Here you can find out about the operations team of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Rārua.
Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Rārua activity is managed by a team located in our Blenheim office, Tokomaru House, and in Whakatū.
Pouwhakahaere Shane Graham | Vickie Barkle | Michelle Lavender | Rowena Cudby | Aneika Young | John Charleton | Koren Grason | Juanita Semmens | Hine Luke | Michelle James |
Shane Graham, Pouwhakahaere (Chief Executive Officer)
Prior to joining Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Rārua, Shane was a senior advisor at Te Pūni Kōkiri. Shane has whakapapa to Tainui waka through his iwi of Raukawa me Ngati Koroki-Kahukura and has resided in Te Tauihu for over 40 years.
Shane holds a number of qualifications including a Masters of Māori and Management and Diploma in Māori Law and Philosophy from Te Wananga o Raukawa.
Vickie Barkle, Pouāwhina tāhūhū – Executive Assistant
With more than 20 years experience in office and financial administration Vickie comes with a great set of organisational, time management and communication skills. Vickie is of Te Ati-Haunui-A-Paparangi me Ngāti Tūwharetoa descent. She has lived in Nelson for 37 years, originating from the Buller district.
Michelle Lavender, Pou Ārahi (Operations Manager)
Michelle supports the operations of the Rūnanga and is based in Tokomaru House in Wairau. Michelle is a specialist in compliance so enjoys the clear cut policy mahi and sees it as vital to realising iwi aspirations. This, along with ensuring the success of all staff is what makes Michelle content in her role.
Rowena Cudby, Pouwhakahaere Taiao (Environmental Manager)
My role is working with whānau to support and realise aspirations to protect, enhance and restore Te Taiao. Some of the projects I will be focusing on include:
- developing an Iwi Environmental Management Plan;
- implementing Settlement mechanisms and ensuring representation roles are filled; and
- protecting Ngāti Rārua taiao through advocacy and strategic partnerships with iwi and government agencies.
Aneika Young, Poutohutohu Taiao ki Motueka
Ko Tainui te waka
Ko Tuao Wharepapa te maunga
Ko Motueka te Awa Tūpuna
Ko Riuwaka te Awa Tapu
Ko Ngāti Rārua me Te Ātiawa ōku iwi
Ko Ngāti Tūrangapeke me Puketapu ōku hapū
Ko Te Āwhina te marae
Ko Pounamu tōku papakāinga
Ko Simon Young rāua ko Rānui Young ōku mātua
Ko Aneika Aranga Young ahau.
Aneika was born and raised in Motueka and connects to the Rārua whānau in Motueka and now lives in Wakatū. She has a wealth of knowledge through her experience working in the rohe over the years. She currently works part time for the Rūnanga as the Poutohutohu Taiao ki Motueka for the Taiao team.
Aneika holds a Masters of Science in Environmental Studies from Victoria University Wellington and also works part time as Kaipūtaito Taiao in the Te Kāhio Āio (Māori Business, Development and Research) team at the Cawthron Institute. Aneika's kaupapa is to whakamana our role as kaitiaki in Te Tau Ihu o te Waka a Māui.
John Charleton, Chief Investment Officer
Ko Taranaki te maunga
Ko Taranaki te Iwi
Ko Haumia te hapū
Ko Orimupiko te marae
Ko John Charleton toku ingoa
Tena koutou katoa. My name is John Charleton. Most recently I was employed as Chief Executive Officer for the Ngāti Rārua Ātiawa Iwi Trust. My goal is to work to deliver results that help achieve Te Rūnanga O Ngāti Rārua's twin major aspirations: whānau advancement on the one hand, and long-term sustainability on the other. I'm a Chartered Accountant with 25 years’ experience, including more than 10 years working with leading international financial institutions in the UK, the US and Australia.
Koren Grason, Pou Hononga
Previously Business Capability Manager for Tasman Rugby Union, Koren last 14 years have been accounting based and business strategy focused. In a voluntary capacity Koren has been in service to boards which have had “for the good of the community” at their centre.
Koren has whakapapa to Tainui waka through her iwi of Raukawa me Ngāti Maniapoto and lives in Whakatū with her husband and three tamariki.
Juanita Semmens, Pou Hāpori
Juanita has recently been appointed to a role as Pou Hāpori, after 12 years with Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology in the Marketing, Customer Excellence Directorate.
This new role gives Juanita the opportunity to fulfil an aspiration to work for her own, and connect whānau with a range of support and services.
Based in Motueka with her husband and tamariki, she is at the flax roots of her community connected to the maunga, awa and Te Āwhina Marae. She is excited to serve her whanau, hapu, and iwi.
Hine Luke, Document Control Technician, Pou Hāpori
Hine is bringing her Ngāti Rārua whakapapa to life through working with the documents that guide our mahi and ensuring they're kept safe and sound. You might see Hine out and about from time to time as she tracks down taonga held by whānau and secures copies for the Rūnanga. We hope that this will lead to a quality archive of Rūnanga materials that will be available to whānau in a variety of ways. Hine is also a Pou Hāpori based in Wairau.
Michelle James, Accounts & Payroll Clerk
Michelle joined Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Rārua in 2017 to assist with accounts and payroll on a part-time basis. Michelle comes from Kawerau in the Bay of Plenty where the sunshine competes with that of Marlborough, but the wine is not so good. Michelle enjoys getting involved in the community and is currently on the Board of Trustees at Riverlands School and the Treasurer for her local Scouts group.