The Maungaharuru-Tangitū Trust has eight Kaimahi – Staff / Contractors:

  • James Lyver (Kaiwhakahaere Matua – General Manager),
  • Charmaine Butler (Kaiwhakahaere Tari – Office Manager),
  • Hayley Lawrence (Kaiwhakahaere Taiao – Environmental Manager),
  • Louise Whaanga (Kaiārahi Reo),
  • Mark Kilmister (Kaiwhakahaere Whai Rawa – Commercial Manager),
  • Nia Belcher (Kaitātari Kaupapa Here – Consent & Policy Analyst),
  • Ryan Watene (Kaiwhakahaere Kaupapa – Project Coordinator), and
  • Paul Hughes (Mātanga Hangarau – IT support).

James Lyver

I te taha o tōku māmā, Ko Whakapūnake tōku maunga. Ko Ruakituri rātau ko Hangaroa, ko Kaitarahae ōku awa. Ko Te Reinga tōku wairere. Ko Te Reinga tōku marae. Ko Ngāti Hinehika me Ngāti Kōhatu ōku hapū. Ko Ngāti Kahungunu tōku iwi. Ko Hinekōrako te taniwha kaitiaki.

I te taha o tōku pāpā, Ko Ngāti Toa Rangatira ki Wairau te iwi. Ko Tokomaru te maunga. Ko Wairau te awa.  Ko Matapere Kawhe tōku tupuna.  Heoi anō, kei te ako tonu au i te whakapapa o tōku pāpā.

Kaiwhakahaere Matua – General Manager

James has developed his professional career within various kaupapa Māori organisations and loves working with whānau.  He has Bachelor of Business Studies and Masters of Management from Massey University, with his final report topic was ’Exploring Māori values; Embracing Cultural Intelligence to improve outcomes in a changing New Zealand’.  Outside of the office, James has a strong connection to the outdoors, knows our Takiwā well and appreciates the role MTT play as Kaitiaki.  James is born and bred in Napier from within a Freezing Worker whānau.  He is an active father with his three boys and loves living in Napier.

“Ka nui te koa, kua tae mai au ki waenganui i a koutou ki te tautoko i te puāwaitanga o ngā moemoeā o ngā hapū”

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Charmaine Butler (nee Taurima)

Ko Ngāti Tū, Ngāti Kurumōkihi ōku hapū, ko Tangoio tōku marae.

Ko Rongomaiwahine tōku iwi, Ko Tuahuru tōku marae.

Kaiwhakahaere Tari – Office Manager

Charmaine was born and bred in Tangoio.  She has worked tirelessly for MTT as Administrator for many years.  Her role has changed in this post-settlement phase, and she is now Office Manager.  Charmaine has experience in administration and finance, is a current Trustee for MTT and was previously Tangoio Marae Chairperson.

“My vision is to have a healthy and wealthy hapū.  To have extensive support available for our kaumātua, and good direction for our tamariki.”

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Hayley Lawrence

Nō te iwi Pākehā ahau. Nō Ngāti Tū, Ngāti Kurumōkihi, Ngāi Te Ruruku tōku whānau. Ko Tangoio te marae.

Kaiwhakahaere Taiao – Environmental Manager

Hayley’s partner (Rangitane Taurima) and their tamariki are from our Hapū of Maungaharuru-Tangitū.  Hayley has worked for MTT since 2012, as Project Manager and Communications Manager.  Hayley’s current role is Kaiwhakahaere Taiao.  Hayley works part-time as she cares for her two young tamariki.  She has a PhD in Conservation Genetics and a Diploma in Arts (Māori Studies).

“It is an honour to work for and with our Hapū, for our treasured Taiao.”

Toitū te Marae o Tāne, Toitū te Marae o Tangaroa, Toitū te Iwi

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Louise Whaanga

Ko Whakapūnake te maunga, Ko Te Wairoa Hōpūpū Hōnengenenge Matangirau te awa, Ko Takitimu te waka, Ko Ngāti Kahungunu te iwi. Ko Ngāti Matangirau te hapū, Ko Whaakirangi te marae.

Kaiārahi Reo

Louise grew up in Hastings and now lives in Napier with her partner and their three sons.   She is a strong advocate for the use of te reo Māori intergenerationally within the home.  Her role at Maungaharuru-Tangitū Trust is to lead the implementation of our Māori Language Strategy.  She has just completed the first 12 months of a project called “Kia haruru anō te reo Māori” which is funded by Te Mātāwai and she is excited about the upcoming year and the prospects for expanding the project to reach more Tangoio whānau.  Louise has her own consultancy business and works part-time.  She has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Māori Studies.

It is a privilege to work for an organisation and with people who genuinely value and prioritise the reo.”

“Kia haruru anō te reo Māori, ko te Pae Tawhiti whāia kia tata

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Mark Kilmister

Kaiwhakahaere Whai Rawa – Commercial Manager

Mark has held numerous senior positions in the Finance Industry. Whilst working Mark gained tertiary qualifications in Finance and Marketing. These qualifications back up a hard work ethic, common sense and business experience. Mark has a unique ability to work within a team to solve difficult situations and has been contracted by business and banks since being self-employed. Since 2011, Mark has been a Company Director and currently sits on the Boards of three outstanding organisations (Hohepa, Scallywaggs and Scanpower).    

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Nia Belcher

Kaitātari Kaupapa Here – Consent & Policy Analyst

Nia is Samoan born and raised. She is married to Phil Belcher from Waimarama; they have 4 boys and reside in Havelock North. Nia has a Bachelor of Planning degree and brings with her professional experience of 14 years as a former Environmental Planner with the Hastings District Council. Nia is currently running her own business, Ola Pacifica, making dairy free decadent chocolates. While the business is growing at a steady pace, Nia’s passion for helping communities and supporting others extends to the opportunity to work with MTT with her planning experience and aligned personal skills and values.

“It is a privilege to be part of MTT.”

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