Whai Rawa Team

Executive Director, Whai Rawa

David Tikao (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Kahungunu)

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 Alderslade

Kaiwhiri (Programme Advisor), Whai Rawa

Kate returned to Ōtautahi in 2015 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 Executive 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.

Kate is Aoraki Bound alumni and is studying towards a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Canterbury.

Kaiwhiri (Operations Advisor), Whai Rawa

Brendan Fitzgerald

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 Horton (Ngāi Tahu, Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura)

Whai Rawa Programme Advisor

Thomas (Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura) is the Programme Advisor for Whai Rawa, working across a range of areas, from membership administration and 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.
He is currently enrolled at the University of Canterbury studying towards a Bachelor of Commerce.

Marketing and Communications Advisor

Josie Skipper

Marketing and Communications Advisor

Josie is an experienced coordinator of design, strategy and delivery solutions for a wide range of businesses. Most recently she was working in the financial services sector in Tāmaki Makaurau, managing communications and delivery for Superannuation and KiwiSaver schemes. Prior to that she managed her own Marketing Consultancy business working for SME businesses across the country. She also has a background in Advertising Management and Marketing for retail and trade brands.
Josie is a graduate of the University of Canterbury with a Bachelor of Arts and a PostGraduate Diploma in Management.
She is responsible for creating and coordinating high-quality marketing and communication content across all Whai Rawa channels including website and social media. She is looking forward to helping whānau to improve their financial literacy and wellbeing.

Whai Rawa Savings Support Advisor

Hayden Coote (Kāi Tahu and Kāti Mamoe)

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 between 2015 and 2017. After 18 years in the commercial fishing industry, Hayden decided to take on a new challenge and is currently studying towards a Bachelor’s degree in Management and Accounting through the Open Polytechnic. 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 Membership Advisor

Kiri Fraser (Ngāi Tahu)

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.

Whai Rawa Intern

Caitlin Hogan (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāpuhi)

Whai Rawa Intern

Caitlin is a Whai Rawa Intern of Ngāi Tahu and Ngāpuhi descent. She recently moved to Christchurch from the Manawatu in order to pursue a Bachelor of Commerce in Economics and Finance as well as a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Canterbury. She is excited to be working with Whai Rawa and the opportunity it provides to contribute to the financial wellbeing of whānau.