Marama Royal - Chair
Ngāti Whātua, Ngāti He, Waikato Tainui
Marama is the current Chair of Ngati Whatua Orakei Trust holding this role since 2017. Marama is also an elected representative of Ngati Whatua Orakei Trust and has held this directorship since 2010. Marama brings extensive experience in strategic planning, relationship management, leadership, governance, and organisational change and has an extensive and impressive network in both local and central government and the not for profit social service sector.
Ngāti Kahungungu, Ngāi Tūhoe, Vava'u - Kingdom of Tonga
Don is the 3rd son of Don and Elaine Mann, born and raised in Kelston, West Auckland with his five other brothers. Don now resides in South Auckland with his wife Louise and daughters Sarah and Olivia.
Don was appointed Pacific Media Network CEO on 1 July 2020 and is charged with transforming a traditional radio broadcaster into a global multimedia entity.
Don was previously CEO of the Pacific Cooperation Foundation, leading a programme of community development across the Pacific region.
In 2014, Don established the corporate partnerships team for Auckland Council to support the economic development strategy for Tāmaki Makaurau.
Don is a former NZ Warriors general manager, helping lead the franchise to two NRL grand finals during his tenure.
Don joined the NZ Police after leaving school, achieving first place in his recruit wing before serving 13 years across Tāmaki Makaurau including 8 years as a Detective.
Don is a member of the Institute of Directors, a certified company director and a Co-Chair of Literacy Aotearoa. Don also volunteers as a Trustee for The Rising Foundation.
Don has a Bachelor of Business from Massey University and has completed postgraduate study in strategic management and international business.
Pru is a co-founder and director of an advisory business working to strengthen the community sector bringing skills in strategy, governance, leadership, impact measurement and advocacy. Pru uses her expertise with local and international not-for-profit organisations to help transition them towards sustainability.
She has over 20 years’ experience working in leadership roles in the not-for-profit sector. Pru has been honoured for her work as an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM). While CEO of Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand (LBC), Pru grew it from a fledgling organisation to a high-profile NGO generating over $70 million of sustainable revenue.
In current governance roles Pru is chair of Te Ira Kāwai, the Auckland Regional Biobank, chair of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren and chair of the ISPOR Patient Representatives Roundtable Asia Pacific (International Society for Pharmacoeconomic and Outcomes Research).
Te Arepa Morehu
Ko Māhuhu-ki-te-rangi te waka, Ko Maungakiekie te maunga, Ko Waitematā te moana, Ko Ngāti Whātua te iwi, Ko Te Arepa Morehu tēnei
Te Arepa is passionate for Māori success and professional in all his enterprises. He is intelligent and honest in everyday life with a high focus on his whānau. Outside of being a Service Designer and Trustee during the day, he likes to spend his spare time rolling around on the ground with his rapidly growing kids on his papakāinga in Ōrākei.
Veisinia Maka is of Tongan descent and hails from the villages of Folaha and Longoteme. She was raised in the hearty suburbs of Mangere and Panmure. Veisinia is a dedicated advocate for increased youth inclusiveness concerning the development of communities, systems, and processes. She is currently an Undergraduate University of Auckland student studying a Bachelor Arts and Law and hopes to become an appointed New Zealand Judge in the future. Veisinia is the Chairperson of the Tāmaki Youth Council, a YouthLaw Board Member, previously the Chairperson of Auckland Council’s Youth Advisory Panel and a Kiwibank Local Hero. In her spare time, she dedicates her time to writing a blog called, 'Brown Privilege' in the hopes to share her lessons and learnings within institution through the eyes of a young Pasifika woman. She believes that storytelling can change the world and encourages young people to influence change by sharing the one thing that no one can take away from you - your experiences.
Wi Pere Mita
Te Aitanga-ā-Māhaki, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngai Tahu, Waikato, Rongowhakaata
Wi Pere is a lawyer, mediator and consultant with over 10 years' experience in governance and law. He is a member of the Institute of Directors and holds a number of directorships and governance roles in the commercial, not-for-profit and private sectors. Wi Pere has practice experience in the areas of intellectual property, commercial law, HR, media, broadcasting & entertainment law and Māori legal issues.
Ngāti Whātua, Ngāpuhi and Ngāti Porou
Rosie was raised in the small settlement of Oturei which is located south of the northern Kaipara township of Dargaville and towards the Pouto Peninsula. Rosie comes to SkyCity Auckland Community Trust with a wealth of experience in social, education and health service delivery. She has held roles in Wellington, Auckland and Tai Tokerau working with communities and across several government agencies. Her choice of careers has always been driven by her passion, pride and belief in her people; values instilled by her parents and both sets of grandparents. In her many roles Rosie has enjoyed the opportunity to influence policy, community development and service delivery ensuring it worked effectively for Māori.
Julie joined SkyCity as Chief Financial Officer in 2021 coming from Shell, Australia. Julie is a highly experienced executive who has worked in senior finance roles with the Shell Group internationally, and previously held positions at Fletcher Challenge Energy, BBC Worldwide Publishing and Deloitte & Touche. A highly respected and influential leader with a pragmatic, integrative style that leverages energetic collaboration, strong interpersonal skills and extensive experience to maximize stakeholder value. With proven success in inspiring diverse teams across business and finance communities to resiliently perform in dynamic environments, while driving impactful transformation and improvement agendas across the value chain.