On this page you can find out all about the Board of Trustees of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Rārua.
Our Board of Trustees contain professionals of whakapapa, history, finance, banking, governance, business, cultural and social realms. Each one of our board members have whakapapa to Ngāti Rārua and are chosen by the registered members of Ngāti Rārua.
Olivia Hall | Anaru Luke | Rima Piggott | Des Willison | Renee Thomas | Miriana Stephens | Lesley Udy | Dr. Lorraine Eade
Olivia Hall (Chairperson)
Olivia holds a number of governance roles including; Chair of Tasman Bays Heritage Trust (Nelson Provincial Museum), local committee member of Institute of Directors and Chair of the Mātauranga Iwi Leaders Group. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Māori, a Masters of Business Administration, a Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning and an Advanced Certificate in Māori Ambassador and Leadership.
Head of the Māori Department at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology and owner of Meke Events. She is from the hapu of Ngāti Paretona, Ngāti Pareteata, Te Arawaere and Tūrangapeke. Olivia and her husband Dion have four sons and cherished mokopuna.
Andrew (Anaru) Luke
Andrew is passionate about the environment and incorporating Māori values and knowledge into the management of natural resources. For the past 18 years Andrew worked in central government departments from Ministry of Fisheries, Ministry for the Environment and Department of Conservation as a coordinator, policy analysis, manager and director. Born and bred in Wairau and after spending 15 years in Wellington Andrew is now the Executive Director Māori at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology based in the Nelson Campus.
With his partner of 20 years, Kelly and married for three years, have two boys and in 2018 relocated to Nelson to live.
Desmond (Des) Willison
Des’ employment background includes structural engineering, and he has a Diploma in Social Work and a Degree in Mātauranga from Te Wānanga o Awanuiarangi. For the past 20 years Des has worked in the social sector for both government and non-government agencies, including iwi. He is actively involved in marae and hapū development and is passionate about protecting the environment for future generations.
Rima was born and raised on whānau whenua in Motueka. Her working life has varied, from stay-at-home mum to her two boys, to Operations Manager of the Ngāti Rārua Atiawa Iwi Trust’s horticultural business in the mid-2000s. She currently works in part-time personal care and home help for the elderly and disabled. Rima has been the Chair of Te Āwhina Marae and, during the late 1990s, was a Trustee for three consecutive terms.
Renee has a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and Management. She also has commercial skills gained over 10 years working in accounting and management roles for Wakatū Incorporation, Kono Horticulture, Ngāti Rārua Atiawa Iwi Trust and Ngāti Tama ki te Waipounamu. Renee also has experience in the commercial banking sector, having completed a secondment with ASB in 2015. Renee now juggles part-time accounting work for Rezource, alongside running a cafe with her husband in Nelson and operating a mobile coffee and real fruit ice cream business at local events and the beachside in Marahau over the summer.
Miriana holds qualifications of a Bachelor of Arts in New Zealand History and a Law Degree, majoring in Commercial Law. Miriana holders a number of Directorships including Director of Wakatu Incorporation, member of Psychotherapists Board of NZ and the Lincoln University Transformation Board as well as of her own company Aotahi Limited. Miriana was born and raised in Motueka and is of Ngāti Rārua, Ngāiterangi and Ngāti Ranginui descent.
Lesley holds a Bachelor of Commerce with first class honours in accounting and information systems. Lesley is a Chartered Accountant and is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand (CAANZ). Lesley specialises in financial statement audits in the Marlborough and Nelson regions. Previous roles include auditing for a mid-tier firm based in Christchurch, then working as a financial accountant for Christchurch City Council.
The opportunity for Lesley and her husband Bill to return home back to Wairau in 2015 was too hard to resist. Currently working for Crowe Horwath in Blenheim, Lesley makes the most of living in this beautiful place that is our home.
Dr. Lorraine Eade
“Lorr” has been involved with Ngāti Rārua Iwi Trust for the past 18 years, in positions that include Ngāti Rārua Iwi trustee, director on its fishing company Te Tao Tangaroa Ltd, manager of Ngāti Rārua Iwi Trust and as an advisor to support the trust through its Treaty settlement process.
Lorr holds a Doctorate of Psychology. In her spare time, she is an instructor of the Wairau Taekwon Do Club and regional director for South Island Taekwon Do. She also enjoys playing summer and winter netball.
She and Dave, her partner of 31 years, are blessed with three beautiful children.