Board of Directors

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Mavis Mullins


Private enterprise
  • Paewai Mullins Shearing, Director - shearing contractors
  • Paewai Mullins Systems, Director: business consultancy & advisory
Personal Milestones
  • 2012 & 2005 Maori Sports Awards – Sports Administrator of the Year
  • 2008 Paewai Mullins Shearing winner NZ Safeguard Health & Safety Supreme Business of the Year
  • 2001 (MNZM) for services to the wool industry
  • 1995 Winner Maori Business Women’s Award; Runner up Maori Business Women’s Award overall excellence
  • 1993 Paewai Mullins Shearing winner Manawatu Business Development Board Service Industry of the Year
  • 1987 &1990 Golden Shears Open Wool Handling Championship
Governance: 20 years' experience on public and private enterprises
  • 2012 - Board member: Taratahi Agricultural Training
  • 2010 - Board member: Rangitane Special Negotiations Trust
  • 2010 - Patron: Agricultural Women's Development
  • 2008 - Board member: Nga Whenua Rahui
  • 2007 - Board member / Chair: Atihau Whanganui Incorporation
  • 2004 - Chair: Hautaki Ltd
  • 2003 - Chair: Poutama Trust
  • 1997 - Chair: Aohanga Incorporation
My Commitment to AWHI
  • To assist with the strategic direction and success of AWHI
  • To utilize my relationships and networks for the benefit of AWHI
  • To do all I can to make our people proud of their AWHI links



 Shar Amner

 Details to follow 

Future AWHI:


Keria Ponga

Keria Ponga

  • Experience:
    Elected onto the Atihau Whanganui Incorporation in 2015
    Professional background in business mentoring and in-depth knowledge of the machinery of government. 
    Participated in local, regional, national and international business forums that opened up new markets and industry networks for business clients.  
    Active in the region’s economic development space with significant networks across several sectors
    Private Enterprise:
    Ngakura Investments Limited
    Independent Contractor
    20 years’ active participation in Community Organisations, Public Sector and Private Enterprise
    2016 Ngati Rangi Trust, Hautapu Paepae Representative, Totarahoe
    2016 Hauora a Iwi, Whanganui Iwi Delegate
    2015 Te Atihau Trust, Trustee
    2016 Te Ngakina Investment Trust, Trustee 
    2015 Ngā Tangata Tiaki, Trustee
    2013 Sarjeant Gallery Trust, Trustee 
    2013 Te Oranganui Trust - Trustee -Te Rūnanga o Tupoho Delegate  
    2011 Te Reo Irirangi o Whanganui – Awa FM, Chair
    The people always first
    A safe pair of hands
    An enthusiasm for innovation
    Future for AWHI:
    A key stakeholder and influence in economic development growth for the region
    Greater participation of shareholders and beneficiaries in the business of AWHI
    Key Achievements:
    2014 Returned Awa FM’s financial position to positive within 18 months
    2014 Project Managed - Te Atihau Trust Home Insulation Project 
    2010 Coordinated - Māori and Aboriginal Business Showcase – Sydney
    2010 Event Managed - Māori Showbands Extravaganza - Auckland
    Career & Specialist Skills:
    Business Development 
    Stakeholder Relationships
    Change Management 
    Graduate Diploma in Economic Development
    Institute of Directors – Certificate in Company Direction
    Institute of Directors - Chairing the Board 



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Che Wilson

  • Environmental hearings commissioner, AUT 2008
  • Translator and interpreter, Te Taurawhiri i te Reo Maori 2002
  • BA Hons (International Relations), VUW 1998
  • BA (Maori and Political Science), VUW 1997
Key Achievements:
  • Curated award winning exhibition - Te Pihi Mata
  • Director and manager of consultancy - Intugen Ltd
  • Managed allocation and monitoring of £9m fund (UK)
  • Advisor to 2 Departmental Chief Executives, Secretary of Labour and Associate Minister

Iwi & Community Contribution:

Surrounded by whanau, hapu and tribal leaders from a young age, they have guided me and passed on the responsibility of ensuring the collection knowledge of our tribe lives on, this includes the current contributions:

  • Chair, Te Reo o Whanganui
  • Member, Te Kahui o Paerangi (Ngati Rangi runanga)
  • Member, Ngati Rangi Claims Committee
  • Member, Tongariro-Taupo Conservation Board
  • Member, GNS National Maori Advisory Board

Career & Specialist Skills:

Working in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom, I have a strong policy background and have focused on education and community development. Upon my return home, Missy and I developed a consultancy to assist with community and environmental development and financial literacy. Key skills are:

  • Strategic Planning and Governance
  • Facilitation and Mentoring
  • Project Management



