Trustees

Steve Bennett (Chair)
Ngati Paikea, Te Arawa, Ngati Maniapoto

Steve is a Charted Accountant, and a senior member of CAANZ.  He owns and operates his own CA firm in the Whangarei CBD.  The firm has operated for 15 years, with a team of 10, and advises numerous Māori Enterprises across a broad spectrum of business categories.

Steve is a founding trustee of Te Hiringa, and via his mahi in the Māori Business Community is a preferred advisor to Te Puni Kokiri, Ministry of Social Development, and Ministry of Justice (Māori Land Court).
Steve’s passion is the development and realisation of individual potential via community and social collaboration.

Missy Armstrong
Ngāpuhi, Tūwharetoa

Missy is a Business Advisor for Poutama Trust, delivering support and advice to Maori businesses in the Coromandel, Auckland and Northland regions. Missy has a background in business working in senior management roles, and as an owner operator of Playtopia Playland & Cafe Ltd. She is an advocate for Maori Business support services and has been a Trustee with Te Hiringa Business Promotions since May 2015 and prior to that she was a Trustee with Takiwai Maori Business Network in Rotorua.

Walter Wells
Ngāti Kuri, Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi, Ngātiwai

Walter is a company director for Taura Kaha Limited specialising in the provision of professional advice and services to the government, community and private sectors. Walter has extensive background in Maori Development having worked for Te Tira Ahu Iwi (former Maori Affairs), Maori Trustee, Ministry of Education and Te Puni Kōkiri with 10 years’ in senior leadership and management positions. He is an experienced Trustee and Director with interests in Iwi Governance and Asset Companies, a Regional Sports Organisation and Ministerial appointee to a community forum in Taitokerau. His professional work experience provides widespread networks.

Solomon Dalton
Ngāpuhi

Solomon is a Chartered Accountant, Senior Client Manager for BDO Northland Ltd. He works from the Kerikeri office specialising in business advisory with a key focus on the Maori and the agricultural space. He is involved in numerous boards from School, sporting body’s to company director.