Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust

The Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust is driven by the Whakataukī which is inscribed on the headstone of James Te Hikoi Paora at Okahu Bay, ‘Mā tō tātou whanaungatanga e whakataki i te ritenga tika – By our kinship we strive to meet our present and future needs’.

Ngā Whāinga

The purpose of the Trust is to receive, administer, manage, protect and govern the Trust’s assets to ensure the cultural, commercial and social development of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei for the benefit of its Members.

It is the Trust’s responsibility to demonstrate strong leadership for our hapū and we seek to do this through good governance, transparent decision-making and working together with our subsidiaries Whai Maia Limited and Whai Rawa Limited, on behalf of our people.

Following our historic full and final settlement with the Crown in November last year, our energies have been focused on establishing our Group structure, so that we have the right foundations to provide opportunities for our people. Our new Group structure is now operating successfully.

We would like to say a big thanks to the outgoing elected representatives Grant Hawke, Rangimarie Rawiri and Margaret Kawharu, whom collectively devoted 55 years’ service to Ngāti Whātua Orākei
E rau rangatira anei te mihi aroha ki a koutou ngā mareikura  

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust Elected Representatives

Phillip DAVIS (Chairman)

Marama ROYAL (Deputy Chair)

Ngarimu BLAIR

Renata BLAIR


Wyllis  MAIHI




Structure and Subsidiaries

As part of the WAI388 Settlement, the Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust Post Settlement Governance Entity (‘PSGE’) was established and is in the first stages of operation. The structure allows for the Trust Board to operate at a strategic level, while its subsidiaries Whai Maia and Whai Rawa are responsible for the day-to-day operations.

Previously, under the Māori Trust Boards Act the Ngāti Whātua o Ōrākei Māori Trust Board was responsible to the Crown through the Minister of Māori Affairs.

Post settlement, we are now legally known as the Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust (‘Trust’) and are a standalone company responsible to our shareholders (registered membership).


The Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust has two wholly owned subsidiary companies. These subsidiaries have their own boards of governance with a mix of whānau and independent directors. All subsidiary board members are appointed by the Trust.

Our subsidiary Board members are highly skilled individuals who we have chosen to represent us to develop our overall objectives.

Whai Rawa Limited is a property development and investment company, whose principal objective is to maximise the financial or economic returns to the Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Group, so it is able to support Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei whānau for generations to come. The funds generated by Whai Rawa are used to support the tribal development goals of Whai Maia.

Whai Maia Limited is a charitable trust with the responsibility for the tribal development of our people. Its main areas of focus are Employment and Education, Health and Wellbeing, Tourism, Arts and Culture, Toki Taiao, and managing key relationships.

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