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The Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō Trusts (Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō Trust and the Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō Charitable Trust) are made up of six elected members, three from the Tarakaipa hapū and three from the Pūaha te Rangi hapū.
The Trusts’ mission is to receive, hold, manage and administer the Trusts’ assets on behalf of and for the benefit of the present and future members of Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō in accordance with the Deed. Members meet monthly and also hold responsibilities within the Sub-committee structure. Elections are held annually, and trustees serve three-year terms.
All registered members aged 18 and older are eligible to stand for election and vote.
Hinemoa Conner, Chairperson
Hinemoa has represented the Pūaha te Rangi hapū since 2011 and was elected chairperson in September 2019. After a
professional career spent in Christchurch, Hine now resides in the Far North.
Clinton Gapper, Deputy chair
From the large and well-known Gapper family, Clinton lives in Picton with wife Nicola and tamariki Nikita and Lilly. This is Clinton’s first term as a trustee after being elected in 2019.Contact Clinton
A well-known master carver, Fayne, who resides in Ōtautahi (Christchurch), was first elected to the Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō Trusts in September 2018. He represents the Pūaha te Rangi hapū.
Peter was reelected as the Trustee representative for the Tarakaipa hapū in 2021. He also sits as a Director on both the Fisheries and Investment Companies. Peter currently resides in Auckland with his wife and two daughters.
Kushla was voted onto the Trusts to represent the Pūaha te Rangi hapū in 2020. After many years overseas working in renewable energy, Kushla now resides in Levin with her husband and five tamariki.Contact Kushla
Nicole is the latest member of the board, being elected in 2022. Having grown up in Te Tauihu, she’s grateful for the opportunity to represent Tarakaipa at the board table. Nicole works in the tertiary sector and resides in Whakatū with her husband and four sons.