Tina was born and raised in Koutu, Rotorua and has 4 children and 8 mokopuna. She holds an MBA through Waikato University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business – Māori Development from Auckland University. She has held several senior positions within the Māori Land Court and the Māori Trustee.
Tina has been a trustee of Rotoiti 15 Trust for 13 years and is now the longest serving trustee. The Trust has grown extensively in this time and it remains a challenge to meet the needs of a shareholder base that is very large and very diverse. Good economic growth has meant that the Trustees are now able to turn their attention to delivering more social benefits for the owners such as supporting employment through grants that recognize both trades and tertiary study and focus on the whenua, the environment and sustainability. She believes she offers not only gender balance to the Trust but also diversity of thought and opinion.
For her it’s about creating wealth in order to deliver services to the people – social benefits such as Health, Employment and support to our culture & marae. Looking after the people now and establishing a great legacy for future generations. She is currently self-employed providing management services to Māori Entities. She sits as Chair of Manaaki Ora Trust (Te Utuhina Manaakitanga and Tipu Ora) in order to give back to the vulnerable people in the community. She also holds trustee roles on Pukeroa Oruawhata Group, Onuku Māori lands trust, BOP Leadership Group, Te Arawa Primary Sector Group and Te Taumata Iho Ake Trust.
He Tangata: He Whenua.