Ngāti Tama ki Te Waipounamu Trust would like to introduce Kate Reddock and Raewyn Klenner to the roles of Associate Trustees. As Associate Trustees Kate and Raewyn will sit alongside Trustees on the Ngāti Tama ki Te Waipounamu Trust Board until the 2023 Hui-ā-Tau AGM.

The pair are the second round of appointments as Associates to the Board. The role of Associates is to create pathways for adult registered members to develop the knowledge and skills required for future potential roles in the Ngāti Tama Group, including Trustee, Director, employee, appointed kōmiti member, and/or mandated representative.

Kate Reddock – Ngāti Tama Associate Trustee

Ko Parapara tōku māunga
Ko Pariwhakaoho tōku awa
Ko Tokomaru tōku waka
Ko Ngāti Tama rāua ko Te Ātiawa ōku iwi
Ko Wardhomes tōku whānau
Ko Rob Reddock rāua ko Schwass-Cook oku mātua
Ko Scott tōku tungāne
Kāhore āku tamariki
Nō Ōtautahi āhau
Ko Kate tāku ingoa

Currently I am studying level 3 and 4 Te Reo at Te Wananga O Aotearoa in Ōtautahi and last year completed my level 1 and 2 Te Reo studies.I have had a varied professional background working for several large corporate companies, most recently for ANZCO Foods as a Logistics Planner. This year at ANZCO I have volunteered to be part of a working group that has been formed to create knowledge and awareness of Te Reo Māori and culture. Away from study and mahi I love the outdoors. Weekends will find me out with my Border Collies on the beach, hiking, out on the farm or competing in agility. The position of Associate Trustee will be my first governance role.

I am on a very new journey in discovering more about my heritage and tīpuna. Earlier this year I attended the AGM in Tākaka which has only fuelled my passion and curiosity to connect further with my whakapapa and marae. During this stay, I joined whānau in visiting sites around the rohe that are significant to Tama, including a visit to my tūpuna at the urupā. I felt an instant connection to Tākaka, my marae and tūpuna. I am very proud of my Tama heritage.

My stay at Onetahua is what triggered me to get involved further, I left feeling like I wanted to be able contribute somehow. I applied for the role of Associate Trustee as I felt I had skills I had gained in the corporate world that would benefit Tama as well as a growing understanding of Te Ao Māori.

Something I am keen to get behind is the revitalisation of our reo, including the use of our mita. I believe our reo is our taonga and something that should be preserved. I’m hoping to bring some ideas to the table on how we can help whānau with their journey learning Te Reo Māori, or perhaps encourage whānau to take the first step. I’m looking forward to understanding more about Tama’s values and goals and how I can contribute.

I’d like to see a future where our reo is strong and whānau are confident to kōrero māori at home and on the marae. It is my vision that one day in the future we will have more fluent speakers of Te Reo Māori representing Tama.

Raewyn Klenner – Ngāti Tama Associate Trustee

My whakapapa to Te Tauihu is a reflection of Te Heke mai raro.
I affiliate to Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Ngāti Tama, Ngāti Koata, Ngāti Rārua and Te Ati Awa.

Kei Takapūwāhia e noho ana
Ko Raewyn Klenner āhau

My connection to Ngāti Tama is through my Nanny Uru, who was a Ropata. Her brother Hemi Ropata was a Trustee for Ngāti Tama for many years. I currently work for Te Rūnanga o Toa Rangatira in the comm’s and events team. Before returning to the Rūnanga I was with Te Puni Kōkiri for a short time, previous to that I worked

for the Māori Trustee at Te Tumu Paeroa for a few years. My sister has lived in Te Tauihu for a while and on our first visit with her my boys especially didnt want to leave. Our visits have mainly been to Wakapuaka and I’ve been lucky to have travelled across Te Tauihu for mahi as well.

My motiviation in applying for this role is to maintain the connection for my whānau and to learn. This is an awesome opportunity to be amongst Trustees who are very clear on their role having held these positions for many years. I feel very privileged and grateful.

I think it’s a really exciting time for iwi Māori. Many iwi are post-settlement and are really clear on the vision they have for their people. We have whānau on all fronts speaking out about issues that really affect us as Maōri and change is happening. My aspirations for Ngāti Tama uri is to reconnect our people so that they can be part of this journey whether that be through wānanga, employment opportunties, as kaitiaki etc.

Lastly, a bit about me: I love to bake. I’d have dessert first and cake for breakfast. I have three boys who are the best and we live in the pa surrounded by our whānau.