Trustee Profiles




Archdeacon Harvey Ruru, Chairperson 


    Te Ātiawa Manawhenua Ki Te Tau Ihu Trust Foundation Trustee since 1993. Former Chairperson, Vice Chairperson and Co Director on Tainui Taranaki ki Te Tonga Ltd to progress our Waitangi Tribunal Claims Settlement alongside Ngāti Tama, Ngāti Rārua, Ngāti Koata and Wai 56 (Wakatu Inc). Submitted personally 3 Waitangi Tribunal Claims for Te Ātiawa hearing and one Hough whānau claim yet to be heard as part of the Waikanae Waitangi Tribunal Claims. I continue to enjoy all the challenges which many changes have presented over the years. Te Ātiawa presently has huge tasks ahead to ensure the future of our mokopuna is sustained. Many wonderful and beautiful people have been and continue to be on this journey to secure the best for our mokopuna and Te Ātiawa nui tonu.





        Ron Riwaka, Vice Chairperson


        My parents, Dick and Huriana Riwaka, lived in Waikawa. I was born at the Picton Hospital and grew up at Waikawa Pa with my brothers and sisters and many cousins.

        My early years moulded my love of the bay and the Marlborough Sounds. Since 2004 I have lived in Blenheim with my wife, sister and prior to her passing, my mum.

        I am passionate about the Trust being successful and providing for all its iwi beneficiaries across the top of the South. I am an advocate of strong governance that is transparent and provides equally for all the iwi – with no segregation of rohe.

        It is immensely important to me to protect and sustain our treasures, yet also be competitive in today's ever changing world to ensure the future of our iwi. This belief relates closely to the work that I do as mandate holder for the Kaitiaki.

        I would dearly like to see our young ones educated in the ways of our Tupuna and blend this with modern learnings so they can become a strong foundation for Te Ātiawa O Te Waka-A-Māui.

        To see our iwi return to their roots, and to be able to work and enjoy what our Tupuna enjoyed, along with having sustainable growth into the future is my dream, and what I work towards as a Trustee.

        I follow my convictions and am not afraid to make the tough decisions. I do this after all facts have been presented and considered, along with the knowledge that the pending results will provide benefits to all of our iwi.






        Billy Reeves

        Occupation : Carpenter.   

        Interests : Diving, Te Reo Māori, Golf, Waikawa Marae, Diving for local hui & tangihanga.  

        I was born and have lived most of my life here in Waikawa.  My parents are Bill and Lily Reeves. I am married to Dawn McLaren and have three sons and four mokopuna.  I am a qualified carpenter and in the past have run my own business quite successfully.

        In the past four years I have been studying Te Reo Māori with the aim of speaking on Waikawa Marae and representing our Marae at hui.  I am now in a place in my life where I feel I can contribute to my Iwi. I have a passion for all 'things' Māori, and have a desire for my Iwi to succeed at all levels.






        Cindy Batt

        Occupation : Kaiako (Te Ataarangi), Educator (Nelson Provincial Museum), Information Management Librarian (Nelson City Council).   

        Over the years I have been involved in several youth and community development programmes and view these programmes as an investment for all Māori. More recently I have been involved in educating the wider community in all aspects of 'Te Ao Māori'.

        I believe I offer a fresh perspective and skills base to aid the direction of Iwi and descendants into the future.

        Some attributes/skills to offer:

        • Kaiako - Te Reo Māori
        • Researcher/Information Librarian
        • Māori musician/ Instrument player
        • Kaikaranga
        • Archivist (whanau trust)
        • Kaiako, (Mana Kotiro wananga)
        • Member 'Te Roopu Whakahau'
        • Mentoring Rangatahi

        My partner and I have 4 children ages ranging from 9 – 21 years.






        Harry Love


        Kia ora Whānau,

        I am privileged to have been elected to Te Ātiawa o Te Waka-a-Māui Trust.

