Ngā Tangata

Our People

Nelson Meha

COMMITTEE OF MANAGEMENT – CHAIR
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Nelson was elected to the Committee of Management (CoM) in 2008 and has been Chair…

Nelson was elected to the Committee of Management (CoM) in 2008 and has been Chair since 2010. Nelson’s previous roles at the Rotorua Māori Land Court during the mid-2000’s, taught him the skills required to succeed in governance and leadership roles like this.

He believes that a key reason for the incorporation’s recent successes has been the ability for the CoM to get on and make decisions without having to worry about ego. “Yes, it is about our shareholders, but more importantly we need to be mindful that the decisions we make today will impact our tamariki and mokopuna.”

Nelson is also Chair of Tuara Matata, a collective of Māori entities including Rotomā No.1 Incorporation, Tautara Matawhaura Trust and Rotoiti 15 Trust. Tuara Matata is currently involved in geothermal development opportunities on their whenua, they are also exploring opportunities to work closer together across other sectors, like forestry and housing.

Nelson previously worked at Scion (New Zealand Forest Research Institute Limited) as a Business Development Associate and Māori Partnerships Advisor for over 12 years. These roles provided Nelson with a valuable insight into New Zealand’s forestry industry and the growing importance Māori plays in this sector.

Nelson started his new role as Principal Advisor at Kāinga Ora (for the Te Moana a Toi rohe) in mid-September 2021. This role is regionally based and focuses on assisting iwi/roopū Maori with their housing aspirations.

Nelson is married to Paula and they have five children between them. They currently live at Tapuaeharuru, Rotoiti under the shadow of their maunga, Matawhaura, with two of their children, Manawarangi and Raina.

Lewis Gardiner

COMMITTEE OF MANAGEMENT
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Lewis was elected a CoM member in 2018. Lewis Gardiner is regarded as one of…

Lewis was elected a CoM member in 2018. Lewis Gardiner is regarded as one of the most innovative and respected Māori jade artists of his generation. He has had multiple exhibitions throughout major cities internationally. In 1994, he graduated in Māori Craft and Design at the Waiariki Institute of Technology in Rotorua. During his final year he was introduced to the valuable medium of pounamu (jade) and was immediately attracted to its artistic possibilities. Māori had always valued pounamu for both its hardness and for its translucent beauty. Lewis was no different – as he says, “Our tupuna (ancestors) have given us, the Māori people, the resource and knowledge base to provide a reference for us and our children for years to come.”

Lewis’s business acumen and relationships in the arts will be a real asset to the Rotomā No.1 CoM as we seek to look at new investment opportunities and building on the tireless work of his father Bruno Gardiner and the many other Committee members who have passed.

Pini Tahana

COMMITTEE OF MANAGEMENT
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Pini was re-elected as a CoM member in 2022 for Rotomā No.1 Incorporation. He has…

Pini was re-elected as a CoM member in 2022 for Rotomā No.1 Incorporation. He has over 25 years experience. He also serves on more than ten Ahu Whenua Trusts and one Whānau Trust. He has held various positions in the former Department of Māori Affairs and the Māori Land Court. His current employment is as a manager at the Rotorua Māori Land Court which gives him an insight into the duties and responsibilities of trustees and committees of management. His community involvement includes Vice President of the Hinehopu Golf Club and staunch Rotoiti Rugby supporter.

Glenda Curtis

COMMITTEE OF MANAGEMENT
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Glenda has been a CoM member since 2010 and holds a Bachelor of Management Studies…

Glenda has been a CoM member since 2010 and holds a Bachelor of Management Studies (Hons) with a background in small business, commercial banking and education. She is currently employed by Rotorua Lakes High.

Glenda is enthusiastic about the opportunities that the Incorporation is about to embark on and looks forward to utilising her skills of business, strategy and finance.

Eva Moke

COMMITTEE OF MANAGEMENT
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Eva joined the CoM for Rotomā No.1 in 2015 and brings with her years of…

Eva joined the CoM for Rotomā No.1 in 2015 and brings with her years of governance experience having served as a trustee for Te Pumautanga o Te Arawa and as a trustee of the Tarawhai Iwi Trust. Eva has vast experience in the social and health sector and has been a great advocate for our koeke and tamariki. Eva has been integral in supporting the Kaumatua support project initiated by Bruno Gardiner on behalf of the CoM.

