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 Trust Whanau

Patron (2017-cur­rent) — Dame Pat­sy Red­dy, Gov­er­nor Gen­er­al of New Zealand

Dame Pat­sy Red­dy was born in Mata­ma­ta and lived her ear­ly years in Te Akau and then Ming­inui, where her par­ents, Neil and Kay Red­dy, were school teach­ers. Dame Pat­sy’s pre­vi­ous career was in law, busi­ness, and the pub­lic sec­tor.  Dame Pat­sy has had sig­nif­i­cant involve­ment in the gov­er­nance of cre­ative and char­i­ta­ble organ­i­sa­tions, includ­ing New Zealand Inter­na­tion­al Fes­ti­val of the Arts, Vic­to­ria Uni­ver­si­ty Foun­da­tion, Vic­to­ria Uni­ver­si­ty Art Col­lec­tion Trust, Spark Art Trust, Welling­ton Jazz Fes­ti­val Trust, Sym­pho­ny Orches­tra Foun­da­tion, and Sky City Com­mu­ni­ty Trust. She was a found­ing Trustee and advi­so­ry board mem­ber for New Zealand Glob­al Women and has chaired the Board of the New Zealand Film Archive.


WEBSITE - Trust Whanau page - Hone & Rob Dec 2007Robert Tuwhare (Nga Puhi, Scot­tish) is Hone Tuwhare’s son and lit­er­ary execu­tor, fam­i­ly rep­re­sen­ta­tive, writer, car­pen­ter — along with his wife Jill, Rob is the dri­ving force behind the Trust.


Mary Wells joined the Trust in 2021 but has been involved since 2012 as a direc­tor of Taku­tai Ltd, who assist­ed with the pur­chase of Hone’s crib. Mary and her hus­band Peter live in Auck­land and remain com­mit­ted patrons of the Trust. Mary has had wide involve­ment in admin­is­tra­tion for pri­vate business.

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

WEBSITE - Trust Whanau page - Stan ScottStan Scott is a licensed builder. Stan has spent most of his career ren­o­vat­ing and restor­ing vil­las, bun­ga­lows and his­toric build­ings.  Recent­ly he’s been teach­ing DIY­ers for Mitre 10.  Stan dis­cov­ered Hone’s work at school and pub­lished his own book of poet­ry at age 17.


Jill Tuwhare is the Trust Secretary

Pre­vi­ous patrons

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.

Top Pho­to: Hone’s Crib Octo­ber 2020

Reign Again

Nei­ther juggernaught
nor crawl­ing thing

can bring
a moun­tain weeping
to its knees
quick­er than rain

that demure leveller

mak­er of plains