Meet the Board


Manager – Whai Rawa Fund Limited

The Manager of Whai Rawa is Whai Rawa Fund Limited, Te Whare o Te Waipounamu, 15 Show Place, Christchurch 8024.  The board meets bi-monthly and is responsible for:

  • managing the trust fund and the investment portfolios;
  • processing related cashflows;
  • ensuring compliance; and
  • encouraging and assisting saving and financial education amongst Ngāi Tahu Whānui.

Whai Rawa acknowledges the contributions of former Director’s Diana Crossan, Tā Tipene O’Regan and Hon. David Caygill.

Currently, the directors are:

Kristen Kohere-Soutar, Chair (Ngāi Tūāhuriri, Ngāti Waewae, Ngāti Huirapa, and Ngāti Rakiamo)

Kristen is the Chair of Whai Rawa and has been a member of the WRFL board since 2012. Kristen’s previous governance experience includes an eight year tenure as trustee and director of ASB Community Trust, it’s ancillary companies, investment committee and distribution panels.  She was also a director of Aotearoa Credit Union the second largest and only Maori led credit union operating in NZ.  Kristen is currently also a director of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Porou Holding Company.

Kristen’s management roles include the Head of Specialist Markets and Development at Kiwibank and is currently working for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise helping coalitions of NZ export companies to grow their international revenue better, bigger and faster.

Kristen’s education was at Queen Victoria Maori Girls School and Auckland University (BA/LLB) and commenced work with KPMG and Minter Ellison in the earlier stages of her career.

Kristen has a passion for iwi and whānau economic development, kapa haka and mōteatea – having tutored and judged secondary and regional adult haka competitions.  Kristen is married to Barry Soutar and they have five tamariki between them; Kaakataarau, Tuhaka, Atahu, Ramari and Te Huiarei.

Fiona Pimm (Kāti Huirapa)

Fiona has worked in the health sector for over 30 years originally as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist and then moving into health service management. She has extensive health sector networks across Aotearoa.

Fiona also has many years’ experience in governance roles and is currently on the Board of several education and workforce training organisations and the NZ Parole Board.

Fiona holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health from the University of Otago, an MBA from Massey University and a Diploma in Applied Science, Nuclear Medicine from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT).

Martin Hawes

Martin Hawes is an Authorised Financial Adviser. He has written over 20 books on personal finance, writes a column in the Sunday Star Times each week and frequently comments in the media on financial matters. Martin regularly presents at seminars and is on the Board of New Zealand Income Guarantee Ltd and the Code Committee for Financial Advisers. Martin was born in Timaru, lived many years in Christchurch and currently lives in Queenstown with his partner Joan Baker.

Chris Murphy (Ngāi Tūāhuriri / Ngāti Waewae)

Chris graduated from the University of Canterbury in 1995 and began his professional career as a Business Analyst for Dun & Bradstreet, before joining QBE Trade Credit as Business Development Manager in 2003. While at QBE, Chris completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Business at the University of Auckland.

In 2010, Chris established the New Zealand agency of COFACE which insures Exporters for payment risk and is Managing Director of this business. In 2012, Chris became a Director and Shareholder of surety bond intermediary Bonded NZ. Through the Manawa Nui programme Chris has developed his governance experience as an Associate Director for Ngai Tahu Tourism and Ngai Tahu Holdings

Paul Mersi

Paul is currently a Director of the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency, and previously was Chair of Grow Wellington Limited and an Independent Non-Executive Director of Brook Asset Management. He runs his own consultancy practice specialising in strategic, regulatory and governance matters.

Paul was a senior Financial Services & Tax Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, advising large local businesses and multinationals, predominantly in the finance sector (fund managers, banks, life insurers) as well as being closely involved with major regulatory reform in the tax and performance disclosure fields. Paul has a BCA in Economics from Victoria University of Wellington , and is of Italian, Greek, and Cypriot descent.

David Woods

David has served on the Boards of a number of financial services and financial technology companies in Europe including, Rasmala Holdings and the European Institute for Interdisciplinary Research. David’s most recent role was as Managing Director of Oikocredit International, a large financial organisation based in the Netherlands.  Oikocredit International has over 50,000 shareholders and offices in 40 countries whose governance places a strong emphasis on investor impact and social returns. David also brings extensive change management, organisational re-engineering, people development experience and a strong interest in human capital risk and succession planning to our board.

David has recently moved to New Zealand, is of Irish descent and a graduate of Harvard University.