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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 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.

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.

Hon­orary Accoun­tants    Hon­orary Solicitors

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