19th April 2022

Te Nehenehenui Trust (the Trust) is pleased to announce the appointment of Samuel Mikaere (Ngāti Pūkenga, Ngāti Maru, Ngāti Kahungunu, Tainui) as Establishment Director.

He brings a raft of national and global commercial experience to the role at the Trust, which is the newly formed Post-Settlement Governance Entity of Ngāti Maniapoto (inclusive of all within Te Nehenehenui). Mr Mikaere also has a strong background in leadership roles which will be invaluable as the Trust moves through a crucial period of mapping out the path for the future.

“The opportunity to work closely with our people to determine our future continues to be a focus for me, and is a real honour and privilege,” he says.

The role of the Establishment Director is to ensure the refinement and then execution of the establishment plan for the new Trust. Mr Mikaere is tasked with overseeing the development of the group planning, strategy development and investment strategy, while ensuring a robust risk framework and financial controls are implemented.

Mr Mikaere has identified supporting a smooth transition for Te Nehenehenui Trust as a priority, and ensuring our people are communicated with effectively. He is also focused on ensuring rangatahi and rangatira feel their needs are being met by the Trust’s strategy.

Trust Chairperson Bella Takiari-Brame says the Trust is thrilled to have a leader of Mr Mikaere’s calibre on board.

“Both Samuel and the Board feel the critical next steps will be to engage whānau to ascertain our aspirations for the next five years and ensure all parts of the transition plan can be executed to deliver on these aspirations,” she says.

The Trust would also like to pay tribute to Lee Gray, who has served as the Interim Establishment Director.

“We will support a good handover between Lee and Samuel and ensure the Board can take the next steps in our post-settlement journey with clear purpose and objectives determined by our people, for our people.”

Mr Mikaere’s appointment will take effect as of 9 May 2022.