Mr Gray has worked closely with the Māori Land Courts, where he has been appointed a Professional Trustee on close to 40 Māori Authorities. He is one of the foremost authorities on the workings of Māori Trusts in New Zealand. He spent 20 years working on the Tikitere Geothermal Development project for the construction of a geothermal power station which would eventually become the first and only 100 percent Māori-owned power project in New Zealand. He developed and published ‘Introduction to Governance of Māori Authorities’, the only NZQA local approved book on the subject. He was Vice President and then President of the New Zealand Trustees Association. He is currently a Trustee for the NZTA Charitable Trust, the overseeing body for the Trustees Association.
Mr Wahiao (Jim) Gray, of Rotorua, ONZM for services to Māori and governance