John Kamo (Chair)



Melodie Michaelina Pare Eruera -Fraser


Ko Wharekauri te Moutere
Ko Rangimata te Waka
Ko Mangatukarewa te Awa
Ko Pipitarawai te Maunga
Ko Pa Tangaroa te Pa
Ko Ngati Mutunga te Iwi
Ko Melodie Taaku Ingoa
Tena Koutou, Tena Koutou, Tena Tatou Katoa

Occupation: Manage and Drive Ritchies Buses, Cleaner and Maori Health Services
Personal Interests: Whakapapa, Sports and Family
Community Involvement: Maori Warden, Maori Committee and Norman Kirk Committee

I am born and bred Ngāti Mutunga. I am proud of who I am and have lived in the Chatham Islands for the majority of my life. I would like to thank the people who voted for me and have started a new journey which I wish to continue, as Trustee.

For me the mahi has only just started and I have interest in learning more about our Whakapapa and Kaua, through the support and knowledge of all our Kaumātua.

I would like to see more of our management return to the Island and continue to improve our people’s knowledge of our assets and to support the growth of our asset base.

I would like to see a unified Iwi connected through our Kaumātua, our Trust Board, and our people. Continue our Wananga, sharing knowledge, building skills and Te Reo for our future mokopuna.


Monique Croon

Ko Molly Te Hau Te Kiriwera Remihana Tapu tōku tūpuna
Ko Joseph Dix rāua ko Nga Iwi ōku tūpuna
Ko Lois Croon tōku Mama
Ko Valentine Croon tōku Papa
Ko Peter Fraser tōku hoa rangatira
Ko Jared rāua ko Jackson Braid āku tamariki
Ko Monique Croon tāku ingoa.

It has been a privilege to serve as Trustee since 2012. We have made great progress in Settlement, Housing, Education and Reo strategies and delivered wananga to strengthen our Reo, Taiaha and provided grants for Putea Whanaungatanga and Secondary School Boarding Grants which are available to all Whanau wherever we may reside.

I have a strong background in governance. I am a councillor on the Chatham Islands Council, Chair of the Norman Kirk Sports and Events Centre, Trustee of the Chatham Island Museum, love playing and promoting sport on the Island and own and operate Waitangi Hardware.

We have a sound structure, with an Asset Holding Company, the directors work closely with Trustees, which has grown our asset base from $14 million to $26 million today, increased housing and invested in Port Nicholson adding value to our precious fish resources AHC is a strong advocate for our commercial and cultural interests in the Fishing Industry.

Greater collaboration is required to leverage opportunities and to empower our whanau, we have lots of mahi before us to continue to implement the aspirations of our Iwi. I am an advocate for best practice governance, for strong relationships, to achieve the best outcomes for our people.

Deena Ngawhata Whaitiri

My parents are Clifford Whaitiri and Eileen Page. My father’s parents are Joseph Goomes and Wikitoria Whaitiri. My Mother’s parents are Howard Page and Ngawhata Tuuta. My great grandparents on my mother’s side are George Tokomaru Tuuta and Te Amo Daymond.

I grew up on the Chathams, until it was time to head off to NZ to attend Nelson College for Girls. Looking back, that was when my journey began. Representing Nelson, the South Island and New Zealand in various sports, while completing my education and traveling Aotearoa opened new experiences of “life not on a remote island” for me. Eager to start working I moved to Wellington working in the hospitality industry until I got homesick, so returned to Wharekauri for a couple of years. All refreshed, ready to continue my journey, I returned to NZ, working at Te Puni Kokiri before moving abroad to Canada. The worldly experiences and different perspectives gained, while adapting too and being a part of a fast paced, multi-cultural and very diverse community has been invaluable to my journey. Upon returning to Wharekauri and reviewing my journey thus far, I believe, my past experiences both professionally and personally will be a refreshing contribution to Ngati Mutunga o Wharekauri Iwi Trust. I visualise a united Iwi who have who have a strong Cultural base, developing Growth, Economic, Social and Environmental Values working towards the future for our Islands, more importantly for our Tamariki.

“We don’t remember Days, we remember Moments”

Iwiroa Wairua



Steve Tuuta

I was born and raised in Wharekauri. I live in Christchurch and Te Waipounamu is my current home, along with many of our whanau. It is important that there is strong representation from Te Waipounamu.

I have extensive governance experience and I firmly believe the only way we can move forward is to ensure we have a representative within the Iwi Trust who has the courage, integrity and the leadership to fix the issues of the past so we can move forward in the right way.

As the representative of Te Waipounamu, I will ensure that the Iwi Trust improves their transparency to our people; ensure that robust processes and procedures are reviewed and put in place for all business that the Iwi Trust conducts; that communication engages with all of our whanau (especially to those who are no longer living in Wharekauri); all Settlement issues are identified and sorted with our people; and the whakapapa of Ngāti Mutunga o Wharekauri is comprehensively researched and verified. 

I look forward to representing you all.


Patricia (Tish) Siaosi (Nee Page)

Ngā uri o te whanau Page, rātou ko Tuuta, ko Daymond, ko Hough, ko Reriti.
Ko George Tuuta rāua ko Te Amo Daymond oku matua tupuna
Ko Ngawhata Tuuta rāua ko Howard Page ngā mātua 

Kia ora 

My aspiration is to continue building the capability of our Iwi to;
  • be strong in our culture, language and identity no matter where we choose to live; 
  • achieve excellence in education; 
  • support leaders to become great leaders; 
  • have equity in health options; 
  • be environmentally and economically successful. 

Born and bred on Wharekauri, schooled at Te One School and the Hutt Valley, trained as a psychiatric nurse at Porirua Hospital. Embarked on my OE based in London working as a nurse between travelling. Seized the opportunity and worked in a fish factory in Iceland which reminded me of home, except for the snow. Work history in my earlier years on Island includes the fish factory, shearing gang, wharf and meat works before returning to continue my nursing career. 

Over the last three decades I’ve worked in Maori mental health and Maori health within the rohe of Ngati Whatua and Tainui iwi. This inspired me to completing a Diploma in Business (Māori Development). 

Currently I’m working for Counties Manukau Health. 

Governance Experience:
  • Te Ao Maramatanga NZ College of Mental Health Nurses; 
  • Henry Rongomau Bennett Foundation; 
  • Huarahi Whakatu PDRP - Maori Nurses; 
  • Te Ōhanga Mataora-Paetahi, Bachelor of Health Sciences Māori; 
  • Family Start Manukau. 

“To influence positive change, creates a better world for future generations”