Manager – Whai Rawa Fund Limited

Whai Rawa Fund Limited (WRFL) was appointed by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu (Te Rūnanga) to manage the Whai Rawa Unit Trust and works with the Office of Te Rūnanga (TRoNT) along with a number of other parties. WRFL reports directly to TRoNT on a quarterly basis and has a Statement of Corporate Intent which documents strategic goals it works towards.

The board meets 10 times a year and is responsible for:

• managing the trust fund and the investment portfolios;
• processing related cashflows;
• ensuring compliance; and
• encouraging and assisting saving and financial education amongst Ngāi Tahu Whānui.

WRFL acknowledges the contributions of former Directors Diana Crossan, Tā Tipene O’Regan, Tim McGuinness, Hon. David Caygill, Martin Hawes, Kristen Kohere-Soutar and Chris Murphy.

Currently, the directors are:
Fiona Pimm (Kāti Huirapa) – Chair
Paul Mersi
David Woods
Anthony Bow
Clare Murray
Liam Stoneley (Kāti Huirapa)

Board Chair Fiona Pimm (Kāti Huirapa)

Fiona has worked in the health sector for over 30 years originally as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist and then moving into health service management. She has extensive health sector networks across Aotearoa.

Fiona also has many years’ experience in governance roles and is currently on the Board of several education and workforce training organisations and the NZ Parole Board.

Fiona holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health from the University of Otago, an MBA from Massey University and a Diploma in Applied Science, Nuclear Medicine from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT).

Paul Mersi

Paul is an independent company director and also consults on strategic, regulatory, and governance matters.  He is a member of the Financial Advice Code Working Group is a director of MMC Group Ltd. He has previously been a director of Brook Asset Management, Wellington Regional Development Agency, and the Chair of Grow Wellington.

Paul was a senior Financial Services & Tax Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, advising large local businesses and multinationals, predominantly in the finance sector (fund managers, banks, life insurers) as well as being closely involved with major regulatory reform in the tax and performance disclosure fields. Paul has a BCA in Economics from Victoria University of Wellington and is of Italian, Greek, and Cypriot descent.

David Woods

David has extensive experience in financial and non-financial boards.  He is Deputy Chair of NZ Green Investment Finance, a director of Whai Rawa Fund Ltd and of Hiringa Energy Ltd, a trustee of The Gift Trust, former Chair of the Impact Enterprise Fund, and Deputy Chair of the NZ National Advisory Board on Impact Investing.  He also sits on two overseas boards for the Aga Khan Foundation as an independent director, First Microfinance Bank Afghanistan, and First Microfinance Company Egypt.

David has recently moved to New Zealand, is of Irish descent and a graduate of Harvard University.

Anthony Bow

Anthony has over 25 years of banking, finance and taxation experience and has been a CEO, business unit leader, advisor and auditor. He has broad commercial expertise including in sales, operations, and mergers & acquisitions. Anthony is Principal of Waimana Capital, a business strategy and expansion capital firm focused on growth and scalable businesses.

Anthony’s governance roles include Chair & Trustee of Bill McKinlay Park Trust and lay member of the Medical Radiation Technologists Board.

Anthony has a BCom from the University of Auckland and holds Chartered Accountant designation from the professional accounting bodies of Aotearoa and Singapore. He is a second generation New Zealander, born and bred in Rotorua and is of Chinese descent.

Clare Murray

Clare has a legal and financial services background. She was a solicitor with Clifford Chance in London involved in international capital markets transactions.  Since moving to New Zealand in 2004, she has played an integral role in the development of Murray & Co (investment banking firm), in particular implementing and overseeing the compliance framework of the firm.

Clare is a former Chair of the Christchurch Arts Festival and is currently on the Board of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. She holds a Master of Arts from Oxford University, completed Law Society Finals at De Montfort University and is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors.

Liam Stoneley (Kāti Huirapa)

Ko Aoraki te mauka, ko Waitaki te awa, ko Takitimu te waka, ko Kai Tahu te iwi. Ko Romia rāua ko Peneamine Te Kihi kā tīpuna. Ko Waihao, Tuahiwi me Moeraki kāmarae. Ko Heath te ikoa whānau.

Liam is the Tribal Representative on the Board and has been a member of Whai Rawa since its inception. He is a corporate solicitor, providing commercial legal advice to iwi, hapū, Māori landowners and Māori businesses. He is also a director on Te Rūnanga o Waihao Holdings Limited, his marae charitable holding company. Liam holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts in te reo Māori; he is fluent in te reo. He has previously been a Matakahi Cadet, is an Aoraki Bound alumni and a recipient of the prestigious Agria-Hoaka Scholarship to China.