Trustees

Simon Gomez

Simon Gomez

Chairman

I was born in Rangiora, I am Ngai Tahu and my ancestors are from Rakiura. I was raised on the Island as my family moved there when I was four years old. I am part of the Island and the Island is part of me. I left Rakiura to gain an education when I was 13, although I returned for all my holidays, and did so for some time into my working life, until I was living and working overseas. I have worked at corporate and international levels and currently live in Cromwell where I work as sales director for an international outsourcing company. I travel to Rakiura at least four or five times a year and living in Cromwell makes it easy to have an active involvement with Rakiura and RMLT. My goals since I have been on the Trust have been to improve communication between the beneficial Land owners and The Trust, to work within the established mission and values of RMLT, to ensure governance and business are carried out with honesty and integrity and to take care of our Taonga and assets for future generations. It’s our land, it’s our Taonga, it’s our responsibility.

E: ssg@rmlt.co.nz
Kylie Moxham

Kylie Moxham

Secretary

Ko tau rourou Ko taku rourou Ka ora ai te iwi e. Ko Thomas Bernard West raua ko Susan Annie Smith oku matua tupuna. Ka moe a Tom West ki a Susan Smith. Ka puta mai ko Janice Norma toku whaea. Ko Jan raua ko Paul oku matua. Ka moe a Janice West ki a Paul Sooalo. Ka puta mai ko Kylie Ann ratou ko Analise Marama ko Paul Thomas. Ko Paul te potiki. Ko ahau te matamua. Tokorua aku tamariki. Ko Timu Tamati Mark raua ko Kahu Taine Moxham. Ko Hananui toku mauka Ko Takitimu toku waka Ko Te Ara a Kiwa toku moana Ko Ohekia toku awa Ko Waitaha, Kati Mamoe, Kai Tahu toku iwi. Ko Otatara toku papa kaika. Ko West toku whanau. Ko Kylie Moxham ahau. No reira, Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa. I have lived half my life on Rakiura. I married there, raised 2 sons, creating world class memories and achievements. I have the utter privilege of first- hand encounters with tokoeka feeding on our lawn, woken by their shrill call from underneath our house. We harvested venison on home ground. Southern skies provided some of the most breathtaking aurora australis displays, and starlit nights that have to be seen to be believed. My outdoors lifestyle complimented my interest and involvement with local projects, committees, and enhanced my long term vocation of Nature Guiding and training. I have been active within the island community by serving as Secretary for Te Runaka o Rakiura, often liaising between local ahi kaa and DoC. I was formerly Secretary for Kaitiaki Roopu (within DoC). My passion and longstanding career has been involved with nature guiding, guide training, which blended well with my love for flora and fauna. I aspire to continue my connection with Rakiura by serving on Rakiura Maori Lands Trust by bringing local knowledge and whakapapa to the committee table. I relish the opportunity to be part of a vision that compliments my skillset and interests.

E: kam@rmlt.co.nz
Dick Ryan

Dick Ryan

Trustee

The first ever meeting of the S.I.L.N.A land owners took place in the very early 80s at the Waitaha Maori hall in Barrow street Bluff. It was under my Chairmanship as I had been voted in as the first ever to hold this position along with Maui Fife who had been elected as the first ever secretary.. Some highlights along the way have been the Court battle with Ngai Tahu for control of our ninety odd blocks on Stewart Island their main concern was that we did not have the ability or the infrastructure to be able to administrate the land. Like the large portion of the owners it is my love of the land that first drew me to offer my support in some capacity within the group. My present position as a Trustee and also as the past Chairman are two positions I hold very dearly and with great respect. I am always available to answer any questions the owners may wish to ask regarding the running of the Trust. The Trust at the moment is going through a period of change of which I am playing a major role hopefully we can come out the other end with smiles on our faces. In summing up it is always in our minds to do the very best we can for and on behalf of the Owners. Kia kaha

