Norm Dewes

Norm Dewes

Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust Chairman

Norm Dewes was appointed to Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust on the 1st of March 2017.  He is of Ngāti Kahungunu and Ngāti Porou descent.

Norm moved to Christchurch in the 50’s as part of the Māori Trade Training Scheme. 

He has been a strong campainger to support Māori who reside in urban settings having moved away from their homelands. 

He worked as a union secretary for 27 years before becoming involved in the establishment of the Māori Authority in Christchurch that is now known as Te Rūnanga O Ngā Maata Waka. 

He has served on a number of Trusts and organisations and today he is the CEO of Te Rūnanga O Ngā Maata Waka Inc.

The Trust is proud to have Norm lead at the helm of Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust.

 

 Kate Cherrington

Kate Cherrington

Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust Director

Kate Cherrington was appointed to Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust on the 9th of January 2018. She is of Ngāti Hine, Ngāpuhi and Te Kapotai descent.

Kate is based in Poneke but calls Tai Tokerau and Murihikipi home.  She has spent over 25 years in the tertiary educational sector, notiably with Te Wānanga O Aotearoa.  She is a highly respected leader in education management, policy design, quality cultural assurance, Māori language programmes and wānanga develoment.

Kate serves on a number of Boards in the philanthropic and tertirary sectors.  She is highly passionate and committed to all her governance roles,  however there is one role that she cares deeply for, and that is as a trustee for Miria Marae in her homeland of Waimomio.

She grew up in Invercargill and truly understands what it means to reside away from her tribal lands, she brings great wealth of knowledge and educational leadership to the Trust.  It is an honor and privilige to have her serve as a director of Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust.

 

Evie OBrien

Evie O’Brien

Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust Director

Evie O’Brien was appointed to Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust on the 9th of January 2018.  She is of Ngāti Awa and Ngāti Ranginui descent.

Evie is based in Whakatāne and is a staunch supporter of our whānau engaging in tertiary education opportunities.  She was appointed as the Deputy CE of Te Whare Wānanga O Awanuiārangi in 2017 and prior to that was an executive at Te Whare Wānanga O Aotearoa and a member of AKO Aotearoa.

Evie has recently been appointed to an international role that will see her lift Māori educational advancement through global eduational leadership.

It is great to have Evie as a Director of the Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust as she brings great leadership and strategic direction.

Evie O’Brien was appointed to Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust on the 9th of January 2018. She is of Ngāti Awa and Ngāti Ranginui descent.

 

Karleen Everitt

Karleen Everitt

Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust General Manager

Karleen Everitt was appointed to the role of General Manager for Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust on the 1st of October 2017.  She is proud to affiliate to Te Iwi Morehu, Te Aupouri and Ngāpuhi-Nui-Tonu.

Prior to her appointment as General Manager for the Trust she was the COO and administrator.  Karleen has held a number of governance roles in the economic space, particularly in the Māori economic space for her iwi.  Recently Karleen stepped down as the Chair of Northland Inc (the economic development agency for Tai Tokerau / Northland), a role she was very proud to hold as the first Māori and first women to preside over.

Karleen also has her own boutique Māori business in Tai Tokerau that provides opportunities to her whānau.  And is a member of the NorthTec Council and holds a Masters in Management from the University of Auckland Business School. 

Karleen is proud to serve as the General Manager for Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust.