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 brings her strong knowledge of governance and project management to the Whai Rawa team. Her current role of Kaiwhiri is to support the strategic direction of the Whai Rawa Fund Limited (WRFL) Board and work with the Executive Director to administer the successful implementation of WRFL objectives.
Kate is Aoraki Bound alumni and is studying towards a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Canterbury. She 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.
Kaiwhiri (Operations Advisor), Whai Rawa
Brendan joined the Whai Rawa team in 2015 to manage the Whai Rawa Fund Limited 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.
Kaiwhiri (Programme Advisor), Whai Rawa
Thomas 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, Whai Rawa
Josie is an experienced coordinator of design, strategy and delivery solutions for a wide range of businesses. She is responsible for creating and coordinating high-quality marketing and communication content across all Whai Rawa channels including website and social media.
Most recently she was working in the financial services sector in Tāmaki Makaurau, managing communications and delivery for Superannuation and KiwiSaver schemes. She also has a background in Marketing and Advertising Management for retail and trade brands and previously ran her own Marketing Consultancy business.
Josie is a graduate of the University of Canterbury with a Bachelor of Arts and a PostGraduate Diploma in Management.
Savings Support Advisor, Whai Rawa
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.
After 18 years in the commercial fishing industry, Hayden is now studying towards a Bachelor’s degree in Management and Accounting through the Open Polytechnic. Hayden is also a representative on Ata Whenua Trust.
Hayden was awarded a Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Matakahi Cadetship between 2015 and 2017 and is now a full-time Savings Support Advisor while he 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.
Membership Advisor, Whai Rawa
Kiri is of Ngāi Tahu decent and her home kāika is Puketeraki. Kiri is the Membership Advisor for Whai Rawa, working with members 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 Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Māori.
Whai Rawa Intern
Kelsie is the current Whai Rawa Intern and she is of Ngāi Tahu descent. She was born and bred in Christchurch and now attends the University of Canterbury where she is studying towards a Batchelor of Laws and Batchelor of Arts majoring in Political Science and International Relations. She is excited to be working with Whai Rawa and privileged for the opportunity the mahi provides to contribute to the financial wellbeing of whanau.