In September 2007 the Ngāti Ranginui Fisheries Trust received confirmation that it was a Mandated Iwi Organisation with regards to the Maori Fisheries Act 2006 and Aquaculture. This entitled Ngāti Ranginui to receive some $3.98 million dollars of fisheries assets on 30 September 2007. These assets had been managed by Te Ohu Kaimoana and in small part by Ngāti Ranginui Iwi Society for some time until the Iwi of Aotearoa had agreed to a settlement formula and met the requirements for establishing a new entity.
Christopher Stokes (Chairperson)
The Ngāti Ranginui Fisheries Trust owns a holding company (Ngāti Ranginui Fisheries Holding Company) which will hold and manage the fisheries assets. The Trust and Company continue to look at investment opportunities to grow these assets and the benefits of the assets are distributed by the Fisheries Trust to our marae and our people, such as marae grants, customary fish, education grants and other projects/joint ventures with the Society, to ensure their well-being and to maintain customary traditions.
Ngāti Ranginui Fish Trust Trustees
William (Bill) Evaroa
Bill is affiliated to Pirirakau, Hangarau and also has Cook Island heritage. Bill has a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting from Auckland University. He returned to NZ in 2013 after an international career spanning 27 years in the global oil and gas industry, his most recent position being Chief Financial Officer and board member of a Canadian publicly listed oil exploration company. Bill is also a trustee for Ngamanawa Inc. and a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants, the New Zealand Institute of Directors and a member of the Tauranga based Enterprise Angels.
Andrea is affiliated to Pirirakau and has previous experience of being a trustee for Ngāti Ranginui Fish Trust.
Donna is affiliated to Pirirakau, holds a Diploma in Business and is currently the Administrator for Te Kupenga Hauora here in Tauranga. Donna is also a trustee for various Whanau Trusts.
Christopher is affiliated to Ngai Te Ahi- Ngati Kuku - Nga Potiki and Turanga Peke ki Motueka and has 30 years' experience working for the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB). Christopher is also a trustee for Poripori Farm A Trust - Taite Whanau Land Trust -and Ngakaroro Ahu Whenua Trust.