Maureen Malcolm

COMMITTEE OF MANAGEMENT
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Maureen joined the CoM for Rotomā No.1 Incorporation in 2020. She is a lecturer of…

Maureen joined the CoM for Rotomā No.1 Incorporation in 2020. She is a lecturer of law at the University of Auckland and works part time as a solicitor at Corban Revell Lawyers. She specialises in Māori legal issues.

Tammy Gardiner

Committee of Management
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Tammy was elected as a CoM member in 2023….

Tammy was elected as a CoM member in 2023. With over 30 years experience in the education sector, Tammy has been priviledged to be able to work for her people and community working at Te Kōhanga Reo o Te Hikuwai and Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Rotoiti where she was a kaiako and acting tumuaki for over 15 years before being approached to work for the University of Waikato. She is currently the Associate Director at Te Whai Toi Tangata – Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato and is the Project Lead and Head Lecturer for Te Ahikāroa an Employment Based Initial Teacher Education Programme that supports ākonga to become kaiako in wharekura with a specific skill in teaching Pāngarau, Pūtaiao and te reo Māori.

Tammy is the current chairperson at the Rotoiti Sports & Community Association and is honoured to be a CoM member with the idealogy that education is key to success. Tammy is passionate about giving back to her hapū and iwi and as a ‘kanohi kitea’ can be found at the marae or supporting community intiatives that will empower her people. She looks forward to the challenge to be able to represent the beneficiaries of Rotomā No. 1. ensuring the people are connected and that growth, prosperity and wellbeing are prioritised for the generations to come.

Michael Hancock

TUMU WHAKARAE
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He uri tēnei no Te Arawa Waka, Tauranga Moana me te Tai Tokerau anō hoki….

He uri tēnei no Te Arawa Waka, Tauranga Moana me te Tai Tokerau anō hoki.

I tipu ake ahau ki Rotorua nei, ā, he raukura ahau nō Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Koutu.

I te waka o Te Arawa, he whakapapa wōku ki roto o Ngāti Rangiwewehi, Ngāti Rongomai, Ngāti Pikiao, me Ngāti Whakaue anō hoki. Ka ahu taku hononga ki te takiwā o Rotomā i tōku tūpuna kuia a Arihia Taurarua Hākopa (nee Gardiner).

Firstly it is my privilege to be introduced as the new Tumu Whakarae, CEO of Rotomā No. 1 Incorporation.

My professional background is fairly diverse across both the public and private sectors. However, I have spent the last 9 years working in the economic development space in Rotorua, ranging from commercial banking through to scoping, funding and delivering large scale development projects on behalf of Council, iwi, Government and our Economic Development Agency (Rotorua NZ).

I am married to Kerri Anne Hancock and Pāpā to three tamariki haututū – Maraea (8), Justin (6) and Te Waere (4).

I am excited by the opportunity to build upon the work the Incorporation has achieved so far to realise our aspirations for our mokopuna, our culture and taiao. Our whakapapa connection to the whenua binds us to navigate both opportunities and challenges ahead and I look forward to embarking on the journey together.

Laurie Huntingdon

KAIWHAKAHAERE TARI
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At the end of 2018, we completed a recruitment process for our first Project Administrator….

At the end of 2018, we completed a recruitment process for our first Project Administrator. Laurie started her role as the Project Administrator for Rotomā No.1 Incorporation in January 2019.

Laurie will play a vital role in supporting CEO Neville King and the Rotomā No.1 Incorporation CoM Members to progress our growing asset base and to lead our strategic commitments and priorities. She will work across the business to build and implement our vision and mission – ‘Kia mau te whenua hei oranga mō te iwi’.

Laurie has worked in law firms for the past 10 years where she gained significant knowledge around processes within the administration sector.

More importantly, Laurie’s appointment marks a significant milestone for Rotomā as we are proud to have one of our own assisting to manage our assets alongside the CEO and the CoM members.