E: rgr@rmlt.co.nz
Tina Nixon

Tina Nixon

Trustee

I am a former Trustee and was instrumental in the Lord River Settlement. I have spent a considerable amount of time on Stewart Island especially around the Neck, Port Adventure, Lords River and Pegasus. My father Robin Campbell was born on Stewart Island and our family have been regular mutton birders. I have spent the last 16 years in Wellington in a number of senior roles in Government. I also own a PR company CQR Communications Ltd – a successful PR and business consulting company with a good reputation. For three years, post the Christchurch Earthquake I was seconded to the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA where I held various roles. The most notable being chief of staff for 30 communications staff across 11 projects with a combined value of over a billion dollars. I was also part of the stand alone Christchurch Central Development Units (CCDU) Senior Management team. I have had a varied career, as a journalist, talk back host, adult educator, prison social worker, injury prevention consultant, communications manager and contractor on many large and varied projects. Specialties are communications, risk and reputation management. Sector experience includes, poultry and egg industries, biosecurity , forestry, fisheries and IT. I am also currently involved at a governance level in two major regional projects aimed at increasing prosperity including broadband and new residents attraction programme. I have one son Matthew who is a helicopter pilot.

E: tmn@rmlt.co.nz
Richard Manning

Richard Manning

Trustee

I recall my introduction to the Rakiura Maori Lands Trust vividly. I attended the 1997 AGM of the Trust in Bluff at the request of my uncle. I had been to a few hostile meetings at Arowhenua over the years but the Bluff meeting took some beating. Allegations and resignations were part of the atmosphere that day. Before I knew it, I was a trustee, and began a journey that has given me some wonderful experiences. My forebears to Rakiura were of Rapawai Hapu descent, stemming from two sisters, Te Mahana and Kukuwhero. Later, cousins marrying cousins (could hardly have been a coincidence. My Tipuna’s carefully laid plans of interweaving lineages’ of Ruapuki, Rakiura and Arowhenua bloodlines were slowly being conceived, one presumes to safeguard their lands and their rights to Mahanga Kai (Titi). In life we are all blessed with individual qualities, the challenge to being successful is harnessing those qualities and molding a cohesive team that aspires to a common vision. The Trust in part has achieved significant milestones towards establishing a launching platform for their future growth. I am happy to have been a part of this and serving the Trust by providing diligence and judgment through my business experience. Richard is a Company Director and advisor to the fishing industry. He travels extensively to international trade shows and has commercial interests in the manufacture of marine products for F&B and retail.

E: rtm@rmlt.co.nz
Leon Fife

Leon Fife

Trustee

My connection to Rakiura is through my paternal grandparents: my grandfather, Charles Rattray Fife was born at Te Oneke (“The Neck”) and his grandfather, Hohaia Poheahea was a well-known identity at Port Adventure. I am a beneficial owner in two sections of land at Lords River: Block IX, section 4 and Block x, section 4 and have been a RMLT trustee since 2008. My main focus within RMLT has been land management and in particular, pest eradication and land restoration. One of my recent responsibilities has been to represent the Trust on the governance group of the “Predator Free Rakiura” initiative which is looking at the feasibility of making Rakiura completely predator free. I encourage you to visit the website of this group to get information about the initiative: http://predatorfreestewartisland.org.nz/ I have seen first-hand the damage being done by pests on the island and believe we have a great opportunity to stop the devastation and restore the forests to what they were before the pests were introduced. I am currently Head of Biology at Avonside Girls High School where I have taught for many years. As well as my responsibility in biology I am also the school’s Specialist Classroom Teacher which involves taking a lead role in teacher mentoring and professional development.

E: ljf@rmlt.co.nz
Jill Skerrett

Jill Skerrett

Trustee

My name is Jill Skerrett and I am very proud and excited to be one of the candidates voted on the RMLT board at the recent AGM. My grandparents were George and Lylla Skerrett. I live on Rakiura and am one of the owners of the Four Square Supermarket. My son is my partner in the business. I live with my partner Richard and have three sons. The three of them and there respective partners all live on the island. I also have 2 lovely moko who give me lots of pleasure on my days off. I have lived on the island for 13 years, but I also lived on the island from 1974 - 81. I feel lucky in life to live in such a beautiful part of New Zealand. I am committed to caring for the owners interests and believe in honesty and transparency. I believe having a representative on the island is very important to an active involvement on the island. I look forward to the challenges facing the board and look forward to working with them all.

E: jls@rmlt.co.nz