Board of Trustees


Mike Paku - Trustee NKII appointee

Ngāti Kahungunu
Ko Karaitiana te tangata, Ko Ngāti Hawea te Hapū, Ko Ruahapia te Marae
Mike has extensive experience serving his marae and iwi.  His governance experience comes from serving on Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga board of trustees, Iwi boards, Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated, and Kahungunu Asset Holding Company.

Mike is astute, a good listener and he is well known for demonstrating no nonsense commonsense.


Alastair Mackie – Trustee

Al was born in Bristol, England, but having lived in New Zealand for 45 years,he is a true Kiwi.  As a trained art director, and with many years running his own businesses, Al brings a well-rounded skill set to the trust.

Sailing is Al’s main passion and he has seen many voyages mainly solo. Sailing highlights include Sydney to Auckland, 2012 and Napier to Northland, 2013. Al's immediate whānau consists of 3 children aged 5, 11 and 13.


Rex Graham – Trustee

Born and raised in Hastings, Rex is a company director involved in horticulture management and investments in New Zealand and China.  Rex's passion for the environment and the community are reflected in the governance roles he holds across the community.  These include: Chairman, U-Turn Charitable Trust: Chairman, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council Environment and Services Committee; Deputy Chair, Hawke’s Bay Regional Sports Park, and Trustee, Te Aranga Marae.


Caren Rangi, F.C.A – Trustee

Rakahanga, Rarotonga, Mangarongaro, Aitutaki

Caren is a qualified chartered accountant and auditor and experienced governance practitioner. She is currently a Board member of New Zealand On Air (the Broadcasting Commission), Creative New Zealand (the Arts Council of New Zealand) and the Charities Registration Board. She is also a trustee of the Eastern and Central Community Trust, Pacific Homecare Services and a Director of Pacific Inc Ltd.

Caren is a proud member of the Cook Islands community in Hawke’s Bay, Aotearoa, and the Cook Islands and is a Director of the Cook Islands Investment Corporation in Rarotonga.


Dr. Evangelene Daniela-Wong – Trustee

Atiu, Cook Islands

Evange has completed a Docterate in neuroscience and is a qualified Consultant Clinical Psychologist in the area of forensic mental health. She has a private practice that specialises in working with rangatahi and whanau in a culture clinical interface. Evange has been working in this area for over ten years, she is passionate about the Moana ensuring sustainability for our tamariki. Evange is a board member of the National Pasificology Trust, and is an advisor for the HB Pacific Health Leadership Group, the Health Promotion Agency and several other boards around mental health. Evange lives in Hawkes Bay with her husband Deon who with their three children are all part of the Te Matau a Māui crew and whānau.



Campbell Furlong – Financial Advisor

Ngāti Porou, Ngāi Tahu

Campbell is a Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers Ltd (PwC), Hawke’s Bay and a member of PwC's National Manukura Māori Business team.  Campbell has worked with several Māori organisations, iwi, hapū and whānau to help them achieve their strategic goals and objectives.  Campbell is also an avid cricket supporter, husband, and father to three young children.

Thomas Eruera (Tom) Mulligan MNZM – Kaumatua

Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Porou
Tom is highly respected across rugby and sporting circles, the business sector and iwi, hapū and whānau.  Tom spent 42 years working forone of Hawke's Bay's largest employers the Tomoana freezing works, during which time he worked his way up from labourer to assistant manager.   Following the closure of Tomoana. Tom has been busy with many board appointments and managing his 30 acre lifestyle block. 

In 2009 Tom was appointed a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Māori.  Tom’s board appointments have included: Chairman, HB Rugby Board, 1991-1996; Director, New Zealand Rugby Union Board, 1995-2002; Director, Asure Board, 2000-2006; Member, Hawke’s Bay District Health Board, 2002-2008; and Chairman, Heretaunga Taiwhenua, 2001-2007.  Current appointments: Chairman, Matahiwi Marae; Kaumatua, NZ Māori Tourism Society; and Kaumatua; Sport Hawke’s Bay Regional Trust.  Tom's interests are whānau, Marae development, farming, and sport.

Mereana Pitman – Kaumatua

Rongomaiwahine, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Manuhuri, Ngāti Wai
Mereana is a highly regarded researcher, trainer and facilitator, cultural supervisor, anti-violence advocate, and advocate for children and young people.  Mereana inspires and challenges main stream thinking through her work as a Māori decolonisation educator, strategist, advisor and treaty worker.

Mereana has now developed a passion for waka hourua and is a regular crew-member aboard Te Matau a Māui.