Trustees & Meetings


CURTIS, Sir Toby (Chairman)

Dr Sir Toby Curtis is widely acknowledged for his innovative achievements in education. Toby has a BA Dip.Tchg, MA(Hons), PhD and was a Fulbright Scholar where he studied First Nations People; Afro-American; Hispanic and Armish Societies.

Toby’s professional memberships include Assoc. Fellow NZ Institute of Management (AFNZIM), Fellow NZ Educational Administration Society(FNZEAS), Fellow Commonwealth Council Educational Administration & Management (FCCEAM) and Emeritus Associate Auckland University of Technology (EAAUT).

His cumulative expertise in Māori, polytechnic and university fields was achieved through his various roles as principal, lecturer, researcher, administrator and ultimately, as a senior academic in tertiary education. 

Phone: 027 224 6082. Email:

EMERY, William

William (Willie) was a past member of the Te Arawa Māori Trust Board 1985 – 2007 and past chairman of Te Runanga o Ngati Pikiao, Te Papa Takaro o Te Arawa and Te Kotahitanga o Te Arawa Fisheries.

Willie is semi-retired and is passionate in serving his iwi/hapu to ensure lands, resources and finances are utilised to protect and grow the assets of Te Arawa to benefit Te Arawa.

Phone: 027 224 6081. Email:

MEHA, Raina

Raina is experienced in central and local government policy, research and resource management. This is balanced with her rural up-bringing at Rotoiti, where she gained an appreciation of the lakes and associated waterways.  Raina believes it is important to have an open-mind so that valuable opportunities are always considered, and she strongly values respect, transparency and accountability.

In the future, Rainia would like to see Te Arawa Lakes Trust become a leading entity that contributes to Māori economic development at the regional and national levels. She will work to see the Trust become part of the New Zealand Inc. dynasty, and that the Trust is progressive and respects the mana whenua of whanau, hapu and iwi. 

Raina is excited by the Trust’s shared vision and identity, ensuring that our iconic Te Arawa lakes are looked after for current and future generations.

Phone: 021 172 5099. Email  


EMERY, Denise

Denise currently sits on the executive team of Te Puia | NZ Māori Arts and Crafts Institute, as the Human Resources/Health and Safety Manager.  She is also the tangata whenua representative of the Grievance Panel at Te Maioha o Parekarangi Youth Justice Facility, and is an active member of the Te Arawa Lakes Trust as Chair of the HR/Governance committee.

Denise has a Bachelor of Applied Management in Human Resource Management, and has a passion for culture change, people management, organisational strategy and planning.

As a Māori woman, Denise believes that she and the other women representatives on the Trust, bring a unique attention to detail-type focus in relation to organisational governance.

Denise is committed and proud of her role as a representative for Tuhourangi on the Te Arawa Lakes Trust. She understands that she does not walk alone on this journey, but carries with her the legacy of her ancestors and her uri yet unborn, in every decision she makes around the Board table.

Phone: 027 570 4048. Email:


Huru is currently the Tuhourangi Trustee on Te Kotahitangi o Te Arawa Waka Fisheries Trust Board. He has a passion for Tuhourangi and Whakarewarewa, with interests in waiata, kapa haka, raranga, whanau and whaikorero as well as supporting Tuhourangi paepae. Huru is a fulltime tour guide.

Phone: 027 683 2665. Email:

NGAWHIKA, Lana (Deputy Chairperson)

Lana’s experience working for Te Arawa spans almost 20 years and began in an operational role with the Te Arawa Māori Trust Board. She was elected to the Te Arawa Lakes Trust (TALT) and appointed a director with TALT’s asset holding company Te Arawa Management Limited (TAML). 

Lana is the elected TALT deputy chair and also chairs the Audit Finance & Risk and Communications committees. 

She coordinates the Te Arawa Women on Boards coalition which encourages and supports talented Te Arawa women to step up into iwi governance roles. 

Lana holds an MBA degree with distinction and works for Fonterra as a regional business development and relationship manager.  She lives in Rotorua with husband Herby and is the proud mum of Taria and Te Manawa.  

Kai Ōtāmaka te toka i whānau ai taku kahika

I whāngaia ki te kai mātaotao i Pākōtore

Ka hikitia ia ki runga ka hāpaitia hoki tōna mana

E, ko Tūhourangi e!

Phone: 027 345 4707 Email:


Zalene Douglas


Zalene worked for the District Court in Wellington for 20 years, and for the past 11 years, has worked as a lawyer for Rotorua District Community Law Centre.

Zalene completed a Diploma of Māori Governance and leadership with Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, and believes trustees have a duty to adhere to the trust deed and that ensure all actions do the right thing for beneficiaries.

In five years’ time, Zalene would like to see the assets of the Trust increased to a level where it can provide more to beneficiaries, and that the Trust holds the confidence of our people.

Ko Ngongotaha te maunga

Ko Rotorua-nui-a-Kahumatamomoe te moana

Ko Te Papaiouru te marae

Ko Tamatekapua te tupuna whare

Ko Ngati Rangiiwaho te koromatua

Ko Ngati Whakaue te iwi

Ko Te Arawa te waka

Ahakoa ka whakahua i enei korero no roto o Ngati Whakaue he uri tenei no Ngati Rangiwewehi, Tuhourangi/Ngati Wahiao, Ngati Pikiao, me ki, Te Arawa whanui tonu. 

Phone: 021 738 340. Email:


Geoff brings a strong commercial and management experience to the table. Having spent the majority of his working career in private enterprise associated with the timber and agri-business industries, has accumulated invaluable experience in sales, marketing, negotiation and dispute resolution.

Geoff’s work experience for the past nine years has been pre-dominantly iwi related, which has given him a large amount of personal satisfaction, being able to utilise his professional strengths for the benefit of the whanau.

Geoff is also a director on Te Arawa Management Ltd, a current board member for Ngāti Whakaue Tribal Lands Incorporation, a director for Whakaue Farms Ltd, a board member for the Rotorua Lakes Council/ Te Arawa Partnership entity,Te Tatau o Te Arawa, and a representative on the newly appointed Economic Growth Advisory Group within Rotorua Lakes Council.

He is also an active member of the Māori Agri/Food Cluster organisation, Nuku ki te Puku, which is a collection of Māori trusts, runanga and incorporations from throughout the motu.

Phone: 021 285 6385. Email:


Terry is a Rotorua-based businessman with trans-Tasman interests in the construction industry across a range of sectors including geothermal, oil & gas, pulp & paper and dairy.  With seven children and two mokopuna, he has a vested interest in ensuring the long term viability of iwi entities. His specific areas of interest are economic growth, environmental sustainability and job-creation.

Terry is a hunter and fisherman and has first-hand knowledge of the lakes and land under the kaitiakitanga of the Trust Board. Terry has 11 years’ experience on the Te Arawa Lakes Trust.  He has been a member of the Komiti Whakahaere since its inception (taking care of Taonga Species such as koura, inanga and tuna) and is leading the Whakapoukorero Wetlands Project at Maketu.

Ngati Whakaue ki Uta, Ngati Whakaue ki Tai

Phone: 027 6074773. Email: