Our Trustees



Trustee - June Pitman
Of Ngati Pukenga, Ngapuhi, Ngati Wai, and Ngati Maniapoto descent, June was the last grandchild of Tame and Tiria Pitman (nee Brott) to be raised on the whenua her grandparents farmed at Tamaterau, which forms part of the Pakikaikutu kainga.  Although having lived away from Whangarei for many years, June’s whanaunga define her as their ‘connecter’ to each other and to the whenua where the Pitman whanau has resided (and continues to) for more than a hundred years.  Having always been actively involved in representing her whanau at various hui, engaging in discussions related to the Pakikaikutu kainga, June is passionate about exploring and developing pathways toward ensuring that the cultural history, heritage and environmental beauty of the kainga is preserved in such ways that will enable our people, our young people and future generations to ‘connect’ and find that sense of belonging; pathways that are for the greater good of all.  Self employed for many years in the farming, horticulture, cottage industry manufacturing, and retail sectors, a shift in direction in the mid-ninties moved June into the areas of advertising, marketing, business development and events management where at one time she held the position of Events Manager within Massey University.  Today June chooses to freelance in those areas on a contractual basis, working on projects that make or has the potential to make a real and positive difference to people’s lives, and to the environment.  With various qualifications in Events Management under her belt, June continues to study towards a Bachelor of Arts degree, and is currently studying Te Papa Tikanga with the Open Wananga.

Alternate Trustee - Hori Parata
Hori is a Kaitiaki and cultural advisor to the Resource Management Unit of the Ngatiwai Trust Board. Kaitiaki of the ‘Kiore’ (Rattus Exulans). Kaitiaki of Ngatiwai Whale Resources Recovery Unit. Ngatiwai Kaiwhakahaere for Wai262 flora, fauna and Maori Intellectual Property. Wai245 claimant for Te Whanau o Te Hinetapu.  A member of the Kahui Kaumatua for the environmental Protection Agency. Chairperson of the Tangatawhenua Ropu on the Kauri Dieback Response Program of the Ministry for Primary Industries. Chair of Nga Parirau Matauranga Trust which is the sponsor for ‘Te Pumanawa o te Wairua’ (Te Kura Hourua ki Whangaruru.  Advisory Member of SWAP (Sawmill Workers Against Poisons) in Whakatane. Doctoral Student with Te Wharewananga o Awanuiarangi in Whakatane.


Trustee - Jocelyn Mikaere
Jocelyn has a passion for improving outcomes for our Ngāti Pūkenga Whānau.  She believe's the largest opportunities for our people exist in:

  • Growing and developing our resources.
  • Educating ourselves and our Whānau.
  • Developing meaningful employment opportunities for our Whānau.
  • Providing support to our tamariki, rangatahi and kaumatua.

Jocelyn has been the Treasurer for Ngāti Pūkenga ki Manaia for the past 12 years and feels that the best part of working for her iwi has been supporting our community, (particularly our young people) and making a tangible difference.  Jocelyn has extensive business experience having owned and operated numerous business ventures (mainly in aquaculture) over the past 20 years, so has a true appreciation based on first-hand knowledge of how tough and how rewarding business can be.  She also has many years’ experience working in both the public and private sectors managing significant budgets and teams and brings this experience and knowledge as a trustee for Te Tāwharau o Ngāti Pūkenga.

Alternate Trustee - Dawn Wihongi
Ko Hauturu te Maunga
Manaia te Awa me te Whenua
Ko Tikapa te Moana
Kiore Kino te Hapu
Ngatipukenga te Iwi
Manaia te Marae
Ko Tekouorehua te Tupuna
Mataatua te Waka
E whakapapa au ki Ngatimaru, Ngapuhi me Ngati kahungunu.

Dawn has travelled extensively Internationally and within Aotearoa and my career and vocation has enabled me to work with a variety of people and nationalities. She has attended conferences to upskill on Iwi development and leadership. Her lifeskills, educational background and application within the iwi context equips her to be a good contributor to Te Tawharau.  The development and well being of our people socially, educationally, economically is important to Dawn and she is passionate about having in our kainga, a living marae where jobs and new enterprises can exist.   She will speak for the haukainga on their needs, aspirations and support positive Pukenga initiatives.


Trustee - Hoturoa Kerr
Hoturoa is the son of Ngaurungatapu Kerr who was the daughter of Te Umu ki Whakatane Maclean a descendant of Ngaoko and Te Ohia. He has always had an affinity with Whetu Marae.

Hoturoa was a lecturer at Waikato University and a Manager at Te Wananga o Aotearoa.
  He is currently working on rangatahi leadership development with his work in Te Toki Voyaging Trust and their waka kaupapa.  Hoturoa is Chairman of Taharoa C Incorporation and Taharoa Tourism Limited. He is passionate about Iwi and Hapu social and economic development and seeking opportunities that will not put tribal assets at risk but provide a return on investment both socially and economically that will take the iwi into the next millennium on a sound pathway.

He brings with him the knowledge and experience that has seen a huge turnaround in the prosperity of the shareholders of Taharoa C  Incorporation. Something he believes will benefit the iwi members of Ngati Pukenga.

He is married to Kim and has 5 children and one grandson. He currently lives in Whatawhata. He is 55 years old.

Alternate Trustee - Donna Tukariri
Donna has a combination of personal and professional experience that will be valuable to Te Tawharau in the next three years. Donna, through her Mum has affiliation to whenua at Pakikaikutu, Maketu, and Waitao, however her kainga is Tauranga, the marae she feels closest to is Whetu. For this reason she believes I can represent the interests of the Tauranga whanau at the Te Tawharau table.

Donnas has worked in the accounting field since leaving school in the 1990’s she completed a Bachelor of Business Studies with a major in Accountancy in 2010 and is a provisional Associate Chartered Accountant. She has worked for Chartered Accounting firms on tax and audit and as an in-house Accountant for NZ Defence Force and now Ngati Hine Health Trust.  Donna is an elected member of the Okaihau College Board of Trustees and also a Trustee of the Ngawha Marae through involvement with her husband’s whanau in the North.



Trustee - Gina Berghan
Gina is a Diabetes Nurse Specialist, completed a Master of Nursing in 2009.  Gina has had an extensive nursing career spanning across District Health Boards, Primary Health Care and Non Government Organisations. Gina offers proven skills in leadership which involved the developement of a new Maori health service in the Bay of Plenty in 2010. She has extensive governance experience and is currently on the Diabetes New Zealand Board and Advisory Council, the Aoteroa College of Diabetes Nurses and Te Roopu Mate Huka. Her passion lies with supporting people and whanau to be the healthiest, living independent and productive lives.

Alternate Trustee - Whakarongotai Hokowhitu
Whakarongotai is committed to the evolution and celebration of her culture and iwi. Having grown up not really knowing what Ngāti Pūkengatanga meant, she wanted to change that course of history for her own tamariki and mokopuna and as many others as possible within her sphere of influence.

Whakarongotai has trained as a primary school teacher over twenty years ago and for most of her working life has been involved in some form of education. She has taught in both main stream primary schools and kura kaupapa Māori, as well as various kōhanga reo, Te Wānanga o Raukawa (teaching in a Bachelor in Bilingual Teaching programme) and the University of Otago (teaching Year 1 Māori language papers).