Raeleen de Joux. Chairperson of Te Aitarakihi Trust
Raeleen is of Te Rarawa and Ngāti Kurī descent.
She comes from a community nursing, public health and health education background with teaching qualifications in Childbirth Education, Clinical Teaching and Māori Health. Raeleen is currently employed as a tutor at Ara Institute of Canterbury in the Department of Midwifery, Nursing and Allied Health and the Department of Humanities.
Raeleen is an elected member on the South Canterbury District Health Board also holding the position of Chairperson of the Māori Health Advisory Committee. She has held numerous governance roles over the years including Community Trust Mid and South Canterbury, Aoraki Primary Health Organisation, New Zealand Breastfeeding Authority, Whakawhetu Maori SUDI Prevention Programme and has recently been appointed to the Board of Parent’s Centre New Zealand.
Raeleen’s involvement with Te Aitarakihi Trust dates back several decades where she remembers the early beginnings and efforts of the inaugural committee and their extensive fundraising activities. Most of her involvement with Te Aitarakihi Trust was through Te Aitarakihi Kapahaka Roopu from there she moved into roles as a committee member on the Trust later moving onto the Trust Board.
“As a young Māori woman moving to Timaru in the mid 1970’s I was grateful of the work of Timaru Māori Committee (which later became Te Aitarakihi Trust inc) in developing a place of belonging for Māori living outside their tribal rohe. The time I give back to the Trust now is a tribute to the many Māori and non-Māori community leaders who dedicated energy and passion to ensure the health and well-being of Māori in the Aoraki region”.
Heni Martin. Treasurer.
Heni is of Ngāti Porou, Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki and Tuhoe descent.
Heni originally became interested in Te Aitarakihi’s Board of Trustees mainly for personal development of her taha Māori . Following the resignation of the Board’s Treasurer, she became the interim Treasurer until the next Annual General Meeting when nominations were selected.
Heni has over 40 years financial experience and currently works for a Chartered Accountant in Timaru.
To develop her taha Māori, Heni has completed various Te Reo, Raranga and Karanga wānanga and regularly attends Te Aitarakihi’s Kapahaka roopu and recently was with the roopu at the 2018 Waitaha Regionals.
Mark Crowe. Trustee.
Mark is of Ngāti Pukenga descent and was raised here in Timaru.
Mark initially had a background in banking both here in New Zealand and overseas before changing to utility construction, again working both in New Zealand and abroad. Upon his return to South Canterbury Mark worked in local Government before taking up a Senior Leadership role at West Coast Regional Council. Mark is now Timaru based again and spends his time working between Timaru and Wellington working for the National Emergency Management Agency as a Principal Advisor.
Mark has previous board experience with privately held companies, is a current board member at Roncalli College here in Timaru and a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.
Margie Goldsmith. Trustee.
Arahia Goldsmith. Trustee.
Arahia is of Ngāti Porou and Ngāti Raukawa descent and has been a trustee with Te Aitarakihi Trust Inc. Board for two terms. She is also on the He Manu Hou Trust Board as well (Early Childhood Centre located on the Te Aitarakihi Multicultural Centre site).
Arahia works at Timaru Women’s Refuge as a Case Worker and Tamariki Facilitator.
Arahia has lived in Timaru all her life. Her parents took care of the Social Welfare Foster home all through her childhood and has been part of the Te Aitarakihi community from its inception 30 years ago. She loves being part of this community and is excited to see Te Aitarakihi continue to grow and become a thriving Centre for all cultures and iwi for years to come.
Ana Buckingham. Trustee.
Ko Anna Buckingham ahau.
Ko Ngāti Pakeha te iwi.
My ancestors originated from Scotland and Europe. My parents, Paul & Cynthia Christie were born in Aotearoa and I was born and raised in Timaru, but lived in Oxford, England for 13 years.
My husband is Andrew Buckingham and I have two tamariki named Otis and Lennox.
I am a trustee for Te Aitarakihi and the Kaiwhahaere (manager) of He Manu Hou Bilingual Early Learning Centre, that is nestled within the grounds of Te Aitarakihi. I am motivated to support community spaces that uphold the values of Tikanga. I have a Youth and Community Work Degree and am a currently studying for a Masters in professional practice.
Hinemoa Wheto McMahon. Trustee.
I was born in Rosebud, Victoria, Australia and my early years were spent in Australia, Fiji and New Zealand.
My whakapapa on my mothers side is Taranaki and Ngāi Tahu and my father is Scottish/English.
I attended the International School in Fiji and later Sacred Heart and Roncalli College in Timaru. I joined the NZ Police Force 11 years ago and am trained in Police Negotiations and Community and Youth Aid.
My passion is Crossfit. I compete and train others to help them reach their goals, realise their potential and go beyond what they thought they were capable of.
I am a person who has a strong commitment to supporting others less fortunate than myself, striving for equal opportunities for all, regardless of their cultural, ethnic or socio-economic status.
Damon Odey. Trustee.
Murray Cleverley. Trustee.
Murray wears many ‘hats’ and has experience across a wide range of business sectors. He is a specialist in governance, economic development and change management.
Murray established his first business at 20 years of age and was the 2007 winner of the New Zealand Vero Business Excellence Support Awards in the Individual Category.
He is a Fellow of New Zealand Institute of Management, a Chartered Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and a life member of South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce.
He has a MBA through Massey University, is Past Chairman of both the Economic Development Association of New Zealand, and of Escalator (a Government capital raising scheme); is a founding director of BIZ Networks Ltd and past Director of NZ Chambers of Commerce.
Murray is currently chair of multiple companies and director of several businesses and was a past Chair of Warbirds Over Wanaka where he served 7 years.
In 2014 he was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to business and the community.