Our Organisation

The Ngāti Manawa Group was created after extensive consultation and approval by Registered Adult Members before the signing of the final Deed of Settlement and consists of the following entities:


Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Manawa Trust, the governing body that monitors all other entities in the Group.


Ngāti Manawa Custodian Ltd a nominee company created to hold properties acquired by the Rūnanga through the Treaty settlement. The directors of the company are the Trustees of the Rūnanga.


Ngāti Manawa Development Ltd, a company created to invest and create wealth for the Group. The Directors are  Mana Newton, Cassandra Cowley, Leonard Grace and Laurie Porima.


Ngāti Manawa Tokowaru Asset Holding Company Ltd a company created to hold and manage Ngāti Manawa’s fishing quota and shares, in line with the requirements of the Maori Fisheries Act and Te Ohu Kai Moana. The directors are Maramena Vercoe and Leonard Grace.


Ngāti Manawa Trustee Company Ltd a company formed to act as the Trustee of the Ngāti Manawa Charitable Trust. The Rūnanga appointed directors of the company in the course of establishing the Charitable Trust. Having a company as the Trustee responsible for the administration and control of the Charitable Trust Fund. The directors are Taiarahia Taitoko, Patrick McManus and John Porima.


Ngāti Manawa Charitable Trust is currently in the process of conducting research and developing plans for board and community consultation. 


The Management Service Organisation (MSO) is the operating unit of the Group, responsible for serving the subsidiary entities as well as the Runanga. The Chief Executive Officer is Maramena Vercoe, who works closely with three staff members, Tania Edwards (Project Manager), Ima Nuku (ICT/Iwi Registrar/Regional Digital Hub), Maxeen Newton (Environment/Pou Taiao), Katrina Martin (PA/Board Secretary), Halee Merriman (Finance), Hinamoki Rewi (Receptionist), Hiiria Hunt (Cleaner), Deloitte Ltd (Accountant) and Kahui Legal (Legal Team).

Manawa Rere Regional Digital Hub - Ima Nuku (Manager), Roselyn Sharp (RDH Assistant, IT Network Systems, WFL Administrator), Lyric Hillman & Te Pahu Carson (WFL Tech Support), Che August (ManawaFM Radio Announcer).

Manawa Tu (WFL) Work for Life Centre - Gloria Newton (Centre Manager/Work Broker), Ani Marsh (Kaiawhina), Yvonne Rurehe (Kaimahi), Huia Waller (WFL Assistant).

He Korowai o Papatūānuku - Te Roopu Manaaki Erena Nuku (Supervisor), Tania Edwards (Project Operations Manager)

Associated Companies

CNI Iwi Holdings Ltd, the jointly owned company established to hold the forestry lands returned to Central North Island iwi under the commercial settlement and to conduct the Mana Whenua process, continues to work with the Iwi PSGE to complete the allocation of lands within the agreed extended time June 2014. The Ngāti Manawa directors are Maremena Vercoe and Laurie Porima.

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Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Manawa

Manawa Tu/ Manawa Rere