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Patron (2012-2016) Sir Jerry at KP– Lieutenant General The Right Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae GNZM QSO, Governor General of New Zealand

Sir Jerry Mataparae 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.


WEBSITE - Trust Whanau page - Hone & Rob Dec 2007Robert Tuwhare (Nga Puhi, Scottish) is Hone tuwhare’s son and literary executor, family representative, writer, carpenter.


WEBSITE - Trust Whanau page - Jeanette WikairaJeanette Wikaira (Ngapuhi, Ngati Pukenga, Ngati Tamatera) has 20 years’ experience working in the cultural  heritage, tertiary education and research sectors.  Jeanette holds postgraduate qualifications in Maori and Museum Studies and is currently completing doctoral studies at Otago University.

WEBSITE - Trust Whanau page - Stan ScottStan Scott is 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.

WEBSITE - Trust Whanau page - Matt Shirtcliffe

Matt Shirtcliffe is a creative director, and has 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.


Chris McBride, HTCT project manager, is an artist and arts project manager. He is co-curator/co-producer for The Kauri Project dedicated to linking artists with scientists, m?tauranga M?ori and community working with kauri, considering the potential of art as a tool for research, education and activism. He is a former manager of the McCahon Artists’ Residency – 2009-2012.

WEBSITE - Trust Whanau page - Anna McdonaldAnna McDonald (Communications Intern) 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.

Top Photo: Lieutenant General The Right Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae GNZM QSO, Governor General of New Zealand visits Hone Tuwhare’s crib with members of the Trust to launch the restoration project. from left: Noel Waite (former chairperson), Ngai Tahu elder Edward Ellison, Sir Jerry Mataparae, HTCT chairperson Jeanette Wikaira, Rob Tuwhare.

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