Karlena Wineera

KAIĀWHINA
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At the end of 2019, we completed a recruitment process for our He Pou Rangatahi…

At the end of 2019, we completed a recruitment process for our He Pou Rangatahi Programme. Karlena started her role as the Kaiāwhina for Rotomā No.1 Incorporation in July 2020.

Karlena will play a vital role in supporting Kaiarahi/Kaitohutohu Abe Whata and Hoani Mihaka to progress our He Pou Rangatahi Programme and to lead our strategic commitments and priorities.

Karlena has worked in hospitality and law firms for the past 10 years where she gained significant knowledge around processes within the hospitality and administration sector.

Abe Whata

KAIARAHI
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At the end of 2019, the incorporation completed a recruitment process for our rangatahi work…

At the end of 2019, the incorporation completed a recruitment process for our rangatahi work ready programme He Pou Rangatahi. Abe started in this alongside Hoani Mihaka in November 2019.  Hoani has now moved into his new role as a Kaitohutohu (Career Pathway Advisor)  and  now works alongside MeiMei Whata.

Abe will play an important role in helping to support  and guide our rangatahi to attain qualifications in forestry but to support them in seeking other potential employment or educational pathways.

Abe has a Navy background and has worked in the Te Maioha o Parekarangi Youth Justice Residence. His experiences have helped the many rangatahi who have joined our Kaupapa.

Hoani Mihaka

KAITOHUTOHU
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In 2019, we completed a recruitment process for our He Pou Rangatahi Programme.  Hoani started…

In 2019, we completed a recruitment process for our He Pou Rangatahi Programme.  Hoani started his role as a Kaiarahi alongside Abe Whata for Rotomā No.1 Incorporation in November 2019. Hoani has currently moved from his previous role to the Kaitohutohu role.

Hoani will play an important role in helping to support our rangatahi in pastoral care to achieve higher learning, a range of skills and attain qualifications to carry on the incorporation legacy and to embody one of the incorporation whakatauki ‘for our own by our own’.

Hoani has worked in the tertiary education sector (teaching te reo Māori) the Youth guarantee sector (sport health and fitness, and tourism) with Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, Youth mentoring sector with Te Waiariki Purea Trust for the past 15 years.

Maia Malcolm

KAINIHOWERA
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A survey completed on kōeke support services identified that there are areas of unmet need…

A survey completed on kōeke support services identified that there are areas of unmet need such as social isolation, timely access to health care and lack of home help support.

In order to improve the health and well-being of their kōeke, Rotomā No. 1 Incorporation (Rotomā) have identified new pathways and services that better align to their needs.

The vision for Rotomā is to improve home-based support and health advocacy and increase opportunities for social engagement.

Maia started her role in October 2021, her primary purpose is to identify and aid, advise and support to kōeke to ensure that their hauora needs are being met.

Prior to moving back home, Maia spent 25 years in the Shearing Shed Industry and 8 years at Lorneville Freezing Works in her mother’s homeland in Te Wai Pounamu.

Maia has always been a role model for the young and old from Te Hikuwai Kohanga Reo (1982-) to Te Puna o Waione (2019-2021) whether it be a kaiāwhina/cook/cleaner/van driver.

Maia would like to acknowledge cousin Bruno Gardiner in having set the vision in place and to the other cousins Eva and Joyce for being supportive in making this role possible, and to Sonia Hawkins and Kirsten Rei for all their assistance they have provided.

Finally, I hope to make all my Tupuna proud.

Our Mission

Kia mau ki te whenua hei oranga mō te iwi

To protect, manage and enhance the Rotomā No. 1 Incorporation land and assets to the best advantage of the shareholders and their descendants.

Our Vision

Standing strong and proud on our whenua

The whenua sustains the hapū
Utilisation of all the whenua

All shareholders have a connection with the whenua
Increase the wealth of shareholders

Our Values

Rangatiratanga · Authority
Hiranga · Excellence
Whanaungatanga · Kinship
Kaitiakitanga · Guardianship
Whakamana te hapū · Empower the hapū
Whakapono · Integrity, honesty
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