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Crown Forestry Rental Trust has six Trustees, who are appointed by designated Appointors.

  • For the Crown - the Minister of Finance as Crown Appointor, appoints three Trustees.
  • For Māori - the New Zealand Māori Council and the Federation of Māori Authorities appoint three Trustees.

Trustee powers and duties are defined in the Trust Deed, and broadly include:

  • Duties to account for forest rental fees paid to the Trust.
  • Duties to report to Appointors.
  • Powers to invest rental fees.
  • Powers to apply interest income to help Māori claimants prepare, present and negotiate claims that involve, or could involve, Crown forest licensed lands.


Current Trustees


Hon Sir Edward (Taihakurei) Durie  

Hon Sir Edward (Taihakurei) Durie KNZM, BA LLB with honorary degrees from Victoria, Waikato and Massey Universities, has been a judge since 1974 when he was appointed from legal practice to the Maori Land Court. 

He has since served as Chief Judge of that Court, as Chair of the Waitangi Tribunal (1980 to 2000) and as High Court Judge from 1998 until his retirement in 2007. 

He has also served as a Law Commissioner, as a General Synodsman of the Anglican Church, as Legal Advisor to the Bishopric of Aotearoa, and as a member of Ngati Rangatahi, Ngati Raukawa, Ngati Kauwhata and Rangitane, and is currently Chair of the Raukawa District Maori Council and co Chair of the New Zealand Maori Council.

Hon Sir Edward (Taihakurei) Durie has been a Trustee since 1 July 2012. 


Mr Paul Majurey

Paul has been a lawyer for 30 years, most of those as a partner at Russell McVeagh and in more recent years as a partner at Atkins Holm Majurey. His expertise is in Treaty, Māori and Environmental law having appeared as senior counsel before the specialist environmental and Treaty courts and tribunals, and the superior Courts including the Privy Council and Supreme Court. Paul has served on three Ministerial technical advisory groups and is a co-author of the leading environmental law textbook.

Paul has extensive Treaty negotiations governance experience chairing three separate iwi/hapū collectives comprising 30 iwi/hapū. He is a chair or director of company boards, especially for his Marutūāhu and Pare Hauraki iwi interests. Paul also chairs or is a member of several statutory entities.  

Paul joined the Trust in November 2014.


Ms Bronwyn Koroheke

Ms Koroheke has 25+ years experience in providing financial, accounting and business expertise and 10 years in senior finance roles. She is experienced in various sectors including tertiary education, local and regional government, health, energy, and the Maori and corporate sectors. She is an experienced Chief Financial Officer currently employed by Maori Television and immediately prior by Te Wananga o Aotearoa as Chief Financial Officer. She also has 20+ years experience in operating in kaupapa Maori organisations and has extensive Maori networks.

Ms Koroheke has been a Trustee since 6 November 2017.


Hon Tau Henare

Hon Tau Henare has a background in community development, early childhood education and union organisation and has extensive experience in public policy.

Tau was elected to Parliament as the member for Northern Maori from 1993 to 1996 and as MP for Te Tai Tokerau from 1996 to 1999, and was Minister of Maori Affairs from 1996 to 1999.

He was a list MP with the National Party from 2005 to 2014, and Chairman of the Maori Affairs Select Committee from 2008 to 2014. Tau was appointed to the Housing New Zealand Board at the end of 2015 and the Independent Maori Statutory Board in November 2016. 

Hon Tau Henare has been a Trustee since 1 October 2016. 


Mr John Wilson 

John Wilson retired from the Treasury in 2007 after a long career. In his Treasury career John had latterly focused on State owned enterprises, including privatisation and the purchase of assets. This work encompassed both use of Crown commercial assets in Treaty settlements, and other Treaty issues arising from the Crown’s commercial asset portfolio.

John also spent a period working on international financial relations, including a term as an Alternate Executive Director of the World Bank, based in Washington DC. Since his retirement John has been working as a consultant on economic and public policy issues.

John has been a Trustee since 1 June 2009.



Mr Rakihia Tau

Rakihia’s first career was in engineering. He is certified with advance trade certificate in fitting and turning and is also a qualified Marine Engineer.After qualifying with a B.Com and MBA, he then began his second career in business and commerce.

He was one of 5 principal negotiators for the Ngāi Tahu Claim. He has held several senior governance positions including past chair of the SOE AgriQuality Ltd and director of Ngāi Tahu Properties Ltd.

Rakihia has also held senior executive positions within the public (publically listed) and private sectors. Rakihia is a Partner within the consultancy firm Arahia where he is its Commercial Director.

Rakihia joined the Trust in July 2013.



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