8 Dec 2011

Maori Trustee adds advisory board

7:45 pm on 8 December 2011

The Maori Trustee is making changes to the way the government body is being run.

The organisation, which administers and leases Maori land, has appointed a four-strong advisory board - with backgrounds in finance, land management, and governance.

They include Wally Stone - the businessman who helped set up Whale Watch Kaikoura.

Trustee Jamie Tuuta says the team will act as a sounding board, to test and help develop strategy.

He says up until now he's essentially been acting as board and chief executive, and he thinks it's vitally important there's a level above him.

The other Advisory Board members are Roger Pikia, Te Arawa Group Holdings chief executive and experienced directors Keith Sutton and Mark Tume.