Iwi Support Structure

Ko Te Ātiawa nō runga i te rangi

Ko te toki tē tangatanga i te rā

Taringa mangō, ko te kete nge

Ue ha! Ue ha!


Ātiawa ki Whakarongotai Charitable Trust (“Trust”) was established by way of a Deed of Trust which was adopted on 3 September 2006 by Nga Uri o Ātiawa ki Kāpiti (Ātiawa ki Kāpiti descendants).

The predecessor to the Trust, Te Runanga o Ātiawa ki Whakarongotai Incorporated (“Runanga”) established the Trust as the Mandated Iwi Organisation (“MIO”) for Te Ātiawa under the Maori Fisheries Act 2004.  In 2005, Nga Uri o  Iwi agreed to mandate the Trust as the MIO for Te Ātiawa ki Kāpiti, in fact we were one of the first iwi to achieve this milestone. Following two special general meetings in 2012, it was agreed to formally disestablish the Runanga and to have one governing body for the iwi – this is now the Trust.

Since 2005, the Trust has been the mandated body to speak on matters affecting the collective interest of Nga Uri o Te Ātiawa ki Kāpiti.  The Trust has certain political, social, cultural and economic responsibilities in addition to the asset management and distribution responsibilities brought about by the Fisheries settlement.  Annual elections are held in accordance with the terms of the Trust Deed and there are a total of 4 Trustees and 2 alternate Trustees, each elected for a term of 3 years by Ngā Uri o Ātiawa ki Kāpiti who are registered with the Trust.

The Trust continues to develop its capability to provide support to Nga Uri o Te Ātiawa ki Kāpiti on political, social, cultural, economic and environmental kaupapa – specifically as we enter into a new and exciting phase of development and move on from the turbulence of the past.  Your current Ātiawa ki Whakarongotai team members are:


As of 13 o ngā ra o Huitanguru 2022, the elected Board of Ātiawa ki Whakarongotai Charitable Trust are as follow:.

Āndre Baker – Chairperson

Whakatūria e Te Ātiawa ki Whakarongotai te pou, whakatūria te iwi kotahi o Ngāti Tama, o Ngāti Mutunga me Ngāti Maru-whara-nui.  Me titiro ngā kanohi ki tāku kōkirikiri haere e pākahukahu mātou ki te tau i heke mai nei. Tēnā tātou katoa.

I am the proud son of Matau and Lloma Baker and mokopuna of Haua and Matenga Baker. I am standing for the position of Trustee to continue serving our whānau to the best of my ability.

I am the Kairuruku Whānau Whakahui (FGC Co-ordinator) for Te Rūnanga o Toa Rangatira and as a Kaitakawaenga, I specialise in working with high needs tamariki and rangatahi.

I prepare Cultural Reports for Youth and District Courts for whānau in Youth Justice Residences and Prisons. I am a Steward of the Ōtaki-Māori Racing Club, Chairman of Horowhenua-Kāpiti Māori Rugby Board and member of the NZ Māori Rugby Board.

You have privileged me to be elected as your representative for the past 6-years and given me the opportunity to be a strong advocate for our iwi, particularly in the ongoing challenges of our Treaty partnership with Kāwanatanga.  This has required leadership by supporting our Board, the marae, our rangatahi, iwi representatives, and our iwi consultants who work with District and Regional Councils, and Crown agencies.

In the last 2-years, I am proud to report my involvement in the successful review of KCDC and GWRC partnerships, securing ongoing Treaty claim and Takutai Moana funding, the $8.5m Waikanae ki Uta ki Tai Jobs for Nature Project, Rangatahi

Hui, COVID-19 Tikanga Haumaru response including kai and hygiene packs, Te Uruhi Gateway Project, A.R.T. hapū and iwi confederation forums, and our new Housing and Iwi-Māori Health Partnership Board initiatives, and finally our vision to reinstate Ātiawa ki Whakarongotai social services.

I am excited to continue promoting hapū and iwi development for Ātiawa ki Whakarongotai and respectfully working to uphold the dreams and aspirations of our tupuna.

