Our Board

The Ngāti Koata Trust Board typically meets once a month in Whakatū (Nelson), as well as occasional committee meetings or special Trust meetings when deemed necessary.

Our Charter requires that seven (7) members normally serve on the Trust Board. All members are elected to three year terms. Shorter terms may occur when sitting members cannot complete their terms. In these cases, the successor member serves only for the remainder of the term, before having to seek a further mandate through election.

Nominees for trustee positions must be at least 18 years of age. At least four of the successful nominees must be adult members of Ngāti Koata Trust (i.e. registered).

We require that they also have:

  • A passion and vision for the development of the Ngāti Koata Iwi
  • Good communication skills and the ability to work well within a team
  • Skills in strategic planning and financial reporting
  • Knowledge in at least one of the following: Te Ao Māori, Treaty of Waitangi processes, accounting, business, education or community development

Melanie McGregor

Chair

Terms: 2
Elected: 2018
Reelected: 2019
Term ends: 2022

Tom Speers

Terms: 2
Elected: 2017
Reelected: 2020
Term ends: 2023

George Elkington

Terms: 2
Elected: 2016
Reelected: 2019
Term ends: 2022

Nadia Keogh

Terms: 2
Elected: 2018
Reelected: 2021
Term ends: 2024

Benjamin Hemi

Terms: 1
Elected: 2020
Term ends: 2023

Jarom Hippolite

Terms: 1
Elected: 2019
Term ends: 2022

Kyle Edmonds

Terms: 1
Elected: 2021
Term ends: 2024