The Board is the legal authority and has ultimate responsibility for all aspects of Te Āhuru Mōwai and its affairs. Board members are entrusted to ensure that Te Āhuru Mōwai is soundly managed for the benefit of its contributors and beneficiaries (both actual and potential) and fulfils the requirements of its constitution, community housing registration and regulatory board, the Charitable Trusts Act 1957, the Charities Act 2005 , the Limited Partnership Act 2008 and all other statutory and regulatory requirements.  

The role of the board is governance rather than operational and includes: 

  • To set Te Āhuru Mōwai’s values, mission, goals and objectives.
  • To determine the Strategic Plan, agree the Annual Plan, including the annual budget and monitor performance against the plans.
  • To appoint a General Manager to manage the day-to-day running of operations and monitor their performance.
  • To provide the necessary support and resources to enable the General Manager to achieve the agreed objectives and goals. To agree and confirm an overall risk management policy which protects Te Āhuru Mōwai’s reputation, operations and assets.
  • To ensure an annual review of Te Āhuru Mōwai’s vision, mission and values.
  • To promulgate Te Āhuru Mōwai’s activities and good name.
  • To serve as an appeal body for issues and complaints.
  • To annually self-assess to continually improve Board performance.

Our board members are:

Tā Matiu Rei (Chairperson) was the Executive Director of Te Rūnanga o Toa Rangatira Inc. In this role, Tā Matiu has led the establishment of a primary health service comprising five medical centres, a specialist nursing and health workers service, an addictions and primary mental service and a disability residential service. Tā Matiu is acknowledged as one of the country’s most esteemed Maori leaders and Ngāti Toa is extremely fortunate to have had the benefit of his bold and tireless leadership over the last three decades.

Francis Freemantle currently head of Operations working in the Intellectual property legal practice industry for AJ Park. Previously Chief Financial Officer. Skilled in negotiation, risk and insurance, corporate finance, management, strategic planning, and governance. Governance and advisory to Iwi.

John Holyoake experienced Chief Executive with a demonstrated history of delivering in significant capital and long-term investment environments. Leader of Change and Transformation. Skilled in Strategic Direction, Management, Business Process Improvement, Business Development, Leadership and Coaching, Board and Stakeholder Management, and innovative Program Management.

Having worked across commercial and social sectors, I deliver in complex environments, working through strong relationships and stakeholder engagement

Helmut Modlik chief executive officer at Te Rūnanga o Toa Rangatira Incorporated. He is an experienced director, executive and consultant with specialist skills in implementation and change management, business and economic development (including new venture identification, planning and establishment), strategic analysis and planning, public policy and finance.
Extensive consulting experience in a wide range of private and public sectors (particularly health) including appointment to the boards of PHARMAC, Capital & Coast District Health Board, Health Information Standards Organisation and Health Information Strategy Action Committee. Private sector governance experience in numerous small to medium-sized companies and NGOs.

Naomi Solomon general manager of Treaty and Strategic Relationships at Te Rūnanga o Toa Rangatira Incorporated. She is an experienced Board Member with a demonstrated history of working in government. Skilled in Non-profit Organisations, Analytical Skills, Government, Legal Writing, and International Relations. Strong business development professional with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from Victoria University of Wellington.

Wendy Walker chief executive at Porirua City Council, is solely responsible to the elected members for all policy advice and management of council affairs. Six general managers report to the Chief Executive. They are jointly responsible for managing council activities and delivering its strategic priorities. She has social housing understanding and experience, tenancy and property management knowledge.

All board members have an understanding and experience with iwi organisations and Ngāti Toa values, vision and mission. They all have legal knowledge and understanding of social policies and awareness.