Cherie Seamark – Deputy Chairperson

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Born and raised in Waikanae, Ms Seamark’s mātua iwi is Te Atiawa ki Whakarongotai. She also affiliates to Ngati Toa Rangatira, Ngati Tama and Ngati Mutunga.

Cherie Seamark  –  Te Ātiawa ki Whakarongotai,  accepted an appointment to the role of Kaiwhakahaere/General Manager Māori for Tū Ora Compass Health, a Primary Health organisation (PHO), supporting Primary Health and wellbeing services to the greater Wellington, Porirua, Kāpiti coast and Wairarapa populations. 

The new role supports Tū Ora’s aspiration to achieve equity for Māori Health outcomes. The role also heads-up the Tū Ora Māori and population health team, as part of the organisations commitment to improving the wellbeing for the region’s Māori population of around 37,000.  

Cherie brings strong management and leadership skills to the position, having recently completed an MBA at Victoria University. She has excellent knowledge of te ao Māori and of the NZ Primary Care environment, having worked as General Manager/CEO at the highly successful Hora Te Pai Health service for the past 11 years.

In addition to extensive experience in providing kaupapa Māori Primary and Community health service leadership, Seamark also holds the deputy chair position on the Atiawa ki Whakarongotai Charitable Trust and is a Director of the Atiawa ki Whakarongotai Asset Holding Company.

“I’m looking forward to the role with Tū Ora and my future focus will be on employee engagement along with the development and implementation of organisation-wide initiatives to ensure Māori health is at the forefront of all that we do” says Seamark.  

Janine Huxford – Finance Officer

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As a highly motivated professional in the experiential marketing and events sector with 21 years experience in the printing industry, Janine’s career is one focused on customer service with key strengths in building and sustaining strong working relationships. Janine is adept at establishing trust and credibility at every level and believes that the measure of her success has been in securing working relationships that have led to quantifiable results.

Her experience to date including having co-owned a highly regarded marketing and brand company has resulted in an in-depth knowledge of project and contract management and delivery of events and campaigns across Aotearoa and Internationally. Working in multiple industries, with many and varied organisations has given her a wide range of skills to bring to the table, whilst managing partners expectations.

Some of her clients included:

New Zealand and Wellington Rugby (All Blacks, Sevens World Series, DHL Lions Series, Hurricanes, Wellington Lions) match enhancement, event management and Central Netball Regions (Pulse) Operations, Commercial Manager, event management and Digicel Pacific Brand Manager, procurement and launch of brand and retail stores into Samoa.  Cricket World Cup, Football Federation Australia event management.

Janine is currently employed as the International Event Manager for Education New Zealand, Manapou ki te Ao, the government arm tasked with building international education opportunities for New Zealand inline with the Government’s International Education Strategy. Managing and leading the International Events team, working closely with partners, to ensure delivery of activity within agreed plans, budgets and cost recovery models.

I am a granddaughter of Sylvia Tamati (nee Mitchell) who was a founding marae trustee and Te Puni Kokopo Te Paea Tamati.

Chris Gerretzen

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Pera Barrett

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is 43025517_2229949160570657_224482684838084608_n-1024x1024.jpgI want to contribute to our iwi board because I believe I have an obligation to do so, and skills which would be useful to our people.

Most of my work experience is in strategy, leadership, digital/tech, and people. I’ve been working in the fields of western systems and the public sector for the last decade, and those planted seeds of experience have grown into transferrable skills. Outside my 9-5, I believe I’m obligated to harvest those skills for the wellbeing of our iwi and te iwi Māori. The leadership of our tūpuna is why we’re still here, and any of us with leadership experience have an obligation to make the same kōrero true in 200 years.

Our whānau is OK, we have kai and money to pay the mortgage for now, so this obligation is something I act on today, knowing anything can change tomorrow.

While I try and meet this obligation through different kaupapa I’ve grown operationally and lead strategically eg. Shoebox Christmas, Paperback Guerrillas podcast and others, I’d like to narrow this down more for the iwi I’m descended from, and to whom I owe any inherited pukenga (ART).

