Executive Director, Whai Rawa
David is the Executive Director of Whai Rawa Fund Limited (WRFL). He commenced working for WRFL in October 2011. Prior to joining Whai Rawa, David worked in the finance and banking sectors in London for 20 years, most recently holding positions within RBS/NatWest and HSBC Banks prior to his return to Aotearoa/New Zealand.
Since 2012 David has been a Director of Te Poho o Tamatea Ltd, a holdings company of Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke (Rūnanga) and was a Trustee of Rāpaki Marae from 2013 - 2016. David is the Treasurer at Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke.
In 2015 David graduated from Massey University with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and is currently a PhD. student at the University of Canterbury.
Kaiwhiri (Programme Advisor), Whai Rawa
Kate has recently returned to Ōtautahi from the UK where she held the position of Executive Assistant to two Senior Directors at one of Scotland’s leading Universities. Prior to moving to the UK, Kate was a key member of Ngāi Tahu Holdings Corporation where she supported the Chief Financial Officer, Chief Investment Officer and Senior Management team for four years.
Kate brings her strong knowledge of governance and project management as well as her extensive background in Secretarial and Board Administration to the Whai Rawa team. Her current role of Kaiwhiri is to provide support to the Whai Rawa Fund Limited Board and the Whai Rawa Manager and to assist whānau to improve their long term financial wellbeing. After two years abroad Kate is excited to be on home soil again and to be back working for the iwi.
Kate is Aoraki Bound alumni and is studying towards a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Canterbury.
Whai Rawa Membership Advisor
Kiri is of Ngāi Tahu decent & her home kāika is Puketeraki. Kiri is the Kaiwhiri, Membership Advisor for Whai Rawa Fund Limited (WRFL), working with whānau daily to support their aspirations to create greater opportunities in wealth and wellbeing for themselves and their whānau.
Prior to this role, Kiri administered the Out of School Tuition Funding Programme. Kiri is currently studying towards a BA in Anthropology & Māori.
Kaiwhiri (Operations Advisor), Whai Rawa
Brendan joined the Whai Rawa team in 2015 to manage the Whai Rawa application to gain a Managed Investment Scheme licence under the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013.
Following the successful application for a managed investment scheme managers licence, granted by the Financial Markets Authority in June 2016, Brendan is now responsible for ensuring Whai Rawa stays compliant with the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013. Brendan has a background in leadership and project management in the public sector in New Zealand and Australia. Of proud Irish decent Brendan has strong links to Baile Mhistéala (Mitchelstown) and Béal Átha Póirin (Ballyporeen), both in the Republic of Ireland.
Whai Rawa Programme Advisor
Thomas (Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura) joins Whai Rawa as a Programme Advisor where he will work across a range of areas, from membership administration, business systems through to supporting the delivery of financial capability initiatives.
Thomas brings a great base knowledge of Whai Rawa kaupapa with a strong passion for connecting with whānau and willingness to go above and beyond to support our whānau.
Marketing and Communications Advisor
Sarah is responsible for creating and coordinating high-quality marketing and communication content across all Whai Rawa channels, ensuring whānau are well informed and connected with the programme.
Sarah is an experienced digital and print marketing professional with a proven ability to ensure brand messages, standards and communications are understood and implemented effectively. Sarah is passionate and methodical when it comes to all aspects of her work and will add value to each stage of the process when developing and implementing print and online campaigns across multiple platforms.
Sarah has participated in Aoraki Bound, the Ngāi Tahu Matakahi cadetship programme and was one of the first three students from Lincoln University to graduate as a Ngāi Tahu Tourism scholarship holder with a Bachelor of Tourism Management and Marketing.
In her spare time Sarah is highly involved with her whānau trust, which currently hold interests in 31 blocks of land throughout Te Waipounamu, she is an avid reader - ticking-off 2 books a month from her list, enjoys travelling (especially to Melbourne or Horomaka – her two favourite places!) and maintains a social media account for her famous dog, who has over 10,000 followers from around the world.
Whai Rawa Savings Support Advisor
Hayden is of Kāi Tahu and Kāti Mamoe descent. Hayden’s principle hapu are Kai Tē Ruāhikihiki and Kai Tūāhuriri and whakapapa’s to Awarua, Ōtākou and Tūāhuriri.
Hayden was awarded Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Matakahi Cadetship in 2015 and 2016. After 18 years in the commercial fishing industry, Hayden decided to take on a new challenge and is currently in his second year of study towards a Bachelor’s degree in Management and Accounting at Southern Institute of Technology in Invercargill. Hayden is also a representative on Ata Whenua Trust.
Hayden has come up through the ranks of the Matakahi Scholarship programme at Tokona te Takata here at Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. He quickly established himself as a valuable member of the Whai Rawa team during his internship over the University holidays.
Hayden is now the full-time Savings Support Advisor while he brings in his studies extramurally. His role is to promote a positive savings culture and help whānau maximise the benefits of the Whai Rawa Fund. Hayden strongly believes that the Whai Rawa vision and mission resonates well with his own personal goals; to support whānau to make positive impacts in their lives.
Whai Rawa Intern
Madison (Madi) is of Ngāi Tahu decent and her hapu is Ngāti Waewae. She was born and raised in Waitaha and currently lives with her whānau in Selwyn.
Madi demonstrated her competitive nature throughout her tenure at Lincoln High School where she competed in a variety of sport teams, as well as taking home the Sir Turi Carrol, Junior English section for the Waitaha region for Nga Manu Korero in 2011 and placed third in the Korimako, Senior English section in 2013.
Madi was awarded the Pūmanawa Property Scholarship with Ngāi Tahu in early 2016 and is currently in her second year at Lincoln University working towards a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Marketing, with aspirations to extend into the area of land management.
Madi’s returns to the Whai Rawa team part time supporting marketing and communications across the Whai Rawa kaupapa while she finishes her BCom at Lincoln University. She is both excited and thankful for the opportunity to be working for her iwi, and in such a friendly environment.