Paula Page (Chair)


Ko George Tokomaru Tuuta raua ko Te Amo Daymond oku Tupuna
Ko Ngawhata Tuuta raua ko Howard Page oku Tupuna

My journey with Ngāti Mutunga O Wharekauri Iwi Trust started as a Trustee in 2008 and presently Chair the Board. 

During this time the Board has created a strong structure, grown assets to $4.5million, delivered Putea whanaungatanga, built three houses and two kaumātua flats, obtained 1/3 shares in Port Nicholson Fisheries, provided Kaumatua lunches and hui, Taiaha and Te Reo wananga, Education and Reo strategy, whakawhanaungatanga hui on island and in Aotearoa, supported kura through kapa haka, created respectful relationships with Crown, strengthened relationships with Ngāti Mutunga and gained the Mandate for Treaty Settlement.

We have a right for our needs to be met culturally, socially and economically within Iwi, whanau, hapu with education, health, housing and infrastructure. The Treaty Settlement process could start our healing, have our rights met to create our Iwi to be strong in Ngati Mutungatanga, normalizing Maori and supporting our whanau to be successful.

My vision for Ngāti Mutunga o Wharekauri Iwi is to be working together creating vibrant and sustainable Islands and Tribe no matter where we choose to reside.

I am a reliable, honest, respectful person, a positive team member with commitment to our tribe and Islands. Protect, preserve and grow Islands culturally and economically for the Now and nga rangatira o apopo!

"Honouring the Past... Embracing the Future"​


John Kamo (Deputy 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 Pipitarawai toku Maunga
Ko Mangatukarewa toku Awa
Ko Tokomaru toku Waka
Ko Whakamaharatanga toku Marae
Ko Ngati Munga toku Iwi
Ko Monique Croon toku Ingoa
No Wharekauri ahau
Tena Koutou katoa

My Ngati Mutunga whakapapa comes through my Grandmother and Mother’s line, Molly Remihana, who left the Island when she was 16.  The reconnection since becoming a Trustee through travelling to Aotearoa during the Mandating process, conversations with my mother, Kaumatua, fellow Trustees and other whanau members has had a significant impact on what it means to be Ngati Mutunga.

As a Trustee I have been able to utilise, develop and build on my skills and experience at a governance level and to better appreciate our diversity as a people, and the need to connect at every level through inclusion of all, which will allow us to grow and protect our Tribal Footprint.

I am a Chatham Island Councillor, own and operate my own business, have been involved in my two sons education at a governance level, love playing sport, love living on our beautiful Whenua, and am proud when we as people get together to support each other in times of need.

My vision is for Ngati Mutunga Iwi Trust to have influence at all levels, to have a strong Cultural base to grow our Islands Economic, Social and Environmental future wellbeing.


Mahara Gilsenan


Ko Tokomaru te Waka
Ko Pipitarawai te Maunga
Ko Mangatūkarewa te Awa
Ko Whakamaharatanga te Marae
Ko Ngāti Mutunga o Wharekauri te Iwi

My parents are Eva Te Autiti Kamo and Edward Gilsenan. My grandparents are Tiakimoana ‘Jack’ Kamo and Teremai Naera. I was born and raised in Whanganui, one of 10 children.

I was educated in Whanganui and attended Massey University College of Education, Palmerston North where I graduated as a Primary School Teacher. My involvement in all sectors of education has spanned more than 35 years.

I am currently contracted by Te Reo o Taranaki as a tutor of Te Reo and Taranaki history based in Wellington.

I am committed to supporting the cultural development of our Iwi and have been privileged to be involved in the development of our Iwi Education and Te Reo strategies.

I have a good understanding of what is required of a Trustee at the Governance level. I also have a willingness to participate fully at all levels to ensure that you, our people, are fairly and fully represented. Moving forward, our success as an Iwi, is dependent on good governance incorporating sound principles and policies with tikanga inherent that will benefit our people now and for generations to come. I will be honoured to represent you.

No reira e te whānau me huri tātou ki ngā Tūpuna nā rātou i waiho ngā tikanga me ngā taonga mo tātou hei kawe a mua tonu. Tēnā koutou katoa.

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.