Rick Rapana

Bach. Business Studies (Massey) – Major in Financial Accounting, Post Graduate in Management Accounting

1969 – 1980 Royal NZ Navy – Communications & Diving
1981 – 1984 – Owner Driver – Heavy Transport (whilst completing Business Studies)
1985 – 1990 – Television NZ – Financial Services
1991 – 2015 – Contract Management Accountant, Systems Analyst for Public & Private Sector (Ministry of Health, Dept of Conservation, ERMA, Office for Parlimentary Commisioner for the Environment, Aviation Security, McCarthy Transport, AF Produce Carriers, Plumbing Supplies, Electrical Supplies, Shell Dealer Network, NZ Red Cross and others) 
2016 – Retired & working casually in the Kiwifruit Industry 
Rick is proud of raising a family of 5 boys all of whom are great guys and being a Koro to 5 grand-sons and 2 grand-daughters. 

Despite living with a degenerative kidney disease since he was young, Rick and the Renal Teams  at Waikato & Auckland Hospitals,  successfully navigated through a kidney transplant in March 2021 and returned to work within 7 weeks.  His donor was his beautiful wife Wendy.  “Some would say I chose well”  
Rick enjoys scuba diving, golf and being with his whanau 

Rick was born on his grand-parents farm in Pukehina to Tamihana & Doreen Rapana.  They stayed there until he was about 3yrs old. School years spent in Tokoroa – farm could not sustain the expanding whanau. He joined the Navy in 1969 – left in 1980. He moved & worked in Tauranga for 4 years, moved & worked in Auckland until end of 1990 and then took contract positions in Wellington until my retirement in 2016. Rick & his wife left Wellington and moved home to his turangawaewae – Maketu.  

Through Ricks father Tamihana, my Maori affiliations are generous. His Grandfather (Taimuri) parents were Te Taru Rapana & Raiha Williams. Te Taru is a direct descendant of Rangitihi through the lineage of Te Takinga = Pikiao II – Pikiao I = Rangitihi. Raiha Williams is a direct descendant of Tuhourangi through the lineage of Rangiwewehi = Tahakeheimoa = Whakaue II = Uenukukopako = Tuhourangi 
His Grandmother (Amiria) parents were Rutene & Manuka. Rutene is a direct descendant of Toroa (the paaramount cheif of the Mataatua waka) through the lineage of Te Raina = Tamati = Te Puia = Marumaomao = Rongomai = Awanui-a-rangi = Toroa. Manuka is a direct descendant of Waitaha through the lineage of Makino = Tu Tewha = Parekotuku = Peru = Naia = Tai Whanake = Waitaha 
Ricks wife Wendy is a direct descendant through her Grandfather Matoe Wineera to Te Rauparaha – paramount chief of the Ngati-Toarangatira Iwi of Wellington.  Her whakapapa through her mother Velda extends through her Grandmother Huinganutu to Ngati Ruanui and Ngaruahine Iwi of South Taranaki 
Their whanau Trust from our father Tamihana, are shareholders in 38 blocks of land throughout the Rotorua Lakes, Paengaroa, Maketu & the upper Pongakawa catchment.  Two farm Trusts are managed directly and a further 12 landblocks are leased. 

Rick would like to see the project create a significant partnership between Wai Kōkopu Inc and Catchment Iwi/Hapū, to restore the mauri and mana of the Waihi Estuary and its tributaries. 
Rick has the vision for the successful participation of Catchment Iwi/Hapū, where Māori principles, values and interests are identified and valued within the Catchment Communities. 

Rick Rapana

Wai Kōkopu Co-Chair

John Burke

Wai Kōkopu Trustee 

Andre Hickson

Wai Kōkopu Board Member

John Scrimgeour

Wai Kōkopu Board Member

Ross Bawden

Wai Kōkopu Board Member