Guided tours at Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Ngā Tāngata me te Kaihautūtanga

People & Leadership

The Waitangi National Trust Board, Board Members, Executive team and our people who uphold the legacy of this historic place.

The Waitangi Treaty Grounds is part of the Waitangi National Trust Estate comprising of 506 hectares. The Waitangi National Trust was set up by an Act of Parliament to administer the estate. Its Deed of Trust, drawn up in 1932, set out the objectives for the Trust Board and the Treaty Grounds. These include priority being given to the repair and restoration of the former Residency which, at Lord Bledisloe’s request, was renamed the Treaty House.

The Board continues to be made up of descendants and representatives of people directly associated with this historic site. The incumbent Governor-General has the right to choose to be Patron of the Trust.

In 2016 the Trust Board established a wholly-owned subsidiary, Waitangi Limited, to manage the day to day operations of the Treaty Grounds and wider estate. Waitangi Limited is governed by a Chairman and directors and managed by the Chief Executive, on behalf of the Trust Board.

Pita Tipene (2016)

Chairman

A member of the family of Maihi Kawiti

Tania Simpson (2017)

Deputy Chair

A member of the family of Pomare

Mita Harris (2016)

Trustee

A member of the family of Tāmati Wāka Nene

Willow-Jean Prime (2020)

Trustee

Appointed by the Prime Minister to represent the Government

Wiremu Puriri (2016)

Trustee

A member of the family of Hone Heke

Ngā Wai-hono-i-te-pō Paki (2020)

Trustee

A representative of the Māori people living in the North Island south of the City of Auckland

Dame Claudia Orange (2021)

Trustee

A person prominent in the life of the country as a statesman

Hon Peeni Henare (2015)

Trustee

A representative of the Māori people living in the North Auckland Peninsula

Dr Shane Reti (2018)

Trustee

Appointed by the Leader of the Opposition, following consultation with the leader of each party that is not in Government or in coalition with the Government

Hon Kate Wilkinson (2014)

Trustee

A representative of the people, Pākeha and Māori, living in the South Island

Jane Fletcher (2016)

Trustee

A member of the family of the late Archdeacon Henry Williams

Hugh Cotterill (2017)

Trustee

A representative of the family of the late James Busby

David Dunsheath (2018)

Trustee

A representative of the family of the late Edward Gibbon Wakefield

Eru Lyndon

Chair

Heidi Mackey

Director

Deryck Shaw

Director

Maxine Shortland

Director

Craig Wells

Director