        I will endeavour to the best of my ability to ensure that the Governance and Management of Te Ātiawa o Te Waka-a-Māui will continue at the highest level.

        Open honest communication with the iwi are necessities for a strong and stable iwi.

        I have lived in Waikawa Bay since 2009. My mokopuna attend Waikawa Bay School and Queen Charlotte College. My daughter is on the Waikawa Marae Committee.

        On my days off work I often go diving for kaimoana with my cousins. We try to give to our marae and hui throughout our rohe, sometimes even further.

        My whānau have embraced Te Ātiawa o Te Waka-a-Māui since returning from overseas. I am proud to be an integral part of Te Ātiawa of Te Waka-a-Māui.

        Nō reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.

        Harry Love







        John Katene (JK) 

        For several years I have held the position of Te Ātiawa Director to Tiakina te Taiao (RMA), and was on the Ngāti Rārua Ātiawa Iwi Trust for 20 years.  I am married with four children and eight grandchildren.  I work with the Youth at Risk, helping them get their hours done and try to build their self-esteem.  I would like to think that I'm an honest person, and am accountable to the Te Ātiawa people.  I have a good sense of humour but am really serious about getting down to doing the work for the beneficiaries.  My aim is to help build.






        Joy Shorrock  

         Director, 'Whenu Limited', Careers portfolio 

        Mahi toi, Kura Kaupapa Māori

        Iwi representative for the Nelson Marlborough Conservation Board, Kaiteretere Recreation Reserve Board, Motueka Museum and am a Trustee at Te Āwhina Marae, Te Hauora o Te Āwhina Marae and the Māori representative for Creative communities (Tasman)

        Protection of the environment, natural resources, taonga species (and continued access to these), retention of and passing on of matauranga, kawa, tikanga, mahi toi and ngā taonga tuku iho is what I am most passionate about.

        I live in Motueka with my whānau and am a flax roots person, active within my marae, Iwi, hapū and whānau.

        I am excited about the future for Te Ātiawa and love that we are a diverse, travelled, skilled, talented, experienced people with many success stories that will contribute to our future development.






        Vennessa Turama Ede


        Group Financial Accountant, Wakatu Incorporation, Nelson.

        Graduate Diploma in Business (Grad Dip Bus) – Massey University; Bachelor of Commerce and Administration (BCA) – Victoria University

        Family, Iwi, Friends, Rugby, Horses, Home, Waikawa Bay, Māori Economic Development

        Ko Piripiri te maunga, Ko Waitohi te awa, Ko Waikawa te marae, Ko Ngāti Te Whiti tōku hapū, Ko Tokomaru te waka, Ko Te Ātiawa tōku iwi, Ko Island Moutere Love me ko Patricia Huriata Love ōku maatua, Ko au te mokopuna tuatahi o Moutere raua ko Patricia Love. Heoi ano he tamaiti whāngai au o raua. Ko Marlene Turama Love tōku Whaea whanau. Ko Vennessa Turama Ede taku ingoa.

        I was appointed to the Trust Board in 2006 and have enjoyed working for the Trust and our iwi over the last seven years. Within the governance role my main involvement and interest has been with Marlborough Resource Management (former Chairperson RM Komiti Marlborough) and the commercial and economic development of the Trust during the Waitangi Claim Settlement negotiations process. This is a strong and ongoing interest to assure sustainable and economic capacity into the future to enable the enhancement and wellbeing of our iwi me ngā whanau.

        I also hold a number of Trustee and Directorship positions with other Māori and community organisations and in addition to my Te Ātiawa trustee role. These roles have allowed me the opportunity to gain solid governance experience and also participate in promoting economic and social opportunities for others, our iwi, whānau and community.

        Over the last 13 years I have worked as an Accountant in the Marlborough Nelson Region and I am a registered Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA) with the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA). Last year I was given and accepted the amazing opportunity to work for the Wakatu Incorporation as the Group Financial Accountant. The role is based in Nelson and I do a weekly commute from our family home in Waikawa (shared with my husband and our two children).