The Maniapoto Māori Trust Board (the Board) was established under the Maniapoto Māori Trust Board Act 1988 (the Act) The role and function of the Board has been set down in the Act and this gives the Board the legal mandate to work on behalf of, and represent, the “Maniapoto Tribe”. That is, the Board is the only existing governance entity for Ngāti Maniapoto and the legal voice of the iwi. This means that the Board is the only iwi authority in Ngāti Maniapoto that can represent Ngāti Maniapoto in national matters affecting iwi Māori such as the fisheries settlement.

Statistics maintain that a large section of Ngati Maniapoto people continue to occupy a low socio-economic position, and to help improve their well-being the Board has taken an holistic approach to health, employment, education, housing, social services, land claims, kaumātua and rangatahi.

The Maniapoto Māori Trust Board 20th Anniversary Celebrations 1989 – 2009

By William Wetere

This brief history is dedicated to those Trustees who have now passed.

Canon Rua Anderson
Rev Bob Emery
Sister Heeni Wharemaru
Richard Rangitaawa
George Warren


The Board is made up of 15 Trustees:

Seven trustees are appointed by the seven MMTB regional management committees (RMCs)
One appointment per RMC
One trustee is appointed by the Kaumātua Kaunihera
One trustee is appointed by Kiingi Tuheitia and six trustees are elected by those eligible to vote on the electoral roll i.e. the tribal register

Name Representation
Keith Ikin Chairman – Generally elected
John Kaati Deputy Chairman – Ngā Tai ō Kawhia RMC representative
Barney Manaia Nehenehenui RMC representative
Bella Takiari-Brame Generally elected
Daniel Te Kanawa Generally elected
Derek Wooster Generally elected
Glenn Tootill Generally elected
Miria Tauariki Te Arikinui representative
Muiora Barry Mokau Ki Runga RMC representative
R Tiwha Bell Kaumātua Kaunihera representative
Ray Wi Rereahu RMC representative
Ronald Takerei Hauauru ki Uta Regional Management Committee
Tame Tuwhangai Tuhua Hikurangi RMC representative
Weo Maag Te Tokanganui a Noho RMC representative
Name Representation
Bella Takiari-Brame Chairperson, MMTB/MFT Appointed trustee
Glenn Tootill Director, MMTB/MFT Appointed trustee
Chris Koroheke Director
Naomi Hughes Director
Hohepa Rauputu

Tony Magner


General Manager