Te Raukura Horomona Solomon

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Untitled-1.jpgKei aku whakateitei ki te whenua, kei aku tamarahi ki te rangi, tēnā koutou

I am the youngest mokopuna of Nanny Harata Solomon nee Parata (Aunty Charlotte) and Matuaaiwi Solomon and I am both honoured and humbled to run in this year’s election to be a trustee on behalf of our iwi of Ātiawa ki Whakarongotai.

I am passionate about our rights and interests as mana whenua of our rohe, and in ensuring our ahi kā continues to burn brightly for those who come after us. This passion has seen me pursue a law degree at the University of Auckland with a focus on Tiriti, Māori land and environmental law.

I have a policy background which includes working for Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu in their strategy and relationships team, where I advocated on behalf of the iwi whānui to further the interests of Kāi Tahu uri in their takiwā. While based in Ōtautahi, I also devoted my time to supporting the claims and hearings of Ātiawa ki Whakarongotai in the Porirua ki Manawatū Inquiry, which culminated in my submitting a joint brief of evidence with my first cousins Reina and Hepa to support the take of our ancestors.

I remain deeply invested in this work, and currently work for Te Arawhiti – the Office for Māori Crown Relations – in order to continue to expand my knowledge of the system in order to be a better kaitiaki and future ancestor. I also work alongside Shar Maoate Davis to support kaupapa taiao with the Greater Wellington Regional Council as a member of Mauri Tūhono.

It would be a great privilege to me to be able to further contribute to our iwi on behalf of the Trust if my nomination is successful.

Āku mihi nui ki a koutou katoa, Nā Te Raukura

Administrative Support

Kaipiringa:  Linda Kohunui-Hartman

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Ko Arthur Kohunui rāua ko Michelle Hartman oku matua
Ko Devonte rātou ko Anastas, ko Haiz-Leigh ngā tamariki


Having lived on the Kapiti Coast for all of my younger life I grew up with my Nan (on my mother’s side) and sister Pera (Papara/Hartman).  I spent most of my time with my mother’s whanau growing up – but knew that my Father’s whanau were there and lived in Paraparaumu. I knew that I was loved by them and that my Nan and Koko, Aunties and Uncles would be excited to see me when I would go by them on occasion.

I attended Feilding Agricultural High School as a boarder and with the help of all of my Grandparents. Gaining prefect of Matatahi House and eventually leaving in Year 13 to attend Kapiti College, hapū. 

We had our daughter Devonte and when she was was around 3 went on to attend He Huarahi Tamariki – Young Parent  school in Linden, eventually becoming hapū with our son Anastas who also attended.I stuck to my studies with our babies in tow and went on to become Head Student – which was a massive achievement for me – as I was not confident in my place in this world.

Shortly after that we were hapū again and decided to move North to Ruakaka, to be by the kids fathers whānau. A time that I will remember forever – I was introduced to Kohanga Reo, Takahiwai to be exact. And that is where my introduction to Māoritanga came in, the people of Takahiwai embraced us and let us learn. We were ‘green’ but never made to feel inadequate. They helped shape our sons love for Te Reo and Kapahaka which he embraced thoughout his life.

Moving back to Paraparaumu, I enrolled our baby Haiz-Leigh at Te Kohanga Reo o Tararua ki Paraparaumu and we continued with our journey – with me eventually going in as Kaiwhakahaere. It was then that I really started learning the connection of us and our whanaunga in Te Atiawa, again – I was ‘green’ but I was helped and Iearnt a lot along the way with support from whanau that I still value and appreciate to this day.

Moving on with the kids at kura now – I needed to bring in an income for our whanau, so back to the books and a bit of a student loan – I started working with a local Roading Technology company with whom I stayed with for a number of years. I got to a point where I was needing to be challenged and fulfilled with more of a community interaction environment – I was lacking the motivation to just work for
the sake of working. So I made a decision to reach out to Kara and inquire about working within our Iwi.

And here I am.

I look forward to learning more and being able to eventually being a member of our iwi who can offer knowledge and support. I look forward to walking down the road and knowing how we connect and being able to tell my babies how we all fit in together and I welcome your stories and your time.

Whatungarongaro te tangata toitū te whenua
As man disappears from sight, the land remains
To contact Linda, please email her at admin@teatiawakikapiti.co.nz

Kaiwhakahaere:  Janine Davis

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Ko Ngati Toa Rangatira, Ngati Raukawa ki te tonga, Taranaki tuturu nga Iwi, e noho ana ki Paraparaumu.

