The Hone Tuwhare Charitable Trust was formed on 4th July 2010

Our kaupapa:

“To inspire people through the preservation, promotion and celebration of Hone’s legacy”

Trust objectives:

  • To purchase and restore Hone Tuwhare’s crib at Kaka Point, South Otago, for use as a writers’ residency – the first to be established in the home of a Maori writer.
  • To create a visitors’ centre that will be open to the public, available for school visits etc.
  • To support the development of resources for schools and kura kaupapa Maori, in English and Maori, covering poetry, writing, self-expression and Hone’s life and work.
  • To initiate events that celebrate Hone’s contribution to the arts in New Zealand e.g. an outdoor concert on Hone’s birthday, performances of his plays, poetry in schools etc.

While the writers’ residence will be located in South Otago, the trust will have a nationwide focus.

Patron – Lieutenant General The Right Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae GNZM QSO, Governor General of New Zealand

The Hone Tuwhare Charitable Trust welcomes Sir Jerry Mataparae as the patron of the Trust. He was born in Whanganui in 1954 and went to Castlecliff School, Rutherford Intermediate and Wanganui High School. He is from Ngati Tuwharetoa and Ngati Kahungunu. He also has links to Tuhoe and tribes in the upper Whanganui. He is New Zealand’s second Governor-General of Maori descent.

“Hone Tuwhare was a significant cultural influence for us all because he expressed his thoughts about things in ways that could be understood by New Zealanders. The Hone Tuwhare Charitable Trust is perpetuating his memory through a fantastic initiative to renovate his crib, so that other artists can have a space to provide insights into their own experiences of this wonderful country.

I felt very privileged to be asked to visit the crib and to turn the first sod for the project. I am delighted to support the Trust’s vision and wish them every success.”

Founding Patron – Sir Paul Reeves (1932 – 2011)

The Hone Tuwhare Charitable Trust was proud that Sir Paul Reeves was our patron from 2010 – 2011.

Paul said he supported the trust as he was “a long-time admirer of the work of Hone Tuwhare and committed to providing a living memorial of this great man”. Sir Paul Reeves was Bishop of Auckland, Archbishop of New Zealand, Governor General, Anglican Observer at the United Nations New York and was Chancellor of AUT University from 2005 until he passed away in August 2011. He will be sadly missed.


Robert Tuwhare
(Nga Puhi, Scottish) Hone’s son and literary executor, family representative, writer, carpenter.

Dr Noel Waite – Chairperson
Is a Senior Lecturer in Design in the Department of Applied Sciences at the University of Otago. He has a special research interest in the imaginative possibilities of heritage. In 2011 he coordinated a 4th-year Interdisciplinary Design Studio for The Hone Tuwhare Charitable Trust. He believes Dunedin is a city of literature and is working with the Dunedin City Council to get UNESCO recognition of that status. He was formerly Curator, Life at Te Manawa, Museum, Gallery, Science Centre in Palmerston North, and continues to enjoy life in Dunedin.

Suze Keith – Secretary
Suze grew up in a home full of books with a family full of readers, and found Hone’s poetry when she was at Wellington Girls’ College. Realising the significance of Hone’s contribution to New Zealand, and the importance of the arts to understanding ourselves, she leapt at the chance to help. Suze is a Wellington-based communication strategist.

Matt Shirtcliffe
Creative Director, worked for leading advertising agencies both here and in Canada. Founding member Kowhai Trust. Matt has created many highly successful not-for-profit campaigns and recently formed his own advertising and marketing consultancy.

Jeanette Wikaera (Ngapuhi, Ngati Pukenga, Ngati Tamatera)
Jeanette is a heritage professional working at the Hocken Library and is Co-Director of Digital Kaitiaki with colleagues from the University of Otago who share an interest in exploring the intersection of cultural heritage with traditional Maori knowledge through the use of digital technologies. Jeanette holds postgraduate qualifications in Maori Studies and Museum Studies and has had much experience in working in the cultural heritage sector and with Maori communities across the country.

Stan Scott
A qualified, licensed building practitioner for nearly thirty years Stan has spent most of his building career renovating and restoring villas and bungalows and historic buildings.  More recently he has been teaching DIYers how to build for Mitre 10.  An unlikely poetry lover Stan discovered Hone Tuwhare’s work at high school and even published his own book of poetry at age 17.

Assisted by (ex officio):
Chris McBride – manager
Arts manager and consultant; curator Kauri Art/Science Community Engagement Project with Auckland Council Bio-security and Kauri Dieback Management Programme; former manager McCahon House Trust – 2009-2012.

Anna McDonald – Communications Intern
Anna is currently studying Entrepreneurship at the University of Otago. She has a background in art history and a passion for performing arts. Recently returning from a student exchange in France, Anna has developed a keen interest in New Zealand culture. Alongside her studies she loves being involved in community projects and the Hone Tuwhare Trust.

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Iwi Advisors: Ngai Tahu: Tahu Potiki, Nga Puhi: Patu Hohepa
Writer’s Advisors: Peter Olds, Cilla McQueen
Advisor: Ella Henry