What is the job of the trustee?

The role of the Trustee is set by the Maori Land Court. The attached document explains its role and function. Trustees1 are bound by the provisions of Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993 and the Trustee Act 1956. Their key duty is "to maximise the assets and minimise the liabilities of the trust2" to the best of their ability and within the law. Their powers, rights, and obligations are set out in the trust order....click on the PDF file to download Trustees Duties.

Meet the Trustees
Moerangi Falaoa

Koro/Kuia: Te Kahurangi Petera Hepi & Heeni Hepi

Matua: Tioelu Matagitoko Falaoa & Te Waiparemo Hepi-Te Huia

Elected:   ?

Portfolio: Social Development – Housing, Education & Health

Role: Trustee / Deputy Treasurer

I have forty years’ experience in human resource & community development within the public sector moving from HR management into Organisational Development and then out into the wider community working with groups to assist them to drive their projects through to completion.  In the past few years I have been managing Te Korowai Aroha o Aotearoa an Indigenous Education & Training organisation that trains Māori professionals in the social & health sectors to transform their practice when working with whānau, hapū & iwi.

Huitao Rakaupai

Koro/Kuia: Ko Kopeke Hohaia raua ko Ringahora Hohaia ōku tūpuna



Portfolio: Treasurer / Environmental 

Role: Trustee

“Aku hiahia ki te mahia ngā mahi ki te taha o te hapū o Ngāti Te Maunga te hangaia he  tūrangawaewae mo tātou me te hokinga mai o ngā manu rangatira.”


Marlon Hepi

Koro/Kuia: Pataropa Hepi raua ko Puhi Hepi (nee Howden)

Matua:   Tom Hepi raua ko Airini Hepi (nee Mohi)

Elected:   December 2017

Portfolio:  Economic

Role: Trustee

Kia ora, 

I bring to the teepu - 30 years expereience in social servies in both ministeries and provider sectors, the last 15 of those years in senior executive roles.  

Best memory: In the 70's we use to camp for 2 weeks, at the cove for xmas/new years, thats when the front had only the ole house and the waterfront had no grass only manuka.  


"Ehara taku toa, he takitahi, he toa takitini"

my success should not be bestowed onto me alone, as it was not individual success but success of a collective