Te Arawa Lakes Trust Staff

Karen Vercoe - Chief Executive

Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Mākino

Karen’s experience extends across multiple sectors with a focus on capability development and outcomes frameworks. Karen has held various leadership roles and has a passion for business and governance. Karen has previously served as an elected member on the Sport Industry Training Organisation Māori Board and the OSCAR Foundation.

Karen was the recipient of the 2016 Dame Mira Szászy Māori Alumni Award. Recipients are graduates of the University of Auckland Business School who have achieved significant success in their careers and are involved in activities relating to the advancement of Māori. Karen holds a Master of Management degree from the University of Auckland (2007) and was a recipient of the University of Auckland Kelly Research Scholarship (2006).

Karen is currently the elected chairperson of Te Pūmautanga o Te Arawa and sits on the Iwi Chairs Forum Māori Sport and Iwi leaders groups.

Karen is a former New Zealand double international sportswoman in Rugby and Touch.

She is also the mokopuna of Major Te Reiwhati Vercoe who was a previous Chairman of Te Arawa Trust Board.

Karen is the proud mum of Hinemihi and Kahuao.


Cassandra Crowley - Commercial Manager

Cassandra was born and raised in Taranaki with a mix of Italian, French, Swiss & Irish heritage. Prior to joining TAML Cassasndra worked with Ngāruahine for several years. A Chartered Accountant and lawyer in addition to her work with TAML she sits on a number of boards. Since working with TAML it is difficult to convince Cassandra there is anywhere more beautiful to be on a sunny day than in Maketu or Little Waihi.


William Anaru - Cat Fish Coordinator

Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Tuwharetoa, Te Whānau a Apanui.

William spent most of his younger years in Rotorua hunting and fishing around our lakes.  He studied Marine Biology and Ecology at Victoria University and holds a Commercial Pilot License for Helicopters. William is married with two beautiful kids.  He loves having the opportunity to work with his iwi to help clean our environment.


Deliah Balle - Lake Structures & Consents

Tūhourangi, Ngāti Pikiao

Deliah is focused on the statutory role of the Trust, resource consents, hapū and local government engagement. Deliah has been working in the Iwi environmental space for the past five years following 7 years in Auckland as a business analyst for Computershare Investor Services. Deliah’s strengths are in planning, analysis and engagement.


Nicki Douglas - Environment Manager

Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Rangiwewehi, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Porou
Nicki has worked in the conservation and environment sector for 15 years. Nicki has held both Operations and Strategic leadership roles in DOC and is most passionate about engaging people in the care and protection of the environment. Nicki is married to Eric Short (Ngāti Porou, Cook Islands) and they have four children, Rawiri, Manahi, Hinetaapora and Pokaihau. 

Jasmine Waerea - Executive Support Officer

Ngāti Rangiwewehi, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Kea Ngāti Tuara, Kai Tahu, Ngāti Kahungunu

Jasmine is a senior administrator experienced in administration, event management and executive management.

Jasmine is passionate about whānau, iwi, hapū, all sports, Te Reo Rangatira, kapahaka and being creative.

Jasmine was a member of Te Arawa Rangatakapu - Te Arawa Emerging Leaders Programme.