Directors, Raukawa ki te Tonga AHC Limited
Debra Birch CMinstD, AIF®
Director & Board Chair
Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Hauiti, Ngāti Rangi, Ngāti Apa
Debra has over 30 years’ executive experience of financial markets managing global investment portfolios in Asia, Australia and New Zealand. More recently, she has been a professional director and her focus has been on Māori economic development particularly in the dairying, honey, kiwifruit, tourism, forestry, affordable housing and fund management sectors.
She was one of the founders of Te Pūia Tāpapa Direct Investment Fund and is currently the Chair of IWIinvestor and a non-executive Director of Tourism Holdings, Ngāti Awa Group Holdings, Ngāti Awa Tourism, Te Pūia Tāpapa GP, Tūwharetoa Hau Rau GP, New Zealand Growth Capital Partners, and a Trustee of Wellington Free Ambulance Trust and Manu Rere Charitable Trust. She also Chairs a number of Investment Committees and is also a member of a number of Audit, Finance & Risk Committees.
Debra is a Chartered Member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors, an Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®), a Registered Financial Adviser, a member of the Institute of Financial Professionals NZ Inc (INFINZ) and has a post-graduate certificate in Investment Analysis from Otago University.
Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa
Shelley has been a Director of Raukawa ki te Tonga AHC since 2014. She is well-known in the community as the Managing Director of Sander Apparel, an Ōtaki company that manufactures ties and scarves. Sander Apparel exports to Australia but is best-known for making All Blacks’ ties and cufflinks. Shelley and her partner bought the business in 2015, but Shelley has worked in the business for the past 25 years.
Sander Apparel offers an annual scholarship for students at Ōtaki College, the Sander Scholarship. Each year a student from Ōtaki College has the opportunity to apply for this scholarship that enables a student to travel to Aberdeen in Scotland as part of a reciprocal arrangement with Robert Gordon’s College to represent the college and Ōtaki overseas.
Before joining Sander Apparel, Shelley was a meat trader for Affco New Zealand in Auckland and worked for Christchurch-based Mair & Company as a Hide Trader. Born on the Kāpiti Coast, Shelley lives in Manakau and was educated at Kāpiti College.
Guy Royal LLB
Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Tamaterā, Pare-Hauraki, Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Hine
Guy Royal has over 20 years’ experience as a commercial corporate lawyer and has advised clients in New Zealand, Hong Kong, Vietnam and the United Kingdom. He specialises in joint venture arrangements, and mergers and acquisitions, in particular he has experience working with indigenous groups.
He has extensive governance experience and is currently a director of CH4 Limited, a marine-farmed methane inhibitor for the agricultural sector; Tuia Group Limited, a privately held professional services firm; a partner with
Tuia Legal; and a director of ColabNZ (2 Kitchener) Limited, co-working and shared workspace business. He was previously on the Board of Kiwirail Holdings Limited, Chairman of Toitu Te Waonui Limited, New Zealand Fast Forward Fund Limited, Crown Forest Rental Trust, the Film and Literature Review Board,
Guy has a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Auckland, is a member of the Venture Capital Association, the Corporate Lawyers Association, the Institute of Directors and the Māori Lawyers Association.
BCA Victoria University of Wellington with a double major in commercial law and Māori resource management.
Ngāti Raukawa ki Te Tonga, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Ngāti Tūwharetoa
Graeme began his career with Te Rūnanga o Toa Rangatira, the mandated iwi authority for Ngāti Toa Rangatira and the administrative body of iwi estates and assets, where he was responsible for resource management projects on behalf of the Rūnanga, customary fishing activities and developing and managing iwi environmental projects including marine research.
While in London, between 2011 and 2012, he worked for Immigration New Zealand before joining Te Ohu Kaimoana (TOKM) in early 2013.
At TOKM his career has encompassed a 10-month placement with Nippon Suisan in Tokyo, Japan, on a scholarship where he gained experience in the global fisheries business with a particular focus on finfish aquaculture and provenance/traceability. On his return to New Zealand, he worked at TOKM as a Policy Analyst facilitating aquaculture settlements between Iwi Aquaculture Organisations and the Crown, advising on Marine Protected Areas, fisheries sustainability rounds and representing TOKM and Iwi on the National Rock Lobster Management Group.
Graeme’s current role involves engaging with Iwi, hapū and Crown agencies on freshwater fisheries matters and providing technical advice and assistance to Iwi and hapū to enhance Māori interests in freshwater fisheries and habitat.
MinstD, Executive MBA, MPlan Practice, BA, Poupou Huia Te Reo
Ngāti Raukawa and Ngāti Kahungunu
Jack was Chief Executive of Te Wānanga o Raukawa Foundation prior to joining the Asset Holding Company.
He has held senior roles managing complex relationships in local government and the commercial infrastructure sector working for CentrePort Wellington.
Born in Masterton, the family subsequently moved to Southland where Jack attended Central Southland College in Winton, Southland.
His grandmother is the late Kōwhai Pāku. The Pāku whanau continue to live and work in Otaki. Jack is married to Samantha and they have a daughter at Wellington East Girls College.
He is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and has an Executive MBA from Massey University.
Te Ati Awa ki Whakarongotai
Cassidy has been a part of the Raukawa ki te Tonga AHC since 2016. She has also recently started assisting Raukawa ki te Tonga Trust with their administrative requirements.
She is of Te Ati Awa ki Whakarongotai descent and has lived in Ōtaki all her life.
Cassidy provides accounts and financial administration services to a number of local entities and manages a foundation business with her partner.
She was previously the Office Manager of the Ōtaki and Porirua Trusts Board before leaving for a very brief stint in Christchurch during the rebuild.
Cassidy has four children that attend kura in Ōtaki. Cassidy and her family have a strong sporting background and are a keen part of the Ōtaki sporting community.