The Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust is the sole Shareholder of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Whai Rawa Limited. The Shareholder makes all appointments to the Whai Rawa Board. 

When appointing a director the Trust will consider the particular skills and expertise required to support the Company’s activities, and also the relevant mix of skills of the Board. 

The Board is lead by experienced company director and insolvency expert Michael Stiassny. 

Michael Stiassny Chair Michael Stiassny is one of New Zealand’s most respected directors and his passion for Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei goes well beyond his position as Chair. Michael says his motivation is simple – to bring about positive and lasting change for the hapū. Chairman since 2013, Michael’s in uence on Whai Rawa has led to both growth for the company and the professional development of his fellow directors. A key focus for Michael has been the need to prepare Whai Rawa for succession. A Fellow of Institute of Directors (FInstD) and the current President of that organisation, he has been the senior partner of KordaMentha in Auckland since 1990. A Chartered Accountant and lawyer, Michael is a director for a number of public and private companies and is the current Chairman of Vector Limited and Tower Limited. 

Michael Stiassny
Chair

Michael Stiassny is one of New Zealand’s most respected directors and his passion for Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei goes well beyond his position as Chair. Michael says his motivation is simple – to bring about positive and lasting change for the hapū.

Chairman since 2013, Michael’s in uence on Whai Rawa has led to both growth for the company and the professional development of his fellow directors. A key focus for Michael has been the need to prepare Whai Rawa for succession.

A Fellow of Institute of Directors (FInstD) and the current President of that organisation, he has been the senior partner of KordaMentha in Auckland since 1990.

A Chartered Accountant and lawyer, Michael is a director for a number of public and private companies and is the current Chairman of Vector Limited and Tower Limited. 

Sir Rob Fenwick Independent Director Sir Rob Fenwick is an experienced businessman and company director with interests closely aligned to promoting sustainable development. He is a long-standing member of the Institute of Directors, a founder of the New Zealand Sustainable Business Council and has held a number of key governance roles. In 2016, Rob became a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the environment, and was also one of 3 finalists for New Zealander of the Year. This followed on from his recognition in 2015 as the recipient of the Sir Peter Blake Medal for his outstanding leadership contribution to New Zealand. Rob has a strong connection with the Hauraki Gulf, being a former Chairman of Motutapu Island Restoration Trust and an advocate for Te Matuku Bay Marine Reserve, where he operates a successful oyster farm. 

Sir Rob Fenwick
Independent Director

Sir Rob Fenwick is an experienced businessman and company director with interests closely aligned to promoting sustainable development.

He is a long-standing member of the Institute of Directors, a founder of the New Zealand Sustainable Business Council and has held a number of key governance roles.

In 2016, Rob became a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the environment, and was also one of 3 finalists for New Zealander of the Year. This followed on from his recognition in 2015 as the recipient of the Sir Peter Blake Medal for his outstanding leadership contribution to New Zealand.

Rob has a strong connection with the Hauraki Gulf, being a former Chairman of Motutapu Island Restoration Trust and an advocate for Te Matuku Bay Marine Reserve, where he operates a successful oyster farm. 

Precious Clark Whanau Director Precious has a legal policy background, and has firmly established herself in the Auckland business and philanthropic communities. She is a Director of the Centre for Social Impact,  a Trustee of Foundation North and the Chair of Auckland Museum Taumata- a-Iwi. In 2015 Precious completed the Global Women’s Breakthrough Leadership programme. Precious is passionate about making a positive contribution towards the development of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei. 

Precious Clark
Whanau Director

Precious has a legal policy background, and has firmly established herself in the Auckland business and philanthropic communities. She is a Director of the Centre for Social Impact,  a Trustee of Foundation North and the Chair of Auckland Museum Taumata- a-Iwi.

In 2015 Precious completed the Global Women’s Breakthrough Leadership programme.

Precious is passionate about making a positive contribution towards the development of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei. 

Ngarimu Blair Trust Representative Director Named the Inaugural Emerging Māori Business Leader by the Auckland University’s Business School, Ngarimu Blair is the Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust representative for Whai Rawa. He was described by the University as having a “strong vision, humility, and inclusive management and governance skills”. A geographer, with over 15 years’ experience in advancing a range of iwi issues in Auckland City, he is regularly called upon by the media and political influencers. Ngarimu is also on the Board of the 11th National Science Challenge and North Harbour Rugby Union. 

Ngarimu Blair
Trust Representative Director

Named the Inaugural Emerging Māori Business Leader by the Auckland University’s Business School, Ngarimu Blair is the Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust representative for Whai Rawa. He was described by the University as having a “strong vision, humility, and inclusive management and governance skills”.

A geographer, with over 15 years’ experience in advancing a range of iwi issues in Auckland City, he is regularly called upon by the media and political influencers.

Ngarimu is also on the Board of the 11th National Science Challenge and North Harbour Rugby Union.