Deena Ngawhata Whaitiri (Chair)

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”


Monique Croon (Deputy Chair)

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.


Iwiroa Wairua

Ko Pipitarawai te Maunga
Ko Mangutukarewa te Awa
Ko Patangaroa to Pa Kainga
Ko Aotea-Mairangi me Rangimatawai he Waka
Ko Ngāti Mutunga, Kekerewai, Mamoe, Waitaha me Te Whānau a Apanui ngā Iwi o toku tupuna
Ko Wharekauri, Te Rere Kōhu te moutere tapu
Ko Iwiroa Damon Wairua ahau
Tēnā kotou katoa

I’ve lived on Wharekauri the majority of my life, and am involved in fishing, diving, farming, horse racing, touch rugby and assisting with tangi. Being involved in a wide range of areas has allowed me to build my knowledge and experience. I currently work as a contract diver and fencer.

During my past term on the Ngāti Mutunga o Wharekauri Iwi Trust Board, we have worked on, and towards, multiple projects that will benefit ngā uri o Ngāti Mutunga o Wharekauri including:

  • Increasing and investigating options for housing on our Islands through the Chatham Islands Housing Partnership Trust.
  • Distributing education grants to secondary school boarding students, and working towards creating more opportunities and assistance in upskilling our people on and off island in educations and trades, culture and arts, and sports.
  • Investigation employment opportunities to encourage our people to return home.

Having been successfully re-elected for a second term, I will continue to govern with Wharekauri at heart, and work towards creating a sustainable lifestyle for our Islands and for future generations. I am committed to making myself available to people to discuss any issues or ideas they may have.


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.


Arapeta Kamo

Ko Tokumaru te Waka
Ko Mangatukarewa te Awa
Ko Pipitarawai te Maunga
Ko Whakamaharatanga te Marae
Ko Ngāti Mutunga te Iwi
Ko Arapeta Kamo toku ingoa

Occupation: Youth mentor/life coach

Current Qualifications: Diploma in Māori Art (Level 6), Diploma in Exercise Science, Health Psychology, Smoking Cessation Practitioner, Qualified Butcher

Personal Interests: Music, Taonga Puoro, Gardening, Wakaito, Sports specific training.

I grew up with my Nan, Kathleen Kamo (nee Fahey) in between the Chatham Islands and Christchurch. Both of my parents were born and raised on the Chatham Islands with my father, aunties, uncles and many other relatives still living there.

I am a descendant of Nga Iwi and feel a strong connection to the Island and a desire to see my people succeed.

I now live in Wellington with my wife and three children where I work a as youth mentor. I am passionate about iwi development and in particular ways in which we can sustain and develop our knowledge of whakapapa, health and wellbeing, education, and the natural environment.

I will actively work to ensure that these areas are protected for our future generations. I believe that education at all levels is a vital tool for the continuing development of our iwi. I would like to see initiatives that enable our people to be educated in skills that they can bring home to the Chatham Islands.

Ngā mihi


Willie Fraser

Ko Rangimata te waka
Ko Warekauri te moutere
Ko Pipitarawai te maunga
Ko Pā Tangaroa te pā
Ko Ngāti Mutunga te iwi
Ko Ron tōku papara
Ko Laura tōku whaene
Ko Willie Fraser tenei.

Occupation: Kairaranga at Oranga Tamariki, Past - Pāua Diver, Merchant Navy

Qualifications: Bachelor of Business, Level 7 Reo Māori

Personal Interests: Spending time with my tamariki, sport and personal wellbeing, whakapapa, Te Reo Māori

Community Involvement: Taranaki Tū Mai - taking our Rangatahi from the Chathams to Taranaki, taiaha wānanga, supporting local mārae with powhiri.

I was born and raised on the Chathams with a strong connection to the land, the sea and the community. I returned to the island to live with my family where I was a self employed pāua diver and owned a bed and breakfast. Although now living back in Christchurch we are committed to ensuring our children with the unique knowledge of their Warekauritanga.

Each stage of my journey through life has been a rich learning experience and I am excited at the prospect of becoming a trustee for NMOW as a representative for those who reside in Te Waipounamu.

In this role I would seek to connect people with their whakapapa, helping them to understand and learn more about their connection to the Chathams and ensure the legacies of our ancestors are not forgotten. I would strive to preserve and develop systems and industries which support the wellbeing of our iwi whilst holding fast to our Māori values.


Tessa Horler

I am the daughter of Bobbie Fraser and Robert ‘Yuk’ Edgarton; grand-daughter of Ronald and Laura Fraser (Eruera).

I have resided on Wharekauri for the last 16+ years alongside my husband Quintin, with the addition of our three beautiful children: Michaela, Preston and Giavanni.

It is for their futures that I stand here today.

I would like to see more housing projects and opportunities for our iwi to expand. More communication. More education, history and Te Reo opportunities for our generations, and our future generations to come.

“For our actions and decisions today will shape the way we will be living in the future.”