Meet our Board

Roxanne Smith
Roxanne SmithChair
Rongowhakaata

Roxanne (Rongowhakaata) is the Chair of the Trust and represents Ngā Uri o Te Kooti Rikirangi Settlement Trust. Roxanne is the great grand-daughter of Putiputi Raukawa Smith (nee Rikirangi) who is the grand-daughter of Te Kooti Rikirangi through his son Wetini.

Roxanne was involved as a whānau delegate through the Wai 856 Treaty claim and has continued to support the aspirations of Ngā Uri as a governance member of the Trust.

Based in Rotorua with her partner and four children, Roxanne is the Director of her own research and evaluation company focused mainly on evaluating health and education initiatives.

roxanne.smith@tetirawhakaari.co.nz
021 216 7038
Rangi Wetini Cairns
Rangi Wetini CairnsTrustee
Rongowhakaata, Te Aitanga-a- Māhaki, Ngati Porou

Anei te kawai taura here o taku whakapapa ki taku tipuna a Te Kooti Rikirangi.
Ka moe a Te Kooti Rikirangi i a Irihāpeti Puakana, ka puta ko Wetini. Ka moe a Wetini i a Oriwia Nihipora Kunaiti, ka puta ko Rangi. Ka moe a Rangi i a Marara Te Kahukaone, ka puta ko Hariata Charlotte. Ka moe a Hariata i a Tiaki Wattie, ka puta ko Te Kahukaone. Ko au te tamaiti tuarua o Te Kahukaone rāua ko Ngaro Matuakore Maru.

Through her whakapapa above Rangi is of Rongowhakaata, Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki and Ngati Porou descent and a proud direct descendant of Te Kooti Rikirangi. She is one of seven trustees representing the beneficiaries of Nga Uri o Te Kooti Rikirangi and a Trustee on Te Tira Whakaari Trust.

Although Rangi is a Management Accountant based in Wellington, she travels regularly to Turanga to attend to matters of importance in order that she (and her whanau) can learn more and managed the affairs and issues that face them as Ngā Uri o Te Kooti. The discovery of her connection to Te Kooti became apparent to her as a young child. It is the passion for a man that changed the history of Aotearoa that keeps Rangi and her whanau focused on a journey to discover and celebrate the life of her tūpuna, Te Kooti Rikirangi.

rangi.cairns@tetirawhakaari.co.nz
027 520 9630
Maewa Thornton
Maewa ThorntonTrustee
Rongowhakaata

Maewa is a trustee representing Ngā Uri o Te Kooti Rikirangi Settlement Trust. Maewa is the mokopuna of Erina (nee Smith) and Houakiterangi (Rock) Pohatu; daughter of Ramaria May and Theo Jones. Maewa is the mother of five children and five beautiful mokopuna. Based in Gisborne is actively involved with her mokopuna, kapahaka and supporting whānau and community events.

maewa.thornton@tetirawhakaari.co.nz
021 404 648
Judge Layne Harvey
Judge Layne HarveyTrustee
Ngāti Awa, Rongowhakaata, Te Aitanga a Māhaki, Te Whānau a Apanui, Ngāti Kahungunu

Layne (Ngāti Awa, Rongowhakaata, Te Aitanga a Māhaki, Te Whānau a Apanui, Ngāti Kahungunu) is a trustee representing Rongowhakaata Iwi Trust.

Based in Rotorua Layne is a resident Judge for both the Aotea and Tākitimu Districts of the Māori Land Court. Layne is actively involved in iwi and hapū affairs, he has been a trustee of Māori land trusts, iwi authorities and Māori reservations and has been a member of the Council for Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi since 1997. He is also the chairperson of Te Hau ki Turanga Trust.

layne.harvey@tetirawhakaari.co.nz