Ngā Kaiurungi – Whai Maia Board of Directors

Lope Ginnen – Chairperson

Lope is a barrister specialising in family law and is regularly appointed by the Family Court as lawyer for child and counsel to assist the Court. She balances family law practice with corporate governance work. She is a trustee of the Brainwave Trust, a charity that raises awareness of brain research about the impact of early experiences on infant brain development; and a trustee of Emerge Aotearoa, which provides a wide range of community-based mental health, addiction, disability support and social housing services nationwide.
She is a director of Vaka Tautua, a national “by Paci c for Paci c” health support service provider. She is a member of the Community Advisory Group of the Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Courts and a member of the Independent Advisory Group of Precision Driven Health, a multi-million- dollar public-private research partnership aimed at improving health outcomes through data science. Lope has previously been a director on the boards of Housing New Zealand Corporation, Hobsonville Land Company and Counties Manukau District Health Board. Lope is of Samoan and Pakeha descent, and is married with two children and an adult stepdaughter.

Donna Tamaariki – Whānau Director

Donna is the daughter of Tamaiti and
Alice Tamaariki. She has worked in the area of health, community and cultural development for more than 20 years. Donna is a Director/consultant for Kaitiaki Enterprises Ltd, a small family owned business that provides bespoke cultural learning and development programmes, including Waka experiences on the Waitemata. More recently, Donna has been developing and delivering diversity and inclusiveness training programmes for the corporate sector.

She has a Diploma in Adult Education and is soon to complete a Masters in Applied Indigenous Knowledge, with Te Wananga o Aotearoa. Donna is also the sole director of the Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Health Clinic companies.

Marama Royal – Trust Representative

Marama is the eldest daughter of Meiha Hawke and was born and raised in Orakei attending Orakei School and Queen Victoria School in Parnell. Marama is a current the Deputy Chair, and an elected representative on the Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust and has held this role since 2010.

She is also a trustee for Ranginui 12 Trust and a director for Te Awanui Huka Pak based in Tauranga. Marama is married to Mark and recently they celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary. They have 2 son’s Joseph (30) and Mark-James (27) and their baby girl Maia-JoAnne (12). They are blessed with two beautiful mokopuna, Harmony (8) and Melody (4). Marama has spent most of her working career in senior management positions within government and non-government organisations and has extensive experience in strategic planning, relationship management, leadership and organisational change management. Her passion is working and supporting people especially her whānau whanui. Marama loves being around whānau, kaumatua and her Marae and is committed to working toward and achieving all the aspirations of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei whānau.

Rob Small – Independent Director

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