Te Kāwai Toro

Nau mai haere mai, welcome to Te Kāwai Toro.

We are the proactive subcommittee of J R McKenzie Trust committed to supporting Māori aspirations.

Ngā Kaikōkiri

Groups supported

Below are some of the incredible stories of ngā kaikōkiri. Be sure to check back as we continue to share more of their stories going forward.



Our purpose is to proactively support ngā kaikōkiri achieve their aspirations.



Proactive small grants programme

Expert support for ngā kaikōkiri

Ngā kaikōkiri promotion

Research and evaluation

Sharing knowledge and learnings

Global network of indigenous funders

Ko wai mātou?

Who are we?

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  • Chelsea Grootveld (Chair)

    Chelsea is Ngaitai, Ngāti Porou, Whānau-a-Apanui, Whakatōhea, Te Arawa. After working alongside Te Kāwai Toro to develop their inaugural strategy, Chelsea was appointed as a Trustee in 2016. She is the chair of Te Kāwai Toro and a member of the CEC Committee. Chelsea has a strong public policy background and specialises in education research and evaluation. She completed her PhD in Education at Victoria University and, in 2013, started her own research company, Aiko Consultants. Chelsea is proud mother to Kahuroa and Mihi-Terina and wife to Timoti. She is a sports-billy and enjoys Triathlon, trail running, yoga and surfing. Chelsea is currently a board intern on the SportNZ Board and trustee on the Hato Pāora Catholic Māori Boys College Board of Trustees. She is a proud advocate and Trustee for the Trust and is humbled by the vision and generosity of the McKenzie whānau.

  • Jerry Norman

    Jerry hails from the Far North. A former teacher, his career includes time as Māori Liaison Officer at Auckland Technical Institute (now AUT), wide-ranging consultancy work, and a twenty-year tenure at the Ministry of Education until his retirement in mid-2018. Jerry has been a member of Rotary Club for nearly 30 years and has served as Club President. He is a Paul Harris Fellow and a Centurion. In 2018, Jerry became the Governor for Rotary District 9910. He has extensive governance experience and strong community connections where he has served in many capacities, from Chairman of North Harbour Māori Rugby Board, through to Justice of the Peace. Jerry has whakapapa connections to Tai Tokerau and Tanui iwi. He is fluent in Te Reo Māori and holds a Bachelor of Māori Studies. Jerry and his wife, Fay, have three children and eight grandchildren. The family enjoy spending time together taking part in outdoor, sporting and beach activities.

  • Manaia King

    Manaia King is Waikato Tainui, Ngati Haua and Ngati Koroki Kahu Kura. Manaia is a public health lawyer and was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor in 2005. He is currently General Manager Partnerships and Programmes in the Ministry of Social Development (MSD). Prior to MSD, Manaia was with the Ministry of Health leading their Chronic Diseases Prevention Team. Manaia sees himself as a social justice and equity advocate and has a particular passion for improving the health and wellbeing of Māori. Manaia was appointed to the J R McKenzie Trust Board in 2012.

  • Joan Smith

    Joan Smith is a Rotary Trustee representing District 9940 which encompasses the Wellington region. Joan is Treasurer, Life Member and a Past President of the Institute of Public Administration NZ, a mentor and Life Member of the Institute of Management, Trustee of the Dowse Foundation, and Chair of a farming company. Prior to this she held General Manager, Chief Economist and Policy Manager positions in Government Departments and Crown Agencies in the transport, education, forestry and agricultural sectors. She counts not-for-profit governance and mentoring as her current professional interests.

  • Jay Farris

    Talofa, Jay Farris is Samoan, and a first-generation New Zealander born of immigrant parents, who provided a legacy of authentic cultural and faith leadership to continue. She is a long time public and community servant with a passion and commitment to Māori and Pacific development, racial equity and social justice. She is an Educator at heart, and her teaching and learning philosophies are founded on her cultural indigenous capital, community development principles, and critical education pedagogies. Fa’afetai lava.

  • Melissa Campbell

    Melissa Campbell is Director of Campbell Law Ltd. which she established in 2011. She graduated from the University of Waikato with a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Arts. Prior to establishing her own practice, she gained extensive experience at large accounting and law firms in Hamilton over a period of more than ten years.
    Her specialist areas are property and commercial transaction. She often works with individuals or people who own small to medium sized businesses in urban, rural and commercial and private property transactions, buying and selling of businesses, subdivisions, trusts, asset planning, leases, terms of trade, drafting contracts and Wills.
    Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family and leading an active sporting life. This means that she has a particular interest in nurturing the sportsmen and women of Aotearoa New Zealand.

  • Marama Tākao

    Ko Ngāi Tūhoe, ko Te Āti Awa, ko Ngāti Rārua, ko Ngāti Toa Rangatira, ko Ngāti Tama, ko Ngāi Tahu hoki ngā Iwi o Marama Tākao, te Kaitohutohu / Māori Development and Funding Advisor. Marama joined the J R McKenzie Team in 2010 after working for many years with the Department of Internal Affairs. Prior to that, she worked for Consumer Affairs, Community Volunteers, and the Māori Resource Centre, Rēhua Marae, Ōtautahi. She lives in Ōtaki in close proximity to her fabulous mokopuna and whānau. Whaia te iti kahurangi, ki te tuoh u koe me he maunga teitei: Seek that which is most precious, if you should bow let it be to a lofty mountain.

Whakapā mai


If you have any questions or enquiries, please contact Marama Tākao.

marama@jrmckenzie.org.nz // +64 21 472 887