IWI APPOINTEE - TE ARAWA RIVER IWI TRUST
Mai i te Waiheke o Huka, whakarāwhiti atu ki te mania o Kaingaroa, Ko te tihi o Kākaramea, puta atu ki te pae Maunga o Paeroa, ko Ōrākei Kōrako te Ūkaipo, tae rawa atu ki Pōhaturoa. Ko te Awa o Waikato kei waenganui. Arā, ko ngā tāonga tuku īho, o Tahumatua. Ko Ngāti Tahu-Ngāti Whāoa, rātou ko Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Raukawa, Waikato-Tainui, Ngāti Maniāpoto me Ngāti Hikairo ōku Iwi ko Roger Haare Charles Pikia tōku ingoa.
Roger Pikia remains as the only inaugural Appointee serving on the Waikato River Authority (WRA) and Waikato River Clean-up Trust (WRCUT). He was formerly the Iwi Co-Chair of the WRA and the inaugural Chair of the WRA Investment Committee, which was tasked with establishing a perpetual fund by prudently investing surplus funds to help future proof the WRA and WRCUT. Roger was a foundation member of the Guardians Establishment Committee (GEC) which was the pre-curser to the WRA, tasked with formulating the vision and strategy which became the cornerstone of the Waikato River Settlement and related legislation.
Roger is Chair of the Ngāti Tahu-Ngāti Whāoa Runanga Trust and a Trustee on the Te Arawa River Iwi Trust (TARIT). He led the Waikato River Settlement negotiations with the Crown, for and on-behalf of TARIT. Roger also co-led the Treaty Settlement negotiations for Te Arawa along with advancing the interests of the Affiliate Iwi of the Te Arawa collective within the Central North Island Crown Forest Licensed Lands (CNI) Treaty Settlement negotiations. Roger is currently the CEO of the Tahumatua Investment Group of companies.