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Our Board Members

TMBA - Tauranga Māori Business Association

Our Board is comprised of industry professionals who bring a vast amount of knowledge and experience with sound governance to our business activities.

Awhina August BCOM

Acting Chair- Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Te Whānau a Apanui, Ngāti Porou

Awhina August is the managing director of August & August Ltd trading as Maori works and General Manager of Te Puna i Rangiriri Trust.

Awhina graduated from Auckland University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree majoring in Management and Commercial Law.  She has worked with various organisations from SkyCity Auckland Ltd to start up Companies with her strength in Management, Events and Business Development.

She joined Te Puna i Rangiriri, a cultural and arts Trust in 2014, whose main objective is to uphold kaupapa Maori initiatives in Tauranga and in the wider community.  She is also the Chair of Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Otepou where both her children attend.

She is passionate about advancing Tangata Whenua and believes that through kaupapa driven events you can inspire, educate and motivate our people.

E:  M:  021 143 7040 

Ngaria Rolleston 

Acting Deputy Chair- Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Whakaue

Ngaria Rolleston is the Chief Operations Officer for Te Awanui Huka Pak Ltd.

Ngaria Rolleston has a strong background in Communications and Event Management coupled with extensive experience at many different levels within Maori organisations from strategy design to implementation and delivery. Ngaria’s previous roles include Youth Project Manager at He Mauri Ohooho – Maori Economic Development Advisory Group and Communications and Business Manager for Federation of Maori Authorities. She is also an advisor on ongoing local and national projects that provide Maori women with a network focused on leadership, learning, networking and inspiration.

E: M: 027 380 3281

Mike Minnell

Board Member - Ngāti Porou

Mike is currently a serving soldier with the Military Police NZDF.

Mike has a very colourful and diversified background from serving in the NZ Army and working for the NZ Police and Department of Corrections to working in both the Public and Maori health sectors.  In addition, Mike previously managed his own entertainment company, which provided artist management services, event management and mentoring. 

He is also a qualified Stand Up Paddleboard & Surf instructor, personal trainer, International Taekwon Do Black Belt instructor and former NZ Black Belt champion and serves on the Aotearoa Taekwon Do Academy, Vice President of ITF New Zealand,  and is the Chairman of the Performing Arts Development Trust.

Mike's passion is seeing people achieve in everything they set out to do and he's always happy to lend a hand where he can.

Mob. 021 0230 9578  |  Email.  |  View Linkedin Profile

Jacqui Rolleston

Secretary - Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Pukenga

Jacqui is Principal Owner of Blissful Wedding & Event Planning and Director of Mana Taiao Events Management Limited. 

Jacqui also has a strong Local Government background currently working on Project Management. Jacqui brings her wealth of knowledge from running her own successful Events/Wedding planning business to her current project work within the Bay of Plenty Regional Council.

Comprehensive experience planning various corporate and special events including weddings within her business blissful weddings, local government authorities, charities, and associations. She Specialises in Event Management; Wedding Planning; Project Management; Consulting.

Matiu Taurau- BCom CA

Board Member- Rangitāne, Ngā Puhi, Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Kahungunu

Management Consultant at Glenn Hawkins Association

As a management consultant Matiu brings with him a wealth of international and local experience in business. Matiu has been a Chartered Accountant since 2008, and most recently worked for listed company Comvita as their accountant. Previously, Matiu worked as an auditor with Audit New Zealand before heading to the UK where he worked with Fortune 500 company General Electric. Matiu’s knowledge and experience span a number of industries and sectors including agriculture, manufacturing, healthcare, retail and Māori authorities. Matiu is pleased to be lending his considerable talent, skills, and energy to helping our members succeed.

Anthony Ririnui

Board Member- Ngāti Hē, Ngāi Ahi

Anthony grew up in Tauranga  Moana and is uri of  Ngāti Hē and Ngāi Ahi. He has 24 years’ experience in Banking and Finance and is currently Head of Māori Financial Solutions at ASB Bank.

Anthony currently works extensively with iwi and Māori organization’s in Aotearoa in structured finance and bespoke banking solutions for clients, ranging from small not-for-profit entities to larger SME’s and also cross-border multi-national organizations. He created, developed and leads ASB's Māori Business team.

Anthony is married to Natalie, and they live in Pāpāmoa and have four children. He enjoys supporting his kids in their sporting endeavors and keeping fit.

E: M: 021 909 304