Our Trusts

Owhata Marae Trustees

Owhata Marae holds monthly meetings on the first Wednesday of every month at 6pm.

We discuss matters concerning the marae, bookings that are coming up and events that concern not only the marae, but hapu and Te Arawa iwi also.

The following whanau members are the Trustees for Owhata Marae:

  • Piwiki Heke
  • Minnie Vercoe
  • Mariana Henry
  • Matthew Heke

 Owhata Marae Executive:

  • Paraone Pirika (Chairperson)
  • Clark Pirika (Co-Chairperson)
  • Ramari Wiringi (Secretary)
  • Honor Te Koi (Treasurer)

Marae booking officer is:

  • Honor Te Koi (Ph: 021 119 0381)

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Rotokawa Bath Trust

The bath trust is made up of two representatives from each of the following hapu; Te Roro o te Rangi, Uenukukopako and Rangiteaorere.

The trust administers the assets of the bath which includes three thermal pools and eight Kaumatua houses.
The Kaumatua houses are made up of four 1 x bedroom houses and four 2 x bedroom houses.
Your representatives for Te Roro o te Rangi are Minnie Vercoe and Paraone Pirika.

Other trust representatives include;

  • Piwiki Heke
  • Rua Taikato
  • Hera Naera
  • Rangiteaorere Tukiwaho

Meetings are held every second Wednesday of the month at Pikirangi Marae - 6:00 pm.

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Te Roro o te Rangi Hapu Trustees

The Trustees meet every third Sunday of the month, at 9am and alternate their meetings between Owhata Marae and Te Kuirau Marae.  The Trust's contact details are as follows:


Ngati Te Roro o Te Rangi Hapu Trust
PO Box 12184
Rotorua South
Rotorua 3045

Email - trotrht@gmail.com

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Megan LaceySecretary (Co-opted)
Paraone PirikaTrustee and Kaumatua

Born, raised and educated in Rotorua.

Actively involved in the activities of whānau, hapū and iwi, and has a lifetime of being immersed within a traditional pā/marae environment in Te Arawa. Is very much committed to utilising traditional Māori principles within those activities.

Has a BA (Maori Studies), Diploma of Teaching (secondary), Cert. in Business (First Line Management) – comes from a background of working in the education and social services sector, specialising in the area of youth development.

Married for over 40 years, has two daughters, two mokopuna and is a strong advocate for Kaupapa Māori education.
“Tēnei au, tēnei au, te hōkai nei taku tapuae”

Clark PirikaChairperson

Born in Lower Hutt and raised in Upper Hutt. 

Also educated in Upper Hutt and spent 5 years at Te Aute College. 

Lived and worked in Wellington for 13 years before moving home to Rotorua in 1994. 

Has 15 years experience in the Information Technology and Information Management industry.  Holds a number of tertiary qualifications including a Bachelor of Computing Systems degree with UNITEC and Waiariki Institute of Technology.

Married 26 years to Kirstin and has 2 sons - Arama-Karaka aged 23 and Eruana-Karaka aged 20.  Actively involved with whānau, marae and hapū.

Matthew HekeTreasurer

Born and raised in Owhata. 

Educated in Rotorua and at St Stephens College. 

I’ve worked in the Banking and Financial sector for approx. 21 years and 9 of those years were spent in Australia.

I returned home in 2004 and spent a brief period in Hawkes Bay before returning to Rotorua with my family. 

I’m currently studying towards a Bachelor of Iwi Environmental Management with Te Wananga o Aotearoa.

The programme has a huge focus on Kaitiakitanga and the importance we play in the future management of our whenua.

Simon BarakatTrustee

Tena koutou, my name is Simon Barakat and I was born in Pongaroa (Kahungunu country).

Being a trustee helps me connect with our tupuna as it was they who left us with this taonga, and therefore it is up to us to nurture and maintain for the future generations.

I have been involved in Te Roro o te Rangi / Turipuku mahi for the last 7 years, and a marae trustee for the past 4 years.

No reira e te whanau whanui, hokia ki o maunga kia purea ai koe e nga hau a Tawhirimatea, nau te rourou, naku te rourou, ka ora ai te whanau.

Vicki BhanaTrustee

Born and raised in Ohinemutu. 

I’m very family oriented which makes me happy. I’ve been involved in many trusts and continue to do so. 

I’ve also been a member of the Women’s Health League for many years - Kia hiwa ra, kia hiwa ra.I’m the “go to person” at Te Kuirau marae and I like to keep busy by working this marae and Tunohopu as well. 

I enjoy looking after my mokopuna and catching up with whanau as much as possible.

Robert PirikaTrustee

Born and raised in Rotorua. 

Educated at Rotorua and went to Western Heights High School.

I’m married with two children, Nikahere and James.I work as a truck driver and my wife Debbie work’s in wholesales at the Jade Factory.

We also run our dog boarding kennel business.When I get time, I like to fish, drag race, rebuild car’s and show bull terriers.


Page last updated 20 Sep 2013