are Niramowa Tireni Taiehu Mitchell (Mitere) and Nataria Rotohiko Haupapa (Michell). Her matua and whaea are Hamuera Taiporutu Mitchell (Mitere) and Rangipawa Te Kahu Kopekia Haimona (Mitchell). Te Kiri is married to Ike Retimawa. They have two children, Zane Hamuera Taiporutu Mitchell and Shaloh Kaiser Octavious Mitchell. Te Kiri and Ike have two mokopuna, Aleisha and Shikyra.


Kingi Biddle – Koromatua representative

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.


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.



Hamuera Mitchell – Koromatua representative






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.


Veronica Butterworth – Ngapuna representative

Veronica was born in Rotorua and raised in Ngapuna. She affiliates to Ngati Hurunga Te Rangi and Ngati Rongomai. Her tupuna are Wenarata and Te Ruahuihui. Veronica is married to Dennis who is from Ngāti Porou, and they have a daughter and two sons. Veronica has worked as a Registered Nurse  and  as a Public Health Nurse. She has also worked for the Ministry of Education as a Special Education Advisor. Veronica has qualifications in Health and Education, and is currently the Service Development Manager with Te Arawa Whanau Ora Collective.


Maria Horne – Maketu representative




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Tamara Mutu – Koromatua representative

Tamara Mutu is from Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Pikiao, Tuhourangi and Ngāi Tahu.  Her husband is Jonathan Kilgour (Ngā Rauru and Rereahu) and they have one son.  Over the last fifteen years she has worked as a lawyer for central government and iwi trusts.  Tamara currently works as a Business Relationship Consultant for Te Tumu Paeroa, supporting trustees and owners of Māori land blocks around the country.


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