Te Ngakinga/Whanganui Iwi Fisheries

Members of the Ngā Tāngata Tiaki Group

The purpose of Te Ngakinga o Whanganui Trust is to invest and grow the iwi’s assets, cultivating with great care and diligence our shared iwi garden in order to continue to grow and expand our seed bank and storage houses to provide for future generations. Hence the reference to te ngakinga (ngaki: to weed, to plant or cultivate).

Iwi Investment Trust


Te Ngakinga o Whanganui Investment Trust and Whanganui Iwi Fisheries Limited (‘the Investment Entities’) are the vehicles within the Ngā Tāngata Tiaki Group responsible for growing the assets of Whanganui Iwi held by Ngā Tāngata Tiaki o Whanganui Trust. The revenue generated from investments will be partly reinvested and partly applied to provide benefit to Whanganui uri, hapū and iwi either through disbursements (through Te Whawhaki Iwi Development Trust) or through operational level work streams.



The Trust appoints the trustees/directors of both Investment Entities. The directors of Whanganui Iwi Fisheries Limited and Te Ngakinga o Whanganui Investment Trust are currently the same people to ensure that the commercial effort is as effective and efficient as possible. The Trust provides Letters of Expectation to the Investment Entities annually that detail how they are to operate and what level of returns are required. The Trust also considers and approves the Investment Entities’ Strategic and Annual Plans, as well as the Statement of Investment Policies & Objectives (SIPO) which governs how the Investment Entities will invest.


Simon Karipa
Chair - Te Ngakinga o Whanganui Investment Trust and Whanganui Iwi Fisheries Limited

Nō Te Ātihaunui a Pāpārangi, Ngāti Apa, Ngāti Hauiti, Ngāti Rangi.

Simon was born in Whanganui and raised in rural Manawatū, and is a trained lawyer. He is also the General Manager for Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō Trust in Te Tauihu. Whilst Simon has worked primarily in an iwi/Māori context (working for iwi and Te Ohu Kaimoana as a lawyer), he has also spent time in the financial services industry which has provided useful experience for his current role as Chair of Te Ngakinga o Whanganui Investment Trust and Whanganui Iwi Fisheries Limited.

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Dr Rāwiri Tinirau
Deputy Chairperson - Ngā Tāngata Tiaki o Whanganui, Trustee - Te Ngakinga o Whanganui Investment Trust and Director Whanganui Iwi Fisheries Limited

Te Ātihaunui a Pāpārangi/Whanganui, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngā Rauru Kītahi, Ngāti Ruanui, Ngā Wairiki/Ngāti Apa, Ngāti Maru.

Rāwiri was appointed to Te Ngakinga and WIFL as the Ngā Tāngata Tiaki o Whanganui (NTT) representative and currently holds the position of Deputy Chair of NTT.

Rāwiri is currently the Co-Director of Te Atawhai o Te Ao Charitable Trust, a kaupapa Māori institute that undertakes a range of environmental and health research whilst holding a number of Governance positions and hapū/iwi/community leadership roles throughout the Whanganui rohe and beyond. He recently graduated as a Doctor of Philosophy (Management) and holds a bachelor degree in Arts (Māori Studies) and Business Studies (Accountancy).


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Gerrard Wilson
Trustee - Te Ngakinga o Whanganui Investment Trust and Whanganui Iwi Fisheries Limited

Gerrard was born and raised in Christchurch but has lived across New Zealand and now resides in Whakatū.  An experienced independent director and property advisor, his professional career includes roles with accounting firm EY and global real estate business CBRE. Now acting as an independent consultant, Gerrard provides strategic advice to a range of iwi, private and public sector clients; he has had significant involvement in Treaty Settlements for many iwi throughout the country. He also currently serves as Director and Chair of Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō Investments Limited and is a Director of The Nelson Building Society.


Te Ngakinga and WIFL documents

To view further information about Te Ngakinga and WIFL's investment performance please see the latest Ngā Tāngata Tiaki o Whanganui annual report documentation on the Important Documents page.

Te Ngakinga Strategic Plan

Te Ngakinga Statement of Investment Principles (SIPO)

Constitution of Whanganui Iwi Fisheries Limited


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