The Wi Pere Trustees are responsible to 420 (c Feb 2013) beneficaries in accordance with section 15 of the Maori Purposes Act 1938 and Te Ture Whenua Maori Act 1993.


Alan Parekura Torohina Haronga - Chair

Alan is a chartered accountant and former partner of a major international accounting firm with 20+ years in Canada and New Zealand. Alan's experience developed in the area of buying, selling and repositioning small, medium and large businesses.

Alan maintains a range of directorships in various organisations involved in resource development, change management, business transformation and repositioning, market development and intellectual property development to keep abreast of current business issues both local and international.

As a part of his experience at governance level, Alan has had considerable involvement in the appointment of senior management for both government and private sector organisations.

Alan Haronga

Henry Lardelli

Henry Lardelli was appointed Trustee 1991

He is currently Retired/Farmer

Worked on the Gisborne Wharf

Played Rugby for Poverty Bay

Married to Gwen

Special Interest:  Horticulture

Hector Pere

I am a qualified motor mechanic and hold a New Zealand Advance Trade Certificate In Automotive Engineering. I began my career as an apprentice with the New Zealand Post Office Workshop in Gisborne was then promoted, and subsequently moved to and settled in Auckland.
I served 20 years with this organisation, rising from the floor through to management. I am presently employed with Vehicle Testing New Zealand as a Vehicle Inspector and am also the EPMU union representative for Takanini VTNZ.
Hector Pere

Trudy Meredith

Trudy Meredith (nee Keelan) FIPS, PCT

Originally involved in education after becoming a certificated Commercial
Teacher through Christchurch Teachers College in 1967.
Founding tutor of the now Tairawhiti Polytech from 1971 to 1975.
Married to Joseph Meredith

Owner operator of
Private Kindergarten, Multiple dairies, Ulverstone Castle and a Supermarket.
Previous owner operator of Gisborne Hotel Function Centre for last 21 years.
Special Award from Palm Dessert City known as Trudy Meredith Day in year 2000.

Business and Property developer
Passionate landscaper and gardener.
Avid historical researcher for past 16 years
Family background in pastoral and agricultural farming.
Elected as trustee in 2007.

Trudy Meredith

Kingi Smiler

Kingi is a Chartered Accountant CA, BCA and has a wealth of international business experience including eight years in Toronto working in the business planning and corporate restructuring fields with Ernst & Young. He was a Partner with Ernst & Young from 1990–1997.

His current directorships include; Chairman Wairarapa Moana Incorporation, Director of Mangatu Incorporation, Chairman of QVST Property Company, Chairman of the Tarawhiti Land Development Trust (major regional initiative), Chairman of FOMA’s Dairy Company and Director of Wellington Rugby Union.





The Trustees have appointed various people to manage our businesses. They are:

Tim Rhodes - General Manager - Agribusiness
Wayne Hall - Citrus & Vineyard Operations Manager

Further details on the manager's business units are provided under business activities