Board of Trustees

The Board is made up of five trustees. They set the strategic direction of Wairarapa Moana Trust and oversee its social, educational and cultural development. They are responsible for regularly reporting to Wairarapa Moana Incorporation shareholders and descendants of the 139 original owners of Wairarapa Moana.
Trustees are Kaitiaki. Their role is to bring their individual expertise to the running of the Trust, to work collaboratively as a Trust Board, to maintain a long and short term strategic direction, to uphold our vision and values and to act in the best interests of current and future descendants of Wairarapa Moana.

Anaru Smiler


Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, Te Ati Awa, Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki, Rongowhakaata.

I have been a trustee of Wairarapa Moana for 4 years now. It has been a privilege to work with whānau to give back some of the skills and experiences I’ve developed over the years.

I believe a good trustee is a pragmatic thinker, and active listener, has sound negotiating and decision making skills, as well as a good social and cultural conscious.

I have a passion for Maori economic development and wellbeing and I both acknowledge and appreciate the huge role I have to fulfil to give justice to my whānau legacy.

My vision for Wairarapa Moana Trust is to provide ongoing support for whānau cultural and social wellbeing off the back of the value generated from our successful land asset.

Tiraumaera Te Tau


Ngāti Kahungunu, Rangitāne

I’ve been a trustee of Wairarapa Moana Trust since 2015. I was ‘encouraged’ by whānau to apply.

I’ve served as an administrator, office manager, trustee on several governance entities, community event coordinator, consulted on environmental issues and local economic development, strategic planning development and worked with both my iwi. I felt ready to assume the role with Wairarapa Moana Trust.

My aspirations for the Trust are to ensure that I have contributed to a legacy for our mokopuna, one that they can proud of and utilise for generations to come.It is the role of a Trustee to communicate well, be flexible to change and answer questions. You need to actively contribute to meetings because participation is key.

Wairarapa Moana Trust has a great team, we enjoy a good relationship with the Committee of Management, and together we all contribute and share experiences. Each person has a unique skillset that progresses the Trust forward.

Jonathan Warwick


Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, Rangitāne, Ngāti Raukawa, Te Ati Awa, Kāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe

This is my first term as a trustee for the Wairarapa Moana Trust and I am excited to be given this opportunity to serve in this capacity.

Over twenty years ago I was a Wairarapa Moana Trust scholarship recipient and I feel it a privilege to be able to give back at this time. Due to the financial support of the Wairarapa Moana Trust I was able to attend University and gain meaningful qualifications. Since then, I have worked for many educational organisations throughout New Zealand and the South Pacific and look forward to being able to share my experience and expertise in this new role.

I am looking forward to working with each of the trustees to make a positive and meaningful impact for all our whānau including the generations to come.

Sonya Rimene

Co-opted Trustee

Rangitāne, Ngāti Kahungunu

Sonya is a director of Wairarapa Moana Incorporation and has been co-opted to Wairarapa Moana Trust during 2019-20.