New board member at Eastland Community Trust

Casual vacancy filled by Te Rau Kupenga after “much deliberation”.

Casual vacancy filled by Te Rau Kupenga after “much deliberation”.

NEW FACE AT THE TABLE: New ECT board member Te Rau Kupenga. Picture supplied

EASTLAND Community Trust has a new trustee, after Matanuku Mahuika resigned to join the board of ECT-owned Eastland Group.

ECT chairman Michael Muir said Mr Mahuika resigned from the Trust last week creating a casual vacancy, which after “much deliberation” by trustees, had been filled by Te Rau Kupenga.

Mr Mahuika was inducted as a trustee in July last year, and Mr Muir said while it was disappointing to see Mr Mahuika leave the team, the benefits of his expertise would be retained in the region and would be of real value to the Eastland Group board.

“Ma’s input over the past 15 months has been invaluable. His legal expertise is exemplary and the scope of his iwi and commercial work brought fresh perspectives to our organisation. I’m sure it will to Eastland Group as well.”

Mr Muir said ECT was delighted to welcome Te Rau Kupenga to the trust.

“Mr Kupenga is also a lawyer and is currently part of the Leadership Team at the Ministry of Education. He has previously held the role of Deputy Secretary at the Ministry for the Environment.

“Te Rau was born and raised in Hiruharama just south of Ruatoria and is of Ngati Porou descent. While busy in Wellington, Te Rau travels back to Ruatoria most weekends to support the whanau business, Hati Nati Café, and work on a number of economic and community development initiatives.”

A unique skill set

He has a unique skill set and a practical mindset that will enable him to represent the community and contribute to the trust’s vision, particularly in the job creation space.

Mr Kupenga spearheaded the establishment of Connect Global’s call centre in Ruatoria, a trial that has proven so successful the company is seeking to expand the model around the country. He is also on the Board of Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou.

Mr Kupenga said he was excited about his appointment to ECT and is motivated by a particular vision.

“The focus of our work with Connect Global was to create future jobs for our community. Not just any jobs, but jobs focused on sales and marketing, and growing capability within our community. We’re also focused on jobs that will take the Ngati Porou brand to the world, because it’s pretty special.”

“In my time with ECT I hope to explore the connections between the Trust and our communities that many consider vulnerable. The reality is that there’s real innovation and a ‘can-do’ attitude in these communities. It will be interesting to see how we can combine the will within those communities with the will and skill of ECT for mutual benefit.”

Mr Muir pointed out that trustees were able to make the appointment without taking the decision to the Gisborne District Council.

The casual vacancy will close at the end of June 2017, at which time Mr Kupenga will be eligible to apply for reappointment through the council’s appointment process.

Eastland Group chief executive Matt Todd welcomed Mr Mahuika’s appointment.

“We’re delighted to have Matanuku join Eastland Group’s board of directors. His local connections, depth of commercial experience, and commitment to excellence are qualities which will complement the contribution of our current directors.”

EASTLAND Community Trust has a new trustee, after Matanuku Mahuika resigned to join the board of ECT-owned Eastland Group.

ECT chairman Michael Muir said Mr Mahuika resigned from the Trust last week creating a casual vacancy, which after “much deliberation” by trustees, had been filled by Te Rau Kupenga.

Mr Mahuika was inducted as a trustee in July last year, and Mr Muir said while it was disappointing to see Mr Mahuika leave the team, the benefits of his expertise would be retained in the region and would be of real value to the Eastland Group board.

“Ma’s input over the past 15 months has been invaluable. His legal expertise is exemplary and the scope of his iwi and commercial work brought fresh perspectives to our organisation. I’m sure it will to Eastland Group as well.”

Mr Muir said ECT was delighted to welcome Te Rau Kupenga to the trust.

“Mr Kupenga is also a lawyer and is currently part of the Leadership Team at the Ministry of Education. He has previously held the role of Deputy Secretary at the Ministry for the Environment.

“Te Rau was born and raised in Hiruharama just south of Ruatoria and is of Ngati Porou descent. While busy in Wellington, Te Rau travels back to Ruatoria most weekends to support the whanau business, Hati Nati Café, and work on a number of economic and community development initiatives.”

A unique skill set

He has a unique skill set and a practical mindset that will enable him to represent the community and contribute to the trust’s vision, particularly in the job creation space.

Mr Kupenga spearheaded the establishment of Connect Global’s call centre in Ruatoria, a trial that has proven so successful the company is seeking to expand the model around the country. He is also on the Board of Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou.

Mr Kupenga said he was excited about his appointment to ECT and is motivated by a particular vision.

“The focus of our work with Connect Global was to create future jobs for our community. Not just any jobs, but jobs focused on sales and marketing, and growing capability within our community. We’re also focused on jobs that will take the Ngati Porou brand to the world, because it’s pretty special.”

“In my time with ECT I hope to explore the connections between the Trust and our communities that many consider vulnerable. The reality is that there’s real innovation and a ‘can-do’ attitude in these communities. It will be interesting to see how we can combine the will within those communities with the will and skill of ECT for mutual benefit.”

Mr Muir pointed out that trustees were able to make the appointment without taking the decision to the Gisborne District Council.

The casual vacancy will close at the end of June 2017, at which time Mr Kupenga will be eligible to apply for reappointment through the council’s appointment process.

Eastland Group chief executive Matt Todd welcomed Mr Mahuika’s appointment.

“We’re delighted to have Matanuku join Eastland Group’s board of directors. His local connections, depth of commercial experience, and commitment to excellence are qualities which will complement the contribution of our current directors.”

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