Janine works for the Trust as a financial administrator and communications officer.  She enjoys being a small part of the bigger picture and will only settle for deliverying the best for Iwi.

Nurtured from an early age, Janine’s success does not come from leading alone; it entails a collaboration of numerous people from many walks of life. Education was an integral part of Janine’s achievements, her matua and kaumatua were her best teachers and enabled her to stand strong confident in her identity, empathy about intergenerational changes and driven to reciprocate these learnings onto younger generation.  Her fondest memories were at Whakarongotai Marae where she learnt that picking up a teatowel was an important and grounding role.  Kawa me ona tikanga guided her in life just as policy and procedures do in business.

To name a few, Janine Davis has sat on many iwi representative boards through out Wellington/Kapiti.  As mana whenua, she provides a process to engage in positive outcomes through clear and transparent reporting to her iwi. She enjoyed delivering small contracts with the Electoral commission as an Engagement Advisor in 2018, Regional trainer and a Mobile Manager in 2017 and the Central Communications Advisor in 2019.  She was a National Administrator for a sexual violence kaupapa, Chairperson of Te Runanga o Atiawa ki Whakarongotai, Business woman, Strategic and business planner and a qualified Financial Advsior.  It was her whakapapa that enabled her to achievie the greatest rewards, but of all her accomplishments was her role as a mother to three daughters and a Nanny to 13 mokopuna.


The current structure for Ātiawa ki Kapiti comprises the Trust, Ātiawa ki Whakarongotai Asset Holding Company Limited (“AKWL”) and Wharekohu Fisheries Limited (“WFL”), both of which are 100% owned subsidiary companies of the Trust. This structure was effectively developed from the framework offered by the Maori Fisheries Act 2004 and then consolidated when Wharekohu Fisheries was shifted over as another subsidiary. Given its foundations it is important to ensure that the constitutions of the subsidiary companies and the Trust Deed are able to incorporate any other acquired assets by the Trust or any developing activities of the Trust.

Following consideration of various structures which were appropriate for the activities of the Trust, the Trustees concluded that the most appropriate structure was one that was conducive to the Trust’s philosophy of protecting and growing the assets of Te Ātiawa for the benefit of Nga Uri o Te Ātiawa ki Kāpiti.

As such, the current structure is one where the Trust is the ultimate owner/kaitiaki and governing body for all assets and activities of the Trust, while separate companies have been and may be introduced to segregate assets and activities for the purpose of mitigating risks, protecting assets and enhancing focus on particular activities. The current structure is shown below:


In 2005, in accordance with the Maori Fisheries Act 2004, an Asset Holding Company (“AHC”) – Ati Awa ki Whakarongotai Holdings Comapany Limited (“AKWL”) –was established to receive, hold and manage the fisheries assets allocated by Te Ohu Kaimoana (“TOKM”).

AKWL is bound by the requirements of the Maori Fisheries Act 2004, the Companies Act 1993 and directions from the Trust. AKWL currently has two forms of assets to manage, these are summarised as Fisheries Assets and Cash Assets.

There are five aspects of Fisheries Assets:
1. Settlement Quota (population based – deepwater/off shore quota);
2. Coastline Quota and Coastline agreements (inshore);
3. Annual Catch Entitlement (“ACE”);
4. Share Holdings in Aotearoa Fisheries Limited (“AFL”); and

Both the Settlement Quota (also referred to as the population quota) and the Coastline Quota represent the legal licence to conduct commercial fishing activity and the ability of AKWL to sell and/or swap this quota is restricted. The ACE is leased by AKWL to commercial fishers on the basis of commercial returns along with maintaining strategic relationships. Finally, the shares in Aotearoa Fisheries Limited provide income through dividend payments to AKWL.

The directors for AKWL are appointed by the Trust and are appointed for a term of three years but can be re-appointed for subsequent terms up to nine years. The current directors for AKWL are:

AKWL Directors:

  • Bill Carter
  • Russell Spratt
  • Cherie Seamark