John Kamo (Chair)


Ko Pipitarawai te Maunga
Ko Mangutukarewa te Awa
Ko Tokomaru toku waka
Ko Whakamaharatanga Marae toku marae
Ko Nga Hiwi toku tupuna
Ko John Lawrence Kamo toku ingoa

Tēnā koutou katoa te iwi o Ngāti Mutunga o Wharekauri

I have previously been elected on to the Ngāti Mutunga o Wharekauri Iwi Trust board for two terms and have served as a trustee for a number of years before being nominated and elected to the positions of Deputy Chairperson, Co-Chairperson and have been nominated and elected to serve as the current Chairperson.

After being successfully re-elected on the Board for a third term, I will do my best to be a worthy representative and continue to be committed to the development and advancement of Ngāti Mutunga o Wharekauri.

Ngā mihi ki a koutou katoa
John Kamo


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.


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.


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

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.


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.


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