April Pānui, 2018


GM Corner

Waiho i te toipoto, kaua i te toiroa – Let us keep close together – not far apart.

GM Corner

Kia ora koutou

Waiho i te toipoto, kaua i te toiroa – Let us keep close together – not far apart.

As one chapter closes another one opens. As Brendon mentioned, after a thorough and fruitful search the Trust has appointed a new general manager, Simon Karipa (Ngāti Apa – Rangitikei).
An accomplished lawyer, Simon has significant experience in the Iwi/Māori commercial sector, both in pre-settlement and post-settlement contexts particularly fishing, and has held a wide and interesting variety of governance roles, including as chair of Whanganui Iwi Fisheries Ltd and the Te Ngākinga o Whanganui Investment Trust.

Since 2012 he has served as in-house counsel at Te Ohu Kaimoana, where he was involved in legal matters as well as advocacy, strategy and planning, and prior to that he had stints with Te Rūnanga o Ngai Tahu, the Ministry of Justice and also with his Iwi in Whanganui, as business manager for Whakauae Research Services and manager of the Mōkai Pātea Waitangi Claims Trust.

I think you will be really impressed with Simon. He is humble, smart and keen to help drive the organisation forward.

Simon and his partner Bernadette will be attending the next board meeting on Saturday, April 21 and his journey with Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō will officially begin on May 7.

There will be a powhiri to welcome Simon on Monday, May 7 at Omaka Marae. All whānau members are welcome to attend, so if you can make the time, please do join us.

Simon Karipa (Ngāti Apa – Rangitikei).

Simon will bring down some of his northern Ngāti Apa relations, including the chair of Te Rūnanga o Ngā Wairiki Ngāti Apa – Pahi Turia – and their Group Manager, Grant Huwyler.

The powhiri will commence at 11am. If you intend to come along, please register with the office for catering purposes by emailing office@ngatiapakiterato.iwi.nz. Or give Deb a call on 0800 578 900 or 03 578 9695.

On another note, Simon’s appointment brings my time as interim general manager to an end. I have thoroughly enjoyed the past eight months or so with Ngāti Apa Ki Te Rā Tō and thank the Trust for the opportunity. I really enjoyed the camaraderie and support of the Trustees and the staff as they strive every day to help the Iwi.  I have nothing but admiration for this progressive little Iwi in Te Tauihu and look forward to seeing the next exciting phase of development. Change is in the air – and there is nothing as invigorating as the promise of opportunity and change.

Nga mihi
Guy Royal, Interim GM, 
Ngāti Apa Ki Te Rā Tō Trust

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