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Toni James Davis Waho

  • Te Reo and Tikanga Maori: A learnt highly fluent speaker of Maori and conversant with our Whanganui dialect. Began teaching career as a lecturer at the Palmerston North Teacher's College and progressed to teach in kohanga reo. I am currently the Principal of Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Mana Tamariki in Palmerston North.
  • Governance and Management: As a school Principal I understand the divide between the two and the important role the Committee of Management or Board of Directors (Governance) has to lead Management (CEO and other staff) to fulfil the Committee's Strategic and Business plans.
  • Strategic and business planning: I have been involved in both for my current employer, Te Runanganui o nga Kura Kaupapa Maori o Aotearoa, responsible for leading and supporting the Kura Kaupapa Maori movement (1993 - 2005) and recently Te Kohanga Reo National Trust Board. The Challenge for AWHI is to apply Maori cultural perspectives to its business and agricultural environment.
  • Policy development and analysis: I have worked closely with Head Office Te Puni Kokiri and the Ministry of Education developing and analysing Education policy.
Milestones & Highlights with AWHI:
  • Assisting the development of the new Governance structure
  • Appointment of the new CEO
  • Promoting the "one farm" approach
  • Developing the Maori Guiding Principles Framework to apply to AWHI decision making processes
  • Active in the Tangata Whenua Committee
  • The erection of Te Hononga - the pou on the Tawanui Station windfarm testing site
  • Celebrating the success of Pah Hill Station with the management team and shareholders
Future for AWHI:
  • Embedding the Maori Guiding Principles Framework within the organisation
  • The achievement of the ‘one farm' approach
  • Harnessing the advantage of our size
  • Pressuring the farming sector to out perform itself to increase returns to shareholders - despite the current adverse conditions
  • Development of our energy projects
  • Sorting out our relationship with the Whanganui Trust
  • Expansion of our dairy activities
  • Continued pursuit of the commercial redress relating to the vested lands fiasco AWHI inherited through no fault of our own
  • Continued positive engagement with our shareholders



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Whatarangi Murphy - Peehi

  • Farming: Owner and Director of sizeable sheep and beef farm - Kaahu Estates, winner of Southern Region Ahuwhenua Trophy 2003.
  • Farming: Owner and Director of Karioi Dairy farm Ltd
  • Forestry: Joint Ventures
  • Governance: 20 years service to Atihau Whanganui Incorporation (AWHI) in various governance roles - the last three years as Chairman
Milestones & Highlights with AWHI:
  • Implemented a modern business structure including the adoption of a governance style of stewardship and the appointment of a CEO.
  • Refreshed AWHI's strategic direction:
  • Winner of 2007 Ahuwhenua Trophy for Maori Excellence in Farming
  • Winner of Ballance Environmental Awards - Horizon region.
  • Increase in stock units: from 120,000 to over 200, 000.
  • Increase in acreage: from 30,000 to 80,000 acres.
  • Increase in gross income: from $5 million to $10million
  • $3 million regional development grant from Government
  • Established AWHI's first dairy unit
  • Station blessings by shareholders
Future for AWHI:
  • Further enhance our excellence in our core business of farming
  • Stabilise the new business structure to ensure best practice in governance
  • Harness the benefits of the "one farm" approach
  • Establish an electricity generation project
  • Progress environmentally sustainable projects to protect our ancestral domain (water rights, harakeke, carbon credits, Kyoto)
  • Foster closer relationships with other Incorporations and trusts for mutual benefit
  • Develop opportunities that derive from our large number of stock units and land holding.
  • Develop employment opportunities for shareholders and our iwi (farming, tourism, carbon management)
  • Develop a succession plan for future board members with clear direction and understanding of the 3 year commitment involved



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Te Tiwha Puketapu
Director - Atihau Whanganui Incorporation (2012)

  • Te Tiwha can be seen at home in various roles such as a trustee for the Ranana Marae Reservation Trust and the Pakaitore Settlement Trust. More recently, he has been involved with the rebuild of Te Wainui a Rua School, its governance, management and student achievement.
  • Te Tiwha has a range of qualifications including: Doctor of Philosophy - Massey University (2000), Certificate of Company Direction (1995), Masters of Education Administration (Hons) (1993) and Bachelor of Education (1990).
  • His working background includes senior roles in the public service and state sector with NZQA, TPK, State Services Commission and TEC. He has been a Chief Executive Officer and he has held governance roles for a number of organisations, including the Whanganui Community Foundation, The New Zealand Education Council and the Alan McDiarmid Research Institute.Some of you may know of his role as the Chair for the Whanganui River Maori Trust Board and in particular, his on-going contributions to the Whanganui River claimant hearing with the Waitangi Tribunal and, more recently, the river claims negotiation process.
  • Te Tiwha is known for his activities in strategic planning, governance, management and community development. He has successful experience in these areas including organisational change.
  • With this background and skill-base, and his current involvement in settlement negotiations, marae and hapu activities, maori land use and community development, he wishes to contribute to the direction and initiative of Atihau Whanganui Incorporation